By: - Dir. Solutions Marketing

IT Security Budgets, Destructive Malware and Software Vulns – A 2015 Sneak Peek

December 17th, 2014

Even non-security news outlets and bloggers have been writing about 2014 as the year of the mega breach. And for good reason, when you consider cyber criminals’ attacks on Target, JP Morgan, Home Depot and most recently of course, Sony Pictures. Regardless of your opinion on how Sony has handled the breach to-date, no one […]



By: - Independent Computer Security Analyst

@gcluley

Problems for Windows 7 and Exchange users as Microsoft warns of buggy security patches

December 14th, 2014

On the second Tuesday of every month, regular as clockwork, Microsoft issues security fixes for users of its software – protecting against newly discovered vulnerabilities and bugs. And normally, the advice is to roll them out across your enterprise at your earliest opportunity – particularly in the case of the most serious critical security patches, which could […]



By: - Director, Product Management

@russbernst

Final Patch Tuesday of 2014, Have You Kept Up?

December 9th, 2014

The 2014 Patch Tuesday program came to a close  today with Microsoft’s release of 7 security bulletins. 3 are critical and 4 are rated important. Before jumping in to this month’s updates however, it’s interesting to do a quick year-over-year comparison. Assuming no out-of-band patches later this month, the total number of bulletins released by Microsoft […]



By: - Director, Product Management

@russbernst

7 December Bulletins to Close Out 2014 Patch Tuesdays

December 4th, 2014

Microsoft is set to release 7 bulletins during next week’s Patch Tuesday; 3 are critical and 4 are important. If all 7 are released as planned, the total number of patches in 2014 will hit 84. This year’s patch load is close in quantity to 2012 when 83 patches were released in all. Last year […]



By: - Director, Product Management

@russbernst

14 Bulletins This Patch Tuesday and IE Cumulative Update Is Not Your Most Critical

November 11th, 2014

While we enjoyed a relatively low number of patches each month so far this year, November definitely takes a big jump up with 14 total bulletins released today. 4 are critical, 8 important and 2 moderate. While this is two less than what we thought we would have today according to last week’s ANS, we […]



By: - Director, Product Management

@russbernst

A Whopping Patch Tuesday

November 6th, 2014

IT pros will be thankful for some holiday time off at the end of this month because November Patch Tuesday will certainly keep them busy. Microsoft is set to release 16 bulletins next week, 5 are critical, 9 important and 2 moderate. We have enjoyed a relatively low number of patches each month in 2014 […]



By: - Independent Computer Security Analyst

@gcluley

Hackers exploit Windows zero-day flaw in targeted PowerPoint attacks

October 22nd, 2014

Be on your guard. Another zero-day vulnerability has been uncovered that affects almost all supported versions of Windows, and it is being actively exploited by hackers in targeted attacks. Microsoft has issued a security advisory about a critical remote code execution flaw in all versions of Windows apart from Windows Server 2003. That would be […]



By: - Dir. Solutions Marketing

Infosec Haiku

October 18th, 2014

Anata no joho sekyuritei konshu no haiku Huge Month for Patches —   and Much More Time to Patch It Up   ### Notes ### * Thanks to Ms. Etsuko vdH for the translation. * Thanks to everyone who’ve contributed their haikus … watch this space to see if yours is published. * Submit Your […]



By: - Director, Product Management

@russbernst

October Patch Tuesday Fixes Critical Vulns in Windows, IE

October 14th, 2014

Microsoft’s September reorg of the Trustworthy Computing Group definitely didn’t slow down the patches. Today’s October Patch Tuesday addresses 24 CVEs in 8 bulletins; 3 are critical and 5 are important. The TwC cybersecurity group is still hard at work and given the very nature of software, that’s a good thing. The industry needs a […]



By: - Director, Product Management

@russbernst

TwC Hard at Work After All; 9 Bulletins for Oct Patch Tuesday

October 9th, 2014

September news reports that the Trustworthy Computing Group at Microsoft was disbanding left some wondering about the future of Patch Tuesday. This month’s patch load of 9 total bulletins, 3 critical, 5 important and 1 moderate should eliminate those worries, at least for now. The security group anyway is definitely still hard at work. Given […]


By: - Independent Computer Security Analyst

@gcluley

Critical Updates for Adobe Reader and Acrobat Released – You Can Breathe Again

September 18th, 2014

You can stop holding your breath now, the wait is over. Adobe has released security updates for Acrobat and its PDF Reader software fixing critical vulnerabilities in its Windows and Mac software. Last week, on Patch Tuesday, Adobe explained that although it was releasing security patches for Flash Player and AIR, it was delaying its […]


By: - Director, Product Management

@russbernst

Microsoft Delivers Light Patch Load for September Patch Tuesday

September 9th, 2014

September delivers a light patch load from Microsoft – just 4 bulletins were released in today’s Patch Tuesday with 1 rated critical and 3 important. In total, September covers off on 42 CVEs with 37 of those found in MS14-052, another cumulative update for IE and your first priority this month. Of the 37 CVEs, just […]


By: - Director, Product Management

@russbernst

Just 4 Bulletins Expected for September Patch Tuesday

September 4th, 2014

Microsoft will release 4 bulletins on Patch Tuesday next week; one rated as critical and the remaining three rated important. The light month is good news for otherwise very busy IT departments. The few number of patches expected out next week doesn’t mean you can take a pass on patching this month however. The critical […]


By: - Dir. Solutions Marketing

Infosec Haiku

August 18th, 2014

Anata no joho sekyuritei konshu no haiku Beware Bad Patches. Not Common, But Best Practice Dictates: Test First Please.   ### Notes ### * Thanks to Ms. Etsuko vdH for the translation. * Thanks to everyone who’ve contributed their haikus … watch this space to see if yours is published. * Submit Your Own … […]


By: - Dir. Solutions Marketing

Patching Best Practices Lessons Learned – Again?

August 14th, 2014

Automatic patching? Magic 8-Ball sez NO! Reports are surfacing that some of this month’s batch of Microsoft patches are causing problems. As I’ve said before, the folks in Redmond have gotten much better with their patches over the years, to where news of BSODs caused by a Microsoft patch is, well, news. Anyhow, here are […]



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