Tuesday, December 5, 2023

Top Reasons Why Encryption is Crucial for Security and Privacy!

 

In today's highly connected world, the need for strong cybersecurity measures has become more important than ever. One of the most effective ways to protect sensitive information and ensure privacy is through encryption. Here are the top reasons why individuals and businesses of all sizes should be encrypting their computer systems and sensitive data:



1. Protection from Unauthorized Access

Encryption adds a layer of security to sensitive information by converting it into unreadable text, which can only be decoded using the right encryption key. This prevents unauthorized individuals from accessing critical data even if they manage to break into a system. Encrypting everything from emails to financial transactions helps safeguard against cyberattacks and limits the damage in case of a breach.

2. Maintaining Privacy

In an age where privacy is increasingly under threat from a multitude of sources, encrypting communications and data storage provides a crucial defense mechanism. This ensures that confidential information remains private and secure, allowing individuals and businesses to operate with the peace of mind that their sensitive data is protected.

3. Compliance with Legal and Compliance Regulations

Governments and regulatory authorities often require organizations to encrypt their data in order to comply with laws such as GDPR, HIPAA, and PCI-DSS. Ensuring data is encrypted helps businesses avoid costly fines, lawsuits, and reputational damage that could result from non-compliance.

4. Preventing Data Theft in Case of Lost or Stolen Devices

When mobile devices or laptops containing sensitive information are lost or stolen, encryption can prevent unauthorized access to the data stored on them. If the device is encrypted, the thief will find it nearly impossible to access or misuse any personal or corporate information without the decryption key. Using complex passwords and even dual factor push authentication are a must in order to prevent a bad actor from circumventing the encryption.

5. Securing Data at Rest During Storage

Data stored on hard drives, servers, and in the cloud can still be vulnerable to theft or hacking. By encrypting this stored data, it becomes unreadable to anyone without the proper decryption key, ensuring that even if physical or cloud storage is compromised, the information remains secure.

The Role of Encryption Tools and Technologies

Various tools and technologies, such as BitLocker and VeraCrypt are available for implementing encryption on different platforms and for different types of data. These encryption solutions help keep data safe by providing robust algorithms and advanced key management systems that are hard to crack. Additionally, many of these tools include user-friendly interfaces and integrations with popular software to make encryption accessible to a wider audience and even automatic once configured.

In conclusion, encryption is an essential part of any cybersecurity strategy. It helps protect sensitive data from unauthorized access, maintains privacy, ensures compliance with regulations, and prevents data theft when devices are lost or stolen. By adopting the right encryption tools and technologies, individuals, small businesses, and large corporations can significantly reduce the risk of cyberattacks and ensure that their information remains secure and private.

If you have questions about cyber security or some other IT-related issues for your business? Go to https://www.Fidelitech.net/discoverycall to book a quick, 10-minute call.

For a free security assessment, schedule an appointment at https://www.fidelitech.net/semperarmor.

 

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Microsoft Digital Defense Report

Cybersecurity professionals need to keep up to date on the latest cyber-threat trends. This report from Microsoft analysts covers the threat landscape from IoT and infrastructure threats to disinformation campaigns, ransomware, and guidelines for thwarting these complex new threats. Each chapter provides the key lessons learned and insights based on Microsoft's unique vantage point. The trillions of signals that Microsoft analyzes from its worldwide ecosystem of products and services reveal the ferocity, scope, and scale of digital threats across the globe. You and your security team can read this comprehensive report on threats and Microsoft technologies that identify and block billions of phishing attempts, identity thefts, and other cyber-threats to Microsoft customers.

View: Microsoft Digital Defense Report

Monday, December 4, 2023

IBM Security 2023 Cost of a Data Breach Report

IBM's 2023 Cost of a Data Breach Report — conducted by Ponemon Institute and sponsored by IBM— examines the root causes and both short-term and long-term consequences of data breaches. The report includes information from 553 organizations impacted by data breaches that occurred between March 2022 and March 2023 and explores the various factors and technologies that either limited or increased the costs of a breach. Download the report and learn what works, and doesn't, in preventing data breaches.

View: IBM Security 2023 Cost of a Data Breach Report

Azure Virtual Desktop Watermarking Support

Need help learning to use the new Microsoft Azure Virtual Desktop Watermarking feature? We have it here! Watermarking is an optional protection feature to Screen Capture in Virtual Desktop that acts as a deterrent for data leakage. This watermarking capability was first introduced in Feb 2023 via Public Preview of Windows Desktop clients. With General Availability, we're introducing support for Azure Virtual Desktop web client. Read how to access Watermarking support in this article.

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Top insights and best practices from the new Microsoft Data Security Index report | Microsoft Security Blog

Data security is a constant concern of CISOs and business executives. To better understand the security issues, Microsoft partnered with the independent research agency Hypothesis Group to conduct a multinational survey involving more than 800 data security professionals. Our collaborative effort has resulted in the publication of the Data Security Index report, designed to offer valuable insights into current data security practices and trends. Moreover, it aims to identify practical opportunities for organizations to enhance their data security efforts. In this article, you'll learn some of the key findings from the report, including: - Data security incidents remain frequent - Vulnerabilities manifest in various dimensions due to a diverse set of factors - How a fragmented solution landscape can weaken an organization's data security posture

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Tuesday, November 28, 2023

The shocking truth about bank fraud!

 Today’s Tech Tips Tuesday, tip of the day is “The shocking truth about bank fraud!”

Did you know your business bank account doesn’t have the same protections as a personal bank account when it comes to fraud? If a hacker takes money from your business account, the bank is NOT responsible for replacing it. (Don’t believe me? Go ask your bank what their policy is on refunding money stolen from your account!) Many people erroneously believe the FDIC protects you from fraud; it does not. It protects you from bank insolvency.

Here are three things you should do:

Tip 1: Set up two-factor authentication to log in to your bank account.

Tip 2: Get a crime policy that will cover stolen funds from a cyber-attack, fraud or phishing attack.

Tip 3: Require your bank to get verbal confirmation from you to wire funds AND set up alerts for large checks and debits.

If you have questions about cyber security or some other IT-related issues for your business? Go to https://www.Fidelitech.net/discoverycall to book a quick, 10-minute call.

For a free security assessment, schedule an appointment at https://www.fidelitech.net/semperarmor.

 

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Monday, November 27, 2023

Microsoft Digital Defense Report

Over the last year, threats to digital peace have reduced trust in technology and highlighted the urgent need for improved cyber defenses at all levels. In this fourth annual edition of the "Microsoft Digital Defense Report," explore insights on how the threat landscape has evolved and the shared opportunities and challenges we all face in securing a resilient online ecosystem. Download the report for a unique and in-depth perspective on cybersecurity threats, challenges and defenses.

View: Microsoft Digital Defense Report

Windows 11 Pro lets SUSI&James transform business communication

SUSI&James, a German developer of an AI-powered voice assistant, uses machine learning, natural language processing and deep learning to handle a range of communication-heavy tasks from office admin to self-driving vehicles. Naturally, security is a constant concern for SUSI&James with its valuable intellectual property and sensitive customer and business data to secure. Fortunately, SUSI&James found Windows 11 Pro, which helps keep the developer environment secure with layers of out-of-the-box security including hardware-backed protection. As Marcel Martini, SUSI&James' managing director notes, "Our software is our only asset, so it's really important to keep that as secure as possible." Read the full story. ๐Ÿ‘‡

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Tuesday, November 21, 2023

The #1 thing you can do to prevent ransomware!

 

Today’s Tech Tips Tuesday, tip of the day is “The #1 thing you can do to prevent ransomware!”

Did you know that the #1 threat to ALL organizations is internal employees?

The people you trust to run your organization are the very same ones putting it at risk.  By downloading software they shouldn’t, falling for phishing scams, clicking on bad links, using weak passwords and opening infected files.

That doesn’t make them bad people – just unsuspecting. That’s why it’s critical to provide employees active, ongoing training regarding cyber security. These tips are a good start but are not enough.

We recommend a formal training program for employees that actually simulates phishing attacks and other breaches so they can experience firsthand how easy it is to make a mistake and keep them hyperaware of security problems.

If you want to know of some easy, inexpensive ways to get your employees trained, reach out to us and we can advise you on what training is available. You’ll be glad you did.

If you have questions about cyber security or some other IT-related issues for your business? Go to https://www.Fidelitech.net/discoverycall to book a quick, 10-minute call.

For a free security assessment, schedule an appointment at https://www.fidelitech.net/semperarmor.

 

#cybersecurity #phishingsimulation #employeetraining #networksecurity #ITSupport #ITServices




Monday, November 20, 2023

Top insights and best practices from the new Microsoft Data Security Index report | Microsoft Security Blog

Data security is a constant concern of CISOs and business executives. To better understand the security issues, Microsoft partnered with the independent research agency Hypothesis Group to conduct a multinational survey involving more than 800 data security professionals. Our collaborative effort has resulted in the publication of the Data Security Index report, designed to offer valuable insights into current data security practices and trends. Moreover, it aims to identify practical opportunities for organizations to enhance their data security efforts. In this article, you'll learn some of the key findings from the report, including: - Data security incidents remain frequent - Vulnerabilities manifest in various dimensions due to a diverse set of factors - How a fragmented solution landscape can weaken an organization's data security posture

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Tuesday, November 14, 2023

Cyber Security Tip: Is this request really from the boss?

Today’s Tech Tips Tuesday, tip of the day is “Is this request really from the boss?”

Here’s a common scam: you get an e-mail from the boss (or your spouse, parents or other trusted person you know) asking you to send them a copy of employee pay stubs, tax information or other files with confidential data such as social security numbers in them, or they’re asking you to transfer or ACH payment to a vendor or a different bank account, or they’re asking you to purchase some gift cards.

The problem: even though it is coming from an e-mail address of someone you know and trust and LOOKS legit, there’s a chance it could be a scam. Hackers can INTERCEPT e-mail messages and modify them.

If you ever get this kind of request, DOUBLE-CHECK by calling that person to confirm. And even if it turns out to be a legitimate request, you should NEVER send confidential information like social security numbers (or attachments with this information inside them) without taking precautions to password-protect and encrypt the message first.

Heads up if you work in HR or payroll departments – hackers are very interested in getting you to send employee payroll to the wrong bank accounts. Be on high alert for employees asking you to update their banking information. Make sure to confirm the change request by phone and DO NOT call any phone numbers in the e-mail that was sent to you.

Bottom line! verbally confirm all requests involving money or sensitive data.

If you have any questions about cybersecurity or other IT-related issues for your business, visit https://www.idelitech.net/discoverycall to book a quick, 10-minute call.

For a free security assessment, schedule an appointment at https://www.fidelitech.net/semperarmor.

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Monday, November 13, 2023

Microsoft a Leader in the 2023 Gartner Magic Quadrant for Desktop as a Service

Before you buy a desktop-as-a-service (DaaS) solution, you need to know the pros and cons of the leading solutions. Read the full report on Gartner 's Magic Quadrant for DaaS vendors — which includes digital workspace leaders like Microsoft Virtual Desktop. Get the free report. ๐Ÿ‘‰

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Windows 11 Security Guide: Powerful security by design

Did you know that nearly three in four security breaches are sparked by human error, privilege misuses, stolen credentials, or social engineering? Most attackers rely on stolen credentials, phishing campaigns, and exploitation of vulnerabilities are the primary attack vectors. Find out how Microsoft built Windows 11 to be secure by design and secure by default. Windows 11 devices arrive with more security features enabled out of the box. Download this useful guide to Microsoft Windows 11 security.

View: Windows 11 Security Guide: Powerful security by design

Payette secures and extends on-premises BCDR while preparing for a cost-effective cloud future with Azure

Boston architectural company, Payette incorporated Azure Backup and Azure Site Recovery into its toolkit of disaster recovery solutions, expanding protection from on-premises into the cloud. "The added threat monitoring capability of using the Azure platform in our security operations for detecting those data anomalies really gives us peace of mind," noted Dan Gallivan: Payette's director of IT. Read the story here.

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Monday, November 6, 2023

Orkide Oils increased productivity with Microsoft Azure Virtual Desktop

Orkide Oils increased productivity, efficiency and security by using Microsoft Azure Virtual Desktop, Microsoft Endpoint Manager (Intune), Microsoft 365 Defender and Endpoint Defender services. Read the customer story to learn more.

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Announcing Public Preview of Personal Desktop Autoscale on Azure Virtual Desktop

If you've been hoping to try out the new Personal Desktop Autoscale on Azure Virtual Desktop - now's your chance! Read this article to find out how to access and use this new capability.

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Monday, October 30, 2023

Microsoft recognized as a Leader in the Forrester Wave: Data Security Platforms, Q1 2023

Organizations need to protect sensitive data including intellectual property, trade secrets, customer data and personally identifiable information from both insiders and external cyber attackers. A complex regulatory environment makes the protection of sensitive data and prevention of data exfiltration all the more urgent. To help customers navigate complex data landscapes, Microsoft focuses on delivering secure and intelligent, user-centric solutions to improve visibility and mitigate risk. We are excited to share that Forrester listed Microsoft as a Leader in its 2023 WaveTM for Data Security Platforms. Read this blog for a summary of the report which provides a detailed overview of vendor offerings, strategies and market presence.

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Howard University doubles security score and saves $1 million annually

Howard University, a leading historically Black college in Washington, DC, doubled its security score in less than a year after expanding its use of Microsoft Azure. After suffering a ransomware attack in 2021, the university sought to strengthen its security with Microsoft solutions. In just three weeks, Howard restored all core IT services, increased efficiency, boosted security and saved money, Read the full story to learn what they accomplished and how.

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Azure Virtual Desktop Watermarking Support

Watermarking printed documents and PDFs is a common practice to keep them from being copied. Now you can also watermark digital screen views and screen shots with the new Microsoft Azure Virtual Desktop Watermarking feature. Watermarking is an optional protection feature to Screen Capture in Virtual Desktop. Read how to access support for the Watermarking feature in this article.

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Wednesday, October 25, 2023

Tech Tip Tuesday - This one simple thing is still the best way to protect yourself

 

A weak password is still the #1 way hackers break into your network. In fact, 81% of the total number of breaches last year utilized weak or stolen passwords!

Here’s what a GOOD password should contain:

·       A minimum of eight characters

·       Uppercase and lowercase letters

·       At least one number and one symbol (#, for example)

·       No complete words, like “PaSsWord123#.” While this meets the requirements, a hacker’s brute-force software will crack that in seconds.

·       Never reuse a password for multiple accounts (like making your Facebook and LinkedIn passwords the same).

If you have questions about cyber security or some other IT-related issues for your business? Go to https://www.Fidelitech.net/discoverycall to book a quick, 10-minute call.

 

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Monday, October 23, 2023

Building a Holistic Insider Risk Management Program

The risk landscape has changed dramatically with the growth of the digital landscape. The amount of data captured, copied and consumed is expected to rise to more than 180 zettabytes in the near future. Traditional ways of identifying and mitigating risks simply don't work. Historically, organizations have focused on external threats; however, risks from within can be just as prevalent and harmful. These trends make it imperative to think about insider risk as a core part of your data protection strategy with a holistic approach including the right people, processes, training and tools. The Microsoft Security report, "Building a Holistic Insider Risk Management Program: 5 elements that help companies have stronger data protection and security while protecting user trust," provides insight. Download the report for an inside look at how Microsoft shifted from focusing solely on risk management to thinking about building value and security culture and benefits it gained as a result.

View: Building a Holistic Insider Risk Management Program

Microsoft a Leader in the 2023 Gartner Magic Quadrant for Desktop as a Service

The desktop as a service (DaaS) market continues to grow, as does the need by organizations for flexible and secure remote access. In this free copy of Gartner's inaugural Magic Quadrant for DaaS, you'll read about the key DaaS solutions and providers - and learn why Gartner rated Microsoft a "Leader."

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Eurowings enhances security, will reduce operating costs by 50+ percent with Azure Virtual Desktop

Eurowings, Lufthansa Group's low-cost airline, serves more than 40 million customers at 100 destinations around the world. When the company's on-premises server farms, which provide application access and security to thousands of external and contract employees, needed upgrading, Eurowings decided to ditch its on-prem servers and embrace the cloud with Microsoft Azure Virtual Desktop. Tim Thomer, Enterprise Architect at Eurowings explains:. "We wanted a cloud VDI solution capable of running modern authentication, and which could match our existing infrastructure in terms of security and reliability. That's how we found Microsoft Azure Virtual Desktop." Read the Eurowings story of cloud adoption in this Microsoft article.

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Tuesday, October 17, 2023

Cyber Security Tip: How to spot a phishing e-mail!

 Protect Yourself from Phishing Scams: Spotting the Fakes

Imagine receiving an email that seems completely legitimate, potentially from a trusted website you use regularly. However, hidden beneath the surface lies a sinister ploy to deceive you into revealing sensitive login information or downloading a harmful virus. These deceptive emails, known as phishing emails, can be incredibly convincing, making it crucial to know how to distinguish them from authentic messages.

Some common disguises employed by phishing emails include appearing to be PDF attachments, fake tracking numbers from renowned couriers like UPS or FedEx, official bank letters, notifications from social media platforms like Facebook, or bank alerts. The danger lies in the fact that they are meticulously crafted to mimic the appearance of genuine emails, making them difficult to identify.

So, how can you safeguard yourself against these fraudulent emails? Look out for these telltale signs that can help you spot phishing attempts before falling victim.

If you have any questions about cybersecurity or other IT-related issues for your business, visit https://www.Fidelitech.net/discoverycall to book a quick, 10-minute call. 

For a free security assessment, schedule an appointment at https://www.fidelitech.net/semperarmor

#cyber security #email security #network hacked #IT consultants #IT Support #Phishing protection #Network Security #Utah Network Security #Salt Lake city Network Security




Monday, October 16, 2023

NHS Supply Chain boosts productivity with Microsoft Surface devices

Discover how the NHS transformed patient care with Surface devices. Get the inspiring story of how it overcame digital challenges and improved healthcare outcomes. Learn how Microsoft's technology empowered healthcare providers to enhance collaboration, streamline workflows, and deliver efficient care. Read the blog and take a deep dive into this remarkable customer story to gain insights into the power of technology in healthcare. Unlock the secrets behind the NHS's success and get in touch to discuss how Fidelitech Solutions Inc. can help you apply lessons learned to revolutionize your own organization.

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Introducing Surface Laptops

The Microsoft Surface Laptop 5 offers multitasking speed powered by 12th Gen Intel® Core™ processors, up to 17 hours of battery life, Windows 11 and a vibrant touchscreen. Watch this video to be inspired by how sleek and beautiful it is. Better yet, it comes in your choice of size and color!

Announcing Public Preview of Personal Desktop Autoscale on Azure Virtual Desktop

Good news! You can now preview Microsoft's Personal Desktop Autoscale, which is Azure Virtual Desktop's native scaling solution that automatically starts session host virtual machines according to schedule. With Personal Desktop Autoscale, you can save costs by shutting down idle session hosts while ensuring session hosts can be started by users when needed. Find out more in this article.

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Tuesday, October 10, 2023

Protecting Your Network from Ransomware: Don’t Ignore This Critical Vulnerability!

 

Did you know that there's a common vulnerability that many organizations overlook? It's a dangerous oversight that can give hackers free reign to spread ransomware throughout your entire network. Sounds scary, right?

 But don't worry, we've got a solution for you. By implementing a simple yet effective measure, you can stop these attackers in their tracks.

 Introducing separate local admin passwords for each computer you support. This is a small, but a crucial step that prevents hackers from gaining access to just one computer and then seamlessly moving laterally through your entire network, wreaking havoc along the way.

 Don't let your network become the next victim. Take action now and safeguard your organization from the devastating consequences of ransomware attacks. We've got your back with the tools and automation that make managing random generated local admin passwords easy.

If you have any questions about cybersecurity or other IT-related issues for your business, visit Fidelitech.net/discoverycall to book a quick, 10-minute call.

For a free security assessment, schedule an appointment at https://www.fidelitech.net/semperarmor.








Monday, October 9, 2023

4 Breakthrough Ideas for Compliance and Data Security

Are you struggling to increase visibility and control over data without slowing it down? An integrated compliance and security platform can help. The Microsoft Security eBook, "4 Breakthrough Ideas for Compliance and Data Security," explores critical data protection challenges and how a modern, unified platform can address them. Discover how to consolidate compliance and security capabilities into a more efficient, manageable and scalable solution that empowers employees to be productive virtually anywhere without unnecessary risk. Download the eBook now and take your first step in reducing risk while increasing efficiency.

View: 4 Breakthrough Ideas for Compliance and Data Security

2023 Gartner Magic Quadrant for Desktop as a Service - Free Offer

You need to know the pros and cons of the leading desktop-as-a-service (DaaS) solutions before you buy. Read the full inaugural Gartner Magic Quadrant for DaaS vendors, including digital workplace leaders like Microsoft Virtual Desktop. Get the free report. ๐Ÿ‘‰

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Introducing Adaptive Protection in Microsoft Purview—People-centric data protection for a multiplatform world

Protecting data has never been more important, yet it's becoming increasingly complex. Microsoft Purview helps simplify data protection and enables a people-centric approach to security. The blog post, "Introducing Adaptive Protection in Purview—People-centric data protection for a multiplatform world," introduces Adaptive Protection, a machine learning-power feature in Purview that automates security responses and adapts to new threats in real-time. Read the blog to discover how Purview can help your organization protect sensitive data across multiple platforms.

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​​Centro Hospitalar builds up resistance to threats, analyzes 48 million logs a day with Microsoft Security solutions​

When Centro Hospitalar de Trรกs-os-Montes e Alto Douro needed a way to protect sensitive, highly confidential patient data and applications in its hybrid environment, it chose Microsoft Security solutions. Get the story for lessons learned on the hospital system's future-forward strategy based on a dynamic, cloud-based security approach that stays on top of threats and positions the provider for cloud migration. Learn what the provider gains by having a centralized view of security events with Microsoft Sentinel, increasing frontline defense with Azure Automation and Microsoft Defender for Cloud. Read the full story on the hospital's experience selecting and implementing Microsoft Security solutions.

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Tuesday, October 3, 2023

Tech Tip Tuesday - Protecting Your Business from Ransomware - The Critical Aspect That Many Organizations Ignore!

 Are you doing everything right to protect your business from cyber threats? 

From implementing top-notch Endpoint Detection to monitoring your systems with a security operations center, you've covered all the bases. Or so you thought.

The truth is, many organizations fall victim to ransomware because they neglect a CRITICAL aspect of cybersecurity: physical security. While they do a great job protecting computer and notebook devices, they fail to secure their server and network rooms, often shared with other resources.

But why does physical security matter when it comes to ransomware? The answer is simple: someone can simply walk into your office, plug in a USB or network device, and infect your servers or network resources. They might impersonate a maintenance crew member, gaining access without anyone suspecting a thing.

That's why a comprehensive security plan is a must. It should not only address cyber threats but also physical security. Here are the 5 critical elements your physical security program should include:

Proper guest and visitor program: Log and monitor all guests and visitors, and if possible, supervise them while on your premises.

Reliable Gatekeepers: Have skilled personnel standing guard to prevent unwanted visitors from accessing secure areas and disturbing key employees and decision makers.

Secure server and network environments: Keep your equipment in a dedicated, locked, and monitored location whenever possible. Use secure doors and access cards to control access.

Limited access to secure locations: Make your secure areas hard to find and restrict entry to a select few. Continuously monitor these areas and have multiple layers of security.

Protect against tampering: Just like with end point devices, prevent USB devices from auto executing. Disable unused network ports and limit communication to necessary devices only.

Want to learn more about cybersecurity or discuss IT-related issues for your business? Schedule a quick, 10-minute call at https://www.Fidelitech.net/discoverycall. 

Ensure your business is protected by scheduling a free assessment at https://www.fidelitech.net/semperarmor.

#cyber security #physical security #IT consultants #IT Support #Access Controls #Video Security #Guest Registration #Salt Lake City Network Security




Monday, October 2, 2023

Microsoft Digital Defense Report

Cybersecurity professionals need to keep up to date on the latest cyber-threat trends. This report from Microsoft analysts covers the threat landscape from IoT and infrastructure threats to disinformation campaigns, ransomware, and guidelines for thwarting these complex new threats. Each chapter provides the key lessons learned and insights based on Microsoft's unique vantage point. The trillions of signals that Microsoft analyzes from its worldwide ecosystem of products and services reveal the ferocity, scope, and scale of digital threats across the globe. You and your security team can read this comprehensive report on threats and Microsoft technologies that identify and block billions of phishing attempts, identity thefts, and other cyber-threats to Microsoft customers.

View: Microsoft Digital Defense Report

NTT Communications adds insider risk management to enhance data security with Microsoft Purview

When NTT Communications Corporation (NTT) sought to streamline the management of massive amounts of data spread across multiple systems and locations, it turned to Microsoft. A real success story, the company achieved its goal with the help of Microsoft Purview, a powerful data management tool. Discover how Microsoft Purview helped NTT significantly reduce operational costs and improve decision-making. Get the story to learn from NTT's experience. Get in touch to learn from one of our experts how Microsoft Purview can help streamline your data management process and improve business outcomes.

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Azure Virtual Desktop Watermarking Support

Need help learning to use the new Microsoft Azure Virtual Desktop Watermarking feature? We have it here! Watermarking is an optional protection feature to Screen Capture in Virtual Desktop that acts as a deterrent for data leakage. This watermarking capability was first introduced in Feb 2023 via Public Preview of Windows Desktop clients. With General Availability, we're introducing support for Azure Virtual Desktop web client. Read how to access Watermarking support in this article.

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Monday, September 25, 2023

Secure Everything with Microsoft Security for Business

Discover how Microsoft Security for Business can help protect your organization from cyber threats. As the threat landscape continues to evolve, businesses must remain vigilant against potential attacks. Our comprehensive security solutions are designed to safeguard your business and help you stay ahead of the latest threats. Visit our website now to learn more and get access to our powerful security tools including Microsoft Security Copilot.

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Watermarking in Azure Virtual Desktop

Watermarking, alongside screen capture protection, helps prevent sensitive information from being captured on client endpoints. When you enable watermarking, QR code watermarks appear as part of remote desktops. Learn how in this article from Microsoft.

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Malware distributor Storm-0324 facilitates ransomware access

Are you prepared for Storm-0324, an active cyber-crime group that infiltrates networks and acts as a distributor for other attack payloads, including ransomware and infostealer payloads. Beginning in July 2023, Storm-0324 was observed distributing payloads using an open-source tool to send phishing lures through Microsoft Teams chats. Because Storm-0324 hands off access to other threat actors, identifying and remediating Storm-0324 activity can prevent more dangerous follow-on attacks like ransomware. In this blog, we provide a comprehensive analysis of Storm-0324—a cyber-criminal group—and their established tools, tactics, and procedures (TTPs) as well as their more recent attacks. To defend against this threat actor, Microsoft customers can use Microsoft 365 Defender to detect Storm-0324 activity and significantly limit the impact of these attacks on networks. Read this Microsoft article to find out how to defend against this complex threat.

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Tuesday, September 19, 2023

Tech Tip Tuesday - 3 essential rules for all cloud applications!

Are you using any kind of cloud application? Well, in today's world, it's hard not to. But here's the thing - data privacy and security should always be a concern. While the company hosting your data has the responsibility to keep hackers at bay, most cloud breaches happen because of user mistakes. So let's make sure you're being smart about your security in the cloud. Here are a few easy steps you can take to improve it:

1. Set up multifactor authentication. And hey, make sure your password is strong too! None of that "Password123!" nonsense, okay? Let's have at least eight characters with a mix of uppercase and lowercase letters, numbers, and symbols. We don't want any easy cracks for hackers, do we?

2. Now, pay attention to the device you're using to access the application. It has to be secure! This is an area where you might need professional help. Install and maintain advanced security features that go beyond your usual firewall, antivirus, and spam-filtering software. Oh, and please don't access your cloud application from a device you also use for social media and free email accounts. Let's keep things separate, shall we?

3. One more thing, make sure you back up your data. I'm serious. If your data is important, download and store it somewhere else. Just in case your account gets hacked, your data gets corrupted, or even worse, your cloud company shuts down your account. It's always good to have a copy, just in case.

Got any more questions about cybersecurity or other IT-related issues for your business? No worries! Book a quick, 10-minute call at https://www.Fidelitech.net/discoverycall    -    Let's chat!




Monday, September 18, 2023

A Modern Workplace Needs Modern Security

If you need to protect multiple endpoints—laptops, tablets and other devices your employees use—then you need to consider advanced cloud-based security services and modern device management tools. Download this solution brief to learn about Microsoft's advanced endpoint management.

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Microsoft a Leader in the 2022 Gartner® Magic Quadrant™ for Endpoint Protection Platforms

As a Microsoft partner, we're happy to share that Gartner has rated Microsoft a Leader in the Gartner® Magic Quadrant for Endpoint Protection Platforms, positioned highest on the Ability to Execute. In this article, you'll learn the criteria that Gartner used to score Microsoft Defender for Endpoint on capabilities including endpoint detection and response, mobile threat defense and integrated vulnerability management. ๐Ÿ‘‡

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Friday, September 15, 2023

MGM Casino has suffered a severe blow!

MGM Casino has suffered a severe blow, with hackers successfully bringing down this entertainment giant. Surprisingly, the whole ordeal began with a seemingly innocuous ten-minute phone call.

As you witness this massive event unfold, it's only natural to question the state of your organization's cybersecurity. Rest assured, we can recreate this exact scenario through a third-party security analysis. Our assessment utilizes the same techniques employed by the MGM hackers, effectively identifying potential vulnerabilities within your network.

Don't miss out on the opportunity to schedule your FREE Cybersecurity Assessment and protect your organization. Visit https://www.fidelitech.net/cyber-threat-assessment/ today!

Monday, September 11, 2023

Complimentary Azure AI ROI Assessment

Azure AI can help you do more with less by building and deploying your own AI solutions. What is ROI can you expect? A Microsoft partner, Fidelitech Solutions Inc. has the expertise to help you evaluate the best approach to developing and deploying AI applications and the results you can expect. Receive a free Azure AI ROI consultation when you schedule direct.

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Isn't it time you made the move to modern endpoint management?

Microsoft Surface reduces endpoint-management complexities while helping to ensure that hybrid and remote workforces always have seamless, easy access to the information they need. What are the results? This infographic provides an at-a-glance of benefits and quantifiable results including hours saved and reductions in help-desk support call times, security breaches and remediation costs. Have a look.

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2023 Identify Security Trends and Solutions from Microsoft

Discover the latest trends and solutions for identity and security from Microsoft. Learn about the innovative technologies and strategies that are keeping you and your business secure. Read the blog, "2023 identity security trends and solutions from Microsoft" to stay ahead of the game in the ever-evolving world of security.

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Thursday, September 7, 2023

Experience the ultimate business upgrade with Lenovo ThinkBook, Windows 11, AND Fidelitech Solutions...

Experience the ultimate business upgrade with Lenovo ThinkBook and Windows 11. The cutting-edge features enhance your productivity and provide a seamless user experience. With Zero Trust technology, your security is guaranteed from the moment you unbox. The powerful performance and versatile design cater to your unique work style. Trust Fidelitech Solutions, your reliable partner, to save you time, and money, and deliver exceptional results. Get ready to elevate your business to new heights with Smart I.T.

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Monday, September 4, 2023

Microsoft 365 Defender Overview

Cyber-attacks are increasingly sophisticated and difficult to catch. Businesses with hybrid and multi-cloud IT environments need integrated, cross-platform threat protection. This video explains how threats spread across endpoints, applications and data in a typical siloed, domain-based security solution, as well as the advantages of an integrated security solution like Microsoft 365 Defender. Defender can improve detection and response times by analyzing all threat data and surrounding context to detect and stop advanced threats.

CarMax puts customers first with car research tools powered by Azure OpenAI Service

Explore how CarMax uses Azure OpenAI Service to streamline content creation, driving efficiency and enhancing customer experiences. With OpenAI, they're reshaping approaches to online car buying online with tailored content based on curated customer feedback.

Forrester Names Microsoft a Leader in Infrastructure as a Service Platform Native Security Report

You need strong, cross-platform security to protect your organization's multi-cloud applications and workloads against cyber-attacks. So you'll want to know about Microsoft's infrastructure-as-a-service native security, which earned Microsoft a ranking of "Leader" in "The Forrester Wave: Infrastructure-as-a-Service Platform Native Security (IPNS), Q2 2023" report. The IPNS category compares public clouds and highlights the native security provided to customers on public cloud platforms. This includes capabilities for storage and data security, identity and access management (IAM), network security, and hardware and hypervisor security. Read the article here to learn about Microsoft's native security.

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Monday, August 28, 2023

3 Reasons to Shift to Integrated Threat Protection

Security operations (SecOps) teams are often flooded with security alerts and information, making it difficult for them to focus on the most important, high value projects. Give your SecOps team the right tools to help them increase efficiency and focus on what matters most. Download this eBook to learn how to empower your security team to focus on the most important issues.

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CarMax puts customers first with car research tools powered by Azure OpenAI Service

Explore how CarMax, the leading US used car retailer, harnesses Microsoft Azure OpenAI Service to reimagine car buying research. Get the story on how Azure OpenAI Services empowers CarMax to streamline content and improve SEO by reshaping the customer journey.

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What is Azure OpenAI Service?

The generative AI market is booming, and Azure OpenAI Service is at the forefront. It enables developers to use large-language generative AI models in enterprise-grade application development. This Microsoft Azure infographic highlights generative AI trends, top use cases and responsible AI principles. Download the infographic for an at-a-glance.

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Monday, August 21, 2023

3 Reasons to Shift to Integrated Threat Protection

Security operations (SecOps) teams are often flooded with security alerts and information, making it difficult for them to focus on the most important, high value projects. Give your SecOps team the right tools to help them increase efficiency and focus on what matters most. Download this eBook to learn how to empower your security team to focus on the most important issues.

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Azure Virtual Desktop Essentials: Intro and Full Tour

Azure Virtual Desktop works across devices and apps to deliver full-featured experiences for Windows, Mac, iOS and Android. The web client also allows you to access remote desktops and apps from almost any modern browser. This demo video takes you on a tour of Azure Virtual Desktop essentials. Watch the video for a walkthrough of what it is, how it works and configuration options.

The Total Economic Impace of Microsoft SIEM And XDR

When it comes to IT security, the fact is that best-of-breed solutions can cause IT staff more work than an integrated security platform. Microsoft's unified security information and event management (SIEM) and extended detection and response (XDR) tools provide cost efficiencies and streamline security workflows. How much could a typical business save with Microsoft integrated SIEM and XDR solution? Forrester Consulting performed a Total Economic Impact (TEI) study to find out. Download the Forrester study to learn the potential financial impact of Microsoft SIEM and XDR on a business.

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How Aker Solutions is using cloud technology to empower its disparate workforce

Global integrated energy services company Aker Solutions is determined to bring about sustainable change in the energy sector. With a strategic focus on low-carbon and renewable solutions and an ambitious target of having net-zero carbon emissions by 2050, the company is prioritizing digitalization as a means to achieve goals. Transitioning to Azure Virtual Desktop (AVD) exemplifies this drive. This customer story describes why Aker Solutions chose AVD to help address latency and workload challenges while empowering remote workers with high-performance compute functions. Read the story to learn how AVD helps Aker unify its disparate workforce as it helps lead the transition to global energy.

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Tuesday, August 15, 2023

63% of small businesses are a victim of this crime

Small businesses are the #1 target for cybercriminals because they’re easy targets.

 

A recent article in Security Magazine reported that nearly two-thirds (63%) of small businesses have experienced a cyber-attack and 58% an actual breach.

 

But what many still don’t understand (or simply don’t appreciate) is how much a cyber-attack can cost you.

 

In this blog, I’ll highlight the largest holes in most businesses’ cyber-insurance policies that could void your policy and leave you responsible for massive expenses, AND I’ll show you how to fix it.

 

Click here to read on.

 

Dedicated to your success,

 

 

P.S. If you have any concerns about your business, you can click here to schedule a quick call to determine if you need coverage and what to do to avoid an insurance denial.


Monday, August 14, 2023

What is Azure Virtual Desktop?

Are you seeking seamless remote work solutions? Look no further! Our Microsoft Learn blog post highlights the challenges of enabling secure and productive virtual desktop experiences. Learn how Azure Virtual Desktop can revolutionize your workflow by optimizing cloud-based desktops and applications. Get a brief walkthrough of deployment steps and explore key features and benefits including how a Microsoft Virtual Desktop improves scalability and cost efficiency. Ready to empower your team and unlock the full potential of remote work? Read the blog post now. ๐Ÿ’ป๐Ÿ’ช

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