Windows 10 – Anniversary update preview evaluated by ComputerWorld

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Around July 2016, Windows 10 is slated for another major build and evaluation of preview version is shared below: http://www.computerworld.com/article/3061153/microsoft-windows/first-look-the-new-windows-10-anniversary-update-preview.html The first big update to Windows 10 will come this summer, a year after the operating system’s initial launch, with the release of what Microsoft is calling the Windows 10 Anniversary Update. The update’s exact […]

Facebook – Government Data Requests on rise in 2016

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As shared in article below requests from Government entities have increased during past year: http://www.pcmag.com/news/344131/report-government-requests-for-facebook-data-on-the-rise More than half of the requests for data that Facebook received from US law enforcement agencies in the second half of 2015 contained a non-disclosure order that prohibited the company from notifying the user whose data was requested, according to […]

Windows 10 – Cortana to enforce Edge and Bing standards

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Within Windows 10, the Cortana search box will be standardize on use of Edge and Bing standards for a consistant and more secure user experience.  Other search and browser standards will continue to be supported outside of Cortana  https://blogs.windows.com/windowsexperience/2016/04/28/delivering-personalized-search-experiences-in-windows-10-through-cortana/ With Windows 10, we have invested in delivering comprehensive, end-to-end search capabilities that make Windows more personal, […]

FBI – Dangers of Ransomware increase during 2016

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An informative security bulletin for April 2016 has been issued by FBI documenting the increasing number of corporate and home ransomware attacks https://www.fbi.gov/news/stories/2016/april/incidents-of-ransomware-on-the-rise/incidents-of-ransomware-on-the-rise Hospitals, school districts, state and local governments, law enforcement agencies, small businesses, large businesses—these are just some of the entities impacted recently by ransomware, an insidious type of malware that encrypts, or […]

FBI – Ransomware Prevention Brochure 2016

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The FBI has developed a brochure of safety and risk mitigation tips for the growing threat of ransomware. https://www.fbi.gov/about-us/investigate/cyber/ransomware-brochure Prevention Considerations * Implement an awareness and training program. Because end users are targeted, employees and individuals should be made aware of the threat of ransomware and how it is delivered. * Patch operating systems, software, […]

PCI DSS standards 3.2 release

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The PCI/DSS 3.2 release are designed to improve point-of-sale and e-commerce standards.  This new version will require moving away from older and less secure TCP/IP networking protocols by June 2016.  Full compliance with 3.2 standards are set for June 2018. https://isc.sans.edu/forums/diary/New+release+of+PCI+DSS+version+32+is+available/21003/ https://www.pcisecuritystandards.org/documents/PCI_DSS_v3-2_Summary_of_Changes.pdf A new version of the standard was released today, version 3.2. There are […]

Malware – QBOT Bank Information Theft Trojan evolves in 2016

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The QBOT family is a Bank Information Theft threat that emerged in 2008.  As documented in this excellent TALOS report, this threat has evolved significantly and it is on the rise. http://blog.talosintel.com/2016/04/qbot-on-the-rise.html Qbot, AKA Qakbot, has been around for since at least 2008, but it recently experienced a large surge in development and deployments. Qbot […]


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