March 2019 Updates

 

Executive Summary

The Cyber Tech Cafe Managed Services (MyIT) continue to be an overwhelming success.  It’s exciting to see organizations taking a proactive approach when it comes to their IT Infrastructure and it’s incredibly rewarding to hear those organizations comment about how “things just seem to work”. 

A new version of our website / blogging software brings a new format to these posts, all the same content you know and love with a fresh coat of paint to hopefully make consumption more enjoyable and pleasing. As always, we welcome comments, feedback, concerns, etc.


News

Update Info

Microsoft

Microsoft reported 64 vulnerabilities this month, 17 of which were classified [by Microsoft] as CRITICAL with the remaining 47 rated important, moderate or low. Once again there was a particularly vicious DHCP Client vulnerability affecting nearly all Windows machines allowing an attack to remotely execute code on the affected machine by exploiting this vulnerability. As always, don’t be be the low hanging fruit and remember, all the cool kids update their systems.

Additional details on Windows Updates are available HereHere, and Here.


Adobe

Adobe released three (3) bulletins this month, one each in Photoshop, ColdFusion, and Digital Editions. All three are listed by Adobe as “Critical”.

Like Microsoft, Adobe (for the most part) now releases updates to their products on the second Tuesday of each month. Adobe will also release ‘out of band’ updates if necessary to address critical vulnerabilities in their products. Adobe products include Adobe Reader (for viewing PDF files), Adobe Flash Player (often used to watch videos, for interactive content like games, etc.), Adobe Shockwave and the Adobe Creative Suite (Photoshop, Illustrator, Acrobat, Lightroom, etc.).

Additional details are available from Adobe Here including links to download the update(s) and instructions for installation.


Java

The latest update for Java is (and forever will be) Version 8 Update 201, released on 15 January 2019.

Oracle announced at the beginning of 2019 that Java SE would no longer be free for commercial customers. For more information read our article here.


Security News

Ransomware is essentially malware that encrypts data and holds the key for ransom. Organizations that find themselves victims of ransomware are required to either pay the ransom (typically several thousands of dollars in the form of cryptocurrency, which can present it’s own challenges) lose their data or restore from backup (if they have one).

Read more at Piratica.us or catch Piratica founder and CEO, Nathan Underwood, giving a talk on this topic at DC770 in April.

Piratica is a risk management firm. We work with client organizations to help them identify and understand the risks to their organizations so that those metrics can be incorporated into the organizations overall security strategy. We believe that the first step in any solution is to correctly and completely identify the problem. Additional information is available on our website, Facebook and Twitter or via our free email newsletter (signup available on our website here).


These updates will be automatically reviewed, approved and installed for MyIT Customers. If you would like more information about the Cyber Tech Cafe MyIT services for your business, please let us know. The Cyber Tech Cafe MyIT services are available in three different levels (Bronze, Silver and Gold) and can provide updates only (Bronze), updates and proactive network auditing and monitoring (Silver) or updates, proactive auditing and monitoring and up to 10 hours of priority support at a significantly discounted rate (Gold). Pricing is based on the number of physical locations, servers and workstations that you have.