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FTC Provides Tips on Safeguarding Data Before Upgrading Mobile Phones

Nov 19, 2019

Original release date: November 19, 2019The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has released an article with tips on how to protect personal information before trading in a mobile phone for a newer model. FTC recommends the following four steps to safeguard these devices: Back up data. Remove SIM and SD cards. Erase personal information. Verify deletion of personal information. The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) encourages consumers to review the FTC article for additional resources on how to perform each of the suggested steps and see CISA’s Tip on Proper Disposal of Electronic Devices for more information. This product is provided subject to this Notification and this Privacy & Use policy.

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National Tax Security Awareness Week is December 2–6

Nov 19, 2019

Original release date: November 19, 2019The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has released an article announcing that National Tax Security Awareness Week will be held December 2–6. The annual recognition event will feature a series of resources and tips to help taxpayers and tax professionals protect their data and identities against identity theft. The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) encourages taxpayers, businesses, and tax professionals to review CISA’s Tip on Preventing and Responding to Identity Theft and IRS’s article on National Tax Security Awareness Week for details about new resources and the more than 25 tax security events being held across the country throughout the awareness week. This product is provided subject to this Notification and this Privacy & Use policy.

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Google Releases Security Updates for Chrome

Nov 19, 2019

Original release date: November 19, 2019Google has released Chrome 78.0.3904.108 for Windows, Mac, and Linux. This version addresses vulnerabilities that an attacker could exploit to take control of an affected system. The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) encourages users and administrators to review the Chrome Release and apply the necessary updates. This product is provided subject to this Notification and this Privacy & Use policy.

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Reminder: Malware Can Exploit Improper Configurations

Nov 15, 2019

Original release date: November 15, 2019Protect yourself from unwanted—and potentially harmful—files or programs by adhering to vendor-recommended configurations for hardware and software. Doing so in addition to maintaining regular patch maintenance, will help give your systems and networks the best security possible. The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) encourages users and administrators to review the following tips and guidance: What is Cybersecurity? Handling Destructive Malware Protecting Against Malicious Code Understanding Patches and Software Updates CISA’s Cyber Essentials (for small businesses and small SLTT governments) This product is provided subject to this Notification and this Privacy & Use policy.

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NCSC-NZ Releases Annual Cyber Threat Report

Nov 14, 2019

Original release date: November 14, 2019The New Zealand National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC-NZ) has released their annual report detailing cyber threats and incidents affecting New Zealand from July 2018 to June 2019. During this period, NCSC-NZ recorded an increase in the severity of cybersecurity incidents—particularly from state-sponsored threat actors. NCSC-NZ provides enhanced cybersecurity services to New Zealand Government and organizations of national significance against cybersecurity threats. The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) encourages administrators to review the NCSC Cyber Threat Report for more information. This product is provided subject to this Notification and this Privacy & Use policy.

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VMware Releases Security Updates

Nov 12, 2019

Original release date: November 12, 2019VMware has released security updates to address vulnerabilities in ESXi, Workstation, and Fusion. An attacker could exploit some of these vulnerabilities to take control of an affected system. The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) encourages users and administrators to review VMware Security Advisories VMSA-2019-0020 and VMSA-2019-0021 and apply the necessary updates. This product is provided subject to this Notification and this Privacy & Use policy.

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Adobe Releases Security Updates

Nov 12, 2019

Original release date: November 12, 2019Adobe has released security updates to address vulnerabilities in multiple Adobe products. An attacker could exploit some of these vulnerabilities to take control of an affected system. The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) encourages users and administrators to review the following Adobe Security Bulletins and apply the necessary updates. Animate CC 2019 APSB19-34 Illustrator CC APSB19-36 Media Encoder APSB19-52 Bridge CC APSB19-53 This product is provided subject to this Notification and this Privacy & Use policy.

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Intel Releases Security Updates

Nov 12, 2019

Original release date: November 12, 2019Intel has released security updates to address vulnerabilities in multiple products. The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) encourages users and administrators to review the following Intel advisories and apply the necessary updates: BMC Advisory INTEL-SA-00313 UEFI Advisory INTEL-SA-00280 SGX and TXT Advisory INTEL-SA-00220 Processor Security Advisory INTEL-SA-00240 CSME, Intel SPS, Intel TXE, Intel AMT, Intel PTT and Intel DAL Advisory INTEL-SA-00241 Graphics Driver for Windows Advisory INTEL-SA-00242 Ethernet 700 Series Controllers Advisory INTEL-SA-00255 SGX Advisory INTEL-SA-00293 Proset/Wireless Wifi Software Security Advisory INTEL-SA-00288 WIFI Drivers and Intel® PROSet/Wireless WiFi Software Extension DLL Advisory INTEL-SA-00287 For updates addressing medium severity vulnerabilities, see the Intel Security Advisories page. This product is provided subject to this Notification and this Privacy & Use policy.

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Microsoft Releases November 2019 Security Updates

Nov 12, 2019

Original release date: November 12, 2019Microsoft has released updates to address multiple vulnerabilities in Microsoft software. A remote attacker could exploit some of these vulnerabilities to take control of an affected system. The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) encourages users and administrators to review Microsoft’s November 2019 Security Update Summary and Deployment Information and apply the necessary updates. This product is provided subject to this Notification and this Privacy & Use policy.

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