Security – Digital CERT management often overlooked

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While internet CERTs may be more actively managed, there is need to ensure EVERY digital certificate on network is active & set with maximum security controls — and most importantly properly RENEWED in advance of the expiration date (including testing each renewal) https://redmondmag.com/articles/2020/02/14/it-inadequacies-key-and-cert-mgmt.aspx Mismanaged security certificates have resulted in “unplanned downtime and outages,” per 73 […]

FBI – 2019 Internet Crime Report

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The highly detailed 28 page final version of 2019 FBI statistics for IC3 share key dangers all users must safeguard themselves from online https://www.us-cert.gov/ncas/current-activity/2020/02/12/fbi-releases-ic3-2019-internet-crime-report https://pdf.ic3.gov/2019_IC3Report.pdf The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) has released the 2019 Internet Crime Report, which includes statistics based on data reported by the public through the IC3 […]

EXCEL XML Training courses February 2020

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An excellent series of XML training courses that build upon each other — are offered by the Telusko u-tube channel

Windows 10 20H1 – v2004 major changes for Spring 2020 release

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PC World offers an in-depth look at some of new features for Windows 10 20H1 (v2004) featuring major changes for Spring 2020 semi-annual features release https://www.pcworld.com/article/3520995/what-features-to-expect-in-microsofts-windows-10-20h1-version-2004.html https://www.forbes.com/sites/gordonkelly/2020/02/13/microsoft-windows-10-windows-10x-upgrade-changes-update-windows/ Windows 10 20H1 (version 2004) looks like it’ll finally be giving Windows users something to talk about. Using Microsoft’s Insider builds as a guide, you can expect the […]

PC Magazine – 2020 ranking of business Laptops and Tablets

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Detailed evaluations & rankings for some of leading hardware vendors are shared by PC Magazine, as they rank business Laptops and Tablets https://www.pcmag.com/news/business-choice-awards-2020-laptops-and-tablets Winner: APPLE (Overall) — Apple’s leadership in the laptop category can be seen in our Readers’ Choice stories and here on the Business Choice side going back to the first time we […]

Microsoft Security Updates – FEBRUARY 2020

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Below are key resources documenting this recent monthly Microsoft Patch Tuesday release https://isc.sans.edu/forums/diary/Microsoft+Patch+Tuesday+for+February+2020/25790/ https://blog.talosintelligence.com/2020/02/microsoft-patch-tuesday-feb-2020.html https://www.thezdi.com/blog/2020/2/11/the-february-2020-security-update-review https://patchtuesdaydashboard.com/ https://portal.msrc.microsoft.com/en-us/security-guidance/summary For February, Microsoft released patches for a whopping 99 CVEs covering Microsoft Windows, Edge (EdgeHTML-based), ChakraCore, Internet Explorer (IE), SQL Server, Exchange Server, Office and Office Services and Web Apps, Azure DevOps Server, Team Foundation Server, and the […]

Safer Internet Day – FEB 11 2020

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Each day on calendar has a theme & some good technology safety dates are beneficial to remind us of the dangers that abound online https://www.us-cert.gov/ncas/current-activity/2020/02/10/safer-internet-day https://www.saferinternetday.org/ February 11, 2020, is Safer Internet Day, a worldwide event aimed at promoting the safe and positive use of digital technology for all users, especially children and teens. This […]

Ransomware – Mailto family advisory from ACSC February 2020

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Australia’s ACSC governmental security agency shares awareness of new developments for the Mailto virus family as follows https://www.us-cert.gov/ncas/current-activity/2020/02/06/acsc-releases-advisory-mailto-ransomware-incidents https://www.cyber.gov.au/threats/advisory-2020-003-mailto-ransomware-incidents The Australian Cyber Security Centre (ACSC) has released an advisory on Mailto ransomware incidents. The ACSC has limited information regarding the initial intrusion vector for Mailto, also known as Kazakavkovkiz, but evidence suggests that Mailto actors […]

Malware – Fake Browser update warning February 2020

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SANS ISC shares an awareness that attacks using “Fake Browser updates” continue to circulate & are so realistic they can deceive even experienced users.  These attacks when successful can implant malware or listening agents to gleam personal information from users.  Updates to browsers are usually most silent in nature (or when notified use well established […]

Azure – Backup Explorer preview version February 2020

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https://redmondmag.com/articles/2020/02/05/backup-explorer-preview-for-azure.aspx https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/backup-explorer-now-available-in-preview/ Microsoft announced on Wednesday that its Backup Explorer tool for Azure services is available as a preview.   Backup Explorer is built using Azure Monitor Workbook, which brings text, metrics, parameters and queries together into reports. It’s also integrated with the Azure Resource Graph, which lets users execute queries from the Azure Portal. The overall idea with […]


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