Telling Not Selling
Every Monday, we will be sharing free tips and ideas, targeted to help you and your business as part of our 'Telling Not Selling' campaign. With most staff now working remotely across all organisations, it is vital that staff members are still connected regardless of location, to ensure each business can operate as normal.
If you have any questions or if you would like to enquire about anything from our Telling Not Selling page, please get in touch.
Cisco Free Switch
Free Kit? Yes please!
Cisco Meraki is currently running a promotion where they are offering a free 8 port POE Switch to any IT professional for simply attending one of their webinars!
Use the link below to watch the Webinar and get your free Switch!https://meraki.cisco.com/webinars/introduction-to-cloud-managed-it/?ref=1nVDHf7
Our Top 5 Tips to Stay Secure Whilst Remote Working
Working from home has become the new norm for most since the outbreak of Covid-19, however, subsequently a new line of security threats has emerged.
Here are our Top 5 ways to stay secure whilst working remotely…
1. Multifactor Authentication
Sometimes, having a strong password just isn’t enough. If your credentials are leaked in a data breach, multifactor authentication provides an additional layer of protection to your accounts.
This extra step could be through possession factors such as an email or text message confirmation, or even a biometric method such as facial recognition or a fingerprint scan.
2. VPN Encryption
Virtual Private Network (VPN) encryption is the process of securing the data within the VPN client-VPN sever tunnel to make sure it can’t be exploited by anyone.
Basically, when you run a VPN client and connect to a VPN server, your connection requests are encrypted before they are even sent to the server.
3. Mobile Device Management (MDM)
Do you have more than one work device? Devices such as laptops and smartphones are deployed across multiple mobile service providers and across multiple mobile operating systems which can be hard to manage, especially during lockdown.
Using an MDM solution gives you the ability to monitor, manage and secure employees’ mobile devices.
4. Anti-Virus Software
Online threats advance daily and it is inevitable that online threats will get through eventually, even with a firewall set up.
A good Anti-Virus software can act as the next line of defence by detecting and blocking known malware. Even if malware does manage to find its way onto your device, an Anti-Virus may be able to detect and, in some cases, remove it for you.
5. Backup your data
Human error, physical damage to hardware and cyber attacks are just some of the ways that your data can be lost. Hardware backups are still an option however we would recommend for the most convenient and cost-effective way to store your data is in the cloud.
Cloud backup services come with a wealth of options enabling you to customise your backup schedule and storage options.
Microsoft Teams New Feature
Microsoft has announced a new feature for Teams which launches this month!
The new feature will enable all users to view meetings and calls in separate windows from the main Microsoft Teams client. Additionally, meeting and call controls such as mute, video, chat, leave and others will now be located at the top of the meeting window so that they are always available and never block the underlying content. This new experience will also include recently announced features such as 3x3 video, raise hands, and custom backgrounds.
This will roll-out OFF by default, giving users the ability to turn on the new experience via the user setting: General > Turn on new meetings and calling experiences.
After a couple of months this function will be default with no further action required by the user.
Cisco Meraki ‘First Year On Us’ Promotion
Between 1st October 2019 and 25th July 2020, any customer that purchases a new Cisco Meraki cloud management license for 3 years or more will get an additional year added at no extra cost!
So 3 years become 4, 5 years become 6, and… well, you get it!
The extra 365 days are added automatically in the dashboard with no further steps required.
Meraki are also honouring this promotion for customers who purchased a new license between 28th July 2019 and 1st October 2019.
This offer is available until 25th July 2020 and is available globally.
Cisco Free AP
Free Kit? Yes please!
If you’ve been in the market for a new access point now is the time to try Meraki.
Cisco Meraki is currently running a promotion where they are offering a free Meraki Access Point to any IT professional for simply attending one of their webinars!
Use the link below to watch the Webinar and get your free AP!https://meraki.cisco.com/webinars/introduction-to-cloud-managed-it/?ref=1nVDHf7
Cisco AnyConnect offers a secure VPN access for you and your employees at all times, no matter where you are or what device you are using.
AnyConnect provides the visibility, security and control your organisation needs to stay safe, protected and to identify who and which devices are accessing your infrastructure.
Existing AnyConnect customers can exceed their user limit to support an increase in remote workers, and new customers can access a free license.
These offers are valid until 1st July 2020.
Cisco Duo is a user-friendly unified access security and multi-factor authentication platform. It verifies that your users are who they say they are, before they access your data — and with multiple second-factor options, users can easily authenticate in seconds. It is the scalable way to keep your business ahead of ever-changing security threats.
Duo uses a zero trust security model, that allows secure connections to all applications (whether on premises or in the cloud) based on the trustworthiness of users and devices. With its cloud-delivered technology, it enables IT to set and enforce risk-based, adaptive access policies and get enhanced visibility into users’ devices and activities. Traditional security models are rigid and painful for end users - Duo has replaced them with flexible, easy-to-use security that focuses on user experience.
Cisco are now offering a 30 day extended trial period for Duo along with an expansion of existing limit.
This offer is valid until 1st July 2020.
When working from home, keeping our corporate devices and data safe from cybercriminals is a big challenge. Cyber threats are nothing new, but conventional security defences weren’t designed to enable remote security for users working from home. Security appliances were designed to secure devices that are being used within the office walls. That means those defences weren’t built for today’s expanded network perimeter — which extends all the way from the data center to your kitchen table. Remote security requires a different approach to protect company devices and data from malicious attacks.
Luckily, there’s an easy way to stay protected against threats, instead of making it another full-time job. By deploying DNS-layer security, IT teams can keep users working from home safe from opportunistic cyber threats, quickly and easily, on all their devices — even when they aren’t connected to the VPN.
Most people set up their home networks for the first time and leave their DNS resolution up to their ISP but this leads to a major security blind spot. Cybercriminals are eager to take advantage of vulnerable devices by executing malware attacks, and 91% of malware uses DNS to gain command and control, exfiltrate data, or redirect web traffic.
Cisco Umbrella delivers security for remote workers as part of its recursive DNS service, which checks for and blocks malicious or inappropriate domains and IPs. By enforcing security at the DNS and IP layers, Umbrella blocks requests to malware, ransomware, phishing, and botnets before a connection is even established. This means stopping attacks before they start. And since it doesn’t add any latency, Umbrella helps you stay productive on the job without compromising your protection when you’re working from home.
The last thing you need when trying to manage a challenging work from home situation is a slow internet connection or a malware attack. With Cisco Umbrella, you can connect to the internet with confidence on any device, from anywhere, with easy protection from cyber threats.
The Umbrella global network processes 200 billion internet requests from over 100 million users across 190 countries worldwide. To make sense of all that data, Cisco developed highly specialized models that block 7 million malicious destinations at any given time — and detect them before any other security provider on the planet.
Cisco are now offering a 90day extended trial period for Umbrella. This offer is valid until 1st July 2020.
Cisco Business Resiliency Programme
With cash flow a top concern for all during the Covid-19 pandemic, Cisco has launched the Business Resiliency Programme. This aims to provide extra support that can help ensure investments and projects can be made to keep your business running, without any change to your own financial situation.
The programme offers a three month grace period without paying anything, followed by 1% of any money owed in each of the last five months of 2020. The remaining 95% of payments is then deferred until January 2021 when monthly payments begin.
All solutions offered by Cisco including hardware, software and services deals (including multi-year) are covered.
To benefit from this programme, orders must be placed by 25th July 2020.
Microsoft Teams New Feature
Microsoft have announced a new feature for Teams!
As you may know, Microsoft Teams used to only show 4 people in a call, but with video conferencing at an ultimate high, for some this is not enough.
Microsoft have announced they are rolling out the new feature that is increasing the number of participants shown in a call to 9.
This has already started being deployed to customers and is expected to be completed in early May.
Do You Reboot your Computer Every Night?
Do you reboot your computer every night?
If not, you should.
Computers that go without reboots for extended periods of time are prone to annoying bugs and glitches. These annoyances include programs running at a slower pace than usual, unexpected system freeze-ups and vital Security Updates not installing etc.
By simply rebooting your computer each night, you will prevent and protect your computer from becoming overutilized, which will also save you any aggravation from any bugs and glitches.
Remember for optimal performance, reboot your computer daily.
Microsoft Teams provides a hub for all operations and promotes productivity. It gives businesses of all sizes the ability to instant chat, meet, call and collaborate with all of your colleagues no matter where you are.
Microsoft Teams is already accessible to those who have an Office365 licence however since the COVID-19 outbreak, Microsoft have made Teams available to all – free of charge!