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Is your business cyber-secure?

October 10, 2017

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This week is Stay Smart Online Week, which is all about raising awareness of the massive damage that cyber-crime can do to you and your business.

The Council of Small Business Organisations of Australia (COSBOA) have stated that 20% of small businesses experienced a cyber-attack in 2016, and predict that 40% of small businesses’ will be attacked in 2017. Cyber-criminals typically target small businesses, who have large amounts of sensitive data and smaller budgets to defend it with.

In order to keep you and your business protected, We’re offering a Level 1 security audit for $550. We will take a look at your systems, ensure you haven’t been breached, check for malicious attempts and report on the current cyber-secure methods your business uses. Call us on 02 8007 2930 for more details.


Paint 3D to replace Paint in latest version of Windows 10

July 26, 2017

Source: Techhive.com

With the latest Windows 10 update, Microsoft has set paint to be a deprecated feature, which means that it is not recommended by Microsoft anymore but is still available for anyone to use. This can happen for a wide range of reasons, but it seems that Microsoft is preparing the way for their new program Paint 3D. Paint 3D is exciting new software meant to allow easy and intuitive access to 3D modelling, designed to be simple to use and easy to learn much like Paint. Users of Paint 3D should be able to 3D print their creations with ease, adding a fun new tool to Windows’ toolkit.

Paint will no longer come as a default app on windows 10, instead it will be available on Microsoft’s App Store, where users can download it for free. While paint does not have a set date to be discontinued entirely, it’s safe to say that Microsoft does not want to continue supporting it for much longer, and users will eventually have to adapt to different software.


It has arrived! Petya

June 28, 2017

Petya Ransomware

Supportedge have been monitoring this threat since 28 June 2017

Again None of our clients have reported this infection.

What is the danger to Supportedge’s clients?

This problem is an issue for Microsoft Windows systems only. The Petya attack starts by sending spam messages containing links to download a ZIP archive. The archive contains a malicious file and as well as a JPEG image. The file names are in German at this stage, the file names are made to look like resumes for job candidates, for this reason the main is HR staff in German-speaking countries.

Australia has not been hit by a wave of attacks. This attack uses the same exploit in Windows that was used to spread WannaCry virus. There are notable differences between Petya and WannaCry, the largest is, WannaCry had a kill switch, Petya does not! If you are infected by Petya Your computer becomes locked and held at ransom (no access to the operating system).

The top 5 countries that have been affected

  1. Germany
  2. China
  3. India
  4. Japan
  5. Russian Federation

What do I do to protect myself?

Call us, we will check your system and report the risk. If you’re a subscription client we have already checked your systems, you don’t need to do anything.

If you’re interested in self-checking your system and you don’t need our help you can find more information and procedures here: https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/security/ms17-010.aspx As a part of your self-checks please also make sure to validate your backups.

Ask about our computer monitoring tool!

Not only will this software provide centralised and market-leading anti-virus protection, it will also conduct a thorough series of checks each and every morning before you start work. Checks include:

  • Your antivirus is up-to-date and protecting you from the latest threats online
  • Your disk space to ensure your system won’t crash and your workers aren’t left unproductive while you recover
  • Your hard disk and memory health to ensure your system is always in peak operating condition
  • Your Critical Event Logs to spot other developing problems that could cause downtime during the day.
  • Automated Operating System patch management

Way more to come: WannaCry and Malware

May 17, 2017
WannaCry Global Infection rate at 11am 16.05.17 AEST

WannaCry Global Infection rate at 11am 16.05.17 AEST

Source: MalwareInt https://intel.malwaretech.com

 

Supportedge have been monitoring this issue since 12th May 2017.

The good news is none of our clients have reported this infection or system breach to date. The bad news is this is still a big concern.

If we originally setup your network and no changes have been made to the systems we put in place. Supportedge’s security policies have been protecting you from external threats like this.

What is the danger to Supportedge’s clients?

This problem is an issue for Microsoft Windows systems only. The largest risk factor at this stage is an internal infection. If an infected computer is physically connected with a cable or Wi-Fi to your network you must have Microsoft’s security update MS17-010 that was released in March to be protected.

You have seen this cyber security problem in the News. What’s WannaCry (semi-technical)?

WannaCry leverages the ETERNALBLUE exploit. It’s a problem with the way computer systems share files with each other. To prevent penetration, block ports 135, 139 and 445.

What do I do to protect myself?

Call us, we will check your system and report the risk. If you’re a subscription client we have already checked your systems, you don’t need to do anything.

If you’re interested in self-checking your system and you don’t need our help you can find more information and procedures here: https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/security/ms17-010.aspx As a part of your self-checks please also make sure to validate your backups.

I’ve been infected, what now?

First thing is to turn off the infected computer. Most likely the only recovery is your backups. Call us and we will start your system in our security lab so that we can recover your files.

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