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Microsoft Makes Unprecedented Move to Protect Windows XP and Windows Server 2003 against the WannaCry Attack

Sponsored Blog The WannaCry global ransomware attack that started early this month has spread around the world and infected hundreds of companies both big and small. The ransomware exploits the same vulnerability in practically every version of the Windows operating system. It leverages the EternalBlue Windows exploit that came out of an NSA leak last month and was released on WikiLeaks, highlighting a critical software vulnerability in the Windows Server Message Block (SMB). Microsoft released a patch (MS17-010) for its supported operating systems on March 14, and, more than 60 days later, organizations that did not patch their Windows systems scrambled to do so. If you have applied the patch for the Windows SMB vulnerability, then you have nothing to worry about. If you haven’t, you’re s...

Microsoft Retires Security Bulletins–Does That Mean More Time for Patch Management?

Sponsored Blog Last November, Microsoft announced that the Security Bulletins on Patch Tuesday would be discontinued and information about software vulnerabilities found in MS products would be  accessible only on the Security Update Guides portal (SUG). The company followed through on its promise with the April 2017 edition of Patch Tuesday, and the impact of the change has been frustration for some admins. While the portal is searchable by CVE, KB article, product or release date, the change in process has impacted the daily routines of SCCM Patch Management Admins and IT security professionals. Security Bulletins have been around for years, and the predictable and consistent delivery of these bulletins was what many organizations built their processes around. Microsoft’s format changes ...

How Your Role Can Impact Your Organization’s Security Posture

Software vulnerabilities are a root cause of cyber security issues – errors in software that work as entry points for hackers, and are exploited to gain access to corporate IT systems. In 2016, Secunia Research at Flexera Software recorded a total of 17,147 vulnerabilities in over 2,000 products. The breadth of the problem illustrates the challenge faced by IT security teams trying to protect their environment against security breaches without the necessary collaboration of others involved in the management of enterprise software assets. For organizations to stay on top of their environments, IT teams must develop a holistic approach and collaboration among different teams in a concerted effort to reduce the attack surface for hackers. In this webinar we discuss the role asset managers and...