Solorigate – Senate hearing FEB-23-2021

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Public links are available for the recent Senate hearing for the SolarWinds Orion software hack & advanced exploit that got embedded in hundreds of GOVT & corporate organizations CrowdStrike Exec Points to Active Directory ‘Structural Problems’ in Senate Solorigate Hearing — Redmondmag.com ADVISORY: Senate Intel Announces Open Hearing on SolarWinds Hack – Press Releases – […]

Malware – Fake Outlook version update circulating FEB-2021

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SANS ISC shares awareness of phishing attack using an “outlook email update” used to package privacy & malware based attacks Pretending to be an Outlook Version Update (sans.edu) I received this phishing email yesterday that seemed very strange with this short and urgent message:  “The Classic version of Outlook Mail will be replaced by our new […]

NSA – Zero Trust Security Model

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This Zero Trust model shares best practices & need to fully verify all users with a comprehensive plan for all security endpoints. NSA Releases Guidance on Zero Trust Security Model | CISA CSI_EMBRACING_ZT_SECURITY_MODEL_UOO115131-21.PDF (defense.gov) The National Security Agency (NSA) has released Cybersecurity Information Sheet: Embracing a Zero Trust Security Model, which provides information about, and recommendations […]

IBM cloud – new features for 2021

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Some of latest developments for the “IBM cloud” share new developments coming later in 2021 IBM Boosts Its Hybrid Cloud with New Power Systems, Red Hat Features | eWEEK Vendor discussions of cloud and hybrid cloud computing typically follow a “go where you know” trajectory. However, when it comes to hybrid cloud, IBM’s efforts are in […]

Microsoft – Solorigate CodeQL detection tool release

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Microsoft continues to release forensic tools to help find compromises associated with the SolarWinds’ Orion attack (where hackers embedded special routines into the source code) Microsoft Releases CodeQL for Detecting Solorigate Tampering — Redmondmag.com Microsoft open sources CodeQL queries used to hunt for Solorigate activity – Microsoft Security A key aspect of the Solorigate attack […]

Mozilla Firefox and Thunderbird – security updates FEB-2021

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Mozilla Releases Security Updates for Thunderbird, Firefox ESR, and Firefox | CISA Security Vulnerabilities fixed in Firefox 86 — Mozilla Mozilla has released security updates to address vulnerabilities in Firefox, Firefox ESR, and Thunderbird. An attacker could exploit these vulnerabilities to take control of an affected system.  CISA encourages users and administrators to review the […]

Microsoft Azure – Front Door and Firewall improvements FEB-2021

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“Microsoft Azure Front Door” and “Microsoft Azure Firewall” are two advanced security products to lock down highly sensitive cloud applications. Further new improvements are now in beta testing. Microsoft Previewing Improvements to Azure Front Door and Azure Firewall — Redmondmag.com Azure Network Security Digital Event (on24.com) Microsoft this week announced advancements in two Azure services […]

Grateful Leadership – compliments improve teamwork

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When employees are appreciated & affirmed it creates loyalty & motivates employees to work diligently during difficult times. https://hbr.org/2021/02/a-simple-compliment-can-make-a-big-difference There is ample evidence that giving someone else a boost, whether giving compliments or expressing gratitude, has a mood-lifting effect and contributes to well-being. But we often hold back, unnecessarily, because we aren’t well calibrated to […]

VMware – Security Release FEB-2021

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VMware is a popular corporate virtual server facility & recent security updates are now available for pilot testing & installation. VMware Releases Multiple Security Updates | CISA VMSA-2021-0002 (vmware.com) VMware has released security updates to address multiple vulnerabilities—CVE-2021-21972, CVE-2021-21973, CVE-2021-21974—in ESXi, vCenter Server, and Cloud Foundation. A remote attacker could exploit some of these vulnerabilities […]

Security – CISA alert Accellion File Transfer vulnerability

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ADMINS should patch and take mitigating actions for vulnerabilities of this file transfer facility being actively exploited. CISA Releases Joint Cybersecurity Advisory on Exploitation of Accellion File Transfer Appliance | CISA Exploitation of Accellion File Transfer Appliance | CISA Cybersecurity authorities in multiple countries have released Joint Cybersecurity Advisory AA21-055A: Exploitation of Accellion File Transfer […]


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