IBM Addresses Product Updates and Industry-based Security Needs with a Revitalized MyNotifications
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By Ian Gertler, Queue Software CMO and former IBM Software Social Lead
The aforementioned need was accentuated with the Heartbleed vulnerability that was propelled throughout the technology arena in April 2014. For those that don't know, Heartbleed is a major flaw in OpenSSL's software for securing communications on the Internet. While attacks and incidents have waned with various patches and updates, a recent report illustrated that approximately half of the original 500,000 potentially vulnerable servers remain unpatched (via a report by IBM's Managed Security Services division) -- making Heartbleed an ongoing, critical threat.
In September 2014, another devastating vulnerability emerged -- the Shellshock security flaw that was that was identified by Red Hat in the open source Bourne Again Shell (Bash). While cloud-based software and applications can be updated in a more streamlined and centralized manner, older traditional software can often present more challenging security risks -- especially with speculations that the Shellshock security flaw in Bash was not a bug, but rather a feature that was built within the software that could potentially impact millions of machines around the world allowing malicious hackers to cause havoc.
The Heartbleed and Bash vulnerabilities illustrate the challenges we face in making sure that technology users actively understand, identify, address and implement updates and patches for all products and services. Luckily, IBM has a comprehensive program called MyNotifications in place for these needs.
What is MyNotifications?
MyNotifications enables IBM to assist customers with proactive notifications for critical issues before they become problems. Once customers sign up for MyNotifications, they can quickly and easily create subscriptions for the products and categories of content that are of interest to them (product notifications, call home events, APARs and electronic services). They can select how often they are notified and the type of delivery method (including daily or weekly email and RSS/ATOM feeds). Why is this so important?
IBM is encouraging ALL customers to subscribe to the updated MyNotifications service as soon as possible. This free and enhanced service will allow customers to keep their infrastructure, software and solutions from IBM secure and protected. For more information or to subscribe, please visit: http