Memorial Day

Memorial Day

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Cyber Tech Cafe will be closed Monday, 27 May 2019 in observance of Memorial Day. We would like to extend our utmost gratitude to all of the men and woman that have sacrificed everything for our great nation. We hope everyone has a great Memorial Day!
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What’s the best defense against cyber attack? Prepare. Patch. Train. Test. Repeat.

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It sounds simple but, when it comes to ransomware (and many other types of cyber attacks), those five words will put you head and shoulders above most. Prepare. Know what you have; what's supposed to be there and what's not. Then, protect what's supposed to be there from what's not. Then, just in case something slips by, make sure you have a good disaster recovery plan (that includes off site backups) in place. Patch. Bad guys are going to attack your tech or your people. To attack the tech, they need to find a vulnerability or a miss configuration. Timely installation of manufacturer supplied patches will cut your exposure in half. Having a monthly maintenance plan like Cyber Tech Café’s MyIT Program will help ensure that the supplied patches are…
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Join us in wishing Rob all the best in his new position

CTC NEWS
Rob Adkerson, a long familiar face for all of our customers, has accepted a position with another company and is no longer affiliated with Cyber Tech Café. Rob is a man of the highest integrity and we have no security concerns as a result of his leaving but, in the interest of due diligence, wanted to let you know. We hope that you’ll join us in wishing Rob all the best in his new endeavor.
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Mail Flow Issues at AppRiver

Industry News, Tech news
AppRiver is aware of and currently working to resolve issues with mail flow resulting in, in some cases, significant delays in mail delivery The issue was initially reported on 13 February 2019 and was believed to have been resolved at that time. Unfortuately, that was not the case and delays have persisted for some clients. The AppRiver team is working on a resolution now and believe that they have identified the cause and a fix that is being tested now. Below is a link to the AppRiver status page with an option to subscribe to updates on the issue. http://status.appriver.com/
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6 April 2019 may be a bad day for GPS

Tech news
Prior to 1 January 2000, the so-called Y2K had everyone on edge about what would happen when the year rolled from 99 to 00 on devices with only two digits to note the year. There was significant preparation and work (and a lot of snake oil sold, imho), but it ended up being a pretty smooth transition and using four digits (instead of two) is now the norm. Not sure what will happen on 31 December 9999 but, honestly, that's not really going to be my problem. All of that said though, it seems that GPS may have a similar issue on 6 April 2019. According to this article, GPS signals from satellites include a ten binary bit timestamp, allowing for a maximum of 1,024 weeks (roughly 20 years). When…
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Winter Weather Advisory

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The National Weather Service and local weather stations have issued a Winter Weather Advisory for Tuesday, 29 January from 3:00am to 7:00pm. Bartow County and several surrounding school systems have already adjusted their schedules in preparation for the potential snow and/ or ice. We will be watching the weather closely and will be posting updates and announcements to our Facebook page.
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What does the upcoming end of life for Windows 7 mean to me?

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As many of you may already know, support for Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 officially ends on 14 January 2020. It may seem like a long way off but now is the time to begin planning your migration. In the interest of brevity, I've tried to be short and to the point below with some quick 'what does this mean' and 'what do I do' points but, if you have any questions or if you'd like for Cyber Tech Cafe to help with your migration, definitely let us know. What does this mean? Microsoft works with it's internal staff as well as it's Bug Bounty program to find vulnerabilities (bugs and other problems) in it's products. They then write updates (fixes) and release updates every month that users can…
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Problems reported with Office365

Problems reported with Office365

Industry News
We have had a number of reports this morning of performance and connection issues with Office365 applications, specifically Outlook. In most cases, the reported issues have been slower than normal performance and outgoing emails getting 'stuck' in the Outbox for an extended period of time. Although the Office365 Status page doesn't record any issues, we confirmed via DownDetector.com that a number of users are reporting issues and they appear to have started around 10:32am ET.
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Critical Update for Adobe Reader and Acrobat

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Adobe has released an out-of-band update to address a critical vulnerability in Adobe Acrobat and Adobe Reader products. This vulnerability affects both Windows and Mac platforms and could allow an attacker remote access to vulnerable systems. Users are encouraged to review their systems and apply the necessary patches. If you are a Cyber Tech Cafe MyIT client, please note that this update has already been applied in your environment. If you would like more information about our MyIT managed services options for your organizations, let us know. Additional information can be found at the US CERT and Adobe websites.
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Email scam claiming your account has been compromised

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Criminals continue to evolve and find new ways to take advantage of unsuspecting targets. One method that seems to be gaining popularity is for these criminals to simply send an email to their target claiming that they're already compromised and then demand a ransom in exchange for not doing more (emailing compromising photos to contacts, etc.). From the criminals perspective, it's much easier (no need to actually 'hack' their target, no need to develop ransomware, etc.) and much safer (other than the email, there's no real trail back to the criminal). From the targets perspective though, as long as they can get past the panic and 'fight or flight' stage, it's much easier to avoid. Below is a screenshot of an email that we received in a honeypot account as…
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