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Cyber Security and Data Threat Round Up: 31 January 2020

Welcome to the fifth in our series of fortnightly blogs which comprises of information gleaned from the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC).

These blogs bring together the latest cyber security threat reports.  Please feel free to share this information with your own customer base.

In this threat round up blog…..

Microsoft ends support for Windows 7

Support for Windows 7 ended earlier this month which means that security or software updates will no longer be provided by Microsoft.

Windows 7 will continue to run however it will be more vulnerable to viruses and malware. The best way to remain secure is to use the latest operating system available.

Citrix release patches to fix product vulnerability

Patches which fix a vulnerability in the Citrix Application Delivery Controller (ADC) and Citrix Gateway have been released.

If security patches are not immediately available ensure you follow the vendor advice on managing the vulnerability until security patches are released. Installing the latest updates and patches when they become available is the best way to protect systems and software from being exploited.

Cyber security measures being considered ahead of Japan 2020

Ahead of the 2020 Olympic and Paralympic games, a panel of experts in the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications in Japan has proposed a set of emergency measures to strengthen cyber security defences.

There are fears of an increase of cyber-attacks coinciding with the global sporting event. Additional measures would include extending cyber security training to local government level and improving the reporting and information sharing around any cyber security incident. There is also a plan for officials to attempt to determine whether items, such as routers, webcams and all Internet of Things (IoT) devices, installed in public facilities and on the country’s transport infrastructure are secure.

Major events are increasingly reliant on digital systems and technology and sporting events, such as the Olympics, should treat cyber security as a priority. 

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