By Stan Washington
National Computer Security Update (Click to see what the NIST is saying) but we broke it down here.
Recently the National Institute of Science and Technology (NIST) issued a statement that shows the cloud industry is fighting against those who attempt to attack the innocent. While rules regulations and standards were being enforced in a few countries, others ignored the plea for tighter security controls.
The NIST is working towards tighter international security standards which have already had a positive impact on security.
Here is what you need to prepare for in the very near future:
Microsoft Outlook Users
For those using older versions of Microsoft Outlook (2003 - 2013) you will more than likely have to move to a new version by June 30, 2016. Payment Card Industry (PCI) compliance is dictating more rules. Tougher Cipher Suites will be necessary to be used and the old versions of Outlook may not be updated (check with Microsoft for the correctness of this statement).
Android and Apple Users
Yes the updates will affect your smartphone. The use of SSLv3 will become extinct and replaced by the stronger TLSv1.1 and TLSv1.2. What this means is if you have an older phone then you may not receive an update to the operating system which in turn will render your email useless.
Chrome / Fire Fox / Internet Explorer / Safari and others
Security updates will affect how browsers communicate to servers to prevent “Man in the Middle” attacks and “Click Hijacks.” You will need to update to the latest browsers in order to keep up with the latest security updates.
What to do now
- Stop reading this article and back up your computer (Why are you still reading? Back up your computer!)
- Check to see if you have the latest version of your virus scan and do a “full scan” tonight. Older computers will take longer.
- Delete temporary files and cookies on your browser. Yes this in inconvenient, but necessary to do regularly.
- Empty the trash on email and computers. Just because you clicked delete doesn’t mean you have fully trashed the email or document you tried to get rid of.
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