The month of May has been an eye-opening month for both businesses and consumers on the danger of not patching critical systems, the worldwide ransomware attack dubbed “WannaCry” that began on 12th May spread to over 150 countries in a matter of weeks. A fix had been released by Microsoft in March, however due to the constraints that many businesses face during the patching process, even global corporate entities were susceptible to the ransomware attack.
With half of UK businesses being a target of cyber-attacks in 2016 and an ever-growing need to be connected to the internet, attacks will continue to rise, with predictions of cybercrime costs reaching $2 trillion by 2019.
SQL Server Updates:
- Microsoft SQL Server 2017 Community Technical Preview 2.1 (CTP2.1) (Linux support)
- SQL Server 2016 Service Pack 1: Cumulative update 3 (CU3)
- SQL Server 2012 Service Pack 3: Cumulative update package 9 (CU9)
Windows Critical Security Updates:
- KB4019263 - Security updates to Microsoft Graphics Component, Windows COM, Microsoft ActiveX, Windows Server, Windows kernel, and Microsoft Windows DNS.
- KB4019213 - Security updates to Microsoft Graphics Component, Microsoft Windows DNS, Windows COM, Windows Server and Windows kernel.
- KB4019214 - Security updates to Microsoft Graphics Component, Windows COM, Windows Server, Windows Kernel and Microsoft Windows DNS.
Recent News Articles:
- 19th April: Cyber attacks hit half of UK businesses in 2016 - http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/2017/04/19/cyber-attacks-hit-half-uk-businesses-2016/
- 22nd May: WannaCry ransomware: what is it and how to protect yourself - http://www.wired.co.uk/article/wannacry-ransomware-virus-patch
- 17th May: Election candidates warned about phishing attempts - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-39947628
- 30th May: Cyberattack on UK political party 'only a matter of time' - https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2017/may/30/hacking-uk-political-party-matter-time-us-expert-phishing