May 2019 Updates

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Executive Summary The Cyber Tech Cafe Managed Services (MyIT) continue to be an overwhelming success.  It's exciting to see organizations taking a proactive approach when it comes to their IT Infrastructure and it's incredibly rewarding to hear those organizations comment about how "things just seem to work".  A new version of our website / blogging software brings a new format to these posts, all the same content you know and love with a fresh coat of paint to hopefully make consumption more enjoyable and pleasing. As always, we welcome comments, feedback, concerns, etc. News DC770 - Cyber Tech Cafe is a proud supporter and co-sponsor of the DC770 DEF CON group that meets monthly at 7:00pm ET at Jefferson's restaurant in Cartersville on the first Tuesday of each month. More information is available…
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March 2019 Updates

CTC NEWS, Industry News, Monthly Newsletters
Executive Summary The Cyber Tech Cafe Managed Services (MyIT) continue to be an overwhelming success.  It's exciting to see organizations taking a proactive approach when it comes to their IT Infrastructure and it's incredibly rewarding to hear those organizations comment about how "things just seem to work".  A new version of our website / blogging software brings a new format to these posts, all the same content you know and love with a fresh coat of paint to hopefully make consumption more enjoyable and pleasing. As always, we welcome comments, feedback, concerns, etc. News DC770 - Cyber Tech Cafe is a proud supporter and co-sponsor of the DC770 DEF CON group that meets monthly at 7:00pm ET at Jefferson's restaurant in Cartersville on the first Tuesday of each month. More information is available…
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Mail Flow Issues at AppRiver

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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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Problems reported with Office365

Problems reported with Office365

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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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Is your network safe while you’re gone for the holidays?

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I just saw this article about the ordeal a Network / Systems Administrator went through as the result of a ransomware attack. If you're a business owner or Network / Systems Administrator for your organization, here are some quick lessons learned to consider before leaving for the holidays. Lessons Learned Do not expose RDP to the Internet - Remote desktop is a tool that's built into Windows to connect to other Windows computers remotely. It's incredibly convenient way to get remote access to a computer for legitimate users as well as the bad guys. A good rule of thumb, do not expose RDP to the Internet. FortiGate firewalls include both an SSL VPN and a web-based portal that makes accessing RDP over the Internet securely trivial. All of the backups…
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A $100 box that can help you see (and control) what you’re sharing on the Internet

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We're connecting voice activated tablets, nanny-cams, security cameras, home assistants and even home security systems to our home Internet connection and inviting anyone with access to those devices into our homes with them. In an ideal world, the number of folks coming in would be very small and our trusted devices would be, well, trustworthy. Unfortunately, that's not always the case. Making matters worse, we're creating very soft targets for even low skilled attackers. At home, our defenses are down, the gear is typically ad-hoc and there's no logging or oversight on what's going on on the network. New devices can be added at will (yours or, when the neighbors kid guesses your wifi password, theirs) and devices on your network have the freedom to do pretty much anything that…
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The Results Are In – Backblaze Hard Drive Statistics for 2017

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If you're looking to purchase a hard drive and want to know which ones have the best track record, it would be harder to find a better source of information than the annual report from Backblaze. Backblaze is a cloud storage provider that uses exclusively off-the-shelf commodity hard drives in it's datacenter. They maintained detailed statistics on how well various drives performed and, in 2013, they began analyzing that data and making it available to the public. Since then, the annual Backblaze Drive Stats report has been an authoratative source of data on which drives to buy (and which to avoid). Links - Backblaze - https://www.backblaze.com/ - Backblaze Hard Drive Stats for 2017 - https://www.backblaze.com/blog/hard-drive-stats-for-2017
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Problems with GoDaddy email

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If you are using GoDaddy for email, you are likely having problems sending and receiving emails.  Very few details at this point but there is a problem that GoDaddy has acknowledged and is currently working on.  No reason for outage or ETA on the resolution has been provided.
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The Equifax Breach: Just How Bad Is It?

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For those of you that have just emerged from under your rock to read this article, I appreciate it, but if you haven't heard, a cyber security breach on one of the 3 main credit bureaus, Equifax, effecting over 143 Million Americans was announced this past week and some are touting this as one of the worst breaches in history. While we wait for the smoke to settle on this one, I wanted to put together a small collection of some of the key points I have heard being discussed and why they make this one of the more serious breaches in history. Severity of leaked data - The data reported to have been stolen includes the full names, address, birth date, social security number, and in some cases the…
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