April 15, 2021

Cyber Security for Manufacturing Firms: 5 Reasons & 5 Ways

Rishi Khemani | Security Boulevard | April 13, 2021

Time 6-8 minute read

"As the manufacturing businesses are growing more data-driven, it is becoming essential for these organizations to take the necessary measures for avoiding losses due to cyber attacks."

This is a great article describing both the five reasons why manufacturing firms need cybersecurity, and then it goes a step further by describing five measures that they should take to become secure. Kansas has a healthy and thriving manufacturing industry that requires increased tech security. If you a manufacturer in the state of Kansas and want to make sure your facility is secure, please contact us to schedule that first meeting as your first step to safeguarding your business.

 

April 9, 2021

15 Cybersecurity Pitfalls and Fixes for SMBs

Becky Bracken | Threat Post | 5 April 2021

Time 6-8 minute read

"Look at something like SolarWinds, an attack on some of the largest and best protected entities in the world that went undetected for 6 or 9 months. Yeah, think about attacks on an SMB who’s with one guy named Jim, you, who is struggling to do all of the work of the entire security organization."
Greg Murphy, Ordr CEO

Many small businesses do believe that they are less of a target. Why would someone want to target their small business? Because it’s usually easier for hackers to infiltrate their systems. It just takes one out-of-date patch or one lucky email to be clicked on. This article includes 15 common mistakes small and medium-sized businesses make when managing their IT. Don’t let these reasons be an excuse for putting off securing your Kansas business or non-profit. Contact us to start a conversation on how to make sure your organization is secure.

 

March 31, 2021

Microsoft: Exchange Ransomware Activity 'Limited' So Far

Jeremy Kirk | Bank Info Security | 26 Mar 2021

Time 6-8 minute read

"Microsoft says ransomware activity against compromised on-premises Exchange servers remains limited, but it warns that organizations are far from out of the woods."

If you have an onsite Microsoft Exchange server and have not yet checked it to see if it has been compromised yet, please do so as quickly as possible. According to this article, at the very minimum, Microsoft believes that the servers' vulnerabilities allow for your server to become part of the complex cybersecurity economy. Some of the more significant attacks could lead to ransomware being deployed or your company data being stolen and sold on the dark web. If you are unsure if your Kansas business or non-profit has been affected by this vulnerability, please contact us to help.

 

March 24, 2021

Windows 10 is getting new File Explorer icons as part of a visual overhaul

Tom Warren| The Verge | March 24, 2021

Time 2-3 minute read

“Several changes, such as the orientation of the folder icons and the default file type icons, have been made for greater consistency across Microsoft products that show files,” says Amanda Langowski, Microsoft’s Windows Insider chief.

An update from Microsoft is coming, and Tom Warren from The Verge wrote a brief article describing those changes. Among them are new icons. Many changes have occurred in the design of the windows icons since Windows 95, but their function them are still basically the same. When the above quote states that these changes are being made for “greater consistency across Microsoft products,” I believe they are talking about finally making the icons in windows look the same in OneDrive for your mobile device as well. While not stated explicitly in this article, I’m sure there will also be an update to your Microsoft apps on your mobile devices as well. If you have questions about Windows updates and how they will affect your Kansas business or non-profit, please contact us for more information.

 

March 11, 2021

Microsoft is ending support for the old non-Chromium Edge

Microsoft Edge Team | Microsoft | March 9, 2021

Time 2-3 minute read

“Today, Microsoft Edge Legacy desktop application support officially ends, and it will no longer receive future security updates."

A short blog post from the Microsoft Edge Team announcing the end of support and updates for the old Microsoft Edge. The new Microsoft Edge built on the Chromium project will still be available and automatically replaced after the August update is applied. Most Windows users will not notice a change, but we see customers who use websites for business that have not updated code on their website to work with the latest browsers. If you aren’t sure if your business will be able to run after the update and what alternatives you may have after the update, please contact us to help.

 

March 4, 2021

Exchange Server Attacks Spread After Disclosure of Flaws

Jeremy Kirk | Bank Info Security | March 4, 2021

Time 6-7 minute read

If you host a Microsoft Exchange server, it is crucial you must check your server to ensure it hasn’t been taken advantage of by one of the bad guys. The latest attack can send backdoor emails, install ransomware, and crypto miners are affecting government agencies and businesses large and small, and schools worldwide. This article ends by stating that similar attacks to this one have in the past allowed attackers to take over other systems on networks allowing permissions to sensitive data as well as permissions to settings. If you are a Kansas business or nonprofit and think you might be vulnerable to attacks like these, please contact us for guidance. We can help.

 

March 2, 2021

Microsoft to add new shared channels, encryption for calls, webinar features to Teams

Mary Jo Foley | ZDNet | March 2, 2021

Time 5-7 minute read

Microsoft is set to add a flurry of new features to Microsoft Teams, with some hitting the software as soon as today. Some of the new features coming are Teams Connect, End-to-end encryption for one-to-one calls, Teams Pro, PowerPoint Live, and Intelligent Speakers. You can read this article to read about the details of the new features coming to Teams. Teams is already a robust piece of software that allows businesses to collaborate more efficiently. If you are a Kansas business or nonprofit and aren’t currently using Teams but are interested in learning more, please contact us.

 

February 26, 2021

Microsoft Teams has made it even easier to stay quiet in your next meeting

Joel Khalili | TechRadar | February 23, 2021

Time 3-4 minute read

Microsoft has been making small tweaks to their Teams video conference platform to keep up with competition since COVID hit. Many of these tweaks make Teams a better solution than others, such as Zoom. The latest update will move away from their current theme of a 3x3 layout to showing only participants with their webcams on when you are in a larger meeting. Otherwise, for smaller meetings, your regular blank grids will still show. The article suggests that this change is to appease users suffering from “Zoom anxiety.” This is the label being given to people who are uneasy with being seen on video calls. It seems that this feature can’t be changed or administered by our IT department, but that doesn’t mean Microsoft won’t allow for local configuration changes in the future. For more information on video conferencing solutions such as this one, please contact us.

 

February 23, 2021

Microsoft Word will soon try to guess what you are typing

Liam Tung | ZDNet | February 23, 2021

Time 4-5 minute read

In an effort to stay ahead of the curve, Microsoft is looking to expand its capabilities and features in many of its office products with predictive text. This article states this new feature will be rolling out in February. Google docs already offer features like this, but it will be interesting to see if Microsoft customers will want these features enabled while typing. For more information about using this feature or Microsoft Office 365 in your Kansas business or non-profit, please contact us.

 

February 17, 2021

Microsoft brings unified Office app to iPad

William Gallagher | Apple Insider | February 17, 2021

Time 2-3 minute read

Microsoft has made a significant change to their Office app for the iPad diversifying the 365 ecosystems to more users devices. While 365 was available before, this update now combines Excel, Word, and PowerPoint into one app. However, now the app is optimized for use on the iPad. If you already have a 365 subscription and also have an iPad, be sure you are taking advantage of this update and the features available to you on all of your devices. For help getting set up with Office 365 products and any office training needed for your Kansas business or non-profit, please contact us, and we will help.

 

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