Apply Microsoft and Adobe security updates to stay safe
Alert Priority High
15 March 2017
Microsoft and Adobe have released updates to address vulnerabilities in widely used software products. You are advised to apply these as soon as possible to minimise risk to your computers and information.
Microsoft has issued security bulletins for well-known products such as Microsoft Windows, Internet Explorer, Microsoft Office and Skype for Business. Several vulnerabilities listed are ranked 'critical' and potentially allow an attacker to gain control of an affected system.
You are advised to review security bulletins and advisories from any vendor you use and apply their updates as soon as possible. Many vendors allow you to automate the process of updating their software.
Security updates address vulnerabilities in computer systems that attackers can otherwise use to gain access to systems or information.
A vulnerability is a weakness that can leave a computer and its systems open to attack. Attacks can be carried out a number of ways, including through malicious software (malware) such as viruses and spyware that can monitor a user's activity on a computer and stop systems operating properly.