Archive for June 25th, 2015

Windows 10 Professional – Links for new improved SECURITY features

Several new safeguards will be built into Windows 10 Professional to better protect corporate users

Learn about new features in Windows 10 for IT professionals, such as Enterprise Data Protection, Microsoft Passport, Device Guard, and more. These technical overviews are designed to help you understand key feature changes and benefits and answer common questions about Windows 10 technologies.

Device Guard overview

Device management overview

Enterprise Data Protection overview

Microsoft Passport overview

Provisioning packages overview

Untrusted font blocking overview

Leadership – Assessing personal growth progress at mid-point of 2015

John Maxwell shares some important self introspective guidelines and techniques leaders can use to assess their own growth in leadership skills

Today, at almost the mid-point of 2015, it’s a natural time to evaluate your progress in personal growth so far. So here are some questions to ask yourself to see how well you’ve been growing this year:

1. When was the last time you did something for the first time? — Have you been trying new things in 2015? Or are you still doing what you’ve always done? Trying new things – and sometimes failing – is one of the best ways to grow.

2. What have you learned and applied in the past six months? — How intentional have you been about learning and putting new ideas and skills into practice? What have you read, listened to, or attended that gave you practical guidance toward reaching your goals? And how have you applied what you learned?

3. What have you been doing daily to facilitate your growth? — Successful people make right decisions early and manage those decisions daily. Once you’ve decided to grow, the progress is measured day by day. So what daily steps are you taking to get closer to your goals.

4. How are you passing on what you are learning? — This is the most important question for a leader. That’s because I believe we’re called to be “rivers,” not “reservoirs.” In other words, we’re at our best when we let what we learn flow through us so it can impact others. How have you done at strategically sharing your learning with those around you?

Google GMAIL – New UNDO SEND button added

Sometimes when sending an email a mistake may be seen and Google now allows 10 seconds to completely re-call the message for further editing

It took Google six years to add an ‘Undo Send’ feature to Gmail. Thankfully, the company didn’t waste much time adding it to its Inbox app.  You have 10 seconds to hit Undo after you send a message.  The feature has been around for a few weeks; Google is highlighting that it’s now available by default on Inbox’s Web, Android and iOS apps.

Network Security – Banks attacked 3X more than any other sector

Banks have good reasons for having some of the most hardened security environments based on the following research report

Financial services organizations–traditionally some of the best-fortified against cyber attacks –see three times as many attack attempts by cybercriminals than other industries do, a new study by Raytheon/Websense shows. Among the tricks they’re using to try to bypass security at banks: code obfuscation, redirected code, and code injection, says Carl Leonard, principal security analyst for Websense Security Labs, who notes that his team intercepts data-theft incidents but not distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attack attempts.

The financial services industry is considered the gold standard for security as one of the early adopters of the newest security technologies, and with one of the most active cyber threat intelligence-sharing organizations, the FS-ISAC. Regulatory pressure indeed has been a major factor in its maturity in security, but that hasn’t stopped money-hungry cybercriminals from continuing to hack away at banks and financial firm’s defenses.

Banks are well-aware that their security measures aren’t deterring the bad guys. A recent survey by the Depository Trust & Clearing Corporation (DTCC) found that almost half of financial firms consider cyber security the biggest risk to the overall economy. Cybercriminals and nation-states are now regularly performing reconnaissance to find employees within financial firms to target, as well as to probe for vulnerabilities via vulnerability scans. Brian Lozada, CSO for Abacus Group, which provides managed IT services and solutions for hedge funds and private equity funds, says his firm has witnessed an uptick in these scans the past few months.

Scans looking at open ports, protocols being run, services being run, that sort of thing,” Lozada says of the recon efforts, which he says mainly come from China and Eastern Europe, including Russia. “They are putting out feelers for our environment, trying to listen and look at opportunities,” something that’s a common phenomenon for financial services firms today, he says.