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”.
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- DC770 – Cyber Tech Cafe is a proud supporter and co-sponsor of the DC770 DEF CON group that meets monthly at 7:00pm ET at Jefferson’s restaurant in Cartersville on the first Tuesday of each month. More information is available at https://dc770.org .
- Security Conferences BlackHat and DEFCON took place at the beginning of this month and with them came iPhone lightning cable hacks, ransomware’d DSLR cameras, and bank accounts hacked via Netflix accounts.
- Google Zero dropped a nasty Windows privilege escalation zero-day on Microsoft that has reported been in the Windows OS for 20 years
- Microsoft has not denied reports that its employees / engineers have access to and actually listen to Skype calls and Cortana inquiries.
Microsoft reported 94 vulnerabilities this month, 29 of which were classified [by Microsoft] as CRITICAL with the remaining 65 rated important, moderate or low. As always, don’t be be the low hanging fruit and remember, all the cool kids update!
Adobe released eight (8) bulletins this month, across a number of softwares including Photoshop CC and Reader / Acrobat. Five (5) of the eight (8) vulnerabilities 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.).
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.
PCI DSS is the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard. It is used to establish a security baseline for merchants who process, store or transmit payment card data. If you accept credit cards, PCI DSS applies to you. Starting with PCI DSS v3.2, in addition to the external vulnerability scans (typically provided by the ASVs and included as part of the self-assessment), merchants are also required to conduct quarterly audits of wireless access points, quarterly internal vulnerability scans and annual internal penetration tests. Failure to complete these requirements (11.1, 11.2 and 11.3 respectively) means failing to maintain compliance with the PCI DSS. Piratica offers a simple, unobtrusive and cost effective remote scanning option to help merchants meet or exceed PCI DSS v3.2 requirements. If your organization accepts credit cards and is not currently conducting the required quarterly wireless and vulnerability scans or annual penetration tests and would like more information, you can contact us here.
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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.