Security

Third Party Patch Roundup  – November 2019

Here in the United States, November brings us falling leaves, cold fronts that drop the temperatures – sometimes precipitously – and Thanksgiving, a day of gratitude, family gathering, and eating lots and lots of turkey (at least in theory). Of course, November also brought its share of data breaches, malware infestations, and newly discovered vulnerabilities. […]

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Kerio Control upgrades VPN encryption

Is the Internet of Things putting your business at risk? The Internet of Things (IoT) isn’t only about cool consumer technologies such as Alexa-controlled light bulbs and Internet-accessible washing machines. Companies have embraced IoT in a big way, using it to gather information from a multiplicity of sources that enable better business decisions and enhance […]

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Kerio Control vulnerability fix

In today’s world of constant threats, data at rest isn’t the only data that needs to be protected with encryption. With the amount of data traversing the internet, the encryption of data in transit is just as important. Whether internet traffic or VPN traffic, data protection is crucial. Kerio Control VPN has always done a […]

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Data Held Hostage: The Ransomware Epidemic

Ransomware has been a constant cyberthreat since the early 2000s, although the first acknowledged instance was as early as 1989 when a file-encrypting Trojan was distributed on compromised diskettes, coupled with demands for a $189 payment. If you thought ransomware was a threat that only impacts technophobic grandmothers, reckless teenagers, and other home computer users, […]

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November 2019 – Microsoft Patch Tuesday

November is bringing arctic winds to many parts of the United States, but as we sit and shiver and try to stay warm (and in my case, dream of the sunny Caribbean islands where I’ll be sailing later in the month), the hackers keep on hacking and the attackers keep on attacking, exploiting whatever vulnerabilities […]

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Attacks on DNS hit us where it hurts

The Domain Name System (DNS) is a part of the Internet that the typical business or individual computer user rarely thinks about. Many whose everyday work depends on it don’t even know it exists, and even some IT pros don’t really understand how it works. But without it, we would all have to memorize a myriad […]

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October 2019  – Microsoft Patch Tuesday 

October is here and fall is in the air, even in Texas. Temperature dropped this past week from highs in the 90s to lows in the 50s (Fahrenheit). The state fair is in full swing here, and the stores are full of Halloween decorations. But to us IT security folks, ghosts and goblins aren’t nearly […]

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The Spyware That Didn’t Come in from the Cold

Who doesn’t love a good spy thriller?  From James Bond to Jason Bourne, the espionage fiction genre has been a favorite of readers and movie-goers since the 1800s. It’s all fun and games until you find yourself in the middle of your own private spy story as the person (or company) that’s the victim of […]

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September 2019  – Microsoft Patch Tuesday  

  I guess it was inevitable. The Patch Tuesday I’m scrambling to get a hundred things done in two days before traveling is when Microsoft releases an “extra large” slates of fixes.   This is not only a hefty Patch Tuesday; it’s also an important one. Two of the critical updates patch zero-day vulnerabilities. Zero-day […]

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GFI – Top Cyber Stories for August 2019

GFI – Top Cyber Stories for August 2019 Digital assistant makers admit staff listen in on users   Digital assistants – mainly home speaker/microphone combos such as Amazon’s Alexa and Google’s Assistant range, plus similar technologies deployed in smartphones and other devices – are fast becoming an everyday thing, present in growing numbers of homes […]

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