MSP News Roundup! - 20th September 2013

Debbie Thomson

We know it can be difficult to find the time to sit down each day and read up on what’s going on in the MSP industry. That’s why each Friday we’ll aim to bring you a brief roundup of some of the Industry news you may have missed.

Here’s what we have for you this week in our MSP News Roundup:

Oracle Adds Whitelisting Capabilities

Good news for System Administrators, Oracle have added a new feature in Java called the “Deployment Rule Set”, which allows companies to control what specific Java applets are allowed to run on their endpoint computers.

Oracle who have been criticized in the past for not offering a whitelisting feature in Java seem to have been paying attention but the state in they features documentation:

"The Deployment Rule Set feature is optional and shall only be used internally in an organization with a controlled environment"

To find out more read the full article from PCWorld.

Microsoft Problems a Reason to Worry?

Last week Microsoft acknowledged it had to rewrite four of its security updates, issued only three days earlier after customers complained of installation problems.

This is just the latest in a line of quality issues with Microsoft’s security and stability updates including buggy fixes in August and April which crippled Windows 7 PCs.

ComputerWorld spoke to Andrew Storms, director of DevOps at San Fransisco-based cloud-oriented security vendor CloudPassage,in an interview via instant messaging, who described the issues as ‘Worrisome’ and posed the question in his interview:

"Are we starting to see a shift back to when people called Microsoft the necessary PITA [pain in the ass]?"

For more views on the ever growing quality concerns with Microsoft head over to Computer World for the full article.

Have you seen any interesting articles we’ve missed this week? Are there any areas of the industry you’d like us to keep an eye on for you? Let us know with a comment below.