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New Microsoft Customer Agreement

October 08, 2019

This month, Microsoft began the transition to a new customer agreement, which replaces the core terms for all Microsoft customers. Their goal is to improve the purchase experience to better support all customers. They also had some important security-related reasons for the change, including;

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General, Cloud

Celebrate Race Day With Giving and BBQ

September 23, 2019

The Maine Marathon, charitable giving, and BBQ’s are three of our favorite ways to spend time here at Systems Engineering. This year, we have an astounding 21 employee-owners running all or part of the Maine Marathon. With such a large team, we decided to use the occasion to raise money for one of our core areas of giving; the Maine foster care system.

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Systems Engineering Team

National IT Professionals Day - Celebrating Our Team

September 17, 2019

September 17, 2019 is National IT Professionals Day. Today is set aside to honor the venerable geeks of the world we all rely on to keep us connected. The IT professional is the unsung hero of modern business. Whether it be desktops, laptops, mobile devices, applications, servers, networks, databases, or cybersecurity, IT professionals keep business humming.

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Systems Engineering Team

IT Budgeting and Planning: Four IT investments that will drive business value in 2020

September 11, 2019

Technology permeates every aspect of a business, which means optimizing your IT investments should be a top priority. This can be done through strategic IT budgeting and planning. However, the technology landscape is evolving at such a rapid rate; IT leaders must sort through a myriad of technologies and prioritize those that will drive the most value for their organizations.

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IT Consulting, IT Strategy, IT Budget

Security Alert: Fortinet Firewall SSL VPN Vulnerability

September 04, 2019

Systems Engineering is aware of the vulnerability affecting customers with Fortinet Firewalls who are using an SSL VPN (Secure Sockets Layers Virtual Private Network) to connect to their offices remotely. This vulnerability utilizes an improper limitation of a pathname to a restricted directory ("path traversal") in multiple Fortinet OS versions under the SSL VPN web portal.

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Systems Engineering Alert, IT Security

Systems Engineering: A Place to Learn and Grow

September 02, 2019

At Systems Engineering, we tend to stay under the radar. Focusing on our craft, our clients, our culture, and our community is how we spend our energy. On a daily basis, I am humbled by the passion and capabilities our employee-owners bring to their profession. 

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Systems Engineering Team

Systems Engineering Named One of Maine's Best Places to Work in 2019

August 27, 2019

PORTLAND, Maine — August 27, 2019 — Systems Engineering announced today it has been named one of the 2019 Best Places to Work in Maine – marking the sixth consecutive year the IT company has been honored for its commitment to maintaining a high level of employee satisfaction. Systems Engineering will be recognized at the Best Places to Work in Maine awards ceremony on October 2, 2019.

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Press Releases

Security Bulletin: Remote Desktop Services Vulnerability

August 23, 2019

Microsoft recently announced a pair of Windows 10 Remote Code Execution vulnerabilities, CVE-2019-1181 and CVE-2019-1182. These vulnerabilities allow cybercriminals to obtain remote control of a computer over a network connection. Microsoft discovered the vulnerabilities during routine testing of Windows 10, which allowed them to publish the required security updates and notify the public at the same time.

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Data Protection, Compliance, IT Security

An Introduction to SD-WAN

August 09, 2019

Business networks are changing rapidly every day -  mobility, the cloud, and the Internet of Things (IoT) are creating this phenomenon that is causing companies to reevaluate efficiencies and security. As a result of these network design requirements, SD-WAN (Software-Defined Wide Area Network) is a great fit as it provides a dynamic control of the WAN for the end user. In this blog article, I will go over the high-level basics of an SD-WAN which is quickly becoming a game changer for businesses everywhere.

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Technology Trends, Digital Transformation

What is Shadow IT and how should organizations deal with it?

August 02, 2019

Most employees want to be productive. As cloud service consumers, we have become accustomed to finding a tool or app that will help us fill a need and simply buy it without obtaining approval from our 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.

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Cloud, Data Management, Compliance, IT Security, Digital Transformation