For years now, multi-factor authentication (MFA) has been at the top of cybersecurity best practice lists. MFA has proven to curb data breaches due to compromised credentials (usernames and passwords). According to Microsoft, 99.9% of cyber-attacks on company accounts are preventable with properly deployed MFA. It's a statistic no business leader can afford to ignore.
For many businesses today, the programs and applications used to increase productivity, reduce risk, and control costs are evolving faster than adoption strategies can occur. When this happens, productivity may decrease, while costs and risks may increase; the exact opposite of what they are trying to accomplish.
In 1970, around the same time David Bowie was writing “Changes”, Alvin and Heidi Toffler wrote a book entitled “Future Shock,” arguing that the ever-accelerating rate of technological and social change would create fear, confusion, and tension across the globe. In the last 50 years, their predictions have been largely prescient. While technology keeps getting better and has improved our lives in a myriad of ways, there is no doubt that it leaves some people’s heads spinning. What can you do? You can start by asking your IT partner for help.
You may recall from our previous blog post in October that Microsoft will replace the core terms of their customer agreement for all existing and new Microsoft customers after January 31, 2020. This new Microsoft Customer Agreement (MCA) is said to improve the purchase experience to better support all customers.
The time for planning has ended. Microsoft will no longer provide extended support for Windows 7. While Extended Security Updates (ESU) may be available for Professional and Enterprise editions of Windows 7 (for a maximum of three years from January 14, 2020), this option will come at an increasing cost to organizations.
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;
Trends in Information Technology are continuously changing and, as a result, organizations are having to adapt to those changes. Let's look at the most prominent IT trends that are showing up today.
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.
Is your organization still operating with older versions of Microsoft Office, Exchange, or a Windows server?
With the introduction of Microsoft Office 365, requirements are more stringent than ever before in remaining compatible with Microsoft’s cloud services. While Office 2013 does not reach end of extended support until April 11, 2023, as of October 13, 2020, Office 2013 will no longer work with Office 365.
In this blog article, I will be discussing a collection of Microsoft-created technologies that have been coined as today's 'Modern Desktop.' This bundle includes email, collaboration tools, mobility, security, and much more.
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: