Cybersecurity – AIG to include insurance protection in 2018

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Annually Businesses lose billions of dollars due to malware risks.  AIG plans to include insurance protection in 2018 to better protect their customer base as described below   http://www.reuters.com/article/us-aig-cyber/aig-to-update-casualty-insurance-to-include-cyber-coverage-idUSKBN1CV2XE American International Group said it will begin revising all commercial policies to include cyber coverage in January, a move that will boost rates but make it clearer […]

Adobe Flash – Emergency fix for CVE-2017-11292 being exploited in wild

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Please carefully update Adobe Flash as prompted, ensuring the update comes directly from vendor.  More information can be found below https://redmondmag.com/articles/2017/10/17/hackers-actively-exploiting-latest-adobe-flash-hole.aspx https://helpx.adobe.com/security/products/flash-player/apsb17-32.html Security firm Kaspersky Lab researchers first discovered the zero-day flaw, designated CVE-2017-11292, and observed it being used to attack enterprises and government organizations. As of Monday, researchers have found that targets have included […]

Hardware – AMD Ryzen CPU with Vega graphics offer mobile advantages

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The new AMD Ryzen microprocessor with the Vega graphics, provide mobile advantages in areas of power, battery consumption, and price/performance. https://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2017/10/amds-ryzen-cpu-with-vega-graphics-threatens-to-blow-kaby-lake-out-the-water/ AMD announced today its first two processors to combine its new Zen CPU architecture with its Vega graphics. The new chips, aimed at lightweight mobile systems, go head to head with Intel’s U-series processors, […]

Windows 10 – Fall Creators Update version 1709 release on OCT 17th

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Below are links related to the newest version 1709 for Windows 10.  Also YouTube offers excellent training & overview resources by searching on “Windows 10 Fall Creators Update”. https://redmondmag.com/articles/2017/10/17/how-to-get-the-windows-10-fall-creators-update.aspx How to get the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update Microsoft today released the Windows 10 fall creators update, which is broadly available.  This Windows 10 fall creators update […]

Ransomware Worm – Bad Rabbit uses NSA EternalRomance exploit patched by Microsoft in March 2017

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Based on further research, the new Bad Rabbit Ransomware Worm uses NSA EternalRomance exploit patched by Microsoft in March 2017 https://arstechnica.com/information-technology/2017/10/bad-rabbit-used-nsa-eternalromance-exploit-to-spread-researchers-say/ Despite early reports that there was no use of National Security Agency-developed exploits in this week’s crypto-ransomware outbreak, research released by Cisco Talos suggests that the ransomware worm known as “Bad Rabbit” did in […]

Leadership – Balance Caring with Candor during employee critique

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John Maxwell shares an excellent article on the need for leaders to balance “Caring” with “Candor” during employee critique. http://johnmaxwellcompany.com/blog/confronting-employees-without-losing-them Before your leaders begin confronting employees, they need to know if the problem is one of ability or attitude. As leadership consultant Dr. Samuel R. Chand says, “We hire people for what they know and […]

Microsoft Word – Malicious content can transferred via DDE and XML

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Two excellent articles below share how malicious code using DDE protocol and XML file formats, can be manipulated in Microsoft Word to infect users.  https://isc.sans.edu/forums/diary/Macroless+Code+Execution+in+MS+Word/22970/ https://sensepost.com/blog/2017/macro-less-code-exec-in-msword/ In the past few days, the industry became aware of a new technique to deliver malware, using macro-less code execution in MS Word, leveraging the Microsoft Dynamic Data Exchange […]


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