January 7

Security Catalyst 11 – (WMF Patched, H&R Block Blunder, DHS Takes a Stand)

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On This Episode
The Windows WMF “Zero-Day Exploit” gets patched
Well, the patch is out – several of them. We talk about the MS patch, as well as briefly touch on the discussion around third party patches, patch management and then focus on the larger issue of defense in depth. Are you practicing good defense in depth?

Microsoft Announcement and Information

H&R Block Blunder
In reality, this isn’t probably going to be a big deal – but I was amazed as we ended the year to find yet another company has been required to notify customers that they may have had a compromise of personally identifiable information. In this case, the social security number (SSN) of the recipient of TaxCut software was included in the tracking number. We discuss corporate accountability and how to help protect your company from these mistakes.

USA Today Story

DHS takes a risk assessment approach
Not enough attention has been positively applied to the common sense approach DHS is applying with homeland security money. Rather than dole out the money in a political fashion, they have decided to take a “risk-based” approach. While the specific details are only coming to light now, this is an excellent step that sets the example – and may give you the opportunity to take the same approach with your business or home network.

DHS Press Release

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