The OFFICIAL end of Windows 7

I wanted to take a moment and comment on some recent news regarding Microsoft Windows and security.

Two important events happened on Tuesday, January 14, 2020:

  1. Microsoft released a security update for Windows regarding a flaw found in the operating system discovered by the NSA.  As you are probably already aware, this kind of thing happens all the time.  As new flaws are discovered, Microsoft releases patches to fix the issue.  We support this effort by making sure that patches are applied on a regular basis for our clients who receive patch management as part of their Managed IT Services agreement with us.

  2. The official End of Life of Windows 7 happened on January 14, 2020.  This means that the patch released on Tuesday was the last major security update for the Windows 7 operating system, according to Microsoft. 
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Cyber Concerns Surrounding Current Events

As a Managed IT Services Provider, we consider it our responsibility to provide information on factors that could potentially impact organization's technology, and as a result, their businesses. 

Due to recent international events, the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) of the US Department of Homeland Security has issued an alert (AA20-006A) about potential cyber-threats.  

While we do not feel there is a need to be alarmed at this time, there is reason to believe that there could be retaliatory cyber-attacks against the US Government, private businesses, critical infrastructure, academia, and so on.  

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Malware in the Cloud: Protecting Yourself Based on Your Cloud Environment

*As featured on Tripwire.com - January 7, 2020

In some ways, the cloud has made security management easier, as many cloud providers have taken the responsibilities traditionally associated with local server management out of your hands. But in other ways, the security management conversation has become more confusing for decision makers, as “cloud” is a very broadly defined term and could speak to a variety of different technology ecosystems with their own security considerations. To top it off, many of the people who must ultimately make the decision about what kind of cloud solution is being utilized by their business don’t necessarily understand the security management ramifications of that decision.

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