MICROSOFT: Issues a Flood of Security Fixes in Time for the Holidays. This week the software giant released an even dozen security updates. The company deemed eight of those “critical,” meaning that IT staffs are supposed to apply them immediately. All-in-all, the fixes addressed 71 issues – and that means a tough day (or two) at the office for Windows administrators. Read more

ADOBE: Final Patch Update This Year: 78 Bugs Squashed. Adobe has issued the company’s last 2015 security update which patches a total of 78 CVE vulnerabilities in Flash Player, seven of which are deemed high-risk. The software giant has recently renamed its Flash Professional product to Animate, no doubt to distance the product from the bug-riddled and somewhat untrustworthy Flash Player, but a simple renaming of the product family, unfortunately, does not erase security flaws. Read more

ANDROID: Google has released a new Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow update that’s currently available for a few Nexus devices. This new update comes with the build number MMB28M and it can be downloaded on the following Nexus devices: Nexus 5, Nexus 6, Nexus 6P, Nexus 5X, Nexus Player, Nexus 7 2013 Wi-Fi & SIM variants, Nexus 9 LTE & Wi-Fi variants. Read more

NODE.js : Security Patches Delayed by OpenSSL Updates. The Node.js Foundation was to have posted patches but wants to release them with the OpenSSL upgrades included. Read more


AGILE: Comes with Pressure and Pain. Agile development often takes federal employees out of their comfort zones, which is precisely why it’s so beneficial, IT leaders say. During a panel discussion sponsored by the Association for Federal Information Resources Management, Environmental Protection Agency CTO Greg Godbout said agile’s short delivery cycles require regular meetings and demand accountability. “You know you will see them every two weeks,” he said, and “the group will ask, ‘Who didn’t deliver?'”Read more

MOBILE APPS: Microsoft’s PowerApps Aim To Disrupt Enterprise Mobile App Development Market. Microsoft launched a new enterprise service called PowerApps that empowers users (employees of businesses) to create mobile apps (they need), connect to existing business systems in a secure way and easily share newly developed apps with coworkers. This is significant considering that over 2.1 billion mobile units will be sold by 2019 and that enterprise mobile apps market is expected to grow with more companies and users relying on enterprise apps for productivity. Learn how this service will disrupt the enterprise mobile app development industry and add to Microsoft’s revenues. Read more

RED HAT SURVEY: Ninety Percent of Respondents to Red Hat Survey Plan to Increase Mobile App Development Investments in 2016. Red Hat, Inc., the world’s leading provider of open source solutions, today announced results from a recent mobile maturity survey, which revealed that 90 percent of respondents anticipate increasing investment in mobile application development within the next 12 months. The 2015 Red Hat mobile maturity survey also finds that these same respondents predict their organization’s investment for mobile application development increasing at an average growth rate of 24 percent during the same period. Read more

PYTHON: Scales New Heights in Language Popularity. Python is increasingly in use as a first language in high school and universities, propelling it to its highest spot ever on the Tiobe index as well as a high ranking on the PyPL index. Read more


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FYI: Federal & State CTOs CIOs CISOs: Daily Tech Update – December 10, 2015

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