TechKnow Advisor Newsletter – September 2014

September 2014

In this issue…

Microsoft Windows 8.1 Apportals
New Server or Move to The Cloud?
Office 365: A More Cost-Effective Option for Business
Customze Your PowerPoint With Slide Masters
Windows XP Registry Hack Will Not Protect Your PC Against All Threats
Russian Hackers Collect 1.2 Billion Passwords In A Mega Breach
Firm News

Organizations are being breached, passwords and credentials are being stolen by the millions, and identity theft and credit card fraud cases are on the rise. The recent hack of celebrities’ Apple accounts was just another reminder of how vulnerable to theft our “confidential” data can be. As always, security remains a high priority issue for LaSalle Consulting Partners, and based on discussions with our clients they also share that concern. To help strengthen client security, we now offer a managed web protection and filtering product that is available for a low monthly cost. The product is called Web Protection. Web Protection provides a layered security approach and includes the following features:

  • Blocks Internet security risks automatically.
  • Allows you to establish policies for monitoring websites only, blocking websites by category, or simply monitoring during office hours.
  • Works whether the device is in the office or outside of the office.
  • Monitors bandwidth usage. Optionally can alert you regarding excessive bandwidth usage (a common symptom of security problems).
  • Helps secure computers from malware, phishing, proxies, spyware, adware, botnets, and spam.

Web Protection is the latest addition to our existing suite of managed security services:

  • Patch Management – Windows & Third Party patches – perform and report on a regular basis.
  • Automated Maintenance and Tasks – Deploy any type of script and execute.
  • Managed Antivirus – Complete management with proactive protection of end point devices.
  • Managed Online Backup – Cloud backup, data retention and security, disaster recovery and planning, and test restorations.

These managed services can assist in ensuring a secure network, and can result in reduced ongoing maintenance costs. Please contact one of our consultants for additional information.


Microsoft Windows 8.1 Apportals
In 2013 Microsoft released Windows 8.1.
Included in the 8.1 upgrade to Windows 8 are Apportals, a feature for managing and organizing apps. Apportals allow users and administrators improved manageability of apps and other software. Indeed, IT administrators are now able to control aspects of users’ app functionality through active directory, further streamlining the IT environment.
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New Server or Move to The Cloud?

used with permission from HTS
Many organizations we talk to are starting to think about their next server upgrade. Here are some common questions we get. 

  • Do I need a server?
  • What about the cloud?
  • Is there a less expensive way?

These are all good questions. The answers can really depend on your needs.

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Office 365: A More Cost-Effective Option for Business

used with permission from HTS
As you know, moving to the cloud is a popular solution that many small businesses have decided to take action on. If you aren’t a “tech” person, then it can be scary to think of all of your programs or files saved in the cloud, floating in “outer space” where you can’t physically touch it. Believe me, I’ve been there! But, if you start to research your options, moving to the cloud, especially with Office 365 is a smart option that is more cost-effective than the traditional on-premise option for small businesses with more than 1 PC.
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Customize Your PowerPoint Presentation With Slide Masters
If you’re wasting time laboriously updating the background image, fonts, colors, and more on every slide of your lengthy PowerPoint presentation, you’re probably saying, “There must be a better way to do this!”

And there is. Enter the power of slide masters!

A slide master is a part of a PowerPoint template that controls how slides appear throughout your presentation. When you make changes to a slide master, they’re applied universally to the presentation. Make a change once – and it’ll appear everywhere it’s supposed to!

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Windows XP Registry Hack Will Not Protect Your PC Against All Threats

used with permission from Microsoft Security Tips & Talk

by Eve Blakemore

In April, Microsoft ended support for Windows XP. This means that if your computer is still running Windows XP, you are no longer receiving security updates.

Several tech news sources have recently reported a change that you can make to your Windows registry (known as a “registry hack”) that tells your Windows XP computer that it’s running Windows Embedded or Windows Server 2003.

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Russian Hackers Collect 1.2 Billion Passwords In A Mega Breach

used with permission from Norton by Symantec
by Solange Desc
The New York Times has reported the largest known collection of stolen Internet credentials by a Russian crime ring. These hackers reportedly amassed 1.2 billion username and password combinations, and more than 500 million email addresses from 420,000 websites through botnets (computers that have been infected with and controlled by a computer virus). The sites ranged from small sites to larger household names. Many of the targeted sites are still vulnerable.
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Firm News

To help strengthen client security, we now offer a managed web protection and filtering product that is available for a low monthly cost. The product is called Web Protection, and its unique capabilities make it a welcome addition to our existing suite of managed security services. Contact a LCP consultant for pricing and additional information.

In other news, select members of LaSalle Consulting Partners will be participating in the Briggs and Al’s Run & Walk on September 13, 2014. The run serves to benefit the Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin, and celebrates the legacy of Marquette University’s former basketball coach and founder of Briggs and Al’s Run, Al McGuire.

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LaSalle Consulting Partners, Inc. provides the information in this newsletter purely as a public resource of information which is intended, but not promised or guaranteed, to be correct, complete, or up-to-date. This newsletter is not intended to be a source of solicitation of legal advice nor should it be the sole basis for technology decisions. The reader should therefore not consider this information to be an invitation for a consultant-client relationship, should not solely rely on information provided herein, and should always seek the advice of competent counsel especially related to HIPAA compliance matters before making decisions or taking any actions.

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