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Azured Australia: Microsoft Advanced Specialization?
 

Some fantastic news from the Azured team in Australia… they have just received their first ‘Advanced Specialization’ accreditation from Microsoft. Or, to give its full title (which is far easier to type than to say), the ‘Windows Server and SQL Server Migration to Microsoft Azure Advanced Specialization’. Phew.


When Anthony and I founded Azured back in 2015, we knew the business would be based around the core values of commitment, knowledge and expertise. We have been lucky enough to build a team around us that hold those same values – and demonstrate them on a daily basis. This accreditation is a great testament to that.

 

Human operated ransomware is “preventable disaster”?

Human-operated ransomware campaigns are one of the most significant and impactful trends in cyberattacks today, according to the Microsoft 365 Defender Threat Intelligence Team.

Hands-on keyboard attacks start small, but in the background, something bigger is happening. Watching your every move. Noticing patterns. Identifying weaknesses. And then BOOM.

We’ve helped some pretty big players over the years. But we know that businesses prefer to keep these things on the DL, so we’ll never share this information – and you certainly won’t find any case studies or testimonials. You’ll just have to take our word for it on this one. Offering a discreet service lets our clients know that we’re serious about their security.

And if you haven’t watched the webcast from Microsoft yet, we’re going to share it again.

Protecting cloud and on-prem. It’s time to plan!?

We’re always banging on about cloud-based security. But it’s important to remember that human-operated ransomware attacks aren’t a cloud-only problem. These highly sophisticated attacks know no boundaries and can impact on-prem, too. In fact, it’s easier to protect your cloud environment than it is your on-prem environment. Weird eh.

If you’d like to know why, get in touch and we’ll delight in telling you more! We don’t like to be pushy – it’s just not in our nature. But when it comes to something as serious as this, we implore you to get your security plan in place. And, if you do have one, implement the darn thing. This is the party you can never be too early to.

Whether or not your security plan is in place, we’re offering free 1-2-1 30-min sessions with one of our wizards of tech. We can guarantee that you will take at least one thing away that will improve the security posture of your business. And that will make us sleep better at night. It’s a win/win.

But if a free security review is not for you, we really really really want you to watch this instead.

Human-operated ransomware: what we all need to know?

Human-operated ransomware is different to the cyberattacks that we usually hear about. They’re incredibly sophisticated and inherently difficult to spot.

As the name suggests, they require a human touch: invaders infiltrate, watch for patterns, highlight weak points – and then strike many months, or even years, later. By which point the attackers will know more about you and your business than you do.

And as they move laterally across your business, they can (and will) cause immeasurable damage as they go. Microsoft’s Principle Cybersecurity Consultant, Jim Moeller, warns that “we’re facing one of the greatest threats to cybersecurity, ever seen.” And that should’t be taken lightly.

We don’t like to be pushy. But when it comes to something as serious as this, we are…a bit. It’s so important to have a security plan in place. If you do, implement it. And if you don’t, get in touch! This is the party you can never be too early to.

https://info.microsoft.com/ww-thankyou-Human-Operated-Ransomware-webcast.html?LCID=EN-GB&ocid=eml_pg235439_gdc_comm_mw

The new kids on the cyber-security block?

Human-operated ransomware attacks. They’re the new kids on the cyber security block. And they mean business. Well, they actually mean potential catastrophic damage to your business. And by business, we actually mean your data, identities, and a demand that runs in to thousands (or even millions) of pounds.

We don’t like to be pushy or overbearing. But this is serious. Businesses must have a security plan in place. And if you do have one, implement the darn thing!

We feel really strongly about keeping businesses secure. And, of course, once personal passwords are being used in a business environment, we’re not just talking business. We’re talking about the security of you and your family’s personal data, too.

In fact, we feel so strongly about it, that we’re offering free 30 min 1-2-1 no obligation security reviews for our new or existing customers.

Human-operated ransomware attacks are a threat to us all. To understand more about their risks and how to securely safeguard your business, this webinar from Microsoft is an eye-opener – even for the non-techies!

https://info.microsoft.com/ww-thankyou-Human-Operated-Ransomware-webcast.html?LCID=EN-GB&ocid=eml_pg235439_gdc_comm_mw

BP announces post-pandemic shift to home working?

This week, BP announced that 25,000 of its office-based staff will be expected to work from home two days a week. Of course, for some businesses this is nothing new. But for corporate giants like BP, it demonstrates the huge shift in attitude towards remote working.

It will be interesting to see over the coming months, how many businesses – from the giants to the SMEs – make this move in their post-pandemic approach to their working patterns.

To anyone making the move, although it might seem like a complex task, moving your business over to the cloud doesn’t have to be daunting. And it can reduce your overall running costs, as well as keeping your data, devices and network secure – regardless of the multiple locations of you and your team.

https://lnkd.in/g9TWDsi

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Free security assessment with our tech wizards!?

We know that businesses have had to really dig deep this year so to help, we’re offering free 30-minute security assessments throughout March. If you’re worrying about your business’ remote-working security, this might be the thing for you. The assessment will run over two sessions; an introduction and the assessment itself.

Book an intro call with one of our team so we can find out more about your business and its needs. 

We’ve also produced this short animation so you can find out more about our smorgasbord of security solutions Azured Protect.

Ooooh, a Planetary Computer…?

In 2020, Microsoft made a commitment to become carbon negative, zero waste and water positive. Which is great…but they’re taking it even further than that. They’re building a planetary computer.

For someone with a love for tech, data and the natural environment, this is the kind of thing that really gets my attention. The planetary computer will “use AI and the power of cloud-based computing, to convert what was previously considered inconceivable amounts of data about Earth’s natural systems into actionable insights and information”.

The video is 10 minutes long and is well worth a watch!

Global Skills initiative supports digital recovery?

The last 11 months have brought about drastic change and multiple challenges on a global scale. Nobody really knows what things will look like six months on from here. But one thing’s for sure, the world will never go back to how it was pre-Covid-19.

As a response to this, Global Skills was launched in June 2020 with Microsoft, LinkedIn and GitHub collaborating on an initiative to help 25 million people worldwide gain the digital skills needed in a Covid19 economy. In just seven months, the initiative has reached more than 13 million learners – from 231 countries and territories.

We think that’s worth shouting about!

Read the full article on the Microsoft blog.

So, what exactly is DMPO??

Ever wondered just exactly what DMPO means? In our new series of videos, Ask Azured, we answer all those questions about cloud tech that you were too afraid to ask…

This week Dimitrie Sandu, Senior Solutions Engineer at VMware Velocloud, explains the concept of Dynamic Multipath Optimisation…

If you have a question you’d like answered (about SD-WAN, or anything else cloud-related that is) we’d love to hear from you.