Whether you have a dedicated IT team on staff and need them to be more project focused, or whether you are looking for comprehensive managed IT solutions, it’s important to ask the right questions in order to get the perfect fit for your business. Partnering with an IT solutions provider should be seamless and result in peace of mind. Doing your homework on a company before hiring them is as important as looking up product reviews before purchasing something new for yourself.
It seems we can’t go more than 24 hours without hearing about the latest and greatest data breach that affects millions. So we ask ourselves, “What can we do better?” After all, if the “bad guys” can hack into the federal government, Home Depot, and Target, what hope do small and medium-sized businesses have?
Most employees want to be productive. As cloud service consumers, they have become accustomed to finding a tool or app that will help fill a need and simply buy it without obtaining approval from the organization first. This practice of employees bypassing IT management to procure tools and services without proper vetting has infiltrated the workplace and is known as Shadow IT.
Over the past four decades, organizations of all sizes have seen a significant change to how they do business, due to evolving technologies. And now, as we approach the end of the 2010's decade, the term “Digital Transformation” is abound and you might ask, "Haven’t we already done enough transforming?"
Cisco Talos researchers announced this past week that Russian hackers were able to amass a collection of over 500,000 malware-infected consumer-grade routers. Dubbed the VPNFilter, this malware could have a significant impact on the operability of routers around the world by shutting down networks, blocking traffic, or collecting mass amounts of user information. There is also the potential to use all of the compromised devices in a single attack against a strategic target.
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As we've begun to adopt a myriad of cloud-based services, our network perimeter has become more expansive and therefore, potentially more porous. Cloud services may need additional firewall ports open, which is equivalent to opening more doors into your home. On top of this, your employees are now working wherever they want and they’re using a handful of different devices. Last but not least, your data is racking up an impressive amount of frequent flier miles as it travels and gets stored in platforms strewn all across the country.
On Wednesday, May 9, it was announced that a significant vulnerability known as "BaseStriker" was discovered in Microsoft Office 365 (O365) email "Exchange Online." This applies to other email security solutions and not just O365. The vulnerability will allow a specifically crafted link in a phishing email to get through undetected. Normally, O365 will scan inbound emails and block, or quarantine, those containing malicious links (this applies even with the Advanced Threat Protection add-on). To date, no exploit of this vulnerability has been seen in the field.
When Systems Engineering (SE) representatives are not spending time enhancing client networks, many are involved with the community by donating time, money, and/or resources to those in need. As an organization, SE recently became involved with the Travis Mills Foundation to not only honor its very own veterans, but to help those who reach out to the Foundation for assistance.
Over the past several years, the demand for cloud infrastructure services has quickly grown with 2017 revenues reaching well over $23.6 billion, up 93% from the previous year. Recognizing this, Microsoft has made massive investments in data centers all around the world to become the leader in the global public cloud services market along with having the most comprehensive set of compliance offerings of any cloud service provider.
Are you aware of the amount of data you have? Do you know how to manage your data growth? Do you know how long it will take to recover your critical data and applications in the event of a disaster?