Friday, June 12, 2009

Record-Breaking Patch Tuesday Announced

In a record-breaking Patch Tuesday, Microsoft issued 10 security bulletins and two security advisories this month. The bulletins address a total of 31 vulnerabilities, 17 of which are rated as critical. The previous record was 28 last December. Analysts said enterprises need all hands on deck to get systems patched as quickly as possible.
Of the patches issued this month, the most significant appear to be several that affect Internet Explorer, as the Web continues to be a preferred method of exploit by cybercriminals, according to Ben Greenbaum, senior research manager at Symantec Security Response.
"The four Internet Explorer fixes that address HTML object memory corruption vulnerabilities-the first ever patch for Internet Explorer 8 being among these-are of particular interest," Greenbaum said. "These weaknesses actually appear to be quite simple to exploit and we have observed malicious code being offered in malware toolkits that have taken advantage of very similar vulnerabilities."

5 Tips for Businesses Entering Web 2.0

Remember the good old days, when all you needed was a phone number and maybe a street address to get in touch with someone? Slowly, new fields were added to our contacts lists: fax numbers, cell phone numbers, e-mail addresses, instant messaging IDs, URLs. And on top of all that we've added LinkedIn and Facebook accounts and connections through Twitter, Tumblr and more.
Communication and the tools to do it are forever evolving, and at an alarming rate. While it may feel overwhelming at times, all these ways to connect represent a tremendous opportunity for building communities to help us find and share information faster and more easily. In fact, tapping into social media to manage projects is a very efficient and forward-thinking way to keep everyone in the loop and come up with the best ideas for reaching goals.