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NI Rocks! The top 10 reasons why Northern Ireland is the place to be in 2022…

NI Rocks! The top 10 reasons why Northern Ireland is the place to be in 2022…

I’ve been telling everyone who will listen that 2022 will be the best year for young people to get into the Belfast tech sector. Ten observations from 2021 that the tech sector in our city is about to go supersonic.

1. Belfast is one of the only cities in the world where you’d find Taylor Swift hanging out on the weekend through 2021...

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Log4Shell - Log4j Exploit or Groundhog Day in the Security World

Log4Shell - Log4j Exploit or Groundhog Day in the Security World

If you caught Groundhog Day over the holiday period, you may know where this blog is going. Yes, we have another log4j vulnerability! Similar to the one announced on 18th December, this variant is certainly not as high risk as the initial issues and has a lower severity rating of "medium" (Read more

Log4Shell - Log4j Exploit - Team Work, Automation and AI

Log4Shell - Log4j Exploit - Team Work, Automation and AI

As mentioned in previous blogs, the "Log4shell" zero-day is an ever-moving target and this, in part, is due to the scale of the issue. Log4j is very popular and its usage is extremely widespread. Its popularity significantly multiplies the usual challenges faced when dealing with any zero-day exploits...

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Log4Shell - Log4j Exploit, A New(er) Variant

Log4Shell - Log4j Exploit, A New(er) Variant

“A new day, a new variant” is an all too familiar headline and unfortunately, we are discussing this again in the world of Log4j vulnerabilities.

As discussed in our blog on December 15th, rapid software releases are not uncommon when major zero-day exploits are uncovered. The Apache team has spotted another gap in 2.16...

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Log4Shell: Log4j Exploit, A New Variant – 15th December Update

Log4Shell: Log4j Exploit, A New Variant – 15th December Update

15th December 2021

As the global response to the Log4Shell zero-day was starting to settle into the long game of "scan and patch" we were all thrown a (relatively small) curve ball yesterday.

As we discussed on Monday, the Apache Team was quick to release a fix (2.15.0) on Friday, 10th December...

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Zero-Day: Log4Shell Update, 14th December

Zero-Day: Log4Shell Update, 14th December

14th December 2021

True to form with recent high-profile zero-day vulnerabilities, the Log4j issue is set to run and run. The first 48 to 72 hours are always critical, and, as outlined in our blog yesterday, we used this time to focus our efforts on moving fast in the four key areas to protect our own and client environments...

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Zero-Day: Log4Shell

Zero-Day: Log4Shell

13th December 2021

Late on Thursday 9th and into Friday 10th of December 2021, we began to see reports of a new zero-day vulnerability found in the popular Apache Log4j Java library. This remote code execution vulnerability is being tracked via Read more

The Faces Behind Options InfoSec Committee

The Faces Behind Options InfoSec Committee

19th November 2021

Options has continued to evolve to support our clients in the wake of an ever-changing, increasingly difficult to navigate threat landscape. Over the last year, there have been more zero-day vulnerabilities reported than ever before. In 2021 so far, Ransomware attacks have increased by 102%, Read more

One Year in Options

One Year in Options

28th October 2021

As Options welcomes its latest 2021 graduate intake, it made me think about how 12 months ago, I was in the same position, filled with a mixture of excitement and nerves for what lay ahead...

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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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