According to a report from the FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center, financial losses from cyber-crime grew 90% from 2017 to 2018, while the number of complaints only grew 16%1. These numbers indicate that cyber criminals are getting more effective at siphoning large sums of money when they do succeed in compromising systems. This is likely due to the higher levels of sophisticated methods and tools they leverage to bypass traditional security measures such as next generation firewall and antivirus solutions. IT and Cyber Security Professionals in turn must also implement more sophisticated methods and tools to protect their organization’s digital assets.
As companies prepare their budgets for 2020, financial leaders across the world are often looking at IT as one of their biggest annual costs. Additionally, each year seems to bring on steep increases depending on the type of organization and how they invest in technology. The expense is not necessarily predictable either- the more an organization has workloads in the cloud, the more likely the final expense becomes a moving target.
A small silver lining in the upcoming end of life woes facing companies in 2020. The Microsoft Exchange Team announced on Monday, September 16th that they are extending support for Exchange 2010 from January 14th to October 13th, 2020. This will only be a benefit for customers with Exchange 2010 running on Server 2012/R2. Microsoft is not changing the end of support date for Server 2008/R2.
Microsoft recently released some very exciting news- Microsoft Teams will be replacing Skype for Business Online and retirement is effective July 31, 2021. New tenants created now in Office 365 will be provisioned to Microsoft Teams and no longer in Skype for Business Online. Our talented engineers live and breathe in the world of Microsoft and technology every single day, and we've had a flood of excitement, along with lots of questions around this announcement… So the big question is, are you ready for Microsoft Teams?
The Russian proverb, ‘Trust, but verify’ was made famous by President Ronald Reagan during the height of the US/Soviet arms race. At the time, this was meant to suggest the need for validation, even when there was trust between parties. This phrase was very appropriate as it allowed the two superpowers to become more friendly, but left room for validation that changes were truly being made. Validation begets trust and the situation improved.