Microsoft Releases Advance Notification for Next Security Patches

Microsoft about to release new patches for different windows operating systems, severity of these updates classified between important to critical for Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2008, and Microsoft Visio 2003.

Organizations always focus on their business in the local activities and most of them not aware that if their network is connected to the rest of the globe over internet they are affected by any vulnerability discovered.

If a malware discovered on network that are located on the other side of earth and targeting certain software that you also use be sure that the same malware can impact you Information resources. So if you use windows operating make sure to read Advance Notification to understand what software are affected and you are using, next you can decide which step you will take:

  • Ignore the risk: this is not a good option as you leave all your system vulnerable.
  • Accept the risk: this will be if you are aware of the risk and the cost to remove it is greater than the risk itself. For example by testing the update you find that you have a problem of software compatability with your business application.
  • Transfer the risk: buying a certain services that will work to remove the risk (Cloud computing or outsourcing).
  • Mitigate the risk: Removing the risk by applying necessary steps to mitigate the vulnerabilities.

Release of these bulletins is scheduled for Tuesday, July 12, 2011.

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