25 Jan

Attention Office 365 Users: Protect Your Email from this New Hacker Tactic

By Witold Stanislawski and Ray Miner, Technology Solutions Advisors. 

Continuous access to e-mail communications is at the core of every Small and Medium Sized Business (#SMB) today. There is an emerging vulnerability, which could allow a hacker to encrypt your email system data within seconds and make all your information inaccessible.

If successful, these hackers could:

  • Demand a ransom to unlock the access to your email.  Companies are paying $100,000+ in many cases.
  • Block users from accessing email for hours until the ransom is paid .
  • Delete all email messages whether the ransom is paid or not.  They can’t be trusted….
  • Bankrupt your company.

How do you avoid and/or mitigate the impact of this attack?  Network It Easy, Inc. recommends:

  1. Disable a capability within O365 that allows “Integrated Apps”. “Integrated Apps” allows a third-party applications to read user profile details, edit or delete their files, read items contained in the collections and send email as that user.  In essence it gives those applications control of your email.
  2. Enable Multi Factor Authentication (MFA) for all your mailboxes which requires the entry of an automatically generated, temporary and unique verification code that is sent to a separate device like a cell phone.  MFA is included with Office 365 but not enabled. It must be enabled and configured.
  3. Sign up for a cloud mailbox backup (Office 365 does not provide a mailbox backup). This backup will allow you to restore the mailbox data and go back as far as your backup retention policy allows for, even if the e-mails get encrypted.  This will allow you to NOT pay ransom.
  4. Engage with a Managed Services and Security Provider (MSSP) like Network It Easy, Inc. and get all the above plus pro-active security and vulnerability scanning and training as a monthly subscription.

For additional information, contact us at (630) 435-4000.

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23 Jan

Network IT Easy Becomes Partner of Illinois Manufacturer’s Association

Network IT Easy is pleased to announce it is now a B2B Partner of the Illinois Manufacturer’s Association (IMA).

About Network IT Easy

Network IT Easy helps small and medium sized (SMB) manufacturers focus on their business and gain a competitive advantage by providing a cost effective combination of IT technologies and outsourced technical support tailored to their business.  We take complete responsibility for every facet of the IT infrastructure including 24X7 monitoring, security protection, proactive Microsoft patching, remote and on-site technical support, data back-up/disaster recovery and ongoing technology planning.

About the IMA

The IMA is the oldest and largest state manufacturing association in the United States. Founded in Chicago in 1893, the IMA represents nearly 4,000 companies and plants that operate in Illinois. IMA support includes lobbying, informative seminars and training, continuing education courses, and a number of affinity programs designed to help your company grow and prosper.

 

 

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09 Jan

Replace Your Old Nortel Phone System at No Cost

By Ray Miner, Technology Solutions Adviser

Although it may sound too good to be true, companies with older Nortel phone systems can get a state of the art VoIP (Voice over IP) solution and pay for it using the savings realized from updating their telephone and internet access service.  If you still have an old Nortel system, you haven’t been able to upgrade your phone service to a relatively new technology called SIP (Session Initiation Protocol).

Your old Nortel system couldn’t use SIP technology.

Instead of using separate, dedicated lines like you used to get from “The Phone Company”, SIP comes in over your existing internet access circuit. And it costs a fraction of what you are currently paying for your current phone service.

Even “new” phone service from companies like Comcast, uses old technology and costs significantly more.

 

Lease a new premise-based system or pay for a cloud hosted solution, on a monthly basis, and fund it out of the savings on your new SIP phone service.  Contact us for a complimentary analysis of your current phone service.

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