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On Tuesday January 14, 2020, Microsoft released a very important security patch regarding a massive security vulnerability on Windows 10. Prior to its release, a leading investigative reporter stated there seems to be “an extraordinarily serious security vulnerability” inside of a cryptographic component that is present in Windows 10; originally discovered by the National Security Agency (NSA). This patch is to fix the cryptographic component present in every version of Windows including Windows 7, which is no longer supported. This patch is considered extremely important that the U.S military and high-value internet infrastructure targets were provided access to this patch ahead of time.
So, what does this mean for companies using Windows? If not protected properly, this vulnerability is an exploit that could allow a hacker into your company’s data by tricking your computer into thinking software downloads and programs are trusted programs when they are not. This could allow the attacker to decrypt confidential information on connections affected by the software and have complete access. As advised by Microsoft, all Windows 10 users are asked to apply the Patch as soon as it becomes available to them. (Note: For OptfinITy users, we are taking care of this for our clients)
If you or your company are not prepared to handle this type of sophisticated vulnerability, feel free to contact OptfinITy for a FREE consultation at (703)790-0400 or contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org