Have you ever wondered whether or not your Microsoft 365 data is secure and protected?

Many users sadly become victims to cyber attacks due to not knowing that Microsoft aren’t actually protecting their valuable data. Adepteq SaaS Protection makes it easier and more cost effective than ever to safeguard all of your Microsoft 365 data- putting your mind at ease.

So, what is Adepteq SaaS Protection?

Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) is an intelligent way to deliver applications over the internet. These SaaS apps have revolutionised the way we do businesses. It allows companies to limit installation and maintenance of software by accessing applications with a click of a button. Adepteq Datto SaaS Protection helps you to remove the risk of losing any or all of your data with a simple, automated and secure backup of your Office 365 Data.

Feeling unsecure and want to know how we can protect your data?

We’re holding a FREE Online Webinar on ‘Protecting your Microsoft 365 data with Adepteq SaaS Protection’!

Our Webinar takes place on Wednesday 22nd September 2021 from 10:00AM – 10:45AM BST.

The following topics will be covered:

  • Microsoft’s backup recommendation
  • The threat landscape
  • How to protect your data
  • Ransomware in action (demo)
  • Recovering your data

REGISTER NOW FOR OUR WEBINAR

There will also be a short Q&A where our experts and presenters- Ian Loman and Adam Salley will be able to provide additional support.

This webinar is free of charge and is held in English. You can participate using Microsoft Teams in web browser, desktop app or mobile app. If the date and time is not suitable, sign up anyway and we will send you the presentation and a recording of the webinar.

If you want to know how to Secure and Protect your Microsoft 365 Data with Adepteq SaaS Protection, REGISTER NOW for our Free Webinar to avoid missing out!

Microsoft are excited to announce that Windows 11 will start to become available on October 5, 2021.

A free upgrade to Windows 11 will begin rolling out to eligible Windows 10 PCs and PCs that come pre-loaded with Windows 11 will start to become available for users to easily buy. As PCs play a more central role in our day to day lives, Windows 11 is designed to bring you closer to what you love by empowering your productivity and creativity.

Adepteq have the rundown on this exciting new release:

  1. With Windows 11, users will experience new designs and sounds that are modern and fresh.
  2. 'Start' utilises the power of the cloud and Microsoft 365 to show you your recent files no matter what device you were viewing them on.
  3. Want an even more powerful way to multitask and optimise your screen? Snap Layouts, Snap Groups and Desktops provide just that.
  4. With conversations through Microsoft Teams, Windows 11 provides a faster way to connect with others, as Microsoft Teams will be integrated into the taskbar.
  5. Widgets, a new personalized feed powered by AI, provides a faster way to access the information you are interested in.
  6. This latest version of Windows, is inclusively designed with new accessibility improvements that were built for and by people with disabilities.
  7.  Microsoft are opening the Store to allow more developers and independent software vendors (ISVs) to bring their apps to the Store which unlocks new opportunities for developers and creators.
  8. Windows 11 is optimized for speed, efficiency and improved experiences with touch, digital pen and voice input.
  9. Windows 11 is the operating system for hybrid work and learning, delivering new experiences that work how you work, are secure by design, and easy and familiar for IT to deploy and manage.

The free upgrade starts on October 5 and will be phased and measured. New eligible devices will be offered the upgrade first. The upgrade will then roll out over time to in-market devices based on intelligence models that consider hardware eligibility, reliability metrics, age of device and other factors that impact the upgrade experience. Microsoft expect all eligible devices to be offered the free upgrade by mid-2022.

Being Microsoft Gold Certified Partners, Adepteq can provide Microsoft Licences for you to purchase. If you would like to speak to an expert for more information please contact us.

To read the full Microsoft article, click here.

On August 17th 2021, Microsoft will continue the march away from Internet Explorer as Microsoft 365 apps and services will no longer work when using Internet Explorer 11. Microsoft stated, those who choose to continue using these apps with Internet Explorer 11, will have “a degraded experience”. The apps and services will begin to phase out over the next few months which will ensure a smooth phase out.

Support won’t be available for people who run into issues trying to access Microsoft 365 apps and services through Internet Explorer 11. Microsoft explains that users will not be getting any new features and that the daily usage of these apps and services will get worse as time goes on, until these apps and services are permanently disconnected.

Microsoft further outlines the application experience that people will have with Internet Explorer 11 starting on August 17th 2021:

Microsoft has been clear about the end of support for Internet Explorer and for some time, Microsoft have been issuing statements to warn and advise. To continue using Microsoft 365 apps and services, then you need to migrate to a more modern internet browser solution.

Our expert developers can assist you in your migration, and provide support for as long as you need. Contact us today, to see how you can get the most out of your Microsoft 365 apps and services.

To read the full Microsoft article, click here.

cyber essentials certificationAdepteq is happy to announce that we have been re-certified for Cyber Essentials.

 

What is the Cyber Essential Certification?

This certification is a Government-backed and industry-supported scheme that allows businesses to protect themselves against the growing threat of cyber attacks such as malware and phishing, and provides a clear statement of the basic controls organisations should have in place to protect themselves.

The UK Government provided this certification to create a safer internet space for organisations of all sizes, across all sectors. Developed by the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC), Cyber Essentials is considered the best first step to a secure network, protecting users from 80% of the most basic cyber security breaches.

With a  Cyber Essentials certification, organisations can showcase their credentials as trustworthy and secure when it comes to cyber security.

Cyber Essentials PDF Certificate

We hope that our Cyber Essentials certification gives you more trust and security when deciding to work with us for your tech projects in the future. If you have any more questions regarding our certification, please get in touch.

To Find out more about the Cyber Essentials Certification, click here.

 

Microsoft Inspire: Modern Working

Last week tens of thousands of people from all over the world came together to gain experiences and insights from Microsoft subject matter experts and partner communities as they advance their businesses, with a more thorough understanding of Microsoft's cloud to edge, secure, and trusted business platforms.

The following is a summary of the announcements and news related to modern working for you to keep in mind as you start implementing plans for a very successful year ahead.

Windows 365 Cloud PC:

If you're looking for a new way to experience Windows 10 or Windows 11 as a cloud service, then Windows 365 Cloud is your way to go. You will be able to stream the full Window's experience including Apps, settings and data to any device from the Microsoft Cloud.

With Windows 365, partners can:

Read Microsoft 365 General Manager Wangui McKelvey’s blog post to learn more.

Microsoft Teams:

New collaborative apps from partnerships with independent  software vendors (ISVs). These include Atlassian Confluence, SAP Cloud for Customer, Workday and Salesforce- are coming to Microsoft Teams. These integrations allow structured business processes and data to come together increasing collaborative work. Developers and ISVs can build the next generation of apps with collaboration at the core, allowing asynchronous and real-time collaboration for chats, meetings, content creation and business processes.

Read Microsoft 365 CVP Jared Spataro’s blog post to learn more.

Microsoft Viva:

Microsoft Viva is an employee experience platform that brings together tools for employee engagement, wellbeing, learning and knowledge. Adding integrations with more than 20 partners from the likes of ServiceNow, Workday and Qualtrics comes into play during Autumn. With these new integrations customers can seamlessly surface tools, insights and experiences personalised for employees during their workflow.

Read the Microsoft 365 Blog post from Microsoft CVP Jared Spataro and Microsoft Business Applications CVP Alysa Taylor to learn more.

Benefits for partners building Microsoft Teams or Microsoft Viva apps

Microsoft have announced new benefits for ISVs who want to build and market Modern Workplace apps for Microsoft Viva and MS Teams. Those ISVs that are eligible, will receive access to Microsoft technology, one-on-one consultations, curated training, and marketing resources that will help them reach the 145 million people using and collaborating on MS Teams daily.

Visit the Modern Work and Microsoft Viva ISV app development pages to learn more.

New Partner Tools:

Two new tools are now in preview that are intended to make it easier to deliver managed security services and identify opportunities to grow.

Microsoft 365 Lighthouse

Microsoft 365 Lighthouse is a unified portal that assists managed service providers (MSP) partners to easily secure devices, data and users, at no extra costs, for their Microsoft 365 Business Premium customers.

Project 'Orland'

Available in private preview, Project "Orland" is a fresh, new experience in the Partner Centre to help Microsoft Partners grow their cloud business by sharing Microsoft-powered insights about their own customers which will improve account management.

To find out more about the Microsoft Inspire event, head over to the main article.

If you need additional Office 365, SharePoint, Microsoft Teams or Power Platform support, feel free to contact us and one of our expert advisors will be able to assist you.

Easy to use solution to manage your resources as you welcome your staff back following the Covid-19 pandemic.

 

Covid-19 has drastically shifted the way we balance work and living. Businesses have had to quickly adapt and adopt new technologies and initiatives to guarantee employee safety whilst maintaining productivity and efficiency in the workplace. At Adepteq, we know that adapting to the new norm of working from home whilst navigating work-life balance is essential for business stability. Therefore, our Resource Booking App can help prepare your organisation for hybrid working and returning to work.

We will be running TWO Webinars showcasing our Resource Booking App.

Thursday 22nd July 2021 11:00 to 11:30 BST

Click here to register for this webinar

Tuesday 27th July 2021 14:30 to 15:00 BST

Click here to register for this webinar

The webinar will cover the following topics:
  • How to protect your employees post Covid-19 restrictions lifting
  • Business Benefits
  • Resource Booking App Demo
  • Deployment & Training

* An exclusive offer is available to those who register and attend our webinar, a FREE discovery call, and if you decide to sign up for our Resource Booking App before the end of July 2021, you will receive 50% off deployment and training!*

It’s important that after more than a year from working at home, and safety being the number one priority- it’s done right. With our Resource Booking App, ensure your safe return to work.

 

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Melanie Hoskin from Mount Green, a successful user of the Resource Booking App, shared their experience of the app in hand with a safe return to work:

“With the pandemic upon us we have had no choice but to work differently and that of course means keeping safety of our staff as the focus. The app ensures we do not exceed the maximum number of people in the office at any one time. It also ensures that we can ‘track and trace’ staff should we need to if the unfortunate should happen, and we need to trace staff following a positive Covid-19 case".

We look forward to having you join us for our Resource Booking App webinar, if you have any questions, feel free to get in touch with us for more information.

Last week, Microsoft shared a new remote code execution vulnerability in Windows, that has been using the Windows Print Spooler. A remote code execution vulnerability exists when the Windows Print Spooler service improperly performs privileged file operations. An attacker who successfully exploited this vulnerability could run arbitrary code with SYSTEM privileges. An attacker could then install programs; view, change, or delete data; or create new accounts with full user rights. The vulnerability is actively removed and Microsoft published two workarounds to protect systems from being attacked.

Microsoft have provided two suggestions: to disable the Print Spooler service or to disable inbound remote printing using the Group Policy.

Determine if the Print Spooler service is running

Run the following:

Get-Service -Name Spooler

If the Print Spooler is running or if the service is not set to disabled, select one of the following options to either disable the Print Spooler service, or to Disable inbound remote printing through Group Policy:

Option 1 - Disable the Print Spooler service

If disabling the Print Spooler service is appropriate for your enterprise, use the following PowerShell commands:

Stop-Service -Name Spooler -Force

Set-Service -Name Spooler -StartupType Disabled

Impact of workaround Disabling the Print Spooler service disables the ability to print both locally and remotely.

Option 2 - Disable inbound remote printing through Group Policy

You can also configure the settings via Group Policy as follows:

Computer Configuration / Administrative Templates / Printers

Disable the “Allow Print Spooler to accept client connections:” policy to block remote attacks.

You must restart the Print Spooler service for the group policy to take effect.

Impact of workaround This policy will block the remote attack vector by preventing inbound remote printing operations. The system will no longer function as a print server, but local printing to a directly attached device will still be possible.

To read the full Microsoft CVE article, click here, which also contains a handy FAQ. If you would like more support and assistance, click here to speak to one of our expert advisors.

When it comes to security, according to the 'State of SMB Cyber Security in 2019', 60% of small business say they lack the skills to deal with security issues and are not prepared to deal with cyber attacks. A lot of small businesses fall into the trap of thinking it's a lot of work to ensure the safety of your company, however it is much easier than you think...

With Microsoft 365 Business Premium, advanced security capabilities along with collaboration tools, can help you run your business safely, from anywhere. Here are the Top 5 Benefits of Microsoft 365 Business Premium.

  1. Communicate and collaborate effortlessly: Save time with Microsoft Teams which allows your employees to collaborate in real-time, through Chat and Online Meetings, Share Files and Co-Author documents all in one convenient place.
  2. Protect your important work data from unauthorized access: Covid-19 means remote working has been taken to a whole new level, however there is a fear of employee's working remotely, falling vulnerable to email hacking where passwords and valuable details could land in the wrong hands. Advanced multifactor authentication, uses a second form of authentication that has been show to thwart 99% of identity hacks according to a Microsoft Security blog (2019). Conditional access policies ensure only authorised company personnel have access to private company data.
  3. Protection against phishing attacks and ransomware: With real-time AI Powered malware scanning, you are able to detect attachments and links shared across email, one drive and teams. Anti-spoof technologies help identify and protect against impersonation and phishing. It helps prevent unauthorised apps or scripts from accessing files.
  4. Safeguard sensitive data: When dealing with sensitive data like customer payment details, you need information protection capabilities. Microsoft 365 Business Premium helps safeguard these confidential business data against breaches and accidental loss, encrypting email and prevents unauthorised access.
  5. Secure your work data on personal devices: Employees use personal phones and laptops to sometimes access work data, Microsoft 365 Business Premium prevents these confidential files from being saved into unsecure, personal locations. Mobile app protection policies help keep work and personal apps separate. Work data can be easily, and safely, wiped remotely if an employee moves on from the company.

 

Microsoft 365 Business premium can help secure work data from anywhere, whilst being cost-effective and easy to use. For more help understanding how your company can benefit from securing their data from anywhere, speak to our technical experts.

 

The leading provider of human layer security, Egress, recently announced getting their hands on Aquilai, an anti-phishing provider with natural language processing technology and machine learning that puts all targeted email attacks, impersonation and spear phishing attempts to a halt. Egress Intelligent Email Security platforms are strengthened due to the acquisition of Aquilai.

Egress and Aquilai are a powerful combination that will provide customers with protection against all inbound cyberattacks targeting employees and real-time outbound email security for shared data, including inadvertent data loss and email encryption. Due to the increased volume and sophistication of targeted phishing attacks, security leaders need an intelligent, non-disruptive email security solution that detects multi-vector exploits and thwarts zero-day attacks. With seamless integration, Microsoft Outlook will enable organisations to effectively defend against email data loss and the increasing number of attacks targeting the 365 platform.

The acquisition will begin immediately with the launch of Egress Defend, incorporating Aquilai’s anti-phishing technology and the following key capabilities:

Egress CEO Tony Pepper comments: “Organisations face a daily onslaught of targeted attacks via email that are designed to exploit employees. By acquiring Aquilai, Egress will expand its protection over our customers’ human layer to ensure they can defend against targeted inbound attacks and outbound data loss as employees share content. I’m also personally delighted to welcome Jack Chapman as our new VP of Threat Intelligence and look forward to working with him to help our customers level-up in their fight against phishing.”

Chapman comments: “Aquilai is the perfect fit to advance Egress’ mission to secure the human layer, adding sophisticated anti-phishing capability to existing products that secure outbound content as it is shared by employees. I’m also delighted to be joining Egress as VP of Threat Intelligence to further accelerate the company’s high growth in EMEA and North America.”

As a result of the acquisition and launch of Egress Defend, the Aquilai Ajax brand will be retired from 1st June 2021.

So how can Adepteq help?

We partnered with Aquilai to provide our clients with leading edge protection against the most common (and costly!) form of cyber attack. Once we understand your environment we will provide a proposal to deploy Egress Defend to work alongside your existing defences, with licences on a per user basis.

Adepteq can provide an online demo and arrange a 10-day free Proof of Value, so you can see how Egress Defend works in your environment. Simply visit our page to arrange your online demo and to speak to our experts.

If you would like to read the full article click here.

Since March 2020, the start of Covid-19, we've had to find ways to create engaging virtual experiences at work, whilst working remotely at home. Microsoft have been key players by developing new skillsets within the Microsoft programs such as Microsoft Teams, Office 365 and SharePoint. People often complain about having to use 101 different modes of software for remote collaboration to get work done, but with innovative new Microsoft Teams features, you have more ways to use ONE tool for everyday collaboration and meetings, and now for webinars and external events.

Microsoft have begun the roll out of Webinars and PowerPoint Live, with these capabilities you have new ways to deliver professional and polished presentations in meetings of every size. Does this sound interesting? Well you don't need to purchase a new license or product as these new features will be automatically updated for you in your organisation's plan.

Here's what is in store...

Rich customer engagement now able with Full-featured webinars

You can now organise and hold meetings and webinars for up to 1,000 attendees with Teams. With end-to-end webinar support that’s as simple as setting up a Teams meeting—including custom registration pages and attendee emails, rich presentation options, host controls, such as the ability to disable attendee chat and video, and post-event reporting to understand participation and to follow up with attendees.

Attendee registration page inside of Teams

Having a webinar with more than 1,000 attendees? Teams meetings can seamlessly scale to accommodate a 10,000-person view-only broadcast experience. With a huge increase of working from home, Microsoft have now expanded the attendee limit to 20,000 through the end of this year.

Presenting like a pro is easier than ever!

Delivering impactful and more engaging presentations in a polished and professional way is more do-able than ever with PowerPoint Live and Presenter mode in Microsoft Teams.

Presenters can feel more capable and confident during presentations by bringing together Microsoft’s rich history with presenter experiences in PowerPoint and the collaboration power of Teams.

PowerPoint slide presenter view shown during a Teams meeting

Attendees are able to personalise their experience by privately navigating the content at their own pace or using high contrast mode and screen readers to make content accessible.

Slide translation capabilities

Using Presenter mode, presenters are able to customise how their video feed and content is shown to the audience. The first of three options, Standout mode, shows the speaker’s video feed as a silhouette in front of the shared content; Reporter mode shows content as a visual aid above the speaker’s shoulder, similar to a news broadcast; and Side-by-side mode shows presenter’s video feed alongside their content as they present. Standout mode is now available as of the end of May, and Reporter and Side-by-side will roll out shortly after.

Speaker shown in three layouts view with content

Attendee engagement is just as important after a webinar...

After the event ends, easily access reporting to bring attendee information into your customer relationship management (CRM) applications for lead management and follow-up is important. At the beginning of May, Microsoft Dynamics 365 Marketing customers can export attendee data directly from Teams to automatically create campaigns and customer journeys for ongoing nurture streams. The Microsoft Teams and Microsoft Dynamics 365 Marketing integration gives webinar hosts more ways to drive engagement, increase conversion, and build loyalty with your attendees.

Export contacts from Teams to Dynamics 365 Marketing

Doesn't this sound great? Get started with Webinars in Microsoft Teams today!

Since the new webinar capabilities are already included in many of the Office and Microsoft 365 plans your organization uses today, there’s no reason to not start using them now.

If you would like to explore how to get the most out of online events and webinars using Microsoft Teams, get in touch with Adepteq today. Our expert team can help educate you further- head over to our training page to see how.

 

Read the full Microsoft article here.

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