Following from my update on Monday we’ve continued to take strong measures to remain one step ahead of events. Feedback from clients is that their levels of concern continue to rise with high profile offices closures in London, Belfast and New York, combined with extraordinary market volatility.
Senior management in Options has spoken to many members of the executive teams in our customers and other Global financial sector firms since my last update on March 2nd. Generally the firms we’ve spoken to are confident in their own “core” BCP strategies, but there are growing fears about the strategies of their outsource partners.
The different strategies global businesses are taking to mitigate the risks associated with Coronavirus have become a hot topic of discussion this week. Even on the island of Ireland at the one extreme there is Google Dublin who are running a WFH (“Working From Home”) dry run today for all 8,000 staff (https://www.rte.ie/news/coronavirus/2020/0302/1119791-google/).
Following on from January’s stormy sea of updates (see Cryp32.dll flaw) February has arrived with a flood of almost 100 vulnerabilities being addressed, more than double the normal amount.
12 have been branded as “Critical” severity, with 1, an Internet Explorer flaw, earning the infamous Zero Day moniker.
2019 has seen the rise of hackers racing to exploit critical vulnerabilities in both traditional Remote Access and newer IT Mobility solutions. Critical vulnerabilities have been uncovered at some of the most respected security and remote access vendors on the market, with Cisco, Citrix, Fortinet and Palo Alto all having to contend with hidden flaws in their solutions.
Microsoft recently announced an important vulnerability affecting its crypt32.dll - a core component of Microsoft software required by Windows for data encryption.
This vulnerability impacts the security of windows authentication by permitting malicious websites and software to appear genuine.
Although the crypt32.
New Year’s resolutions? Upgrading your OS may need to be top of the list!
Although Tue 14th January marks the first Patch Tuesday of the decade, for the security community it will be forever known as the day Microsoft ceased support for Windows 7.
Microsoft has been reducing support for older OS versions for some time now.
2019 has been another fantastic year for Options and our partners. Our global footprint went further than ever before with new deployments across Australia, Canada, and Singapore alongside a series of partner announcements, events, and collaborations with, Equinix, Arista, HPE, TrendMicro and Read more
This year, Options supported Movember on a truly international scale with our New York and London teams raising £4,113 for the cause. With an impressive variety of ‘tashes on show, it’s fair to say our honorary ‘MoBros’ have done themselves and the Movember Foundation proud.