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Microsoft Windows Security Vulnerability

A new threat to computer users has been identified, which affects some older versions of Microsoft Windows. The systems at risk include Windows 7, Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Server 2008, Windows 2003 and Windows XP.

It is believed the flaw identified could potentially effect over 1 million devices.

Duncan Sutcliffe, director, Sutcliffe & Co, commented: “Being cyber secure is essential. If your business’ computers are running an operating system that could be affected by this vulnerability, then a simple update is all it will take to fix.”

What is the threat?

This type of vulnerability could propagate from computer to computer by replicating copies of itself without the need for a host programme or human interaction. A good example of a similar vulnerability is the WannaCry malware that spread across the globe in 2017, infecting over 200,000 computers in a couple of days.

What should I do?

Microsoft has released an update which fixes the vulnerability and strongly advises that all affected systems should be updated as soon as possible.

You can find more information on the vulnerability and download the security update from Microsoft’s website: https://portal.msrc.microsoft.com/en-US/security-guidance/advisory/CVE-2019-0708

Duncan concluded: “It is incredibly important to keep on top of regular patching and updates as a matter of course. We also recommend businesses should strive for Cyber Essentials certification, which helps ensure the right systems, procedures and protocols are in place to help guard against cyber threats .”

For any questions about this vulnerability or how to apply the update, then please contact your IT service provider as soon as possible.

Duncan Sutcliffe
Director, Sutcliffe & Co Insurance Brokers - Worcester, Worcestershire