Open SSL 1.1.1 – security release April 2020

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Corporate & website ADMINs should patch accordingly & as applicable to prevent DoS attacks https://www.us-cert.gov/ncas/current-activity/2020/04/22/openssl-releases-security-update https://www.openssl.org/news/secadv/20200421.txt OpenSSL version 1.1.1g has been released to address a vulnerability affecting versions 1.1.1d–1.1.1f. An attacker could exploit this vulnerability to cause a denial-of-service condition.  CISA encourages users and administrators to review the OpenSSL Security Advisory 

Windows 10 – May 2020 Spring features release nearing completion

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https://redmondmag.com/articles/2020/04/17/windows-10-may-2020-nears.aspx https://blogs.windows.com/windowsexperience/2020/04/16/getting-the-may-2020-update-ready-for-release/ The coming Windows 10 “May 2020 Update” is possibly at its final build (19041.207), and is currently available for Windows Insider Program testers using the “Release Preview ring,” according to a Thursday Microsoft announcement.   Microsoft lists the new features in the Windows 10 May 2020 Update (also referred to as “version 2004” and “20H1”) […]

Microsoft Security – Special Autodesk release April 2020

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https://www.us-cert.gov/ncas/current-activity/2020/04/22/microsoft-releases-security-updates-multiple-products https://portal.msrc.microsoft.com/en-US/security-guidance/advisory/ADV200004 Microsoft has released security updates to address multiple vulnerabilities in products that use the Autodesk FBX library. These include Office 2016, Office 2019, Office 365 ProPlus, and Paint 3D. A remote attacker can exploit these vulnerabilities to take control of an affected system. CISA encourages users and administrators to review Microsoft Advisory ADV200004 and apply […]

ZOOM – Security improvements as usage grows from10 to 300 million users

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https://www.pcmag.com/news/zoom-tips-security-upgrades-as-daily-users-surge-to-300-million The privacy and security concerns swirling around Zoom haven’t stopped users from flocking to the video conferencing service.  Zoom is now attracting 300 million daily users, up from 200 million on April 1, according to CEO Eric Yuan. “Clearly, the Zoom platform is providing an incredibly valuable service to our beloved users during this challenging […]

Leadership – Virtual Team barriers for effectiveness

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The April 2020 IIL blog features a valuable article on challenges of suddenly going to a Virtual Teams approach & moving thru 4 levels of recognition & improvements in moving to the newer more wide-scale approach “Discounting” theory as a framework for assessing remote work proficiency levels Working virtually with team members dispersed nationally or […]

FBI – Online Extortion attacks increase April 2020

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The FBI’s IC3 has issued a special alert for increased extortion attacks as shared in the following bulletins: https://www.us-cert.gov/ncas/current-activity/2020/04/21/ic3-releases-alert-extortion-email-scams https://www.ic3.gov/media/2020/200420.aspx The Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) has released an alert warning of a recent increase in extortion email scams. Cyber criminals threaten to release explicit photos or videos of victims unless they agree to send […]

Leadership – 4 dimensions to assess COVID-19 impacts

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Business models & technology have been & will continue to be impacted by COVID-19 pandemic as noted in excellent planning article by Harvard Business Review https://hbr.org/2020/04/assessing-coronaviruss-impact-on-your-business-model Once you’ve assessed where you stand on the four dimensions of your business model, you can think through how potential changes in one dimension can be aligned with the […]

Business Videoconferencing – Product evaluation April 2020

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PC Magazine evaluates 3 leading corporate solutions: Zoom, Microsoft Teams, and Google Meet.  These leading video based products are compared in terms of ease-of-use, features, security concerns, and costs. https://www.pcmag.com/news/zoom-vs-microsoft-teams-vs-google-meet-a-videoconferencing-face-off The coronavirus has made video conferencing software a vital technology for both businesses and consumers. It’s a key component of how many businesses continue to function, schools […]

Oracle Security Updates – APRIL 2020

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https://www.us-cert.gov/ncas/current-activity/2020/04/15/oracle-releases-april-2020-security-bulletin https://www.oracle.com/security-alerts/cpuapr2020.html Oracle has released its Critical Patch Update for April 2020 to address 397 vulnerabilities across multiple products. A remote attacker could exploit some of these vulnerabilities to take control of an affected system.  Corporate administrators should review the Oracle April 2020 Critical Patch Update and apply the necessary updates.

Leadership – Best practices for Virtual Meetings

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The IIL blog offers excellent “best practices” for conducting virtual meetings in the new work-from-home paradigm.  Are You There? Hello…? 1. First, remember to be prepared and test your audio and camera beforehand. 2. If you’re the facilitator, arrive an hour early to ensure everything works 3. Advise other attendees to connect 5 minutes early […]


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