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CISCO DUO SECURITY

In today’s era of multiple clouds, employees access critical business data and applications from a multitude of secure and open locations and networks, using personal and company-issued devices. Read more

CISCO'S EXPANSION OF FREE OFFERINGS

Recently, Cisco extended its Webex Enterprise trials to allow you stay connected to your team and continue your business operations. Read more

MICROSOFT OFFICE 365 SMB NAMING UPDATES

Microsoft has announced changes to Office 365 subscriptions for small and medium-sized businesses. Going forward, all of these products will use the Microsoft 365 brand. Read more

I.T SOLUTIONS

As digital interactions become more convenient for the consumers, they are getting more complex for the I.T professionals that have to make it all work. Lets look into meeting your business needs with technology. Read more

Cisco Advanced Malware Protection (AMP)

Cisco Advanced Malware Protection (AMP) for Endpoints integrates prevention, detection, and response capabilities in a single solution, leveraging the power of cloud-based analytics. Read more

CISCO UMBRELLA

Cisco Umbrella is a cloud security platform that provides a first line of defense against threats, wherever you access the internet on or off the corporate network. Read more

GENERAL AVAILABILITY OF JAVA 14

Oracle announced in March 2020, the general availability of Java 14. JDK 14 brings 16 new features to the Java programming language. Read more

COVID 19 - OUR RESPONSE

Dear customers and partners, we hope all of you, your relatives and friends are safe.  As you know, we've fully switched our teams all over the world to smart working since early March, but you can count on us as always. Read more

IT success in delivering digital experiences, such as applications for sales, customer participation, and employee productivity, requires a new network and security architecture built for a multi-cloud environment.

Security Challenges:

Security is constantly changing. As we move forward, Duo is going to be a critical enabler to allow us to have zero trusts. Where you are, what you want access to, from what devices, and being able to make that very dynamic. And that's what I'm looking forward to enabling through Duo and the Cisco Zero Trust platform.”
Steve Martino, CISO.

Secure access starts with Zero Trust. Duo multi-factor authentication (MFA) provides zero-trust security for your workforce. It verifies the identity of all users before granting access to corporate applications with secure and easy multi-factor authentication. Duo Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA) provides Zero-trust security for your workforce. Duo has offerings to help you throughout your journey to a complete, zero-trust security model. It features everything you need to protect your applications and data at scale.

Two-factor authentication (2FA) is a specific type of multi-factor authentication (MFA) that strengthens access security by requiring two methods to verify your identity. Duo protects your applications by using the second source of validation, like a phone or token, to verify user identity before granting access. Duo is engineered to provide a simple, streamlined login experience for every user and application, and as a cloud-based solution, it integrates easily with your existing technology.
Verifying your identity using a second factor (like your phone or other mobile devices) prevents anyone but you from logging in, even if they know your password.

Cisco Duo is as easy as 1 2 3:

  1. Enter Username and Password as usual
  2. Use your phone to verify your identity
  3. Securely log in

Once you've enrolled in Duo you're ready to go: You'll login as usual with your username and password, and then use your device to verify that it's you. Your administrator can set up the system to do this via SMS, voice call, one-time passcode, the Duo Mobile smartphone app, and so on.

VERIFY TRUST OF ANY DEVICE – How Duo does it…

NON-VPN REMOTE WORKER (DUO NETWORK GATEWAY)

FEATURES
The solution features everything you need to protect your applications and data scale:

With a free 30-day trial you can see for yourself how easy it is to get started with Duo's trusted access.

Want access to free Cisco Duo? Do not hesitate to reach out to us.

Reference: https://www.cisco.com/c/en/us/products/security/duo-software.html
https://duo.com/

Recently, Cisco extended its Webex Enterprise trials to allow you stay connected to your team and continue your business operations.

• Full featured HD video meetings, content sharing, recording
• Unlimited meeting and webinars with up to 200 participants
• Webex Teams unlimited messaging
• Microsoft Exchange Calendar, Directory Sync, SSO
• Analytics and Troubleshooting dashboard
• 30 or 90 days, with 30 days extension availability

Cisco is broadening this offer to include security for remote employees by providing extended free licenses and expanded usage counts at no extra charge for three key security technologies that are designed to protect you while working remotely from anywhere, anytime and on any device.

Cisco Umbrella: Cisco Umbrella offers flexible, cloud-delivered security when and how you need it. With Umbrella, you can extend protection to devices, remote users, and distributed locations anywhere. Umbrella protects users from malicious Internet destinations whether they are on or off the network. Because it is delivered from the cloud, Umbrella makes it easy to protect users everywhere in minutes. With this offer, existing customers can exceed their user limit to support an increase in remote workers, and new customers can access a free license

Feel free to contact us to have the initial 14-day period extended to 90 days.

Duo Security: Enables you to verify your users’ identities and establish device trust before granting access to applications.  It provides strong user authentication and device security hygiene check and visibility. With this offer, existing customers can exceed their user limit to support an increase in remote workers, and new customers can access a free license.

Cisco AnyConnect Secure Mobility Client: AnyConnect simplifies secure endpoint access and provides the security necessary to help keep your organization safe and protected. AnyConnect customers can exceed their user limit to support an increase in remote workers, and new customers can access a free license

These offers are available from now until July 1, 2020.

https://blogs.cisco.com/security/cisco-expands-free-security-offerings-to-help-with-rise-in-remote-workers

Microsoft will also adopt Microsoft 365 Apps as the new name for the two Office client subscriptions:

Microsoft describes it as a natural evolution." An integrated set of apps and services that puts artificial intelligence (AI) and other cutting-edge innovations to work for you. And for small and medium-sized businesses, that includes new capabilities in Microsoft Teams to help you host rich meetings and events online; cloud file storage and sharing capabilities so you can collaborate from anywhere, and security and identity solutions to safeguard your business".

Microsoft through us is bringing you customers into this growing Microsoft 365 family at a moment when businesses are facing extraordinary health and economic challenges.

Effective April 21, 2020, the product names will change; you will see the name of your subscriptions updated to the new name across your in-product experiences. You do not need to take any additional actions as these changes will be automatic.

Why the name change?

Microsoft’s new approach to naming its products is designed to help you quickly find the plan you need and get back to your business.

What isn’t changing?

With Microsoft 365, you can:

Compare and choose from a variety of plans designed for businesses like yours.

Kindly reach out to us for more information. Reference: https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/microsoft-365/blog/2020/03/30/new-microsoft-365-offerings-small-and-medium-sized-businesses/

In today's world, your data center and network have to deliver. There is no room for downtime and loopholes. Analysis has shown that over 3,300 records are lost or stolen every minute; that’s 4.8 billion every day. A company was hit by ransomware and they lost 10,000 machines in 10mins. Cisco’s threat intelligence has a record of blocking about 19.6 billion treats every day; that’s about 2.5 million threats every second.

It is no doubt that I.T has become the backbone of every business. Businesses have evolved from person to person interaction to person to I.T interaction. Think about the whole lot we now do on our phones and laptop without having to physically meet the persons in the different organizations we are dealing with. Now think about how quickly your customers will move to your competitors if they either don’t get the best customer experience from their interaction with your frontend I.T platforms or if your competitors are able to push out better customer interactive platforms ahead of you.

What are we trying to say in essence? Your I.T needs to keep up with the pace of business.

Let’s break this down. For your business to maintain and grow its customer base, get maximum I.T ROI (Return on Investment) and generate more revenue, three key areas need to be dealt with:

  1. Reducing I.T complexity
  2. Saving time
  3. Keeping up with business demand

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AMP for Endpoints will protect your Windows, Mac, Linux, Android, and iOS devices through public or private cloud deployment.

In the rapidly evolving world of malware, threats are becoming harder and harder to detect. The most advanced 1% of these threats, those that will eventually enter and wreak havoc in your network, could potentially go undetected. However, AMP for Endpoints provides comprehensive protection against that 1%. This security software prevents breaches, blocks malware at the point of entry, and continuously monitors and analyzes file and process activity to rapidly detect, contain, and remediate threats that can evade front-line defenses.

Stopping threats at the earliest point in time ensures minimal damage to endpoints and less downtime after a breach. AMP for Endpoints employs a robust set of preventative technologies to stop malware, in real-time, protecting endpoints against today’s most common attacks.

Though malware prevention techniques are necessary for a complete next-generation endpoint security solution, combating advanced threats requires additional measures. AMP for Endpoints continuously monitors endpoints to help detect new and unknown threats.

As the number and variety of advanced threats designed to slip past preventative measures increase, the possibility of a breach should be treated as an eventuality. With that mindset, a powerful toolset should be deployed to help easily identify infected endpoints and understand the scope of an attack. In addition to multiple prevention and detection capabilities, AMP for Endpoints offers granular endpoint visibility and response tools to handle security breaches quickly and efficiently.

AMP for Endpoints is compatible with the following operating systems

◦    Windows 7

◦    Windows 8, 8.1

◦    Windows 10

◦    Windows Server 2008 R2, 2012, 2012 R2, 2016

◦    Red Hat Enterprise Linux or CentOS 6.x 7.x

◦    Android 2.1 (Éclair) to 6.0 (Marshmallow)

◦    iOS 11 and above

◦    OSX 10.11

◦    MacOS 10.12, 10.13

Ready to see advanced malware protection in action? You can get a two- to four-week trial.

For more information, please contact us and we will be happy to attend to you.

SOURCE:
https://www.cisco.com/c/en/us/products/collateral/security/fireamp-endpoints/datasheet-c78-733181.html

Umbrella is deployed enterprise-wide in minutes and gives your security team the threat intelligence and context they need to block threats before they become attacks.

As a Secure Internet Gateway, Cisco Umbrella provides the first line of defense against threats on the internet wherever users go. Umbrella delivers complete visibility into internet activity across all locations, devices, and users, and blocks threats before they ever reach your network or endpoints.

Organizations require a broad set of protection that not only improves security, but simplifies management. The security challenges that organizations face include:

The key benefits of Cisco umbrella are:

Umbrella offers three primary packages. All packages can be integrated with your Cisco SD-WAN implementation to provide a combination of performance, security, and flexibility that delights both your end users and security team.

DNS Security Essentials: is the most basic DNS filtering package and provides a very limited set of features. This option is best suited to small businesses that have yet to implement a DNS filtering solution to protect against internet-based threats and enforce their internet usage policies. The solution includes content filtering by domain or domain category, and whitelists and blacklists. Users can also identify, and block shadow IT based on URLs.

DNS Security Advantage: This package offers DNS-layer security, malicious IP blocking, selective web inspection, and app visibility/control to block malware, easily enforce content web filtering and enable secure cloud adoption.

Secure Internet Gateway (SIG) Essentials: The Umbrella Secure Internet Gateway (SIG) Essentials package offers a broad set of security functions that until now required separate firewall, secure web gateway, DNS-layer security, threat intelligence, and cloud access security broker (CASB) solutions.

Advantages of Umbrella:

Contact us on how we can get you started.

Source: https://www.cisco.com/c/dam/en/us/products/collateral/security/aag-cisco-umbrella.pdf

JAVA 14 addresses a total of 16 main enhancements/changes (JEPs) ranging from the Java language support to the latest APIs for ongoing JDK flight recorder monitoring.

Here’s a summary of the new features:

“Java 14 is further validation of the benefits of the six-month release cadence, giving developers access to features that they would otherwise be waiting years to get their hands on,” said Georges Saab, vice president of development, Java Platform, Oracle.

The java 14 release is the result of industry-wide development involving open review, weekly builds, and extensive collaboration between Oracle engineers and members of the worldwide Java developer community via the open JDK Community and the Java Community Process.

Partnering with Oracle, we offer Oracle Java SE Subscription commercial support. With this support, you benefit from the flexibility and regular access to tested and certified performance, stability, and security updates for supported releases directly from Oracle.

Reference: https://www.oracle.com/corporate/pressrelease/oracle-announces-java14-031720.html

Our services are 100% running.

Today, our special thoughts go to the thousands of people who died and to those who are sick we wish them a full recovery; but also, to the heroes fighting this outbreak, like the brave-hearted doctors and the healthcare staff, organizations, and volunteers that keep the rest of us safe.

We feel we can do more than keeping our people safe and respecting the rules. We want to do our part to alleviate our customers' daily difficulties by keeping their activities running and doing our best to help our communities.

Here is a list of things you can do to help yourself stay healthy.

Some digital & virtual skills to consider are blogging, content writing, graphic designing, animations, digital marketing, social media management, virtual assistant, virtual administrator, virtual customer service agent, virtual database mgt, software development, Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, Robotics, etc.

Develop soft skills such as critical thinking, innovative thinking, design thinking, emotional intelligence, problem-solving, etc.

It is an incredibly turbulent time for us all. Take care of yourself and others.