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Passwords, personal data and more – are your staff sharing more about your business than you think?
Security researchers recently found mountains of personally identifiable information (PII) which had been inadvertently made public through Trello, a web-based task management app.
This included passwords, bank account details, and people’s employment and medical details, all of which could have been exposed to anybody – including competitors and cybercriminals.
Trello lets you organise tasks using ‘boards’, which are initially set to ‘private’ by default. But many users changed their boards to ‘public’ in order to collaborate with colleagues – with the unintended side-effect of making them visible to anyone.
The employees involved didn’t deliberately make the information public, and therefore wouldn’t have realised the information was out there.
To compound the problem, Google’s search bot had thoroughly indexed Trello’s public boards, meaning they could be easily found using a standard web search.
The discovery was made by Craig Jones of cybersecurity company Sophos. It was discovered that one company had accidentally published performance ratings of 900 managers on a public Trello board.
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Migration shouldn’t cause you a migraine. Here’s how you can avoid the biggest pitfalls when moving data from your on-premise servers into the cloud.
Microsoft has continued to grow its migration and cloud management capabilities by acquiring two rather similarly-named platforms, Movere and Mover, in recent months. The acquisition suggests that the migration and management of cloud data is still a really strong area of focus for Microsoft.
At CompanyNet we have been helping customers migrate their data to the cloud for years, so we have a good idea of what works, and – more importantly – what doesn’t.
Motivation for migration
Organisations migrate their data for a variety of reasons. You’ll often see “digital transformation” or “cloud first” used as a banner objective, but these don’t tell you much on their own.
There might be a number of underlying motivations for migration. For example, you might have a need to reduce spending on infrastructure. Data centres and servers are expensive to operate, and replacing physical infrastructure with cloud services one way to drive down costs. Continue reading this post »
January 14th marks the day Microsoft officially stops supporting Windows 7, meaning there will be no more free updates, including security patches.
They initially offered extended support to large enterprises, for a fee, as part of the Extended Security Updates (ESU) programme. Identifying that some medium- and smaller-sized organisations still aren’t ready for the change, Microsoft have now extended the ESU scheme to everyone.
From December 1st, organisations will be able to purchase extended support and updates for Windows 7 from Microsoft. For Windows Enterprise users, this will cost $25 per device in year one, while for Windows Pro users the cost will be $50. As a powerful incentive to get your organisation off Windows 7 and upgrade to Windows 10, the cost of extended support will double every year. So it’s definitely not a long-term option!
If your organisation still uses Windows 7 and you’d like to discuss your options, get in touch with CompanyNet. We are experts in migration and licensing and will be able to figure out the best, most cost-effective path for your organisation.
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