ANDROID: Google Fixes Final ‘Quadrooter’ Flaws with New Security Patch. In the latest round of Android security fixes, the company fixed two remaining flaws that were part of the so-called “Quadrooter” set of vulnerabilities announced last month. Quadrooter was particularly troublesome because the set of four flaws (hence the name “quad”) affected at least 900 million Android devices. These high-risk vulnerabilities would allow a dedicated and well-trained attacker to gain complete access to an affected phone and its data. Read more
OS X: New OS X Security Updates Patch Same Zero-Days as iOS 9.3.5. Apple released iOS 9.3.5 to patch three zero-day bugs that could be used to access personal data on an infected phone. Dubbed “Trident,” the bugs were used to create spyware called Pegasus that was used to target at least one political dissident in the United Arab Emirates. Find out more
MICROSOFT: Microsoft to End Decades-old Pick-a-Patch Practice in Windows 7. Microsoft announced that beginning in October it will offer only cumulative security updates for Windows 7 and 8.1, ending the decades-old practice of letting customers choose which patches they apply. 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.