If your organization is still utilizing Windows 7 SP1, Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1, and Windows Server 2008 SP2, please read this article in its entirety.
Five years ago, I wrote a blog post that summarized the risks of unmanaged data within IT environments. As a specialist working with Systems Engineering's FileProtect (cloud backup service), I’ve only seen this problem compound. The problem lies in the fact that the majority of businesses haven’t taken on the challenge of cleaning out their proverbial digital junk drawers.
Oftentimes, IT-focused individuals, including those of us at Systems Engineering, will make the mistake of assuming all end users have an idea of how technology works. How your organizations' networks operate is an example of this. So, let's start from the beginning.
When organizations decide to move data to the cloud, there are several benefits including cost efficiency and time savings. Consistent and frequent updates to make usability easier and friendlier is yet another benefit. For those organizations that have adopted Microsoft Office 365, (or better yet Microsoft 365, a.k.a. 'Modern Desktop') for example, you might have noticed that once a login occurs, the default page seen now is Office.com. As such, Microsoft announced the following explanation earlier this week:
Currently, Microsoft 365 users are unable to authenticate and access cloud services. Users with cached logins are not affected by this issue; however, new authentication attempts are only 50% successful.
The 2018 Human Factor report by Proofpoint states that as many as 95% of web-based attacks now incorporate social engineering, or human error factor. So, with that simple fact, how can your organization prevent its employees from releasing confidential and critical information?
If you are involved as a Wide Area Network (WAN) consultant or decision maker and haven’t heard the term “SD-WAN” (software-defined wide area network) by now, you’re either awakening from a two-year coma, or you haven’t been paying close attention to the onslaught of demonstrative offers, vendor emails, and introductory phone calls likely thrown in your direction.
The topic of SD-WAN has gotten to the level of pervasiveness in the IT community and has almost become a moniker for “building your company’s next WAN design." Needless to say, the term is out there as a hot topic, information is readily available, and most people feel that SD-WAN will be a positive disruption over the next three to five years. Due to the fact that clients want to build a better WAN experience with the benefit of lower costs, this makes perfect sense.
Over the past several years, the demand for cloud infrastructure services has quickly grown with recent 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.
In the coming year, how will your organization be less vulnerable to security threats, remain in compliance, and continue to receive the latest product support?
Quick answer: Review the chart below and ensure that your Microsoft products are not about to expire. The chart quickly points out some significant end-of-life/support dates that are on the horizon for some of the more popular Microsoft products, including Windows 7, Exchange 2010, and Office 2010.
It seems these dates are far out, but in reality, upgrade discussions should begin now in order to prepare appropriately. By applying upgrades before products fall out of support, your business will be less vulnerable to security threats, remain in compliance, and continue to receive the latest product support.
First, I want to thank you, our customer, for your continued partnership with Systems Engineering. As the world of technology gains in business importance and the demand to operate securely and productively remains a competitive differentiation, we appreciate more now than ever the trust and confidence you put in our team.