Cybersecurity Alert: New Ransomware Attack Spreading

News broke overnight about a ransomware attack that is hitting the Ukraine, Spain, and the United Kingdom. The ransomware is targeting government and commercial entities. It is also being reported that some large U.S. law firms have also been affected. The ransomware is spreading either through phishing attacks or via the same Windows SMBv1 vulnerability that was responsible for the WannaCry ransomware spread. This ransomware is unlike others because it is able to access admin control and spread throughout all computers on the same network. It is highly likely that …

WannaCry Notice – Statement From Entec Systems President Anthony Ennas

Entec has been monitoring the situation with the WannaCry worm and has taken the appropriate steps to ensure this virus does not proliferate within our customer base.  To date Entec Systems has seen no infections of the WannaCry worm within its customer base. As a managed service customer of Entec Systems, security protocols are followed to ensure security against known threats. These protocols are: Blocking of all SMB traffic at the Firewall Maintaining current patches on all supported Operating Systems Enhanced Email filtering Current Anti-Virus Software If an infection does …

OneDrive as a backup solution?

As we look at OneDrive it’s important that we note some functional differences between OneDrive and other true backup services. OneDrive is a Synchronization Service intended to make your files available to you, the user, on a spectrum of devices, from anywhere.  This is most often helpful for people who use desktops, people who travel a lot for work, and who prefer to bring only their tablets (or smartphones) on travel, working from home, or other such flexible work environments.  OneDrive for business gives you the ability to leave your …

What is a Hyperconverged System?

A hyperconverged system is one that integrates compute, storage, and network resources into a single server.  Virtualization software is installed on the system to unlock the ability for it to work.  There are several different products available and each offers some form of “software defined storage” abilities that allow single servers to work together in clusters.  Hard drives installed in each single server are pooled together to create a shared storage resource. Hyperconvergence addresses some of the inherent challenges that traditional storage array infrastructures come with by design.  It helps …

How To Recover Deleted Items in OneDrive (Video)

First you need to open OneDrive on the web by going to portal.office.com and signing in with your Office 365 credentials. Once you are signed in, find the OneDrive Icon and click on it. There are a couple of ways it may have been deleted. If you are using the OneDrive app to sync files to your PC or Mac, if you deleted the file locally, that deletion would have synced to the cloud. You could have also deleted the file by selecting the file and clicking delete. To recover …

How to Download and Install Office 365 (Video)

First we need to make sure any old versions of Microsoft office are uninstalled. Click start menu, go to control panel, go to programs and features, or uninstall programs Look for office installation (ex. Microsoft Office 2007) Click program, then click uninstall and follow prompts.. Once the programs are uninstalled we can now download and install Office 365. Open a browser Go to portal.office.com Sign in to your office account At the top you will see the button to Install Office 2016 on your PC. Deselect “Make Bing Your Search …

How To Sync A SharePoint Library (Video)

How To connect to SharePoint library using one drive for business and your office 365 subscription. Below are step-by-step instructions on how to do this. Open web browser 2. Go to portal.office.com Sign in with office 365 credentials Click “Sites” icon under collaborate with office online Depending on how your SharePoint is setup you will click “Team Site”. On the left you should see a list of libraries. Click whichever library you want to sync. Once library is selected. Click Sync. A pop up window will open. Click Sync Now. …

Ramping Up: Deploying a Phone System that Works for Remote Employees

What if you were challenged by your CEO to hire a significant number of new employees within the next 6 months?  He would want you to find the right talent that will do the jobs exceptionally well and meet the demands of your growing business. As a senior manager, you know that finding employees with the right stuff will require you to look outside of your current office locations.  Your goal is to find the right people – location is no longer critical.  And, you need to remain close to …

Remote Management and Monitoring for Your Organization

I have done my share of IT support, and I can say that legacy support often consisted of going onsite to where the equipment was or bringing the equipment to a techroom (with likely one or two Star Wars posters), fixing the issue, and returning the equipment to service. It can no longer be assumed IT support staff will have direct, physical access to a user and their computer. With multiple remote sites and a growing mobile workforce, often support technicians are no longer in the same room together with …

How to Empower Employee Collaboration with Cloud Communications

Remember the days when the only way you could empower your team to collaborate was in face-to-face meetings that required time and travel that were planned far in advance? That brings up not-so-fond memories of securing landlines, delayed flights, flip charts, windowless meeting rooms and maybe even slide projectors! Of course in today’s business world, this is an outdated and impractical proposition. You and your team are mobile, on demand. Your mobility requires today’s flexible business communication tools that enable quick teamwork to solve business problems. But how do you …