Security


Microsoft Previewing FIDO2 Security Key Authentication with Windows 10 Spring Release

Microsoft this week announced new passwordless sign-in support, using FIDO2, that's coming to the spring Windows 10 release and now available at preview.

Microsoft and Other Tech Companies Join Cybersecurity Tech Accord

The Cybersecurity Tech Accord was announced today, with 34 tech companies joining.

AMD Issues CPU Updates for Spectre Variant 2 Attacks

AMD has released microcode updates to its original equipment manufacturing partners to address Spectre variant 2 attack methods for Windows 10 systems.

Intel Not Planning To Issue Spectre Fixes for Some Processors

Intel this week indicated that it isn't planning to release microcode updates for some of its processors to prevent Spectre attack methods.

Microsoft Unveils Project VAST Security Visualization Tool

Microsoft described Project VAST this week, a new tool that promises to visually surface security problems.

AMD To Release Firmware Updates for Newly Disclosed Chip Flaws

AMD indicated on Wednesday that it is working on firmware updates to address processor security issues publicized last week by CTS Labs.

Microsoft Kicks Off Speculative Execution Bug Bounty Program

Microsoft this week announced a bug bounty program to solicit security-researcher contributions about "speculative execution" side-channel CPU vulnerabilities.

Microsoft Expands Spectre Microcode Approvals for Windows 10 Version 1709

Microsoft announced on Tuesday that it removed an anti-virus compatibility check for some Windows 10 version 1709 devices, and it expanded some Spectre microcode approvals.

McAfee Rolling Out Security Protections for Microsoft Azure Users

McAfee on Wednesday announced newly available and coming security support for Microsoft Azure services via McAfee Cloud Security Platform products.

Microsoft Outlines Password Best Practices for Azure Active Directory Users

Microsoft this week described best practices for identity security when using Azure Active Directory or Windows Server Active Directory Federation Services.

Microsoft Approves Microcode Spectre Variant 2 Fix for Intel Skylake Chips on Windows 10 Version 1709

Microsoft announced this week that it made available some Intel Skylake microcode updates that address Spectre variant 2 types of attacks for Windows 10 version 1709.

Azure Advanced Threat Protection Now Commercially Available

The product, now deemed ready for use in production environments, is a cloud-based service for detecting and analyzing security incidents in an organization.

Microsoft Announces Intune Integration with Pradeo Security for Mobile Devices

Microsoft Intune now works with Pradeo Security for Mobile Defense, which can add additional security protections for organizations that use Android and iOS mobile devices.

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.

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