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Ridding your network of NTLM

May 13, 2024

Via: CSO Online

Microsoft has hinted at a possible end to NTLM a few times, but with quite a few Windows 95 or 98 in use that do not support the alternative, Kerberos, it won’t be an easy job to do. There is […]


Security

Expect SQL Server failures as Microsoft disables old TLS in Windows

September 5, 2023

Via: CSO Online

Microsoft has decided to disallow Transport Layer Security (TLS) versions 1.0 and 1.1 in the Windows operating system in a bid to increase the security posture of its customers and encourage modern protocol adoption. The company has warned that the […]


Security

Why you should patch the Windows QueueJumper vulnerability immediately

April 12, 2023

Via: CSO Online

Microsoft patched over 100 vulnerabilities this week in its products, including a zero-day privilege escalation flaw used in the wild by a ransomware gang. However, another critical vulnerability that can be easily exploited to take over Windows systems remotely over […]


Security

Cybercriminals bypass Windows security with driver-vulnerability exploit

January 11, 2023

Via: CSO

The Scattered Spider cybercrime group has recently been observed attempting to deploy a malicious kernel driver using a tactic called bring your own vulnerable driver (BYOVD) — a warning to security professionals that the technique, which exploits longstanding deficiencies in […]


Security

Why you should patch the latest critical Windows RPC vulnerability right now

April 15, 2022

Via: CSO

Among the over 100 vulnerabilities fixed by Microsoft this week during its monthly patch cycle is one that has the security community very worried. It’s a critical remote code execution (RCE) vulnerability located in the Windows Remote Procedure Call (RPC) […]


Software, Technology

Time to check software and security settings for Windows network vulnerabilities

October 13, 2021

Via: CSO

The US Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) has designated October as Cybersecurity Awareness Month. In honor of this event, I urge you to take the month of October to become more aware of your computer and network assets. Inventory […]


Security

Report: Active Directory Certificate Services a big security blindspot on enterprise networks

June 17, 2021

Via: CSO

As the core of Windows enterprise networks, Active Directory, the service that handles user and computer authentication and authorization, has been well studied and probed by security researchers for decades. Its public key infrastructure (PKI) component, however, has not received […]


Security, Software, Technology

How to prepare for the demise of Windows NT LAN Manager

May 26, 2021

Via: CSO

Older protocols are hard to kill. From consumer-based protocols like SMBv1 to network-based protocols like Windows NT LAN Manager (NTLM), we typically need time and planning to move off protocols that we rely on. Many of us are still using […]


Monitoring&Analysis, Security

Is Windows the greatest cyberthreat to the 2020 US election?

October 15, 2020

Via: ITWorld Networking

If there’s going to be a successful cyberattack on the 2020 U.S election, you can be sure Windows will be involved. It’s the world’s biggest exposed attack vector and the weapon of choice of cybercriminals and intelligence agencies the world […]


Monitoring&Analysis, Security

Local attackers can use Group Policy flaw to take over enterprise Windows systems

June 9, 2020

Via: CSO

Microsoft fixed 129 vulnerabilities today across its entire range of software products, from Windows and Office to Visual Studio, Azure DevOps and Microsoft Apps for Android. Eleven of those flaws are critical and should be patched immediately, but one particular […]


Monitoring&Analysis, Security

What should your company’s change password policy be?

May 9, 2019

Via: CSO

Microsoft’s April 24 decision to remove the “Maximum Password Age” (forced expiration) default from Microsoft Windows has sparked a lot of discussion. The default (and recommended) maximum password age had been 45 to 60 days, depending on the OS version. […]


Monitoring&Analysis

Huawei develops own OS to be used in the event of a future ban

March 18, 2019

Via: RCR Wireless News

Chinese vendor Huawei Technologies confirmed that it has a proprietary operating systems for both smartphones and computers, which the vendor plans to use in the event of an eventual ban by the U.S. government, German publication Die Welt reported, citing […]


Software

Best antivirus software: 11 top tools

January 31, 2019

Via: CSO

The AV-TEST Institute recently tested the most popular Windows 10 client antivirus products on three primary criteria: protection, performance, and usability. Only five of the 16 products tested earned a perfect rating of 6 for each of those criteria: Kaspersky […]


Software

There’s a newly acknowledged Edge local IP networking bug in Win10

January 18, 2019

Via: Computerworld Networking

If you can’t get to your router’s admin page using the Edge browser, there’s a reason why. Microsoft broke it with this month’s cumulative updates. Yesterday, Microsoft appended this warning to all of its Windows 10 January cumulative update pages […]


Monitoring&Analysis, Security

The 5 best malware metrics you can generate

May 22, 2018

Via: CSO

A big problem in the computer security world is that practitioners aren’t skeptical enough, don’t question purported authority statements, and often don’t ask the right questions. It’s a theme I see over and over, and it leads defenders to enacting […]


Monitoring&Analysis, Security

What’s new in Windows 10 security features: The anti-ransomware edition

February 13, 2018

Via: CSO

With the new era of Windows as a service, Microsoft is rolling out changes to the operating system twice a year. Many of those changes will allow you to improve your security posture and offer more security choices. You no […]


Monitoring&Analysis, Security

Managing the Windows Firewall with PowerShell

May 9, 2017

Via: Toms IT Pro

Clicking around in a Windows GUI to add, remove and change firewall rules doesn’t sound like a fun time. Perhaps if you’re configuring a single computer or server it might not be so bad, but who does that anymore in […]


Hardware, Security

How to remove malware from your Windows PC

March 13, 2017

Via: CSO

Is your computer running slower than usual? Are you getting lots of pop-ups? Have you seen other weird problems crop up? If so, your PC might be infected with a virus, spyware, or other malware—even if you have an antivirus […]


Security

Windows 10 security impresses hackers

February 14, 2017

Via: CSO

So long as Windows remain a popular attack target, researchers and hackers will keep pounding the platform to uncover advanced strategies to subvert Microsoft’s defenses. The bar for security is much higher than it used to be, as Microsoft has […]


Hardware, Security

Microsoft is boosting security through hardware in Windows 10 PCs, phones

November 7, 2016

Via: Networkworld Security

The burden of Microsoft’s efforts to secure Windows 10 is now falling on PC, tablet, and smartphone makers. Microsoft is making a hardware-based security feature called TPM (Trusted Platform Module) 2.0 a minimum requirement on most Windows 10 devices. Starting […]