Adobe Flash – Critical security update release DEC 2015

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Security updates have just become available for Adobe Flash Player and users should promptly apply these changes. https://helpx.adobe.com/security/products/flash-player/apsb16-01.html Adobe has released security updates for Adobe Flash Player.  These updates address critical vulnerabilities that could potentially allow an attacker to take control of the affected system. Adobe is aware of a report that an exploit for […]

Leadership – Evaluate how goals were achieved during past year

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As John Maxwell reflects, the end of the year is an excellent time to evaluate how well goals were accomplished during the past year. After reflecting on the good, bad, and ugly experiences of the year, leaders can apply a “lessons learned” approach to improvements for the year 2016 ahead. http://www.johnmaxwell.com/blog/its-still-the-most-wonderful-time-of-the-year Most people allow their […]

HDTV – High Dynamic Range is next major standard

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In tracking new HDTV technological developments, the advent of High Dynamic Range is likely to become one of the next major standards http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2496390,00.asp The next big thing in display technology is HDR (High Dynamic Range). If you thought 3D TVs were a flop, this might be worse. Not because the technology is bad or sketchy, […]

Juniper Networks – ISC issues rare YELLOW ALERT for critical updates

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Last week the SANS Internet Storm Center raised the alert level  to YELLOW for backdoor vulnerabilities in Juniper ScreenOS products.  An out-of-band security release was issued to help resolve these critical security vulnerabilities. https://isc.sans.edu/forums/diary/Infocon+Yellow+Juniper+Backdoor+CVE20157755+and+CVE20157756/20521/ https://www.sans.org/webcasts/101482 Juniper released an out of band update for ScreenOS late last week. The update fixes two distinct backdoor that were introduced […]

Ransomware – 2015 was banner year for developments

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In 2015 ransomware attacks became more innovative with their code and capabilities to extort money from victims.  This trend is likely to continue in 2016 according to forecasts by security firms http://www.darkreading.com/endpoint/2015-ransomware-wrap-up/d/d-id/1323424 It’s been a banner year for ransomware operators…and a nerve-wracking one for anybody responsible for securing endpoints.  Although some of the malware may […]

Data Breach – Hello Kitty Vendor patches server vulnerability

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While it is likely that no major impacts were experienced, the toy maker for the “Hello Kitty” brand reported an exposure that made access to over 3 million accounts potentially available.  This is documented below: http://www.eweek.com/blogs/security-watch/hello-kitty-vendor-sanrio-admits-to-and-patches-flaw.html Japanese toy vendor Sanrio, owner of the popular Hello Kitty brand, is admitting to a security vulnerability on its SanrioTown.com […]

Facebook Scam – CEO is not giving away 10 percent of shares to users

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A new scam circulating on Facebook claims that CEO Mark Zuckerberg will be giving away part of their fortune to the actual users in the Facebook community. Users should avoid participating in this hoax as it may lead to malware, identity theft, or other impacts.  http://www.techinsider.io/facebook-payout-post-is-a-hoax-2015-12 Sorry, Mark Zuckerberg isn’t giving his money to you […]

Data Breach – Hyatt Hotels reports Credit Card malware attacks during late 2015

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Hyatt recently reported their credit card payment processing system was infected with credit-card-stealing malware.  While they quickly halted the malware attacks shortly after discovery, customers are now being warned to carefully check credit card statements and quickly report all unauthorized transactions  http://www.reuters.com/article/us-hyatt-hotels-hacking-idUKKBN0U704320151225 http://www.hyatt.com/protectingourcustomers Hyatt Hotels Corp said on Wednesday that its payment processing system was […]

Leadership – Affirm and Value Team Members

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John Maxwell shares excellent leadership and team building advice as follows: http://www.johnmaxwell.com/blog/how-to-intentionally-add-value-to-others-this-christmas I shared some specific ways to make sure you’re adding value to others every day. And I think they’ll be helpful to you as you go through your daily life. If you do so between now and Christmas, you can establish a habit […]

FFA – New Drone Security Laws instituted

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As the technology has evolved faster than controls were set in place, the Federal Aviation Administration is quickly attempting to catch up to better control security risks associated with this new technology which is already in use by the public  http://bits.blogs.nytimes.com/2015/12/15/daily-report-rules-for-registering-your-drone/ The Federal Aviation Administration on Monday laid out new registration requirements for owners of […]


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