Shutting Down Doesn’t Actually Shut Down Windows 10
You would think clicking the Shut Down button on your PC Start Menu would Shut Down your PC. That is not the case with Windows 10. It actually goes into hibernation mode which is what makes it faster to boot up. If you’re experiencing issues with your PC you’ll need to hit the restart button instead. Restarting your PC will fully Shut Down before coming back up again.
The reason your pc doesn’t actually Shut Down when you click Shut Down is due to the Windows 10 “Fast Startup” feature, which is enabled by default. You can perform a full shut down by pressing and holding the Shift key on your keyboard while you click the “Shut Down” option in Windows. This works whether you’re clicking the option in the Start menu, on the sign-in screen, or on the screen that appears after you press Ctrl+Alt+Delete.
Uncover Hidden Windows 10 Features
With Windows 7 support having ended this month more and more companies have made the switch to Windows 10. As users get used to using the new system there are also some great features hidden inside the OS. This worksheet shows you just how to find them and how they can be helpful to you. Are you making the most of Windows 10’s hidden features?
The State of Ransomware in the US: Report and Statistics 2019
This report was originally scheduled to be published on January 1st, 2020. We have, however, decided to release it immediately due to a recent incident in which a ransomware attack may have resulted in a municipal government’s data falling into the hands of cybercriminals. We believe this development elevates the ransomware threat to crisis level and that governments must act immediately to improve their security and mitigate risks. If they do not, it is likely that similar incidents will also result in the extremely sensitive information which governments hold being stolen and leaked. We hope that releasing this report early will help kickstart discussions and enable solutions to be found sooner rather than later. Those solutions are desperately needed. The numbers contained in the report will be updated in the New Year and, unfortunately, will almost certainly be greater than the numbers currently stated.
Update – December 14th, 2019: Within 24 hours of this report being published, the city of New Orleans and several other public entities fell victim to ransomware attacks. We repeat the warning made above: the threat level is now extreme and governments must act immediately to improve their preparedness and mitigate their risks.
MTSi Partners with KnowBe4
MTSi has partnered with KnowBe4, one of the most popular security awareness training and simulated phishing platforms. MTSi’s CEO Jesse Cabral said, “We are thrilled to partner with the largest security awareness training company in the world. This adds another layer to our wide array of Security Solutions.” About 30 percent of data breaches are caused by repeat offenders from within the organization. It highlights a continued problem: Risk accumulates over time when proper education and reporting do not happen.
KnowBe4 is your platform for new-school security awareness training. Helping to keep your users on their toes with security top of mind. With this new-school integrated platform you can train and phish your users, see their Phish-prone percentage™ and their Risk Score improve over time and get measurable results. (learn more)
Scary New MegaCortex Ransomware Strain Discovered That Targets Your Business Network
Sophos has discovered a scary new strain of very sophisticated ransomware called MegaCortex. It was purpose-built to target corporate networks, and once penetrated, the attackers infect your entire network by rolling out the ransomware to all servers and workstations, using your own Windows domain controllers.
Sophos have detected infections in the United States, Italy, Canada, France, the Netherlands, and Ireland.
This is a fairly new strain, so not all that much is known yet about how the encryption works, how they are getting in, or if ransom payments are being honored.
How Megacortex Strikes
Sophos made an interesting additional discovery: if the Emotet or Qakbot Trojans have been present on networks that have also been infected with MegaCortex, that suggest that the attackers are paying Trojan operators for access to infected systems just like the RYUK strain.
MTSi Renews Cisco Premier Partnership
Micro Technology Solutions, Inc. is happy to announce our Premier Partnership renewal with Cisco. We first received the Premier status back on December 8th of 2014. To remain a Cisco Premier Partner we must renew yearly. This renewal process requires continued training and testing, which shows our passion and knowledge for the product. You can read our original press release here.
Your money or your life: Digital extortion scams
There’s a particularly insidious type of targeted phishing scam that has grown in popularity since mid-2018. Our Cisco Talos researchers have been monitoring these scams, a few of which we’ll highlight here. As is the case with most phishing scams, they’re after your money, but it’s a departure from attempts to entice you with things like romance or wealth. Instead, the scammers leverage threats against your reputation, your relationships, and sometimes even your life. In essence it’s a transition from carrot to stick.
Let’s say for example that you received an email with the subject line containing both your user name and password. Surprising as this would be, it’s the body of email that really gets your attention. (read more)
Windows 7 Support to End Exactly One Year from Today
On January 14,2020 Microsoft will no longer support Windows 7. Meaning Microsoft will no longer deliver updates or critical security patches to Windows 7. When support ends the risk of not upgrading is that any system still running Windows 7 will then become vulnerable to security risks. As cyber attacks increase it is becoming more and more crucial that businesses do everything they can to keep their IT Infrastructure up to date. In preparation for the Windows 7 End of Support you should be putting together a migration plan to move off of Windows 7 on to Windows 10 before January 14, 2020.
MTSi can help with migration to Windows 10, contact us today! 508.324.9475
Do you have what the courts view as "Reasonable Cyber Security" ?
Cyber Security laws are constantly evolving to make Cyber Security an obligation that goes in hand with customer data and privacy protection requirements. With all the new types of breaches and security threats changing daily there is more confusion about liability. According to the 2018 Thales Data Threat Report security breaches are up:
“More than a third (36%) of global firms were breached last year, up considerably from 26% in 2017 and 20% in 2016. The U.S. was even more dire, with 46% of U.S. firms polled reporting being breached last year having nearly doubled – from 24% last year. “
MTSi Welcomes Tom Tavares as the new VP of Business Development
Tom brings 20+ years successfully selling leading edge hardware, software and cloud based solutions into the Enterprise, Telecom & Government sectors as well as Channel Management, Business Development, Product Management & Marketing experience with network equipment manufacturers Ericsson, Lucent Technologies and most recently Sonus Networks. His undergraduate degree is from UMass Amherst and he also holds an M.B.A from the University of South Carolina- Darden School of Business.
Dan K Retires from MTSi
Please join us in extending best wishes to Dan Kohnfelder as he retired from MTSi on June 30th 2017. Dan has been an asset to our company for the past 7 years. He will be greatly missed by employees and customers alike. We have all benefited from his extensive knowledge which has been an inspiration to us all. He will be sorely missed and impossible to replace.
MTSi Moves To A Much Larger Facility
We are very excited to announce our move to 132 Alden Road in Fairhaven, MA. With our continued growth we had exceeded the size of our previous location and moved into a much larger facility to accommodate our needs. Our Open House is in the works and we will be inviting our customers to join us in celebrating our move. We will also be putting together more information on our disaster recovery seats for customers interested in an alternate disaster recovery site.
Without our customers this would not be possible, we would like to thank you all for your continued loyalty and business!
MTSi Achieves Cisco Express Security Specialization
Micro Technology Solutions, Inc. is excited to announce our Cisco Express Security Specialization. By achieving this we show our commitment and expertise in IT Security. We are now able to provide our clients with cutting edge defense technology. You can read our press release here.
MTSi Achieves Silver ProPartner Level with Veeam
Micro Technology Solutions, Inc. is excited to announce our Silver Partnership with Veeam. In becoming a Silver Partner we show our knowledge and experience with Veeam products and solutions. We recognize the challenges of keeping your business up and running and the importance of a quick recovery in the event of a disaster. Let MTSi assist in finding the right solution for your business needs.
Micro Technology Solutions, Inc Now an Enterprise Partner in the VMware Partner Network
Micro Technology Solutions, Inc (MTSi) today announced that it has become an Enterprise partner in the VMware Partner Network. This achievement demonstrates MTSi’s continued efforts in becoming an expert in VMware virtualization and cloud solutions. Further, MTSi has taken the necessary steps to ensure that both pre-sales and delivery technical engineers have met the level of expertise required to be an Enterprise-level partner. Continue reading our press release here
Michelle & Jen Attend Comcast Event
Michelle and Jen recently attended the Comcast Partner Appreciation Cruise aboard the Odyssey in Boston. There they learned about Comcast’s push for higher Customer Service Satisfaction and the new SIP phone solution for their Business Class customers. Session Initiation Protocol (SIP) is a scalable solution for making calls using Comcast’s Private IP Network. To view more on SIP view our PDF (here). For more information on our other Comcast Solutions visit our website www.mtsolutions.net
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MTSi Launches New Website
MTSi is excited to announce the release of our new website! This site was redesigned with our customers in mind. We’ve also added a mobile site that you will be automatically redirected to when visiting us on your mobile device. We appreciate your feedback, let us know what you would like to see.
Micro Technology Solutions, Inc. Achieves Premier Certification from Cisco in USA
Micro Technology Solutions, Inc. announced today it has achieved Premier Certification from Cisco®. To earn Premier Certification, MTSi
had to meet standards for networking competency, service, support and customer satisfaction set forth by Cisco. (read more)
Comcast looking to expand service to Fall River Industrial Park Businesses.
As a Comcast Business Solution Provider, MTSi is pleased to announce successful progress being made to bring Comcast Services to all of the Fall River Industrial Park businesses. After many years of discussion and debate, MTSi has brought Comcast back to the table along with the City of Fall River, FR Chamber of commerce, Greater FR Development Corp and the FR Industrial Park Association.
All entities will be working together to establish a plan to bring Voice, Video and Data services from Comcast to businesses in the Park. Those who have attended the latest round of discussions have voiced great optimism regarding the project, commenting on how they feel this will finally happen.
The entities involved are requesting the co-operation of ALL businesses in the park in helping MTSi in co-operation with Karl Hetzler from FRIPA. MTSi has been tasked with gathering the Voice, Video and Data needs of each business and providing Comcast with a sales forecast. This sales forecast will aid Comcast in establishing how much funding may or may not be needed from the various organizations mentioned above to make this project a success.
The more active participation from each business in the park, the more likely this project will come to fruition. The time to act is now. Please contact Jesse Cabral from MTSi to start your business on the road to the 21st century.
508.324.9475 Ext. 110
* Update * We are happy to announce that this project has been completed. If you are in the Fall River Business Park and do not yet have your Comcast Services contact us today!