Systems Engineering Blog

Five Ways to Protect Data in the Cloud

May 17, 2018

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 open firewall ports, which is equivalent to opening more doors to your home.  On top of this, employees are now working wherever they want while utilizing 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 is stored in platforms strewn all across the country. So, how do you keep IT secure?

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Cloud, SE Data Points, IT Strategy, IT Security, Digital Transformation

Microsoft Office 365 Spam Filter Vulnerability

May 10, 2018

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. 

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Systems Engineering and the Travis Mills Foundation

April 26, 2018

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. 

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Four things to know before you get started with Azure.

April 19, 2018

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.

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Cloud, SE Data Points, IT Consulting, IT Strategy

In case of a disaster, retrieve backup.

April 17, 2018

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?

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Business Continuity, SE Events, Cloud, SE Data Points, Data Protection, Data Management, IT Strategy

SE Data Points SPRING 2018: New Employees Bulletin

April 11, 2018

At Systems Engineering (SE), our success depends on the efforts of our employees.  We strive to attract and retain talented, dedicated, and skilled staff who share our values, contribute to our vision, and take pride in our clients' success.

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SE Data Points, SE Team

Technology End-Of-Life/Support Events Lead SMBs to The Cloud

April 11, 2018

First, let's cover some important dates that all businesses should be flagging on their calendars. 

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Cloud, SE Data Points, IT Strategy

SE Lunch & Learn Recap: Enabling A Modern Workforce

April 11, 2018

There are so many reasons small- to medium-sized business are moving to the cloud. There is the attractive CapEx vs. OpEx model, scalability which comes with elastic payment strategies, and flexibility. While those business benefits are some of the chief reasons businesses migrate to the cloud, many aren’t taking advantage of the full range of productivity capabilities that are available.

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SE Data Points, IT Consulting, Collaboration, Digital Transformation

A Hacker's Low Hanging 'Security' Fruit

March 30, 2018

I spent a lot of time early in my career solving complicated problems related to security. In the late 1990's, I consulted as a civilian for the NSA to help automate the 'need-to-know' access of their internal web infrastructure and documentation. I followed that with some time as a Reserve Information Operations Officer for the U.S. Army, and then working for financial services companies including VISA during the birth of the PCI standards. Needless to say, the security field is one with overwhelming depth and it can be challenging for companies to make an iterative, incremental plan to become more secure.

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Cloud, IT Security

IT Project Management as Defined by a Project Manager

March 09, 2018

There is a proverb in Buddhism that says, “If you have a problem that can be fixed, then there is no use in worrying. If you have a problem that cannot be fixed, then there is no use in worrying.” Obviously, the ancient Buddhist writers never had to manage a Cisco phone server migration, move their Microsoft Exchange footprint to the cloud, or upgrade their entire staff and their individual mobile devices to Microsoft Office 365.

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SE Data Points, IT Consulting, IT Strategy