INTEL – 10th GEN Comet-Lake CPU announced

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Intel is in process of updating to it’s 10th generation CPU design built on state-of-art 14nm technologies https://www.pcmag.com/news/intels-comet-lake-s-desktop-cpus-offer-up-to-10-cores-of-computing-muscle The new CPUs Intel unveiled this week—32 of them in total—range from $40 dual-core Celeron models destined for pokey library lookup stations to a $490 Core i9 behemoth with 10 cores, 20 processing threads, and a maximum […]

Microsoft Office 365 – Best Security Practices April 2020

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CISA shares security guidance & detailed best practices for cloud based O365 services, esp. with large WFH based access verses more robust protection users might enjoy in office.  This April 29th bulletin updates prior guidance https://www.us-cert.gov/ncas/alerts/aa20-120a As organizations adapt or change their enterprise collaboration capabilities to meet “telework” requirements, many organizations are migrating to Microsoft […]

Word Press – v5.4.1 security release April 2020

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https://www.us-cert.gov/ncas/current-activity/2020/04/30/wordpress-releases-security-update WordPress 5.4.1 WordPress 5.4 and prior versions are affected by multiple vulnerabilities. An attacker could exploit some of these vulnerabilities to take control of an affected website.  CISA encourages users and administrators to review the WordPress Security Release and upgrade to WordPress 5.4.1.

Leadership – Break up huge virtual meetings

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The April 2020 Harvard Business Review features excellent advice for highly focused “virtual meetings” https://hbr.org/2020/04/break-up-your-big-virtual-meetings Remote meetings are plagued with challenges. It’s often difficult to find a communication rhythm and flow, especially when there’s background noise or poor connection quality. As a result, people may feel detached or removed; they’ll engage less, be less present, […]

Microsoft Security – Password resets from home rather than office

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The new “work from home” (WFH) paradigm introduces new experiences for corporate users who now must work from home.  For corporate users following best security practices and requiring 2FA based VPN or cloud technologies — it is “business as usual” … however, the article shares excellent awareness of security risks & possibly more user lockouts […]

CISA – Essential Critical Infrastructure Workers Guidance 3.0

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https://www.cisa.gov/news/2020/04/17/cisa-releases-version-30-guidance-essential-critical-infrastructure-workers-during CISA released version 3.0 of the Essential Critical Infrastructure Workers guidance to help state and local jurisdictions and the private sector identify and manage their essential workforce while responding to COVID-19. CISA’s original guidance was released on March 19, 2020 and version 2.0 was subsequently released on March 28, 2020. “CISA continues to work with […]

Leadership – HR planning after COVID-19 April 2020

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An excellent article by the Harvard Business review on HR resource planning for months ahead https://hbr.org/2020/04/make-the-right-personnel-decisions-now-to-thrive-after-the-crisis To be sure, you’ll have to do the basics, & pretty quickly, you’re going to have start making decisions about your people — and that’s when things really get strategic. Your people decisions will fall into four categories: 1. […]

Microsoft Teams – Security patch for malformed GIFs April 2020

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https://www.bbc.com/news/technology-52415773 CyberArk researchers discovered a problem that meant viewing a Gif could let hackers compromise an account and steal data. Microsoft patched this security hole earlier this month. All a user had to do was view the Gif to allow an attacker to scrape data from their account. If left open, the flaw could have […]

Security – Web Shell malware prevention April 2020

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Both Australia & USA government security agencies have released Security – Web Shell malware prevention guidance & best practices as shared bel0w https://www.us-cert.gov/ncas/current-activity/2020/04/22/nsa-asd-release-guidance-mitigating-web-shell-malware https://media.defense.gov/2020/Apr/22/2002285959/-1/-1/0/DETECT%20AND%20PREVENT%20WEB%20SHELL%20MALWARE.PDF WHAT ARE WEB SHELL ATTACKS — Cyber actors have increased the use of web shell malware for computer network exploitation. Web shell malware is software deployed by a hacker, usually on […]

Leadership – How to coach team during uncertain times April 2020

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The Harvard Business Review has an excellent article on “How to coach team during uncertain times” that relates well with work challenges associated with COVID-19 https://hbr.org/2020/04/coaching-your-team-through-uncertain-times As they try to ride out the coronavirus pandemic, people are stressed and scared — nervous about others’ and their own health and the state of the world. For […]


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