Monthly Archives: December 2019

Pentagon Wants Contractors to Meet Cybersecurity Requirements

The U.S. Defense Department announced this week that companies hoping to obtain defense contracts will have to demonstrate that they can keep sensitive information safe. The Pentagon has been working on a cybersecurity maturity model certification (CMMC) program whose development involved the defense industry, government officials, and the public. The framework establishes five levels of certification, each corresponding to the…

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Microsoft Security Essentials Will Not Protect Windows 7 PCs After January 14, 2020

Microsoft Security Essentials (MSE) will stop protecting Windows 7 PCs on January 14, 2020, when support for Windows 7 is set to end. Organizations that cannot update their systems from Windows 7 to Windows 10 until January 14 can continue receiving patches for critical and important vulnerabilities for up to another three years if they purchase Extended Security Updates (ESU).…

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Anonymity of cyber threats creates legal headaches for insurance

Cyber technology is now an integral part of all sorts of businesses, and therefore exposes them to an unpredictable range of risks. Foreign actors are increasingly using those vulnerabilities to advance state policies, causing governments to treat cyber attacks as an extension of armed conflict. That’s according to Scott Anderson, the David M. Rubenstein fellow in Governance Studies at the…

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Adobe Releases Patches for ‘Likely Exploitable’ Critical Vulnerabilities

The last Patch Tuesday of 2019 is finally here. Adobe today released updates for four of its widely used software—including Adobe Acrobat and Reader, Photoshop CC, ColdFusion, and Brackets—to patch a total of 25 new security vulnerabilities. Seventeen of these flaws have been rated as critical in severity, with most of them carrying high priority patches, indicating that the vulnerabilities…

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