In today’s modern business environment, reliable digital infrastructure is essential and having access to real-time IT support is a resource that you can’t afford to live without. Fortunately, contrary to popular belief, you have cost-effective options that can provide some peace of mind.
What is Microsoft Defender Application Guard?
Attackers often hijack browser sessions to steal and/or manipulate data. In addition, they run malicious code to steal passwords, plant trojans, ransomware, and other activities to penetrate your network.
As a best practice, most security professionals recommend administrative users have two accounts - one for administrative tasks and a second account for all other tasks. This ensures that things like email that can be a vector for malware are kept separate from the account with administrative rights. Unfortunately, this creates a hurdle for many environments, in that the additional time and effort taken to manage and use two accounts for all administrative users becomes problematic.
Microsoft’s new Edge and Enterprise Mode
The new Microsoft Edge is a browser built for business. This Chromium-based browser offers many advantages over its predecessors and other browsers in the market today. So, is it the right choice for your organization?
Securing Applications and DataFor both traditional on-prem solutions and cloud-based solutions, how should organizations act to secure their data and applications?
When talking with IT service providers working in the healthcare space, we’ve found a few concerns repeated:
- My organization has become heavily security conscious after the malware attacks, but we’re not sure where to focus.
- Our leadership wants us to adopt cloud infrastructure and platform services, but our security team is preventing that as they are not sure of the security.
- As our development teams are building products, such as SaaS offerings for clients or other solutions, we are not sure what modern tools work for managing the infrastructure and apps involved.
Collectively, these concerns all engage in the shared idea of security and operations.
In the 2nd quarter of 2016, 88% of all ransomware attacks targeted healthcare entities. In one high-profile case, Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center in Los Angeles paid $17, 000 in bitcoin to restore their files.
So what makes healthcare organizations such an attractive target? There are several contributing factors.
Generally speaking, companies must weigh the pros and cons of upgrading or updating any system. It is accepted that physical assets such as machinery or equipment must be maintained at specific intervals.
Furthermore, the projected end of life date is typically established at the time of purchase. Equipment kept in use past its projected EOL requires additional maintenance and upkeep and often hampers productivity or increases risk and most companies would not dispute this fact.
Software systems are no less critical. Software applications and operating systems also have a projected EOL, but often the temptation to extend the service life of these assets is greater than for a piece of equipment that you can touch and feel.
Can your data be more secure in the cloud?
Let’s look at how Microsoft Azure is helping you to ensure your data and services are protected against current and future cyber threats in the cloud.
CRM & SharePoint Integration
If you are familiar with the very powerful interface which allows a CRM (Customer Relationship Management) user to attach seamlessly documents to a given entity (account, contact, opportunity, etc.) using the CRM/SharePoint integration, you may also be aware of a potentially dangerous gap in the security model.
I have found that the out-of-box integration is well designed, intuitive, and easy to use. I can take any document and with a few clicks of the mouse, associate it to a CRM entity while saving it in a SharePoint library. This interface gives users the best of both worlds: CRM for field level data and SharePoint for document management. The possibilities are seemingly endless.