Azure’s Backup and Site Recovery Solve Cyber Disaster!

Today’s digital age and prevalence of cyber threats demand companies to employ their own business continuity and disaster recovery plans and strategies. Any form of cyber disaster must be resolved by a corresponding safety measure. Azure’s Back-up and Site Recovery services are structured to deliver immediate and on-time services to its users.

Business Continuity
Business continuity is the top priority. What happens immediately after an attack is crucial as this may impede the business operations for a long time since key documents are hard to recover and to redo. After the cyber-attack, the business must immediately react. This is so the attack will not have a severe bearing on the company’s revenues by avoiding deficits caused by uncontrollable cyber disasters.

Having a duplicate storage of files is integral to ensure security of corporate files while keeping the business ongoing whenever there are threats to your data. This would serve as a secondary drive for your company’s assets and components, keeping them safe and free from cyber threats.

Daily Backup
Daily backup programs have been created to assure the secondary storage of the user’s files. Once the files have been corrupted or encrypted, the backup storage provides complete copies from each of the user’s respective devices. With a daily backup, you are prepared for any attack since all files that have been created on each device are automatically replicated and stored by the Azure backup. In addition, ongoing workloads can also be recovered.

Backup and Recovery Services
Hyper-V Recovery Manager (HVRM) was the previous name of Azure Site Recovery (ASR). ASR enables the company to have its contingent site on-demand whenever the need arises.

The safety and strength of your company against cyber threats can only be achieved when one is assured of the fallback of the company data. When you use the Microsoft Azure cloud it allows the internal and external members of your company to have private access to the restricted files that the sender has secured. Then, the restricted files can only be opened by the specified recipients who were mentioned in the sending options.

Microsoft Applications Assure Hardcore Defense Against Ransomware

Two consecutive attacks of ransomwares on devices with Windows operating system, in both May, 2017 and June, 2017 have been alarming the world, and causing debates on cybersecurity. The first attack was by “WannaCry”, a variant of ransomware that caused a major stir by disrupting businesses in over 150 countries across the globe. It was then followed by “Petya”, which was described as a stronger ransomware. It interrupted businesses in the Ukraine, Russia, USA, and other parts of the globe as well. Some companies have paid the ransom in exchange for their essential documents and highly confidential data. Unfortunately, companies with online storage and devices are susceptible to ransomwares as they are more capable of paying the demanded worth of bitcoins as ransom. Securing devices against a highly probable third consecutive attack must be given the utmost priority.

Office 365 – Quarantine and Advanced Threat Protection

Microsoft has been consistently optimizing its security features and updating its cybersecurity applications. Even before the onset of these cyber-attacks, Microsoft had been regularly vigilante in equipping their programs with built-in anti-virus features such as Office 365’s Quarantine and
Advanced Threat Protection.

Office 365’s Advanced Threat Protection (ATP),

Office 365’s ATP continuously checks attachments, email inboxes, and links to avoid the penetration of malwares. Safe Links, Safe Attachments, URL Detonation, and Dynamic Delivery are the different parts of ATP that make protecting your data easy.

Office 365’s Quarantine feature automatically sends suspicious emails to the quarantine folder so that they will not be mixed with the safe contents of the user’s inbox. The administrator of the organization can then control the emails that will be sent directly into the quarantine section. The contents of the quarantine section get automatically deleted after fifteen (15) days. Emails that have been suspected to be malicious but turn out to be safe can be pulled out from that section and safely opened and read.

Prevention Applications
Microsoft has built its operating system with an antivirus application called “Windows Defender Tool”. Other prevention applications of Microsoft that were devised to guard your data against malwares and even ransomwares are “Smart Screen” and “Malware Protection Program”. Smart Screen is a Windows filtering tool used to block suspicious websites. On the other hand, Malware Protection Program educates the user on how to understand the prevention tools being offered, and how the threat can be removed.

Keeping your version of Microsoft windows updated is one of the surefire ways to maintain the security and protection of your corporate data being stored in your cloud system.

Ransomwares, “WannaCry” And “Petya”, Post Threat to Businesses Around The Globe, Including The U.S.

Ransomwares are on the rise again as “WannaCry” and “Petya” have infected companies from all over the globe including the United States. Ransomwares are worse than malwares because they do not just turn files into defective ones, but they also compromise the privacy of your company files while extorting money from you by holding those files hostage.

WannaCry infested businesses on May 12, 2017, with Europe as its primary location. Meanwhile, Petya infected the Ukraine, Russia, and the USA on June 27, 2017. These acts of cyber terrorism left the businesses in fear of losing substantial company files. In addition, it was a rapid and massive disruption of integral services for health providers, law firms, and virtual assistance.

Petya is the latest kind of cryptolocker ransomware that causes encryption of the data of companies.

When the cyber attack occurs, a message saying, “oops, your important files are encrypted”, is flashed on the screen of the device. An average ransom of $300 worth of bitcoins is demanded for the retrieval of the files that have been encrypted by both ransomwares. Victims were asked to pay in a very short span of time with the threat that the ransom would be doubled if not paid immediately.

Some U.S. companies that were affected are: Heritage Valley Health Systems in Pennyslyvania, Mondelez International Inc.’s Cadbury, Merck & Co., Inc. in New Jersey, Nuance Communications Inc., and the multi-national law firm, DLA Piper, in Massachusetts. The effects of these ransomwares not only effected the proprietors of these businesses, but it was felt by its customers as well. The needed assistance of healthcare providers like Heritage Valley Health Systems, and the privacy of testimonies from a law firm like DLA Piper were at risk when these ransomwares encrypted their systems.

For now, these ransomwares have only penetrated Windows operating systems but other operating systems could be next. Unfortunately, the prevalence of ransomwares has turned into an unfortunate business framework due to the forced transactions and extortions from the business owners who are desperate to regain their data.

How does this happen? These malwares can easily access computers when the antivirus software and the Microsoft operating system are not updated leaving them extremely vulnerable.

CSE Welcomes its new E-Commerce Tool: CSE Marketplace

CSE Marketplace has been successfully operational for its online consumers since its launch on June 2, 2017. CSE Marketplace is the official e-commerce website of Computer Solutions East, Inc. (CSE) and is powered by Microsoft Azure App Service’s web app feature.

The website was built for easy navigation and selection using 3 main sections: organization, license type, and categories.

For the organization section, the options are academic, business, and government. The academic tab is intended for faculty needs while the business tab is for small to medium-sized enterprises. As for the government tab, special pricing is exclusively offered for government organizations.

For the licensing section, the options are: license type, subscription, and services. Subscription refers to the length and duration of the preferred software. Services refer to the supplementary work that may accompany the product.

For the categories section, the programs and software from CSE’s partners are: Microsoft, Cisco, Office 365, Skype, Dynamics CRM, Microsoft Azure, all of which are itemized one-by-one.

Self-Service
As a user-friendly website, our clients can sort out the options they need simply by checking the box beside that option. The options selected matches its needs based on the organization’s head count, duration of program license, and type of software. Don’t worry, our options are comprehensive leaving only a few or even no questions left to be answered. Almost all options and information are presented with just one click.
This provides a great convenience to our clients because there is no need to go to a CSE office to learn more about our products and services. Our site is tailored for people who are on-the-go and simply want to scan through the available options based on their organization type.

Website Access
In order to gain website access, the customer must fill out all the required fields in the registration form to create an account. Please note that it is required that the customer must belong to a company to create an account since CSE products are intended for organizations and businesses only and not for individuals. Also, please make sure the email address that has been entered is correct to ensure the efficient delivery of our products.

CSE Marketplace can be accessed at cseshoppingcart.azurewebsites.net.

Please note that the products and services from the CSE Marketplace are offered to companies that are within the boundaries of the United States only.