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August Patch Tuesday: Remote Vulnerabilities Worm Their Way In

August Patch Tuesday: Remote Vulnerabilities Worm Their Way In

This month, Microsoft reported 29 critical CVEs, including four critical remote code-execution (RCE) vulnerabilities in Remote Desktop Services (RDS) and a critical RCE flaw in Microsoft Word. These RDS bugs are wormable, allowing an exploit to self-propagate from PC to PC without user interaction, thus setting the scene for a global, fast-moving infection wave.

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Using a Sandbox for analyzing Malware – JoeSandbox

Using a Sandbox for analyzing Malware – JoeSandbox

Malware continues to be one the most prevalent and easily exploitable methods used by hackers to infiltrate sensitive data and execute harmful code. In 2018, a surge in the number of malicious files, URLs, emails or attachments sent to mailboxes led to 76% of businesses falling prey to phishing attacks.

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A Tribute To Brian Conlon

A Tribute To Brian Conlon

I was very sad to hear the news about Brian Conlon over the weekend. The Northern Ireland technology sector has lost a giant. Our thoughts are with his family who have lost much more.

Reading the eulogies online my feeling is that they haven’t fully captured the impact he had on the software and Fintech sectors in Northern Ireland.

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Client Partnerships and Expectations

Client Partnerships and Expectations

Two weeks ago the CTO of one of our key New York based clients was visiting his European offices and offered to drop into our Belfast office to spend some time with the team. In fact, he agreed to give a presentation on client expectation /context as part of our recently launched Options University (OU).

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#LifeHack - Duo on your Phone

#LifeHack - Duo on your Phone

A client recently reminded me of how DUO notifications make good use of the iPhone's 3D Touch feature. It's not a widely known/understood/loved feature and there are rumors Apple will drop 3D Touch from all new phones. But still, right now it does save some valuable seconds on a frequently done task.

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Kick-starting A Career in FinTech: 4 Top Tips

Kick-starting A Career in FinTech: 4 Top Tips

Options has welcomed over 20 new-starts to its 2019 Graduate and Placement Programme this summer already, with more Graduates and Placement students due to start in the coming weeks. To mark the occasion, we've asked our 2015 Graduate Programme Alumni to share their top tips for kick-starting a career in FinTech.

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July Patch Tuesday: Heavy Downpours

July Patch Tuesday: Heavy Downpours

It seems July’s rainy forecast isn’t confined to just the weather – Microsoft patches have arrived in a heavy downpour of updates for Windows OS, Office, .Net, SQL, VSTS, JIRA and an Advisory for Microsoft Exchange Server - along with updates in Azure IoT Edge, Azure Kubernetes Service, Azure Automation, Azure DevOps Server, ASP .Net Core, .

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Detecting and Preventing Data Loss Through Email

Detecting and Preventing Data Loss Through Email

While most of us may have developed a knack for blocking incoming spam, flagging suspicious looking email and spotting a Phish, applying the same cautionary approach to outgoing mail is, more often than not, overlooked and underestimated. Email remains one of the most widely used communication tools, yet is among the highest ranking sources of modern-day cyber breaches, which continue to grow in number and sophistication.

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Options at Digital DNA

Options at Digital DNA

Last month, we launched our strategic partnership with Digital DNA and its flagship Belfast conference which plays host to over 150+ industry leaders and exhibitors from the world of FinTech, Cybersecurity, DevOps, BigData, Marketing and Start-ups.

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Project Management: Lessons From The Finish Line

Project Management: Lessons From The Finish Line

"Learn to run when feeling the pain: then push harder."
-William Sigei, former 10,000m World Record Holder

For almost 100 years the marathon has been an incredible test of a runner’s commitment and character; a gruelling challenge of 26.2 miles with often months of preparation leading up to that moment you cross the finish line. Each year, Read more

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