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Microsoft Defender for Endpoint now generally available on Windows 10 on ARM devices
by Sayan Sen
Microsoft announced today that it has expanded support for Microsoft Defender for Endpoint (formerly known as Microsoft Defender Advanced Threat Protection) to Windows 10 on ARM and the feature is now generally available on all such devices. Microsoft Defender for Endpoint (MDE) is a cloud-powered enterprise endpoint security solution provided by Microsoft for the protection and security of endpoint devices on an enterprise network.
Microsoft believes that the shift to ARM devices is essential as the inherent efficiency of the ARM architecture allows for various form factor devices and enables people to gradually adapt to a new hybrid work environment nowadays. Of course, the security of such devices, Microsoft feels, must be of utmost importance to the enterprises. Here's what the Redmond firm has to say:
In terms of usability, Microsoft says that MDE for ARM devices will have the same exact layout and features as traditional x86 PCs, which means it is accessible from the Microsoft Defender Security Center portal, and such. Support for the onboarding of devices is also available.
If you wish to try out Microsoft Defender for Endpoint you can do always do so by visiting this page on the company's official site.
Linux Mint outlines better, unobtrusive update notifications
by Paul Hill
Clem Lefebvre, head of the Linux Mint project, has written a blog post outlining new notifications that try not to be annoying but also remind users that they need to perform software updates to keep their computer secure. The details arrive a little over a month since Lefebvre pointed to stats that show some users were not applying security updates and in some cases, people were even running end of life versions of Linux Mint.
The Linux Mint team prides itself on its users controlling their computer rather than the other way around. New Mint versions only ever introduce conservative changes so that the whole operating system doesn’t need to be relearned and users are also given complete control over when, how, and which updates are installed; unfortunately, this mindset has led to some users running outdated, vulnerable software.
To remedy the issue, a new pop-up has been created which lets the user know how many updates are available, it says why updates need to be applied, it lets users view available updates, and gives users the option to turn on automatic updates. If the user dismisses the notification it will come back two days later so it’s not overbearing.
If the user decides to install updates, the notification will disappear for quite a while on the default settings. By default, the notification will appear if an update has been available for more than seven logged-in days or if it’s older than 15 calendar days. The number of days can be changed to anything between two and 90 days depending on how often you want to see updates. Additionally, these notifications will only be triggered by security and kernel updates but this can be adjusted in the settings.
There is also a grace period setting which is set to 30 days by default, essentially, this means that if an update has been applied in the last 30 days, you will not be bugged by notifications until that time has elapsed.
The Mint team hopes that the default settings will work for most people in that they keep their system moderately up-to-date without being overburdened with constant reminders to update their machine. The new notifications are set to arrive in Linux Mint 20.2 but Lefebvre has also said that it could be backported to older versions.
Cybersecurity: Canalys warns of “mass extinction” of businesses
by Paul Hill
The analyst firm Canalys has warned of a “mass extinction” of businesses that failed to spend more on cybersecurity. It comes after more data was breached in the last 12 months than in the last 15 years combined. Ransomware attacks were found to have surged with hospitals being specifically targeted. Due to lockdown, many businesses have implemented business continuity measures at the expense of cybersecurity, further compounding the problem of cybersecurity.
Commenting on the new report, Canalys Chief Analyst Matthew Ball said:
While Canalys says more needs to be done in cybersecurity spending, it did say that cybersecurity investment was higher than other segments in the IT industry last year. Cybersecurity spending grew to $53 billion, up 10%. Areas that outperformed cybersecurity were business continuity and workforce productivity, with cloud infrastructure services growing 33% and cloud software increasing 20%.
Looking at individual firms, Zoom saw its revenue jump 300%, Microsoft Office 365 maintained double-digit growth, there was a record number of notebook PC shipments, and Logitech saw webcam sales boom as people began making more Zoom calls. Wi-Fi router sales were also reported to have grown 40% with the shift to working from home.
While all these things are important, Canalys ultimately wants businesses to increase spending on cybersecurity because not doing so could ultimately break a business due to the amount it would cost to recover.
Debian 10.9 released with updates to popular packages
by Paul Hill
Image via Alex Makas The Debian project has announced the availability of Debian 10.9. The new ISO image, which can be used to install Debian, comes with all the latest package updates which will save you time when installing the operating system on a computer. If you already have Debian 9 installed on your computer, there is no need to download Debian 10.9, simply apply any available updates to your system and you’ll be on the latest release.
Commenting on the launch, the project said:
Some of the packages that are updated in Debian 10.9 include LibreOffice, the Linux kernel, Python, Firefox ESR, Chromium, and Tor. The Debian installer has also been updated to include the latest fixes.
Debian 10 was first released on July 6, 2019, and will continue to receive updates until 2024. As big Debian releases come out every two years, we should see Debian 11 at some point this year but so far no release date has been given. Upon release, Debian 10 will be demoted from Stable to Old Stable with Debian 9 being cut off from updates in mid-2022.