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Change Freezes to Change Chills: The What, and the When.

Change Freezes to Change Chills: The What, and the When.

3rd September, 2021

The term "change freeze" is fairly ubiquitous in the IT world and certainly in our fintech corner of it. It is usually defined as a "scheduled halt to all planned change in an environment" (while excluding emergency changes in a break-fix scenario).

That certainly looks like a simple statement...

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One Team, One Dream - Mourne Seven Summits

One Team, One Dream - Mourne Seven Summits

24th May, 2021

The Seven Summits captured in moment: “brace yourself” I called back to Orla and Niall ten metres behind as I rounded the first (false) summit of Slieve Binnian, Peak 6. Shortly after there were gasps of “what!?”, “no”, and other expletives...

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Patch Tuesday Update - July 2021

Patch Tuesday Update - July 2021

Patch Tuesday has come around once more, and there is no denying that this month has proven to be a busy one for system administrators everywhere. That’s courtesy of patches for 117 Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures. 13 of these CVEs are labelled “Critical”, 102 are categorised as “Important” with an additional 1 “Moderate” CVE and 1 “Low” CVE flagging this month...

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The Significance of the annual SOC Certification for MSPs - FinTech’s Unappreciated Paradigm

The Significance of the annual SOC Certification for MSPs - FinTech’s Unappreciated Paradigm

13th April, 2021

Living in a post-Dodd Frank and Reg SCI era, the concept of stringent regulation and auditing within financial technology is all but ground-breaking. However, less understood within these realms is the intense scrutiny and ever-increasing requirements placed upon Managed Service Providers to surpass both Service Organisation Controls (SOC) obligations and expectations...

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Patch Tuesday Update

Patch Tuesday Update

May 2021

Another Patch Tuesday has come and gone. IT administrators everywhere will be glad to hear that this one is a bit lighter than usual. Microsoft have released patches for 55 CVEs in this instalment. That’s half the usual amount. However, 4 of the CVEs have been assigned critical status and there is a new Exchange vulnerability to keep us on our toes! Let’s get stuck in...

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Transparency Through Telemetry: From Gap Detection To A Gap In The Market

Transparency Through Telemetry: From Gap Detection To A Gap In The Market

31st March, 2021

Options is excited to announce its new, cutting-edge, real-time market data monitoring service. Telemetry CK’s inherent value goes much beyond gap detection and fittingly lies in its ability to fill the long-lasting gap in financial markets: the need for full transparency from Managed Service Providers...

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F5 Vulnerabilities

F5 Vulnerabilities

11th March 2021

One core belief in the Options’ security team is that in many cases, the risk presented by an exploit is proportional to the square of the time required to address it. If a system can be patched within hours of an exploit being accounted, that risk can be dramatically reduced, whereas the potential impact grows exponentially with each additional day that passes...

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Exchange Marauder Vulnerability – 2021’s First Trial by Fire

Exchange Marauder Vulnerability – 2021’s First Trial by Fire

10th March 2021

Over the last week, executive teams and boards across the Fortune 500 have become increasingly aware of the risks posed by the Exchange Marauder vulnerability. Once again, their email infrastructures face a “nation-state” attack. IT teams are in a frenzy as they try to figure out how to manage their response and patch their Exchange environments...

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Celebrating Options' Women

Celebrating Options' Women

8th March 2021

The male-dominated FinTech sector is often viewed as a challenging place for women to enter and maintain a successful career.  Many of the barriers women face can be dissolved by the power of a supportive team of both women and men, working together towards a common goal...

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Is CentOS Dead?

Is CentOS Dead?

12th January, 2021

CentOS has always been part of our conversation with clients, especially for those that have been attracted to the zero cost support offered by the Opensource community. On December 8th, this community was rocked when Red Hat announced “the future of the CentOS Project is CentOS Stream”...

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