In the tech industry, timing is everything

There are many other aspects that contribute to whether a company’s offering with be a big success or a dismal flop, but whether or not the time is right seems to be the most important of all.

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December Patch Tuesday follow-up: What did this month’s fixes break?

A week after Microsoft released its Patch Tuesday December updates, a number of computer users have reported problems caused by installing various patches on certain operating systems and software configurations.

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Customer to tech companies: Stop abandoning your babies

Discontinuation of a trusted product feels like a betrayal, and there’s a good chance that customer will think twice before investing money and time in one of that company’s products again.

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December 2014 – Microsoft Patch Tuesday

Microsoft’s December Patch Tuesday brings us seven new security bulletins that include fixes to address five remote code execution vulnerabilities, one elevation of privilege vulnerability and one information disclosure vulnerability.

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Cyber-Insurance: Is it necessary? Should it be mandatory?

Should businesses consider buying cyber insurance or is it yet another insurance that’s unnecessary?

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Cyber Monday’s coming; buyer, beware

As much of a fan of online shopping as I am, I’m also well aware of the dangers of this holiday shopping season for those who are looking for an online bargain. Phishing scams proliferate at this time of the year, with many of them offering popular products at incredibly low prices.

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Third party patch and vulnerability roundup: November 2014

Adobe joined in by fixing eighteen vulnerabilities, but did so in a single patch. To the relief of IT admins everywhere, other major security vendors did not see fit to deluge us with more updates that usual.

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The lesson of Sandworm: patched but not protected

You diligently apply each and every patch as soon as it’s released – the Sandworm attack shows us it still doesn’t mean you’re protected from the exploits that those patches are designed to address.

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Fixing the fix: Microsoft reissues SChannel patch

We reported previously that many of our users and many people posting to forums across the web were seeing problems caused by last week’s patch for a serious SChannel vulnerability, MS-066 (KB2992611). It turns out the problem was caused not by the actual vulnerability fix, but by the new ciphers that were added to the Transport Layer Security (TLS) implementation by the patch.

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Patch Tuesday one week later: update woes and out-of-band patch release

I’m writing this on “Aftermath Tuesday” – one week after this month’s huge slate of patches came down the pike from Microsoft. Reports of various problems with various patches have started to trickle in, and they range from annoying to crippling.

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