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On-Premise Microsoft Exchange cyber-attack and latest news

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The on-premise Microsoft Exchange server cyber-attack has dominated the news this week. It has affected many businesses, so make sure that you complete the software updates if you are affected. Here are this week's headlines:

Microsoft Exchange servers hit by cyber-attack

Microsoft creates industry-specific clouds for financial, non-profit and manufacturing businesses

60 % of small companies go out of business within six months after falling victim to a data breach or cyber-attack

AI to turn Word documents into PowerPoint Presentations

No more passwords

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On-premise Microsoft Exchange servers hit by cyber-attack

If you have a on-premise Microsoft Exchange server in your office, make sure you follow Microsoft's recommended security patches ASAP - you will have been affected by HAFNIUM cyber-attack.

I can't emphasise enough - this will affect ALL businesses that use on-premise Microsoft Exchange onsite servers. The best course of action is to follow Microsoft's instructions and update your server urgently.

Get in touch with me if you have any questions or need advice: james.cash@superfast-it.com

The attacks begun on January 6th by a Chinese sponsored hacking group and have affected 60,000 businesses. The attack allows access to email accounts as well the installation of additional malware.

Source: Microsoft

Microsoft creates industry-specific clouds for financial, non-profit and manufacturing industries


Microsoft has launched cloud specific product and service bundles for the retail and healthcare sectors and plan to follow up with industry specific clouds for the financial, non-profit and manufacturing industries.

We know more than anyone, one size does not fit all when it comes to technology, so this is welcome news. The new technology bundles will take into account specific industry regulations and procedures so – we will be investigating these and informing our clients if they can benefit from these new packages once they go live.

Source: Computer Weekly

 

60% of small companies go out of business within six months after falling victim to a data breach or cyber-attack

The headline says it all. My guidance is: proactive is better than reactive when it comes to cybersecurity.

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Source: Security Today

AI to turn Word documents into PowerPoint Presentations

The very clever people at Microsoft are using AI to turn Word documents into PowerPoint presentations. Eventually, anyone will be able to turn a word document into a presentation. It is still in testing, so not available just yet, but this could prove to be very useful in the future.

Source: PC World

No more passwords

If you didn’t know already, Microsoft is pushing towards a no password future. Here is one example. We expect to see a ‘no password’ start to become mainstream over the next few years.

Source: Target Tech

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