Browser bugs are the focus for this month’s Microsoft Patch Tuesday release. A total of 53 bugs rated as 17 critical vulnerabilities and 10 of these belong to Internet Explorer alone. The rest are made up of 34 important vulnerabilities, 1 moderate and 1 low.
Let’s take a closer look:
At Options, we regularly review the market to see what technologies can be adopted to improve our platform – and by extension, the service that we provide to our clients. We try to be early adopters where it makes sense, and we typically offer the benefits of these new technologies to our clients at no extra cost (e.g. Ixia TradeVision market data gap detection).
Top of mind for our Vulnerability Management team is the revelation from Microsoft that hackers are currently playing with two zero-day vulnerabilities.
The firm issued a total of 66 CVE issues in its May Patch Tuesday update related to Microsoft Windows, Internet Explorer, Edge, Office, and Exchange Server among others.
Much has been publicized about the EU’s GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) and its requirement for more governance and transparency around personal data privacy and security. At Options, we see this regulation beyond its European scope and have adopted a global framework and policies to protect the data of all clients on our platform, regardless of location.
Vendors have definitely delivered an April shower of vulnerabilities to address this month!
Microsoft has released a total of 67 CVE-listed vulnerabilities this month, covering the usual suspects: Edge, OS, Internet Explorer and Office. Of these 67 CVEs, 24 are listed as Critical, 42 are rated Important, and one is listed as Moderate in severity.
Insider threats. Cyberattacks. Data breaches. With protection better than cure, our spotlight on data security continues…
Last month we explored the cool data loss prevention features of the Varonis platform. With the appropriate measures in place to control and monitor your data, the next step is to make sure you are immediately switched on the moment anyone tries to get their hands on it.
If you’re a frequent reader of our Patch Tuesday blogs you will know that at Options we patch by default for 100% of our desktop estate. Given the volume of vulnerabilities highlighted each month, maintaining this patch cadence could be a mammoth task. On our platform there are multiple operating systems and tonnes of third party applications.
It’s been nearly two months since the Meltdown and Spectre drama began and Microsoft is still churning out patches to protect against these vulnerabilities (luckily there are no known exploits).
In total, Microsoft has released a whopping 75 security patches for March covering Internet Explorer, Edge, ChakraCore, Microsoft Windows, Microsoft Office, and ASP.NET Core. 14 are listed as critical and 61 are rated important in severity.
In cybersecurity circles, 2017 will go down in history as the year that Fortune 500 CEOs started to get fired after data breaches, whereas in the previous era a junior IT manager would be sacrificed. It seemed that everyone got hacked, ranging from the SEC or Parliament in the UK, Fortune 500 companies, to the law firms that manage off-shore wealth for the elite.