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September Patch Tuesday: Never Out Of The Woods

September Patch Tuesday: Never Out Of The Woods

It hasn’t been the greatest month for Microsoft security. On Tue 10th they released their normal monthly security updates (read our analysis here) but less than 2 weeks later they have released another, this time an unexpected update to address a zero day exploit.

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September Patch Tuesday: Still Waters Run Deep

September Patch Tuesday: Still Waters Run Deep

This month, we have another relatively light set of updates but that doesn’t mean the threat of attack has reduced. In fact, the number of ransomware attacks in September has continued to rise, particularly in the public sector. With this in mind, now may be a good time to review your patches...

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Uncovering Threats Using Windows Event Logs

Uncovering Threats Using Windows Event Logs

Despite being around for decades, Windows Event Logging is still one of the most valuable (and underestimated) data sources available. It is also a prime example of how seemingly 'old tech' can be used to great effect by newer security solutions. Information collected via logged data spans a wide variety of application, system and security events, capturing everything from software installations through to failed login attempts.

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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: 5 Top Tips

Kick-starting A Career in FinTech: 5 Top Tips

To mark the official launch of our 2020 Graduate & Placement Programme, we've asked our 2015 Graduate Programme Alumni to share their top tips for kick-starting a career in FinTech. Some of them have gone on to base themselves full-time in our New York, London and Hong Kong offices.

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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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