Apache Log4j

Posted by Kate Drankoff on Dec 23, 2021 9:30:41 AM

Two Common Vulnerability and Exposures (CVEs) were released for Apache Log4j on December 10th, 2021, and have dominated headlines in the Information Technology and Security industries. Log4j, a Java-based 'logging utility' within the Apache Logging Services, is embedded throughout widespread technologies and products depended on every day by businesses and consumers alike. The initial discovery stemmed from the popular video game, Minecraft. These particular CVEs are not only trivial to exploit, but are actively being exploited in the wild via a race condition and allow remote attackers to gain control of compromised systems.

 

Cyber Advisors Inc. has created a list of recommendations and a services package in response to Log4Shell vulnerability, that affects a significant number of systems and applications. More information can be found here.

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Topics: security, MSP, Log4j

Windows 11 New Changes and Features

Posted by Kate Drankoff on Dec 21, 2021 2:07:12 PM

Windows 11 is here! With plenty of innovation and new features, Windows 11 boasts an all-new simplified, yet modernized interface that was designed to inspire productivity and creativity. Not sure where to start? Check out the highlighted features below and tips for upgrading.

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Topics: security, Microsoft, Managed IT, MSP

Microsoft Commercial Pricing Changes: What You Need to Know and How to Prepare

Posted by Kate Drankoff on Dec 14, 2021 9:33:34 AM

Microsoft recently announced changes to commercial pricing which will be effective March 1, 2022. This is the first major price change since Microsoft launched over a decade ago with major innovations delivered in three key areas - communication and collaboration, security and compliance, and AI and automation.

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Topics: Microsoft, Managed IT, MSP

Service Desk Spotlight: Jeff Wiplinger

Posted by Kate Drankoff on Dec 3, 2021 11:09:30 AM

There is an incredible crew on the Cyber Advisors Service Desk and we are excited for you to get to know them more. Several times a month there will be individual Service Desk spotlights to highlight the people behind the computer. This month we're featuring Jeff Wiplinger!

Working with Clients: Jeff joined the Cyber Advisors team in the fall of 2021 and has shined for his hard work and dedication to clients. He enjoys working through challenges and has been recognized for helping clients through difficult situations.

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Topics: Managed Services, Managed IT, MSP

International Fraud Awareness Week

Posted by Kate Drankoff on Nov 17, 2021 9:16:36 AM

International Fraud Awareness Week is observed globally and aims to raise awareness of fraud through fraud prevention campaigns and education.

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Topics: security, cybersecurity

Let's Chat About Microsoft

Posted by Kate Drankoff on Nov 16, 2021 8:18:34 AM

With Microsoft zero-day under attack and a series of patches released to remediate, here's what you need to know.

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Topics: Microsoft, Ignite

Hoax Email Blast Abused Poor Coding in FBI Website

Posted by Kate Drankoff on Nov 16, 2021 7:38:18 AM

This is another reminder that all organizations, even the FBI, are susceptible to breaches... 

It is all over the security news. Even CNN on Sunday released an article with the headline, "Fake FBI emails about a sophisticated attack are part of 'ongoing situation,' agency says". According to CNN via the Spamhaus Project, "at least 100,000 inboxes" have been hit with ominous looking emails trying to elicit an unknown response. At first glance it looks like a character assassination against a "threat actor" named in the email. For the rest of us it should be a (crazy) reminder that Tis the Season for online scams. It is also a great reminder that none of us are outside the reach of real threat actors.

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Topics: FBI, haux

Microsoft Loop Touted at Ignite

Posted by Kate Drankoff on Nov 3, 2021 12:37:51 PM

New Office applications touted at Microsoft Ignite look to be very useful for collaboration.

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Topics: Microsoft, Ignite

Service Desk Spotlight: Sam Doehlert

Posted by Kate Drankoff on Oct 29, 2021 9:33:38 AM

There is an incredible crew on the Cyber Advisors Service Desk and we are excited for you to get to know them more. Several times a month there will be individual Service Desk spotlights to highlight the people behind the computer.

This week we're featuring Sam Doehlert! Sam recently joined the team and has taken on a new Service Desk role as a Dispatcher. She quickly earned her A+ Certification and has excelled in training and client facing engagements.

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Topics: Managed Services, Managed IT, MSP

What’s with Operational Technology?

Posted by Dan Sanderson on Oct 19, 2021 9:06:10 AM

Operational Technology (OT) has become a very common talking point around the Cyber Advisors office. For starters, let’s define OT.

OT is industrial level control systems that are typically outside of the IT realm. Some examples of OT are Energy Grids, video recording systems, security badges/fobs, elevators, fire sprinkler systems, and gas pipelines. Many of these systems are IoT based. Some are much more industrial based such as PLC controls for turning a switch on and off.

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Topics: security, Fortinet, cybersecurity, Operational Technology, OT

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