How To Prevent Cyber Attacks – Tech Tip For March 15, 2022
In our second tech tip for March, we are continuing to review our top recommendations for protecting your organization against cyber threats
Last week we talked about tools and technologies to help reduce the potential for a cyber intrusion. Another important front-line of protection against cyber threats are your employees. The better educated your organization is about what a potentially malicious cyber threat looks like, the less likely your organization will let a threat in.
There are many different training programs available to assist with cyber security awareness. In general, your team should be trained on:
- Safe internet use and how to identify suspicious links.
- Safe use of email and how to avoid phishing.
- Responsible use of social media.
- Safeguarding company hardware such as laptops, desktops, and handheld devices.
- How to safely work from home.
- How to address requests for money transfers, purchases, and access to company data.
Effective cyber security training should be treated as an ongoing initiative, with quarterly or semi-annual presentations or campaigns. New employees should also be trained as part of an onboarding process.
If you would like to learn more about cyber security awareness training or how to protect your organization from cyber threats, contact us.
Important Microsoft Announcements:
- Microsoft will be rolling out price increases for seat based CSP licensing (Microsoft 365, Office 365) starting in January 2022. In addition, they will be introducing annual and potentially 3-year licensing agreements. The pricing changes will substantially increase the price for month to month CSP agreements. Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org to understand how you can minimize the impact of the upcoming price increases.
- Microsoft will begin the rollout of Windows 11 through Windows Update as an update to Windows 10 machines starting on October 5, 2021. This update can be postponed. If you need assistance with controlling the rollout of Windows 11 to your organization, please contact TechWise Group or your IT department.
- Starting November 1, 2021, the following versions of Outlook for Windows, as part of Office and Microsoft 365 Apps, will not be able to connect with Office 365 and Microsoft 365 services:
5.0.4970.9999 and older
6.0.4599.9999 and older
Microsoft 365 Apps for enterprise (formerly Office 365 ProPlus)
705 and older
Microsoft 365 Apps for business (formerly Office 365 Business)
705 and older