Update on Heartbleed

On April 1, 2014, Google security notified the OpenSSL team of the bug later called Heartbleed.  The choice of April Fools Day seems curious with Google's fondness for pranks, but the risk is real.  OpenSSL is the open source project for Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) that establishes links between Web browsers and servers. If you think this is esoteric, your are not alone.  In fact, a majority of Internet users did not change their passwords despite the warnings. Even with the vulnerability, it is complicated to exploit someone in the real world.  If you are concerned, change your passwords and avoid unfamiliar domains. Symantec has additional information and guidance here. … [Read more...]

Update on CryptoLocker Attacks

CryptoLocker and its variations is one of the worst infections seen. It changes how we think about backup and protecting computer systems. Since CryptoLocker attacks network attached drives even in the Cloud, we have to focus on a backup plan that provides a point-in-time restoration rather than a revision restoration. Additionally, even though the virus itself is easy to remove, we have to focus on early detection. Below are our additional safeguards that we suggest adding to your computer system. Point-in-time restoration: Since this threat can encrypt any files that are shared even those in the Cloud or on a server, an offline backup is essential.  Since most backups today are disk-to-disk, we suggest rotating disk backups between two or three devices. This means getting an additional NAS or USB drive to swap out at least twice a week. We already recommend a three-tiered backup … [Read more...]

Make Life Easier with LAN Systems and Office 365

With the need for greater mobility, agility and better data management increasingly driving the dynamic workplace, SMBs today are learning to appreciate the benefits cloud computing can bring to their businesses.  Yet, some SMBs still struggle to understand exactly what cloud computing can do for them.  Enter Microsoft Office 365, an all-inclusive productivity solution that delivers familiar Office applications coupled with powerful enterprise class communications and collaboration capabilities in a cloud-based subscription service you can easily use. Give your business a productivity boost with the new Office  Today, you can acquire any of the Office 365 plans through LAN Systems, as a standalone solution or bundled with our award-winning IT Service, and no matter which you choose, you’ll still receive the same support and service you’ve come to expect from LAN Systems. Office … [Read more...]

Rethink Business Connectivity

If you have been readying your company for the mobile workforce, chances are that your business rode out the recent winter storms with little disruption. Yet, for business owners feeling once burned and twice shy after back-to-back weather challenges, now is a good time to rethink your business connectivity and possibly explore an IT strategy that incorporates Cloud solutions. Keep in mind that the combination of Cloud applications for email/documents and mobile devices for on-the-go communication allows you to work anyplace, anytime. However, when using Hybrid-Cloud – some applications are on-premise (usually your office) and some in the Cloud – you may not be able to gain access to your on-premise applications. Of course, power outages are challenging for any technology. Work may prove difficult if the Internet connection is down – even for businesses that have built a Private … [Read more...]