It’s never too early to start planning for a disaster. In fact, a good disaster preparedness plan should be reviewed and updated continuously, not just in the aftermath of an event. When Irma hit the Florida coast last September, we had our plans. Because of them, we ultimately made it through with little non-repairable damage. That being said, there is always room for improvement and we’ve learned some things that are commonly overlooked when planning that could’ve made a big difference in the time it took to recover from Irma.
No business can operate successfully without some policies in place. The purpose of given policies can vary from keeping consistency and accountability for certain actions or jobs, setting expectations of how and when an action should be completed and distributing knowledge consistently among a team or organization. Just like any other part of your business where policies are implemented, technology and security are no different. But often we see evidence that either policies are not being enforced or don’t exist at all and having good policies in place can mean the difference between a business recovering after an event or attack or not at all.
Just when we all thought that the fallout from the exposure of Spectre and Meltdown earlier this year was almost over, the release of another, related flaw proves just how fundamentally damaging and widespread these types of vulnerabilities are. This newest flaw may prove to be even more far reaching than Spectre and Meltdown, with the ability to affect virtual machines and bypass Intel’s internal software security feature, something that has previous stopped other flaws from being exploited.
It only takes one hurricane to devastate an area, but last year there were three Category 4 Hurricane landfalls in a period of less than a month. A lot of businesses were not adequately prepared for one natural disaster, let alone three back to back. This hurricane season is projected to be just as active, and if we have learned anything from last year it is that hurricanes can occur at any time, with no forgiveness towards unprepared businesses.
In our modern society of GDPR and complex compliance policies, it has become so much more important to manage data in a way that secure, efficient and standardized. Sadly, a lot of organizations don’t prioritize data management, due to a lack of a proper and unified corporate management strategy, lack of data governance or policy and overwhelming amounts of complex data sources. Penalties for lack of proper management can range from fines and lawsuits to loss of data or even a data breach.
As you have likely noticed from all the emails in your inbox with the subject: “Our Privacy Policies are Changing!”, the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) Privacy Law is now in full effect. In a nutshell, this law is intended to help users take more control over what data is collected about them from organizations that they interact with.
Advances in security, cloud scenarios and enterprise-grade hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI) are just a few of the highlights that have been released in the now available preview of Windows Server 2019, which will be released for general use in Fall 2018. Built upon the strong and widely adopted foundation of Windows Server 2016, Microsoft continues to make improvements to their platform based on industry feedback and future trends; including Hybrid, Security, Application Platform, and Hyper-converged infrastructure.
With high profile cyber-attacks and data breaches such as Saks Fifth Avenue, Panera and even the City of Atlanta on the rise, businesses are starting to realize that these attacks are not going away and will probably continue to get worse without proper security measures. Small Business owners will say “We’re not important enough to be the target of a cyber-attack.” They are wrong; over 60% of cyber breaches targeted small businesses in 2016, and that percentage continues to grow. Read on to find out about what threats to look out for in 2018.
After only a year since being launched, Microsoft Teams has already won a Top Enterprise Award and been implemented in 200,000 organizations over nearly 200 markets in 39 languages. Teams plans to expand on their enterprise-grade features this year to provide more capabilities when interacting with apps, organizing meetings & calls, and obviously collaboration between those both inside and outside your organization.
90% of all data breaches start with a phishing attack. The motives for these attacks range from stealing credentials to access internal networks to an attacker posing as your CEO to gain W-2s for tax fraud. If you’re not familiar with how phishing scams work and how successful they are without proper training, then you are putting your Business and employees at risk.
It may be a surprise to you that Tampa Bay is now nationally ranked as one of the “hottest cities for tech jobs” according to a new list put out by TIME Money. But despite this, the Bay Area needs help when it comes to expanding the technical knowledge of our up-and-coming workforce composed of recent grads.
Meltdown and Spectre Expose Fundamental Need for Proactive Security Strategy
Last week, a critical flaw in how our devices operate was exposed to the public. These weaknesses, now known as “Meltdown” and “Spectre” have revealed a loophole in the security structure of our devices; including computers, personal laptops and mobile devices alike. What’s even more frightening than that, however, is the fact that these structural flaws had previously gone undiscovered for two whole decades without being resolved. If flaws as critical as these can go unnoticed for so long, it’s only a matter of time before more insecurities are discovered and exploited.
Find Your Place at Infotect
Here at Infotect are committed to consistently exceeding our customers’ expectations of what they expect from their Managed Services Provider. As our Clients continue to grow, it is important that we grow with them to ensure we are meeting, and exceeding their expectations. Out of this need for growth, we are excited to announce that we will be adding positions to our team and starting the search for a candidate who holds our company values and fits well in our environment.
Every year we prepare clients with Disaster Recovery plans for the worst-case scenario. We never know when a disaster is going to strike, but this year it did. With nearly 7 million people and businesses without power, Hurricane Irma was one of the most powerful storms that Florida has ever seen. With excellent communication and proper planning however, all of our customers were up and running by the end of the week. Was your Managed Services Provider there for you before and after the storm?
Have you heard about the newest updates for Office 365? Or that Microsoft will no longer be offering Office 2013 for Home, Business, and Students on PC for download from the Office 365 Portal or account pages? Don’t be concerned just yet, your Office 2013 service won’t cut off immediately, but standard support of Office 365 2013 will only continue through Spring 2018.
The Heartbleed security bug in 2014 created widespread awareness about Internet credential vulnerabilities. Certainly, changing your passwords regularly can help stop the information brokers who are selling your login information to the next hacker. However, a better option is using a second factor of authentication. Major service providers like Microsoft and Google fully support two-factor authentication.
IP-based phone solution providers come in all shapes and sizes. There is a plethora of business voice over IP (VoIP) solutions ranging from browser plug-ins and mobile apps to digital PBXs that can host thousands of concurrent calls. The cloud evolution has created a crowded and competitive marketplace.