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Third Party Patch Roundup  – September 2019

September signals the real end of summer and beginning of autumn. The changing of the seasons here in Texas brings some relief from the heat. It also traditionally brings some tumultuous weather events such as hurricanes, and this September was no exception. On the IT security front, there was plenty of turbulence as well. Malware […]

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Compliance in the cloud: It’s a team effort

Ensuring that your organization is compliant with a plethora of regulations that seem to change and grow on a daily basis is enough of a challenge when all your data is stored and processing is done in your on-premises data center, but when (mostly likely not “if”) you move some or all of your resources […]

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Top 10 free database tools for sys admins 2019 Update

This article lists 10 of the best free tools for managing, comparing, administering and developing databases. I’m confident that you’ll find a gem or two amongst this list.

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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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Top 20 Free Digital Forensic Investigation Tools for SysAdmins – 2019 update

Here are 20 of the best free tools that will help you conduct a digital forensic investigation. Whether it’s for an internal human resources case, an investigation into unauthorized access to a server, or if you just want to learn a new skill, these suites a perfect place to start.

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Third Party Patch Roundup  – August 2019

August is over, and that always comes with a bittersweet aura. In Texas, we’re happy to see the intense heat take its leave and make way for the crisp coolness of fall – but it also signals the impending end of summer fun and the hectic holiday months ahead. August may be a “lazy” month […]

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Spear phishing: a dangerous sport

Hacks, Cracks, and Malware Attacks The term “spear fishing” might conjure up images of an ancient method of hunting an aquatic dinner, a sport once considered (but rejected) as an Olympic category, but the alternate spelling means something very different to those in the IT field. Spear phishing is a less widely known subcategory of […]

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Data privacy: The heart and soul of your compliance strategy

If you ask a group of IT professionals what regulatory compliance is all about, at least some of them are likely to answer “security.” It’s the way we think, because security is a technological mechanism and we are, after all, techies. If you ask members of the legal department what compliance is all about, at […]

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August  2019 – Microsoft Patch Tuesday  

Patch Central Some like it hot. If that describes you, August in Texas should be right up your alley. We’ve been “enjoying” 100° F temperatures for the past few days, which has me daydreaming about taking another cruise to Alaska as summer goes out in a blaze of glory. Hot or not, the attackers never […]

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