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October 27th, 2016:

Adobe Security – Critical OOB security release OCT 2016

An out-of-band security release for Adobe Flash player security has just been released and Microsoft also has quickly updated where needed as well

Adobe today released a critical update for Flash Player. The update was released outside of Adobe’s regular patch cycle.  The singled vulnerability fixed by this update, CVE-2016-7855, has already been exploited in targeted attacks against Windows.  Windows, Linux and Mac versions are affected, including versions embedded in Chrome and Edge/Internet Explorer 11. Please expedite this update, and review that Flash does not start automatically in your browser but only if enabled by the user for a specific site. Consider removing Flash whenever possible.

https://helpx.adobe.com/security/products/flash-player/apsb16-36.html

https://isc.sans.edu/forums/diary/Critical+Flash+Player+Update+APSB1636/21643/

Microsoft Security Bulletin MS16-128 – Critical:
https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/security/ms16-128.aspx?f=255&MSPPError=-2147217396

Leadership – The five levels of Development

John Maxwell shares an excellent article on the five levels of Leadership Development

http://www.johnmaxwell.com/blog/5-levels-of-leadership

Level 1 — Position — The lowest level of leadership—the entry level, if you will—is Position. It’s the only level that requires no ability or effort to achieve. At Level 1, people only follow if they believe that they have to.

Level 2 — Permission — Level 2 is based on relationship. At this level, people choose to follow because they want to. When you like people and treat them as individuals who have value, you begin to develop positive influence with them. Trust grows, which usually leads to respect.

Level 3 — Production — The best leaders know how to motivate their people to get things done! On this level, leaders who produce results build their influence and credibility.

Level 4 — People Development — Level 4 can be summed up in one word: reproduction. Your goal at this level is to identify and develop as many leaders as you can by investing in them and helping them grow.  The reason is simple: When there are more leaders, more of the organization’s mission can be accomplished.

Level 5 — Pinnacle — The highest level of leadership is also the most challenging to attain. It requires longevity as well as intentionality. You simply can’t reach Level 5 unless you are willing to invest your life into the lives of others for the long haul. But if you stick with it, if you continually focus on both growing yourself at every level, and developing leaders who are willing and able to develop other leaders, you may find yourself at the Pinnacle.