Blog / Canada-Wide Microsoft Teams Outage (UPDATED) On March 15, 2021, we (and thousands of other businesses) experienced issues with our phone system (based on Microsoft Teams). There was a Canada-wide outage for Teams and we were unable to receive calls. At approximately 4:15PM, we were able to restore use of our phone systems. We apologize for the inconvenience.     March 15, 2021
Blog / Phishing Emails – Effective for hackers, hard to detect for filters Phishing emails and spam both come at you through the same medium: email. That means the defenses against both are also the same. It’s down to your spam filtering to keep you protected from spam and other harmful email messages. Spam filtering checks can be configured as either hard or soft checks. The terms hard and soft don’t refer […] March 15, 2021
Blog / Being Smart About Smart Devices Smart devices have been with us for a long time now. Although they only became ubiquitous in the last several years, smart devices can be traced all the way back to 1994 and IBM’s Simon Personal Communicator. That means, from some perspectives, we’ve been living with smart devices for almost 30 years now (27 if […] March 11, 2021
Blog / URGENT—Exchange Server Vulnerability Update On Wednesday March 3rd we detailed a server “zero-day” security vulnerability discovered in Exchange Server 2010, 2013, 2016 and 2019. At the time it was noted that while the vulnerability had been exploited prior to the patches being available, Microsoft had suspected that only a handful of high-profile organizations had been compromised by a Chinese […] March 09, 2021
Blog / “Zero-day” security vulnerability discovered on Microsoft Exchange servers On Tuesday March 2nd Microsoft released notice of a “zero-day” security vulnerability discovered in Exchange Server 2010, 2013, 2016 and 2019. Zero-day vulnerabilities are vulnerabilities in software that have been present since initial release of the software. These vulnerabilities are often discovered after they are exploited for malicious purposes and there is little defense against them […] March 03, 2021
Blog / Cyber Security Newsletter: The Incident Response Plan Having an Incident Response plan (IRP) is important for any business. You need to have a plan for dealing with big issues (like ransomware) beforehand. Making it up as you go along is a great way to ensure that you make mistakes. In a lot of cases the majority of effort is focused on getting […] March 02, 2021
Blog / Water treatment security – It’s not just up to the contractor I was reading an article the other day about how a water treatment plant in Florida was recently hacked. Someone connected to the remote software (Teamviewer) used to connect to a machine that handled mixing the water, then cranked up the levels of sodium hydroxide (lye) to dangerous levels (more then 100 times normal). Thankfully […] February 21, 2021

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