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The August IT Security Briefing from NCS IT Ltd

The August IT Security Briefing from NCS IT Ltd

NCS IT Security Briefing 2019

This month you can find out about:

  • The use of PDF attachments to infect IT systems is on the rise;
  • The dangers of Emotet malware;
  • Windows 7 and Server 2008 will reach the end of the line in less than 6 months!
  • The Weekly Threat Report from the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC).

We hope you enjoy this issue, if there is anything you would like us to cover in future briefings, please email me on kirsty@ncs-support.com.

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Our partner SonicWall has revealed that the use of malware-laden PDF email attachments has spiked in recent months. Over the course of 2018, SonicWall detected 47,000 new attack variants using PDFs, while they observed more than 73,000 of these variants in March 2019 alone…
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Have you heard of the Emotet malware? It is one of the most costly and destructive threats to your IT systems.
It only needs one computer that’s not fully protected to infect an entire organisation. Once it gets in, it quickly spreads laterally across the network…
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There is less than 6 months until Windows 7, Windows Server 2008 and Windows Server 2008 R2 reach the end of the line in January 2020. This means there will not be any Windows Updates, software patches or security fixes for these products. 
We have put together a useful briefing document which you can download for free here >

The Weekly Threat Report from the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) repotrs university students are at risk of phishing attacks because many top universities are not following best practices to block fraudulent emails. Please be vigilant. The report also includes patches  to resolve the BlueKeep vulnerability. 
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