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9/8/2017 Newsletters

Hurricane Irma: A Message from the Digital Edge Disaster Recovery Team

By tomorrow, Hurricane Irma is expected to make landfall in Florida. With storm surges predicted up to 11 feet, the storm could cause catastrophic damage to those in its wake. While the storm’s path is still progressing, Florida has declared a state of emergency to prepare for the worst.  

Residents in the foreshadowed impacted areas are encouraged by officials to stock up on all necessary provisions and to move to safer grounds. 

After securing one’s personal safety and home, it’s also important to take into account the impact Irma could have on local businesses. If time allows, preparing one’s business to weather the storm will help those impacted get back to work following the storm. 

Over the past few days, the Digital Edge Disaster Recovery Team has been virtually migrating its southern-most clients with onsite systems to virtual servers in the New York Area. Digital Edge is ensuring that business data, backups, applications, and server images are safely stored off-site. If requested, Digital Edge can coordinate the process of moving any critical systems to our Cloud environment.  

These virtual servers will safely run during the entire storm. Digital Edge can assist clients prepare pre-built emergency messages to keep your customers and employees informed (closed, open for business, etc) so they can be quickly deployed to your website following Hurricane Irma’s departure.  It is highly recommended someone out of the path of the hurricane has access to update your website, and the Digital Edge team is here to fill that role.

The Digital Edge Disaster Recovery Team also urges businesses in Irma’s path to do the following: 

  • Ensure all workstations/laptops are elevated off of the floor and powered off;
  • Wrap any computer equipment that is directly near a window with light plastic; Do not wrap equipment that is online – heat buildup may cause damage or fire; 
  • All surge protectors should be put in the off position where applicable- Systems without a surge protector should have a surge protector added or the equipment should be unplugged from the wall; 
  • Place a thin plastic barrier over any critical network racks and secure them with painter’s tape; Do not place barrier over equipment that is online – heat buildup may cause damage or fire; Plastic should be removed before equipment is brought back online; 
  • Ensure your disaster recovery team members have updated contact information and role assignments.
  • Ensure your disaster recovery team shares with staff members what method(s) of communication will be available after the disaster; We highly recommend email as it will be far more reliable and accessible to most people;
  • Generate and secure the following items in an offsite trusted fire/water proof safe or bank deposit box: 

o Digital pictures of physical assets/inventory for insurance purposes on USB stick
o Printed report of physical assets/inventory
o Printed copy of disaster recovery plan
o Printed report of employee contact information
o Printed report of all vendor contacts and account numbers (power, water, gas, fire alarm, hvac, EIN, insurances, etc)
o Printed copy of critical usernames and passwords such as banking, insurance, web host, etc


If you feel that your business is in need of Digital Edge’s Disaster Recovery assistance in preparing for Hurricane Irma, please contact the Digital Edge team

 

8/23/2017 Newsletters

Exempt from DFS Cybersecurity Regulations – Now What?

REMINDER: 4 DAYS Left to File Your NYS DFS Exemption

Let the Digital Edge Cybersecurity Team keep your business in compliance!

The Digital Edge Cybersecurity Team would like to remind you that exemption filing for the  New York State Department of Financial Services’ (DFS) 500 Mandatory Cybersecurity is due on August 28, 2017.

Filing for this limited exemption only needs to be filed one time. In the future, if your organization no longer qualifies for the limited exemption as of your most recent fiscal year you would then have 180 days to comply with all applicable requirements of the regulation.  

Read our step-by-step guide on how to file this exemption HERE!

Let the Digital Edge Cyber Security Team ease the burden of implementing the NYDFS Cybersecurity Regulations that are still required under your exemption. Contact our Sales Team for your free assessment and align yourself with compliance today!

 

8/13/2017 Newsletters

Penetration testing. Helping clients to secure their infrastructures

Recently Digital Edge security team receives lots of requirements for an external penetration testing. We help our clients to achieve their goals. Our team would not just scan networks. We would work with our clients to resolve security concerns. We do not limit clients on number of runs to make sure that all the issues are resolved and scan comes clean. Below is a testimonail from one of our happy client.
 
“Digital Edge was a referral from a colleague in the ASCII Group professional IT consultants network.  I had a client that needed to comply with downstream vendor security requirements.  Having an independent security consultant audit my client was just what we needed.  They provided a detailed report of issues and more importantly how to fix them.  I highly recommend the Digital Edge security team to decision makers that need professional security analysis for their organizations.”
 
Brian Wheeler, Owner
Resolve Technology
 
Digital Edge security team will continue to work with IT groups to assist in ensuring safty for IT infrastructures.
 
8/4/2017 Newsletters

Cons of Self Service Cloud

Today’s model and mindset is that it seems that you can assemble anything using services provided by different companies and it will be solid. Those services are like parts of LEGO. 

AWS could be like a LEGO. Kids are playing with it. You can make functional things. You can build a house out of LEGO. Is this the best tooling for building a house? Maybe, it is simple. A kids can do it. If you have enough LEGO a kid can build a house. Would it survive many summers and winters, hurricanes, maybe yes, maybe not. Depends how much engineering experience the builder has. A bad engineer may build a bad house out of good old time bricks and a good engineer can make a great house of LEGO. However if you want to build a rocket, you need an “enterprise” class LEGO. You can use one from ToysRs but at least you have to engineer your solution. 

Today’s simplicity is a good thing, a bad thing and a scary thing. 

8/4/2017 Newsletters

Discover the NEW online DFS Cybersecurity Reporting Portal

On July 31, 2017, the Department of Financial Services (DFS) has launched a new online portal to securely transmit in real time all notifications required under New York’s first-in-the-nation cybersecurity regulation. If you need assistance with registration or with any or all components of this cybersecurity framework, the Digital Edge team is available to meet your compliance needs! 

“With DFS’s leading cybersecurity regulation, the DFS cyber portal will allow New York’s financial institutions to quickly, easily, and securely report cybersecurity events and file required certifications of compliance, ensuring that the necessary safeguards are in place to protect New York consumers and financial institutions as the threat of cyber-attacks continues to increase.” - Superintendent Maria Vullo, Department of Financial Services

Filings made through the DFS Web Portal are preferred to alternative filing mechanisms as the DFS Web Portal provides a paperless reporting tool to facilitate compliance with the DFS cybersecurity regulation. Learn more about the New only DFS Cybersecurity Reporting Portal here.

Let the Digital Edge Cyber Security Team ease the burden of implementing the robust NYDFS Cybersecurity Regulation. Contact our Sales Team for your free assessment and align yourself with DFS compliance today

6/28/2017 Newsletters

2 Facts about the New Cryptolocker Ransom.Petya

A brief message from the Digital Edge Security Team

  1. All Digital Edge’s clients are patched and safe. If you are not Digital Edge client and feel that you may need assistance please contact us
  2. If you are affected by Ransom.Petya, do not pay the ransom and speak immediately to the Digital Edge Security Team. Further analysis of the cryptolocker, revealed that data retrieval is possible without paying ransom. Please contact our Security Team if you need an assistance with recovering and removing Ransom.Petya. 
     
5/28/2017 Newsletters

Unintentional Damage - Warning About Possible Information Disclosure

Traffic analytical tools can cause unintentional sensitive information disclosure.  

Most of precisely targeted attacks on IT infrastructures are originated from outside of security perimeters of the victimized organizations. However, the security openings allowing cyber attackers to breach security mechanisms overwhelmingly originated either with unintentional help of insiders or disclosure of sensitive information. 

Read more on this subject and how the Digital Edge Security Team helps clients mitigate or prevent these risks.

5/13/2017 Newsletters

Update – Microsoft to Include Support for WannaCrypt Attacks - Windows XP & 2003

There is a great relief for the many companies which still use legacy systems that are no longer supported by the manufacturer, as the case with Windows XP and Windows Server 2003 - Microsoft is including these operating systems in the updates to patch for the existing vulnerabilities exposed in this attack. For those customers who still have legacy systems, this is vital to protect their overall customer ecosystem.
 
Download English language security updates for: 

To download localized versions for the security update for Windows XP, Windows 8 or Windows Server: http://www.catalog.update.microsoft.com/Search.aspx?q=KB4012598

 

5/12/2017 Newsletters

Urgent - Important Response to WanaCrypt0r Ransomeware Attack

As per all news agencies and cyber security organizations, multiple countries are under a massive ransomware attack. The ransomware spreads through Europe but specialists are sure that it will eventually spill into US. 

The Digital Edge Security Team is assessing the situation and will assist all the clients and any IT organization that require cyber security help. 
 
We feel that the threat is serious as the infection has a “hunting” functionality that is used to infect other computers that the infected computer has access to through vulnerable Windows SMB Protocol. Microsoft Windows vulnerability called EternalBlue is used by NSA tools leaked to WikiLeaks earlier. The attack might be inspired by NSA weaponry or by NSA itself.

Simply put, if a user opens a malicious email or a website on a desktop that was not patched after March 14, 2017,  there is a big chance that the user’s computer will be infected and the virus will spread inside of the organization.  

Please open a support ticket if you need immediate help at: https://www.digitaledge.net/support/
 
Please click here for more information how to protect your systems.

5/9/2017 Newsletters

May 2017 – Vulnerabilities in Consumer Devices

More and more, security organizations report cyber security vulnerabilities in devices that are not exactly computers. Those devices may include routers, video cameras, and other “internet of things” gadgets. 

It is critically important to know that your home devices with access to the internet are secured. Some of these weaknesses could be related to well-known default user ID and password combinations or whereas, some devices do not even have patching capabilities making people permanently vulnerable. 

Digital Edge is monitoring known vulnerabilities in consumer devices and notifying our friends and colleagues about such cases. 

Click here to see recent vulnerable devices.
 

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