Wireless Security – New WPA3 Wi-Fi standards announcement

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A new WPA3 Wi-Fi standard is being developed which will strengthen wireless security controls in future devices http://www.zdnet.com/article/wpa3-wireless-standard-tougher-wifi-security-revealed/ The Wi-Fi Alliance, an industry body made up of device makers including Apple, Microsoft, and Qualcomm, announced Monday its next-generation wireless network security standard, WPA3. One of the key improvements in WPA3 will aim to solve a […]

Microsoft Security – Spectre and Meltdown performance impacts on 2015 and earlier CPUs

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The most performance impacts will be older WIN7 devices as documented below:  https://redmondmag.com/articles/2018/01/09/microsoft-meltdown-spectre-slowdown.aspx https://cloudblogs.microsoft.com/microsoftsecure/2018/01/09/understanding-the-performance-impact-of-spectre-and-meltdown-mitigations-on-windows-systems/ Performance slowdowns will be most apparent for older Windows client systems, such as Windows 7 and Windows 8, particularly when using Intel Haswell chips on “2015-era PCs,” according to an announcement by Terry Myerson, executive vice president of the Windows and […]

Leadership – 10 barriers that can impact corporate creativity

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The John Maxwell leadership training center shares an excellent article in looking ahead to challenges of 2018.  It focuses on how leaders should foster an improved spirit of creativity in their organizations. http://johnmaxwellcompany.com/blog/expressions-that-can-kill-creativity-at-work Creativity goes hand in hand with innovation.  The best creative cultures remove barriers or creativity killers so employees can continue with the […]

Microsoft Security – JANUARY 2018 issues related to Spectre and Meltdown fixes

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The Spectre and Meltdown fixes are complex and require some prerequisite work for Anti-virus vendors and other companies to update their products before the JAN-2018 Windows updates will applied.  Microsoft is blocking updates in some cases where incompatibilities have been discovered.   https://www.grahamcluley.com/anti-virus-registry-key-windows-security-updates/ https://redmondmag.com/articles/2018/01/09/windows-fixes-brick-amd-pcs.aspx Well, things just got a heck lot more complicated for users of some anti-virus […]

Leadership – Seven methods to encourage greater creativity in 2018

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The John Maxwell leadership training center shares an excellent article in looking ahead to challenges of 2018.  It focuses on how leaders should foster an improved spirit of creativity in their organizations. http://johnmaxwellcompany.com/blog/creativity-in-the-workplace Negative environments kill thousands of great ideas every minute—ideas your company needs to stay competitive. Your leaders and managers are the ones […]

Microsoft Security Updates – JANUARY 2018

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Below are key resources documenting this recent monthly Microsoft Patch Tuesday release https://isc.sans.edu/forums/diary/Microsoft+January+2018+Patch+Tuesday/23217/ http://blog.talosintelligence.com/2018/01/ms-tuesday.html https://portal.msrc.microsoft.com/en-us/security-guidance/summary Today Microsoft has released its monthly set of security advisories for vulnerabilities that have been identified and addressed in various products. This month’s advisory release addresses 56 new vulnerabilities with 16 of them rated critical, 39 of them rated important […]


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