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 […]

Microsoft Azure Cloud – MySQL and PostgreSQL extensions

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Microsoft has recently expanded their Azure Cloud facility to include MySQL and PostgreSQL data base extensions, as documented below: https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/announcing-general-availability-of-azure-database-services-for-mysql-and-postgresql/ Today, I am excited to announce the general availability (GA) of Azure Database for MySQL and Azure Database for PostgreSQL. The GA milestone means that, starting today, these services are bringing the community versions of […]

Network security – New Transport Layer Security protocol 1.3 finalized

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The new Transport Layer Security (TLS 1.3) protocol has been finalized after 4 years of development effort.  It will offer improved security protection for SSL processing — including improved protection from ROBOT, Heartbleed, and POODLE vulnerabilities http://searchsecurity.techtarget.com/news/252437681/TLS-13-update-is-finalized-with-encryption-upgrade The IETF approves the TLS 1.3 encryption protocol upgrade after four years and 28 versions; improvements include better security […]

Security – Microsoft improves Windows 7 Meltdown patch in MAR-2018 update

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This highly technical & informative document shares that the initial WIN7 patch offered some protection and improvements for the Meltdown vulnerability, impacting virtually all modern computing devices.  However there were both inefficiencies & even new vulnerabilities.  The MARCH 2018 Windows update replacement patches for WIN7 and Server 2008-R2 represent improvements in protection. http://blog.frizk.net/2018/03/total-meltdown.html Did you think […]

Security – Increased Brute Force Attacks MAR-2018

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US CERT, FBI, and Homeland security all warm of increased Brute Force Attacks as outlined in following warning: TA18-086A: Brute Force Attacks Conducted by Cyber Actors   https://www.us-cert.gov/ncas/alerts/TA18-086A 03/27/2018 06:00 PM EDT — According to information derived from FBI investigations, malicious cyber actors are increasingly using a style of brute force attack known as password spraying […]

Microsoft Azure Cloud – Health Service monitoring dashboard

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Microsoft Azure has made available a new Health Service dashboard that can tailored by ADMINS to monitor applications within the cloud https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/announcing-azure-service-health-general-availability-configure-your-alerts-today/ https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/service-health/resource-health-checks-resource-types https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/service-health/ Today I am excited to announce the general availability (GA) of Azure Service Health, a personalized dashboard that provides guidance and support when issues in Azure services affect you. Unlike our […]


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