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Is it time to kill the pen test? | Salted Hash Ep 22

Host Steve Ragan reports from the show floor at RSA 2018, talking with guest Adrian Sanabria, director of research at Savage Security, about de-emphasizing network penetration tests to put more focus on attack simulations and helping companies improve their defenses.

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Microsoft holds up Windows 10 feature upgrade after finding BSOD bug

Microsoft has postponed the release of the next Windows 10 feature upgrade for an unspecified period, saying that, among other things, the code harbored a bug that crippled some personal computers.

“In certain cases, these reliability issues [we discovered] could have led to a higher percentage of (BSOD) on PCs,” wrote Dona Sarkar, the head of Microsoft’s Windows Insider preview program, in a Monday post to a company blog. She was using the acronym for “Blue Screen of Death,” the crash error screen made infamous by Windows.

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Google updates Sheets with macro record features

Google has rolled out updates to Sheets, including the ability to record macros – part of the company’s plan to appeal to more business users with it G Suite cloud product portfolio. 

Macro recording provides a way to automate repetitive tasks within the G Suite spreadsheet tool, potentially saving users hours of duplicated effort.

The macro recorder lets users record actions within Sheets and then play them back without writing code. Once recorded, a macro is automatically converted into an Apps Script – a Google scripting language derived from JavaScript. This can be later edited to update the macro, rather than forcing users to re-record it completely. 

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Microsoft shows IT how to get bigger bang from Windows Analytics

Microsoft has published preliminary documentation that enterprise IT can use to customize reports generated by the free Windows Analytics service.

The documentation, emblazoned with “Draft,” spelled out how internal staff – or Microsoft partners in the business of producing custom solutions – can craft specialized reports and build custom alerts from Windows Analytics’ data, and integrate its data with other information for more in-depth analysis.

Windows Analytics is the umbrella label for three separate services – Upgrade Readiness, Update Compliance and Device Heath – which each pull from the telemetry Microsoft collects from Windows PCs. Windows Analytics is a benefit of Windows 10 Enterprise and Windows 10 Education licensing, and so is available only to customers running those editions.

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Latest macOS update cripples enterprise docks, blanks external screens

When Apple’s latest macOS update blanked external screens, third-party hardware vendors scrambled to warn customers and caused Mac users to call each other names.

macOS 10.13.4, which Apple released March 29 and immediately began pushing to users, has crippled DisplayLink, the technology from the same-named company that allows multiple monitors to be connected to one PC, often through a hardware dock, via USB, Ethernet or even Wi-Fi. Companies including Dell, HP and Kensington sell docks that rely on DisplayLink.

When Mac users saw blank displays, they raised a ruckus on Apple’s support discussion forum. Many work in corporate offices that had equipped workers with docks for their Mac, and multiple monitors that no longer showed anything.

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Latest macOS update cripples enterprise docks, blanks external screens

When Apple’s latest macOS update blanked external screens, third-party hardware vendors scrambled to warn customers and caused Mac users to call each other names.

macOS 10.13.4, which Apple released March 29 and immediately began pushing to users, has crippled DisplayLink, the technology from the same-named company that allows multiple monitors to be connected to one PC, often through a hardware dock, via USB, Ethernet or even Wi-Fi. Companies including Dell, HP and Kensington sell docks that rely on DisplayLink.

When Mac users saw blank displays, they raised a ruckus on Apple’s support discussion forum. Many work in corporate offices that had equipped workers with docks for their Mac, and multiple monitors that no longer showed anything.

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Report: AI assistants and chatbots gain traction in the enterprise

Despite concerns over data privacy and immature technology, AI assistants and chatbots are gaining a foothold among businesses, according to a report from IT professional network Spiceworks.

The report, which surveyed 529 IT professionals from North America and Europe, showed that 29% of respondents have implemented one or more chatbots or intelligent assistants for work-related tasks, or plan to do so this year.

Adoption was higher for larger organizations, which have more resources to evaluate emerging technologies, with 24% using AI assistants or chatbots currently and 16% set to deploy the technology this year, for a total of 40%.

“A lot of businesses are starting to see how these technologies are useful, and because they are more widely available, we are seeing adoption increase,” said Peter Tsai, Spiceworks senior technology analyst and the author of the report. He added, however, that the technology is still “in its infancy.”

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