March 2018 will be remembered as the month of the Facebook and Cambridge Analytica scandal; it is believed that Facebook shared the data of over 80 million people, which has then been improperly harvested and used by Cambridge Analytica to target American and British voters during the 2016 US..
A whole series of “speculative execution side-channel attacks” were disclosed in the first week of 2018, as detailed in this Microsoft article: https://portal.msrc.microsoft.com/en-US/security-guidance/advisory/ADV180002
Major security events like this highlight the severe risk companies are..
In a climate where data breaches are all too frequent, and more and more data lives in the cloud, the challenge of protecting your data can seem daunting. Coeo recently took part in a webinar with our partner Redgate Software, looking at the myths around compliance, database DevOps and the..
The big news this month is the the release of SQL Server 2017 which was released on October 2nd. So if you're interested in running SQL Server on Linux, that dream has now become a reality. Since the release, a new Cumulative Update has already been released and for the first time, does not involve..
New Servicing Model for SQL Server
Last week, following the confirmation of SQL Server 2017 being generally available on Oct 2nd, Microsoft announced a major change to the way they will be releasing updates in future. They will no longer be producing Service Packs, instead relying on regular..
August brings us patches for 48 vulnerabilities contained within Windows, Hyper-V, Sharepoint, Internet Explorer and notably fixes for 28 Microsoft Edge vulnerabilities and for the Flash Player ADV170010 advisory. This addresses vulnerabilities that Adobe classify as "Priority 1" as they can lead..
July has brought some exciting news to the SQL Server community and, at the same time, Microsoft has released a bunch of security updates for Windows that will help in keeping our environments protected from malware vulnerabilities. See below the latest SQL Server and Windows updates along with..
Managed Service Accounts (MSA)
In Windows 2008 R2 onwards a new object type was created in Active Directory called msDS-ManagedServiceAccount, which is more commonly referred to as a Managed Service Account (MSA). MSAs allow for a type of Active Directory (AD) account that is automatically..