Microsoft Security – Visual Auditing Security Tool project

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Microsoft has launched “Project VAST” which combines Microsoft’s Azure Log Analytics tool with its Power BI data visualization tool https://blogs.technet.microsoft.com/jonsh/2018/03/28/finally-remove-your-security-blockers-introducing-project-vast/ The Visual Auditing Security Tool (VAST) provides a repeatable, scalable solution to quickly and cost-effectively help mitigate security blockers by visually representing specific infrastructure log and audit events. It also provides specific, actionable KPI-based metrics […]

Office 365 – SharePoint and Excel features update for March 2018

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Microsoft shares recent features & other improvements designated for Office 365 subscribers. https://redmondmag.com/articles/2018/03/30/march-office-365-updates.aspx https://blogs.office.com/en-us/2018/03/29/new-in-march-rich-data-types-intelligent-search-and-expanded-datacenters/ The updates this month were notable for including perks for SharePoint Online users. Additionally, Office 365 Excel users also are starting to see the fruits of Microsoft’s efforts to improve the end user experience by using artificial intelligence (AI) techniques within the […]

Leadership – 4 steps for executives to improve corporate culture

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The John Maxwell leadership training center shares four steps for executives to improve corporate management practices.  Most critical need of all is for a key executive to sponsor & back those key changes: http://johnmaxwellcompany.com/blog/leadership-an-executive-sponsor-is-key Leadership is not something that rises to the surface because of technology, economic necessity or what is currently trending in the business […]

Data Breach – Popular app MyFitnessPal attacked during FEB 2018

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Under Armour’s MyFitnessPal has just reported a data breach where usernames, email addresses, and password data from 150 million users were exposed. Fortunately, no customer e-commerce details were exposed and a mandatory password change will occur to protect customer accounts.  https://www.pcmag.com/news/360166/under-armours-myfitnesspal-suffers-massive-data-breach http://investor.underarmour.com/releasedetail.cfm?ReleaseID=1062368 The MyFitnessPal service from Under Armour has suffered a data breach that affects […]

Windows 10 – Insiders Preview build 17133 release fixes minor bugs

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The Windows 10 Preview build 17133 was launched to Insiders to fix minor current issues (beta testers) https://www.windowscentral.com/windows-10-build-preview-17133-rolls-out-insiders-slow-ring Microsoft is rolling out a fresh Insider preview build for those enrolled in the Slow ring today. Today’s build is 17133, and it comes just three days after it first landed for Insiders in the Fast ring. […]

Security – CIS Controls Version 7 released

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Version 7 of CIS Controls have been finalized as follows: https://isc.sans.edu/forums/diary/Version+7+of+the+CIS+Controls+Released/23499/ https://www.cisecurity.org/controls/ https://learn.cisecurity.org/20-controls-download The CIS Controls serve as a “prioritized set of actions to protect your organization and data from known cyber attack vectors.”. Embraced by several organizations as outlined in the Case Studies section, significant improvements to their cyber security programs are listed and […]

Internet Security – FBI shares fraud prevention tips March 2018

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The FBI shares fraud prevention tips as part of a recent bulletin when users are falsely contacted in unusual ways by technical companies, banks, delivery companies, retail, etc., in an attempt to trick & defraud  https://www.ic3.gov/media/2018/180328.aspx Suggestions for Protection 1. Remember that legitimate customer, security, or tech support companies will not initiate unsolicited contact with […]

Apple – iOS 11.3 allows disable of battery throttling

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Apple’s iOS 11.3 release contains numerous new features & the disable of battery throttling is a widely sought after feature for older devices where users have more control & info on power management … this review by BGR also lists the many additional features in this key release  iOS 11.3 is here, and you can finally […]

FBI Warning – Fake Tech Support call attacks increase in 2017

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An 86% percent increase in fake tech support call attacks occurred during 2017 verses 2016.  The FBI shares an excellent analysis of this malicious activity & how to better protect from these attacks https://www.ic3.gov/media/2018/180328.aspx Based on new reporting, the Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) is providing updated guidance regarding technical support fraud. Tech Support Fraud […]

Ransomware – City of Atlanta resumes operations 5 days after attack

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After investigation and forensics by authorities, all City of Atlanta operations resumed with heavy security monitoring to ensure any remaining contaminations of the ransomware agent were quickly found & addressed http://searchsecurity.techtarget.com/news/252437715/Five-days-after-Atlanta-ransomware-attack-recovery-begins Atlanta’s city hall has given the all-clear for workers to turn systems back on following a ransomware attack that caused issues with certain scheduling […]


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