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It’s Time For CIOs And IT Directors To Wake Up To Scripting

A recent research report by independent analysts Quocirca, points out that “30% of an IT teams’ time is spent on low-level tasks such as responding to minor user incidents, carrying out routine procedures or checking for errors.” The report concludes that “One way to reduce the cost of performing such tasks is more automation.” This is not news. I recall writing articles on this wastage of time, resources, skills and money back in 2009. Yet here we are in 2013 and the wastage continues despite an environment of ongoing budget cuts, lay-offs and the need to do more with less. Amazingly CIOs and IT directors continue to overlook one of the most obvious ways to increase accuracy and efficiency while freeing up IT time to focus on more important tasks. The answer is staring us in t......

It’s Time To Get Very Serious About Java Updates

“…an unprecedented wave of Java exploitation” – Holly Stewart, Microsoft. Bottom line: many Java exploits go after vulnerabilities that have been patched. Since Java runs on a wide variety of platforms, this makes it a very serious vector. You should stay alert for the automatic Java updates. You also can check the Java site (see link below.) The background hum of news about the increase in malware that uses Java vulnerabilities has now increased to a roar. Today Daniel Wesemann wrote a very readable blog post on the SANS site about Java weaknesses. Wesemann pointed to an October piece on Microsoft’s Malware Protection Center by Holly Stewart in which she writes: “What I discovered was that some of our exploit ‘malware’ families were telling a scary story – an unprecedented wave of J......

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