Just before midnight on Sept. 18, Microsoft issued a strong security warning and urged users of all Windows operating systems to apply a critical patch immediately. The company said two flaws "could enable an attacker to gain complete control over a user's system." Both are within every version of the Microsoft Java Virtual machine, which is also packaged with Microsoft's Internet Explorer. Patches are available at www.microsoft.com/technet/treeview/default.asp?url=/technet/security/bulletin/ MS02-052.asp. Microsoft also released a security bulletin about another flaw that could lead to disclosure of information for users of Windows 2000 and XP.
5 Top Federal Initiatives For 2015As InformationWeek Government readers were busy firming up their fiscal year 2015 budgets, we asked them to rate more than 30 IT initiatives in terms of importance and current leadership focus. No surprise, among more than 30 options, security is No. 1. After that, things get less predictable.