April 2020 News & Updates

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Executive Summary COVID-19 Response - The health and safety of our team, our clients and our business partners is of paramount importance to us at Cyber Tech Cafe.  We are still offering on-site service, however, we have a number of clients who have opted for remote support only for a time to minimize the risk of spreading the virus.  We will continue to monitor and heed the recommendations of the CDC and other subject matter experts on this topic and will post any policy changes to our website and social media pages.  Our thoughts and prayers go out to those affected by this virus and to those working so diligently to fight it.We are still seeing Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 Servers in use.  It's important to note that…
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Preparations for potential severe weather

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With so many companies transitioning some, most or all of their workforce to teleworking and the potential for severe weather over the next day or so, it's likely that a number of organizations will start the day tomorrow with outages and connectivity problems. It's a little close to the wire but we wanted to reach out with some quick thoughts on managing weather-related issues or outages. Appoint a person or small group as a primary point of contact for problems. Funnel all support requests and reports through that person or small group. With so many people working remote, it's likely that large groups of workers will impacted by the same or similar events (e.g., everyone with Comcast is down, everyone with AT&T is down, everyone in Marietta is down, everyone…
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January 2020 News and Updates

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Executive Summary Happy New Year and New Decade and Welcome to 2020. Below is a quick summary of the highlights so far and I've included additional details on each below: Crypto Spoofing Vulnerability affecting all Windows versions. The NSA disclosed a vulnerability in all versions (there's a BBC article that notes that Windows Server versions prior to Server 2016 may not be impacted) that could allow an attacker to digitally sign malware (or anything) to fool users and their computers into executing malicious programs. The patch is included in the January updates and should be applied as soon as possible. Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 are officially retired and are no longer supported. If you have any of these devices still on your network, removing or replacing them should…
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November 2019 Updates

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News Holiday Schedule - Cyber Tech Cafe will be closed on Thursday, 28 November 2019 and Friday, 29 November 2019 for Thanksgiving.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 .  Executive Summary In addition to the normal pressure of Patch Tuesday, we have more than dozen vulnerabilities that are listed as critical this month with at least one being actively exploited in the wild. November 2019 also brings us one month closer to the 14 January 2020 end of life (retirement) for Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008. If you or your organization still has Windows 7 or Windows…
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9/11

9/11

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On 11 September 2001, America suffered it's most violent and horrific attack since Pearl Harbor. Two thousand, nine hundred and ninety six people lost their lives as a result of these attacks. 8:46am ET - The North Tower of the World Trade Center was struck by American Airlines Flight 11.9:03am ET - The South Tower of the World Trade Center was struck by American Airlines Flight 175.9:37am ET - The Pentagon was struck by American Airlines Flight 77.9:59am ET - The South Tower of the World Trade Center collapses.10:03am ET - Passengers and crew aboard United Airlines Flight 93, fight back and storm the cockpit and the plane crashes in Shanksville, Pennsylvania, about 20 minutes flying time from Washington, DC.10:15am ET - The west-facing E Ring of the Pentagon collapses.10:28am…
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Closed for 4th of July

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Emergency support is available for MyIT and commercial clients via phone or email at normal emergency rates. Cyber Tech Cafe will be closed on Thursday, 4 July 2019 to celebrate Independence Day and spend time with family, friends and loved ones. Non-emergency calls and emails will be answered on a first come, first served basis on Friday, 5 July 2019.
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Intermittent mail flow delays at AppRiver

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AppRiver is currently investigating reports of intermittent mail flow issues for some of it's customers. The delays appear to be specific to the email security products (SecureTide, SmartHost and Virus filtering). Additional information is available via the AppRiver status page via the link below. https://status.appriver.com/
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Multiple vulnerabilities in Fortigate firewalls SSL VPN

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Two advisories were published on 24 May 2019 regarding the SSL VPN components of Fortigate firewalls using FortiOS versions 5.6.3 to 5.6.7 and 6.0.0 to 6.0.4. Updates to both branches (5.6.8 and 6.0.5 or 6.2.0, respectively) have been released and are available for download. We are reaching out to all affected Cyber Tech Cafe customers now to schedule the upgrades. Additional Information is available below: Information Disclosure - https://fortiguard.com/psirt/FG-IR-18-384Unauthenticated Password Change - https://fortiguard.com/psirt/FG-IR-18-389
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Memorial Day

Memorial Day

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Cyber Tech Cafe will be closed Monday, 27 May 2019 in observance of Memorial Day. We would like to extend our utmost gratitude to all of the men and woman that have sacrificed everything for our great nation. We hope everyone has a great Memorial Day!
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What’s the best defense against cyber attack? Prepare. Patch. Train. Test. Repeat.

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It sounds simple but, when it comes to ransomware (and many other types of cyber attacks), those five words will put you head and shoulders above most. Prepare. Know what you have; what's supposed to be there and what's not. Then, protect what's supposed to be there from what's not. Then, just in case something slips by, make sure you have a good disaster recovery plan (that includes off site backups) in place. Patch. Bad guys are going to attack your tech or your people. To attack the tech, they need to find a vulnerability or a miss configuration. Timely installation of manufacturer supplied patches will cut your exposure in half. Having a monthly maintenance plan like Cyber Tech Café’s MyIT Program will help ensure that the supplied patches are…
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