Patch Central–Third-Party Patch Roundup – May 2021

The past year and a half has been a period of change and uncertainty for people all over the world. Much of what had been constant and routine before was suspended, and that included some of my regular monthly articles on this blog. But life is slowly returning to normal in many places, and I’m […]

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May 2021 Patch Tuesday Roundup

In much of the northern hemisphere, May is the time when the flowers bloom, the trees bud, and spring makes its presence known. In the southern part of the world, summer is ending and the crisp coolness of autumn is in the air. But no matter where you are, the second Tuesday of this month […]

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April 2021 Patch Tuesday Roundup

This month’s Patch Tuesday (or Update Tuesday, as the MSRC team blog prefers to call it) falls on the 13th which may give pause to the superstitious among us. Some users felt pretty unlucky after installing the March updates, which came with continuing problems for those using certain printer models. Let’s hope this month’s fixes […]

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March 2021 Patch Tuesday Roundup

This month wasn’t a good one for IT admins – especially those running Microsoft Exchange servers. A Chinese hacker organization going by the moniker “Hafnium” was discovered to be exploiting security vulnerabilities in Exchange 2013, 2016, and 2019. This allowed them to access the email of the many thousands of businesses and government agencies using […]

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February 2021 Patch Tuesday Roundup

After a many-months hiatus, we’re back with the monthly summary of security updates released by Microsoft for its array of consumer and enterprise products. The world has changed since my last post on this topic almost a year ago, but if anything, computers and the Internet have become even more important parts of our lives. […]

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January 2020 – Microsoft Patch Tuesday

The new year is here, and it traditionally brings with it the opportunity to start over, to clear the slate and do things differently. If you’re an IT pro and you’ve been lax in applying security updates in 2019, this is the perfect time to make a New Year’s resolution to stay on top of […]

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Third Party Patch Roundup – December 2019

December is a magical month, for children and adults alike. It’s the beginning of winter, when – in many places at least (not usually here in north central Texas) blankets of soft white snow cover the landscape and ordinary houses and trees take on a pristine, other-worldly look. It’s the time for holiday celebrations that […]

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2019 Cybersecurity Incidents: What Did We Learn?

Should AULD attack types be forgot and never brought to mind? As I sit writing this article on New Year’s Eve, that’s the song that’s running through my mind. It’s inevitable that my thoughts are centered on what this past year brought us in terms of device, network, and cloud security. That includes both the […]

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The Governance/Compliance Relationship: Strategy and Tactics

We hear a lot about governance in relation to developing regulatory compliance processes and procedures, but do you really know what it is and the role it plays in achieving compliance with governmental and industry mandated IT security and privacy requirements? Governance, management, and compliance: similarities and differences The Cambridge dictionary defines governance as “the […]

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December 2019 – Microsoft Patch Tuesday

December is here already and ‘tis the season to be jolly – but not so jolly that we forget to stay vigilant and on guard against the attackers who want to send us the wrong kind of gifts. Unfortunately those who look for software vulnerabilities to exploit rarely take the holiday off, so it’s still […]

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