Security


Intel Updates Microcode Guide To Address Meltdown Attacks

Intel has released an updated "Microcode Revision Guidance" document that includes more detailed information about the state of its firmware patches to address potential Meltdown and Spectre attack scenarios.

Compliance Manager and Azure Information Protection Scanner Go Live

Microsoft this week announced the "general availability" (GA) status of some compliance and information protection tools for use by Microsoft 365 product licensees.

Office Security Baseline Announced Plus Intune Conditional Access Change

Microsoft issued some security help and advisories for IT pros this month.

Windows Analytics Now Has Tools for Tracking Meltdown and Spectre Progress

Microsoft has added capabilities to its Windows Analytics tools that can help IT pros check on the status of client device Meltdown and Spectre protections, according to a Tuesday announcement.

Office 365 Services Dropping TLS 1.0 Support in October

Microsoft wants Office 365 customers to stop using the old Transport Layer Security 1.0 and 1.1 protocols, and use TLS 1.2 instead.

Windows Defender ATP Service Coming to Windows 7 and Windows 8.1

Microsoft on Monday indicated that its Windows Defender Advanced Threat Protection (ATP) security service soon will be coming to Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 clients.

Intel Releasing Skylake Updates to OEMs To Address Meltdown Attacks

Intel offered a few words about its progress in releasing microcode updates to address Meltdown and Spectre attack methods.

Symantec Web Security Service Now Protects Microsoft Azure and Office 365

Symantec and Microsoft announced a collaborative effort on Wednesday that has brought Symantec Web Security Service protections to Microsoft Azure and Office 365 services.

Kaspersky Security for Microsoft Office 365 Now Available for Exchange Online Users

Software security company Kaspersky Lab this week began offering security protections for Exchange Online users with a new cloud-based service.

Spectre and Meltdown: How Do They Impact SQL Server?

IT needs to patch everything, but the Spectre/Meltdown patches come with their own problems, too. Here's how to limit the fallout.

Microsoft Offers Resources To Block Flawed Intel Firmware Updates

Microsoft on Friday published a software update and guidance on how to block Intel's flawed firmware updates for potential Spectre variant 2 attacks.

Microsoft Previews Privacy App that Shows Windows 10 Telemetry Info

Microsoft is previewing an additional way to understand the kind of privacy-related information that gets transmitted in its latest Windows 10 test-build release.

IT Pros Get Patch Help with New 'SharePoint Build To Build Update Playbook'

Microsoft this week released a new "SharePoint Build to Build Update Playbook" for IT pros who update SharePoint Server installations.

Intel Identifies Meltdown-Patch Reboot Problems in Broadwell and Haswell Chips

Intel Corp. reported on Monday that it has discovered the cause of reboot issues that affected its Broadwell and Haswell processors after patches were applied designed to fix potential side-channel "speculative execution" exploits.

Intel Describes Server Slowdowns from Meltdown and Spectre Patches

Intel Corp. this week offered a progress report on the state of its firmware updates to address the widespread problems of potential Meltdown and Spectre attacks, while also providing a description of the server performance hits that could result from applying those patches.

Microsoft Blocks Windows Fixes After Reports of 'Bricked' AMD PCs

Microsoft on Tuesday confirmed that some computers with AMD chipsets were put into an unbootable state after receiving Jan. 3 Windows updates designed to address the Meltdown and Spectre attack methods.

Microsoft Confirms System Slowdowns from Fixes to Meltdown and Spectre Attack Methods

Microsoft on Tuesday affirmed that Windows operating system updates released on Jan. 3 to address the Meltdown and Spectre CPU security issues will have noticeable system slowdown effects in some instances.

Apple Releases Security Patches for Meltdown and Spectre Attacks

Apple released updates today for some of its products to address the potential security threats posed by two recently disclosed CPU attack methods.

Updates Addressing CPU Security Problem Starting To Arrive

Information about a general CPU security problem, along with some updates, was unleashed this week by researchers, chip makers, OS vendors and anti-malware software providers.

Incident Response: A Quick Way To Gather Lots of Files

Using PowerShell, finding infected files can take just a few minutes to complete.

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