MICROSOFT VS. GOOGLE: Microsoft Hits Back at Google’s Approach to Security Patches. Microsoft’s Windows security team haven’t been happy with Google for the past year. While the pair are bitter rivals for a number of different reasons, Google disclosed a major Windows bug before Microsoft was ready to patch it last year. It irritated the company so much that Windows chief Terry Myerson authored a blog post criticizing Google for not disclosing security vulnerabilities responsibly. That resentment still remains today. Read more
HOW TO: Fix the KRACK Wi-Fi Security Hole in Your Phone or Laptop. Researchers have announced that they had found a gaping security hole in WPA2, one of the most popular Wi-Fi communications encryption standards. But the exploit they uncovered that could allow hackers to steal even encrypted wireless data, dubbed KRACK, can be foiled by software updates. And the major tech hardware and software vendors quickly started announcing those fixes. Click here for key takeaways.
ORACLE: Swats 252 Bugs in Patch Update. Hundreds of different products are affected by a range of vulnerabilities tackled in the update. Find out more
WINDOWS 10: Excel, Access, External DB Driver Errors Linked to this Month’s Patches. If you’re seeing new “Unexpected error from external database driver” error messages, chances are good you recently installed KB 4041681 (Win7), KB4041676 (Win10 1703), or any of this month’s Windows security patches. Read more
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BLUE MOUNTAIN DATA SYSTEMS HAS THE EXPERIENCE: 1994 to Present – U.S. Dept. of Labor, Employee Benefits Security Administration. Responsible to the Office of Technology and Information Systems for information systems architecture, planning, applications development, networking, administration and IT security, supporting the enforcement of Title I of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act — ERISA. Within the EBSA, Blue Mountain is responsible for design, development and support for its various enforcement database management systems, as well as all case tracking and customer service inquiry systems. Blue Mountain also provides IT security services to the EBSA, in the form of FISMA Assessment and Authorization, System Security Plans, Risk and vulnerability assessments, monitoring and investigation support. Read more.