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Daily Archives: October 29, 2018

  • Patch Lady – 31 days of Paranoia – Day 29

    Posted on October 29th, 2018 at 22:56 Susan Bradley Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    Today’s topic of paranoia is one that I’m already paranoid over.  While 2017 had the largest number of public data breaches, there is a bigger risk that I’m concerned about.  That of the data breaches that we aren’t aware of.  Just about every day I hear on the radio or TV an ad for identity theft monitoring services that tout the ability to search the “dark web” for sensitive information.  I chuckle a bit a that because for something to be truly found on the dark web, then it’s no longer “on” the dark web but exposed as a known breach.  I don’t buy for one minute that these identity theft companies have the ability to see into the dark web before the bad guys find ways to obfuscate it again.

    I’m paranoid that we’re always going to be one step behind the bad guys, with our financial institutions (who already have proven that they can’t be trusted) making security decisions that are good enough.  Good enough for their bottom line, but not good enough for our data.  I’m paranoid that our legislature won’t understand the cyber issues well enough to ensure we have laws in place to disclose breaches and protect our data.

    So?  Are you as paranoid as I am?  Do you think we’re doing enough to protect our financial data?  What do you think they should do to make it better?

  • IBM will buy Red Hat – and look at the price!

    Posted on October 29th, 2018 at 12:50 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    I’ll confess I didn’t see this one coming.

    Good analysis from Sean Gallagher at Ars Technica:

    For IBM, the acquisition is about growing IBM’s business in the cloud—private, public, and hybrid—based on the position of the company as the open source and open standards player versus the “proprietary” models of Microsoft, Amazon, and other major cloud players. For Red Hat, the deal is about scaling up the company’s reach. “We can scale at greater speed,” said Cormier, “not just from a Kubernetes perspective, but even with the RHEL base. We can only reach a certain number of customers right now.”

    The offer, $34 billion, is $190 per share, which is 63% more than Red Hat shares were trading for on Friday. IBM’s shares are way down.

  • Patch Lady – 31 days of Paranoia – Day 28

    Posted on October 29th, 2018 at 00:17 Susan Bradley Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    Today’s paranoia topic is about hardening Windows… and specifically if Windows  7 is really more or less secure than Windows 10.

    For all that people do not like about Windows 10 privacy (or lack of) settings and telemetry, Windows 10 does have much more hardware based security that can be enabled than Windows 7 has.

    But therein lies the problem, many of this security goodness only kicks in if you have the right hardware, and the right operating system and the right knowledge to set it up right.  Take credential guard for example… it’s only in Enterprise sku.  Others like attack surface reduction rules only kick in as well with the Enterprise version.  1809 was supposed to get block suspicious behaviors but it was pulled at the last minute.

    So whenever you hear that Windows 10 is the most secure version of Windows ever… it is.  But…. depending on the version you have, you may not get all the features.

    One thing you can do is to “harden” the operating system by uninstalling any software added by the vendor during the OEM process you don’t use, or better yet, reinstalling the operating system from scratch before you use it.  Then you can use various tools to “de bloat” the games and other items from the operating system as well as possibly disable services.

    But I don’t recommend following that guidance without making a solid backup of your system before you start tweaking and making changes.

    So is Windows 10 the most secure operating system ever?  Sure.  But like most things in security, it takes work and nothing right out of the box is as secure as it can be.