CARING FOR YOUR EYESIGHT WITH WINDOWS 10  

Updates come from time to time to improve a system. The Night Light is an update that has been helping its users maintain not just their productivity but their health as well. It has been months since this feature was launched but it still resonates well with the public as it reflected the social responsibility that Windows 10 carried for its users.

Night Light reduces the blue light emitted by your screen that harms your eyesight and affects a person’s melatonin (the sleep hormone) level. When someone is exposed to blue light at night time, one’s melatonin level is decreased which makes it difficult to sleep.  One could also experience chronic eyestrain from overexposure to blue light.

It is common for some business owners and employees to work past six in the evening which makes this feature a great asset when it comes to health concerns.

One can enable the Night Light feature by heading to the computer’s “Settings”, then “System”, then “Display”.  Under the display option, you can turn on the night light. The computer will automatically be on night light mode at the desired specific night time schedule while the color temperature could also be adjusted up to its warmest tone.

This is Windows 10’s feature  that is gentle to your eyes and has been embedded in the Windows 10 Creators Update (version 1703).

As an operating system(OS), Windows 10 can be acquired through the bundle price of $20.00 per user/month via Microsoft 365.  Windows 10 is part of the Microsoft 365 package alongside with Office 365 and Enterprise Mobility + Security.

ON ANTICIPATING NATIONWIDE CYBERATTACKS 

Northern Atlantic Treaty Organization(NATO) countries are starting to foresee destabilizing threats that could be part of warfare tactics. Cyberspace is now considered a battleground for war by infiltrating significant data.

NATO has always been on the defensive, but they are starting to deliberate so they can be on the offensive side due to the potential detrimental harm that might happen to their member countries.

Shutting down IT systems and generating malwares are harsh forms of attack that can be done during a cyber warfare, and this could be damaging to all entities with computers in any affected country.

NATO has been monitoring the possibility of massive hacking throughout their member countries. Hackers threaten to rob NATO countries of their intellectual property via their computer systems. This includes the danger of an all-out lockdown of IT data. There have been reports that UK agents have discovered the attempted Russian cyber-attacks to some NATO member countries.

Companies in the USA must take extra precaution concerning their data since this country is part of NATO. Apart from the ongoing monitoring, a company must be prepared to any threat of data loss.  Maintaining a disaster recovery plan is one of the most effective ways that can help a business rise from a nationwide cyberattack. A managed Security Service Provider like Computer Solutions East, Inc. can completely take care of disaster recovery plans and other methods for saving your files.

BITCOIN’S FLUCTUATING VALUES POSE A THREAT TO SECURITY 

It was August this year when ransomware “WannaCry” devastated and robbed businesses by demanding ransoms to restore files that they had compromised. Businesses were helpless and followed the instructions placed on their screen: pay or lose their collateral files. They were asked to pay in cryptocurrency or digital currency known as “Bitcoin” that has been used as a means of transaction or monetary value.

The valuation of Bitcoin

On November 29, 2017, the Bitcoin’s value reached an all-time high of $11, 000 yet it dropped the next day to $9,021.85.  If Bitcoin would be continuously used as a means of currency, it would disrupt the market. As of this writing, it has now reached $12,798.78, a big leap from its less than $1,000 value last year.

Cultivating the Hacking Business

The increasing valuation of Bitcoin signifies and imposes a higher threat of being susceptible to hacking attacks. As the Bitcoins value increase, the more the hackers find it an opportune time to level up their ransomwares to gain money from this situation. They will extort on that value so that they can threaten businesses to pay for ransoms, once they have infiltrated their system.

If Bitcoin is continuously used as a means of transaction, it may threaten to disturb the financial climate due to its instability, as advised by one of the Federal Reserve governors.
Advanced Threat Protection is your 2-dollar assurance for the safety of your files compared to the risk of paying not less than $10,000.00 worth of ransom, and the risk of losing all your files that are pertinent to your business. The up-down valuation of Bitcoin will no longer be a problem when you have ensured your files’ security.

FORECAST FOR 2018: PREPARE FOR MORE HACKING INCIDENTS 

2017 has been a year of one ransomware after another. Hacking has never been more profitable then this year. With the rise of ransomwares “WannaCry” and “Petya” in the USA, hackers were able to manifest their rising power in manipulating the industry.

Cybersecurity should be given more attention to help keep a business’ significant data safe due to the increased severity of threats. Unfortunately, more data breach is foreseen in 2018 .

Based from the data gathered, there is a 3% increase in the prevalence of ransomware cases in businesses in 2017 compared to the previous year. Businesses have been a common target of ransomware since they are easier to threaten with the safety of their files.  Their business cashflow is at stake, once the data has been compromised, that’s why it is imperative for the business to pay the ransom. Unfortunately, reports have shown that some businesses fail to recover their files even after paying the ransom.

Despite the absence of a federal data protection law, the United States enacted regulations for companies to implement their specific data protection policy. Meanwhile, the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation will not only be implemented to residents of the EU by May 25, 2018 but its jurisdiction has been stretched out to companies who offer services to people from EU. Restrictions for consent will be implemented, whereas the owner should first allow a third party to handle his/her data.

Data breach incidents revealed the importance of MSSPs. Protecting data is as important as monitoring the overall system of a company.

Managed Security Service Providers (MSSPs) are more essential than ever as they equip their client with full security services such as disaster recovery plans and back up assistance. Day-to-day backup assistance assures businesses that they can keep their important files safe.  MSSPs resolve the ransomware infiltration through various products and solutions that they are subscribed to such as Advanced Threat Protection and Microsoft Windows Defender.

CSE’S SOFTWARE ASSET MANAGEMENT LICENSING PRE-AUDIT HELPS BUSINESSES COMPLY THROUGH A BETTER INVESTMENT

Software Asset Management Licensing Pre-Audit by Computer Solutions East, Inc (CSE) prepares a business for the final audit of the software that they have purchased. It prevents them from being vulnerable to the sanctions of being overdue licensed software users. The objectives of the licensing pre-audit service are to reduce the possible amount of financial cost of penalties, and more importantly, the damage to the reputation of the business.

Software Asset Management is defined by Microsoft as “a reliable industry method that employs a set of secured procedures for handling and enhancing the company’s IT assets”.

Software License Compliance is commonly overlooked by SMBs thus, the number of allowable devices where the software can be installed, the number of users, and the validity of the licenses are not being consciously monitored. Some business owners let these instances pass without understanding that these might be detrimental to their entire business once the software publisher has audited them.  Hence, CSE’s service becomes more essential to the business’ long-term investment by doing due diligence in license checking.

“CSE’s Software Asset Management Pre-audit has helped companies to eliminate the risk of penalties. I really see this Pre-audit as a privilege for SMBs to keep track of their licenses without the carrying the burden. This is CSE’s way of helping small and medium- sized businesses (SMB) to spend less in software compliance fees since the penalty for an audited uncompliant software license may consume the entire budget of an SMB,” Gerald Villanueva, the Operations Manager of CSE said.

Computer Solutions East, Inc. (CSE) is a Tier 1 Managed Microsoft Partner and has been working with Microsoft Hosted Exchange, Sharepoint, and Cloud products since 2007, starting with their Business Productivity Online Suite (Exchange / Sharepoint / Lync 2007). They were the winner of the 2016 East Region Renewal/Annuity Partner of the Year Award. Also, they are Gold and Silver certified for Services on Volume Licensing; Office 365 and Azure Migrations (Small and Large); Dynamics CRM Online Customization and Configuration; and are a Microsoft Authorized Education Reseller. They offer fixed monthly IT and Ad Hoc services.

 

Awards and Accomplishments:

Winner: 2016 Partner of the Year Award (East Region – Renewal / Annuity)

Finalist: 2016 NY Metro Partner of the Year

Finalist: 2016 NY Metro Cloud Partner of the Year

Finalist: 2015 NY Metro Partner of the Year

Finalist: 2015 NY Metro Cloud Partner of the Year

Winner: 2013 East Region TOP VAR Partner of the Year Award

Finalist: 2013 Small Business Partner of the Year

Ingram Micro SMB 500 (2013, 2015)

Inc. 5000 (2015, 2016, 2017)

CRN MSP 500 (2014, 2016)

CRN Pioneer 250 (2016, 2017)

CRN Next-Gen 250 (2016, 2017)

Tech Elite 250 (2017)

Technology solutions that make sense for your business:

Microsoft Volume Licensing Services Sales

Microsoft Office 365 (Migration & Licensing)

Microsoft Dynamics 365 Deployment and Customization

Azure: Improve performance and consolidate resource; let Microsoft take care of your servers

Application Development: Websites, Quote to order automation, Netbook, Vendor XML integration with shopping cart

Fixed Monthly Contracts: 24/7 service with predictable monthly payments

Cisco Network and Telephone: WAN, LAN, VPN, Wireless and VoIP

 

 

MICROSOFT ADVANCED TECHNICAL SUPPORT INCREASES THE LEVERAGE OF CSE’S CUSTOMERS

Computer Solutions East, Inc. (CSE) is a Microsoft partner with Gold and Silver competencies for various offerings of a Managed Security Service Provider (MSSP). It has earned Microsoft’s advanced technical support which includes the following: a pooled account manager, remote service delivery, cloud limited hybrid for deployments covered, and 2nd priority 1/2/4-hour service level agreement for problem resolution with faster response time.

“As a Microsoft Partner, CSE grabbed the opportunity to acquire Advanced Support for Partners service, since this is a definite edge for us to offer accelerated support. This will surely improve the agility and the quality of our services,” Gerald Villanueva, the Operations Manager of CSE asserted.

CSE offers their customers benefits in the selling, deploying, and support stages as part of their Microsoft Partner Network.  With a Services Account Manager assigned to CSE from Microsoft, the company is given more priority to the services, updates, helpline, and accomplished plans.

Being a Cloud Solutions Provider with Microsoft advanced technical support, CSE can grant their customers the privilege of prompt-response time; obstacle solutions for Microsoft Azure, Office 365, Dynamics 365 Finance & Operations; Enterprise addition; Dynamics 365 for Sales, Field Service, Customer Service; Project Service Automation; and Dynamics 365 Finance & Operations (Business Edition).

Statistics have shown great results from Microsoft Advanced Support in terms of the following: an increased rate for faster incident resolution, more active workloads, more active customers, and higher revenue for Microsoft Azure. It has also offered a higher rate for higher deployment, more seats sold, higher revenue, and higher retention for Office 365 and Dynamics 365.

Computer Solutions East, Inc. (CSE) is a Tier 1 Managed Microsoft Partner and has been working with Microsoft Hosted Exchange, Sharepoint, and Cloud products since 2007, starting with their Business Productivity Online Suite (Exchange / Sharepoint / Lync 2007). They were the winner of the 2016 East Region Renewal/Annuity Partner of the Year Award. Also, they are Gold and Silver certified for Services on Volume Licensing; Office 365 and Azure Migrations (Small and Large); Dynamics CRM Online Customization and Configuration; and are a Microsoft Authorized Education Reseller. They offer fixed monthly IT and Ad Hoc services.

Awards and Accomplishments:

Winner: 2016 Partner of the Year Award (East Region – Renewal / Annuity)

Finalist: 2016 NY Metro Partner of the Year

Finalist: 2016 NY Metro Cloud Partner of the Year

Finalist: 2015 NY Metro Partner of the Year

Finalist: 2015 NY Metro Cloud Partner of the Year

Winner: 2013 East Region TOP VAR Partner of the Year Award

Finalist: 2013 Small Business Partner of the Year

Ingram Micro SMB 500 (2013, 2015)

Inc. 5000 (2015, 2016, 2017)

CRN MSP 500 (2014, 2016)

CRN Pioneer 250 (2016, 2017)

CRN Next-Gen 250 (2016, 2017)

Tech Elite 250 (2017)

Technology solutions that make sense for your business:

Microsoft Volume Licensing Services Sales

Microsoft Office 365 (Migration & Licensing)

Microsoft Dynamics 365 Deployment and Customization

Azure: Improve performance and consolidate resource; let Microsoft take care of your servers

Application Development: Websites, Quote to order automation, Netbook, Vendor XML integration with shopping cart

Fixed Monthly Contracts: 24/7 service with predictable monthly payments

Cisco Network and Telephone: WAN, LAN, VPN, Wireless and VoIP

 

 

 

CHANNELPRO NETWORK CITED A RECENT DATA BREACH INCIDENT AS AN URGENT PROMPT FOR SMALL-MEDIUM SIZED BUSINESSES

Computer Solutions Inc. was recognized by ChannelPro Network for its excellence in covering the security of their clients’ data. True to its vision of customer-oriented services, they make sure that they prioritize the most significant need of businesses, and that is security. Channel Pro Network is an online platform that features Information Technology providers for SMBs. It has seen Computer Solutions East, Inc. (CSE)  set themselves apart by recognizing the need to rename the line of services given by certain MSPs to deliver more than what is expected.

Small and medium- sized businesses (SMBs) should consider a shift from Managed Service Provider (MSP) to Managed Service Security Provider (MSSP). Data breaches have been disrupting businesses and costing huge sums of money. Even more terrifying is that no one has an idea when the next attack will happen.

“This citation from ChannelPro Network is really a pleasure for CSE. We have remained true to our commitment to add more value to our managed service provider clients without the aim of recognition,” Gerald Villanueva, the Operations Manager of CSE explained.

Luke Celente is the managing partner of (CSE) and he makes sure that CSE is taking its own path as an IT service provider. Being an Managed Service Provider (MSP) is not enough anymore. Celente makes a bold move to define a new course in the managed service provider industry by building the company’s own unique framework that would showcase the company’s value to its customers. Celente raised the concern that the problem lies with the labeling of the services. He saw this issue as an opportunity to thoroughly permeate the market thereby giving a better service.

Computer Solutions East, Inc. (CSE) is a Tier 1 Managed Microsoft Partner and has been working with Microsoft Hosted Exchange, Sharepoint, and Cloud products since 2007, starting with their Business Productivity Online Suite (Exchange / Sharepoint / Lync 2007). They were the winner of the 2016 East Region Renewal/Annuity Partner of the Year Award. Also, they are Gold and Silver certified for Services on Volume Licensing; Office 365 and Azure Migrations (Small and Large); Dynamics CRM Online Customization and Configuration; and are a Microsoft Authorized Education Reseller. They offer fixed monthly IT and Ad Hoc services.

Awards and Accomplishments:

Winner: 2016 Partner of the Year Award (East Region – Renewal / Annuity)

Finalist: 2016 NY Metro Partner of the Year

Finalist: 2016 NY Metro Cloud Partner of the Year

Finalist: 2015 NY Metro Partner of the Year

Finalist: 2015 NY Metro Cloud Partner of the Year

Winner: 2013 East Region TOP VAR Partner of the Year Award

Finalist: 2013 Small Business Partner of the Year

Ingram Micro SMB 500 (2013, 2015)

Inc. 5000 (2015, 2016, 2017)

CRN MSP 500 (2014, 2016)

CRN Pioneer 250 (2016, 2017)

CRN Next-Gen 250 (2016, 2017)

Tech Elite 250 (2017)

Technology solutions that make sense for your business:

Microsoft Volume Licensing Services Sales

Microsoft Office 365 (Migration & Licensing)

Microsoft Dynamics 365 Deployment and Customization

Azure: Improve performance and consolidate resource; let Microsoft take care of your servers

Application Development: Websites, Quote to order automation, Netbook, Vendor XML integration with shopping cart

Fixed Monthly Contracts: 24/7 service with predictable monthly payments

Cisco Network and Telephone: WAN, LAN, VPN, Wireless and VoIP