Software Patching

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Microsoft and Check Point Warn of a ‘Wormable’ 17-Year-Old Bug Found in Windows DNS

The vulnerability, found by Israeli Security Firm Check Point, resides in Microsoft’s domain name system protocol (DNS). The bug handles data used for key exchange in DNSSEC – the secure version of Windows DNS. Fortunately, Microsoft has already released a fix for the bug – which has been termed SigRed. Check Point has stated that …

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Software Vulnerabilities: A Few Common Exploits

Patching is a crucial component of maintaining network stability and security, and not doing so leaves you at a significant risk of being a victim of ransomware. Unfortunately, many IT departments struggle to patch effectively, or in some cases completely ignore it. During patching, issues such as deployment failures, application incompatibilities, outages, and reboot failures …

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Software Patching: In-Depth Understanding

What is software patching? Patching is essentially when a software developer modifies an existing application to remove any bugs, errors, or vulnerabilities. It’s usually the software developer or an end-user that discovers most coding holes. However, in many cases, a cybercriminal stumbles upon a vulnerability and uses it to their advantage. Don’t mistake software patching …

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Cyber Attackers

Cyber attackers hide in your network longer than you’d think

Most firms find out about the presence of cyber attackers only after they pull the trigger on their nasty plans, usually ransomware. I see a lot of ransomware victims comment that there is “no evidence any data was infiltrated” when news of the breach becomes public. The truth is, these firms have no idea whether …

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Software Security Challenges

Healthcare Organizations Face Unique Patch Management Challenges

When it comes to software patching, some industries are simply more challenged than others. This is especially true for the healthcare sector. All industries struggle to adequately apply critical software security updates, or “patch” their computing environments. However, healthcare has unique challenges that go beyond typical patch management barriers. Why is this? Healthcare, like most …

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National Cybersecurity Awareness Month

Attention Healthcare! October is National Cybersecurity Awareness Month

Did you know that October is National Cybersecurity Awareness Month? The third theme for this year is “Protect IT,” which leads off with the importance of patching your software. We are talking about your operating systems on PCs, laptops, servers and more. This also means operating systems and applications like Adobe, Word and Java. Patching your software …

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Security Patching

Notice of Emergency Windows/Internet Explorer Security Patch

Overview of Windows/Internet Explorer Security Patch Microsoft has advised Windows/Internet Explorer users to install an “emergency” out-of-band security patch (i.e. not released on patch-Tuesday) for a recently detected Zero-Day-Exploit (i.e an exploit that has already been actively used prior to the release of the patch). A security flaw in some versions of Internet Explorer could …

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Software Patching Tips

18 Software Patching Tips – A Checklist for Success

Patching your software and information technology investments can be a daunting task. Not only does it take a lot of time, but it usually must be done after hours within a narrow service window. Plus, inventorying all your systems can be nearly impossible, as is getting accurate reporting after the task is complete. If you …

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Healthcare Patch Management

WannaCry Ransomware Is Still A Threat to The Healthcare Industry

The internet has brought the world closer together by connecting remote users and organizations with one another. Additionally, it has inspired a wave of innovation that rivals most in human history. The world got smaller, people connected, as did the ability of businesses and organizations to reach clients and consumers faster. But as with any …

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Healthcare Patching Solution

Cyber Breach Insurance for Software Patching Clients – What’s in It for You?

Software patching dramatically improves a company’s security posture. Most of the publicized breaches in recent years, and even the unpublicized ones, have their roots in hackers exploiting an unpatched system. All the cyber insurance policies I have seen have stipulations that the insured must comply with in order to be eligible for the insurance. Those …

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