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RELEASE: Security Baseline (FINAL) for Windows 10 v1809 and Windows Server 2019

by kurtsh 

 

New security baseline for our OSs was released:
Microsoft is pleased to announce the final release of the security configuration baseline settings for Windows 10 October 2018 Update (a.k.a., version 1809, “Redstone 5” or “RS5”), and for Windows Server 2019.
For now, download the content here: Windows-10-1809-Security-Baseline-FINAL. It will be posted to the Security Compliance Toolkit download site very soon.

Read the entire blog announcement here:
• RELEASE: Security baseline (FINAL) for Windows 10 v1809 and Windows Server 2019
kurtsh | November 29, 2018 at 2:48 am | Categories: Uncategorized | URL: https://wp.me/p15CWC-517

This announcement should indicate that the “October” release of Windows 10 will released to manufacture (RTM) soon. New features include Autopilot, Kiosk Mode, many security features.  Here’s a list of features coming in Windows 10 Release 1809.

Read the entire blog announcement here:
     RELEASE: Security baseline (FINAL) for Windows 10 v1809 and Windows Server 2019

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Platinum Sponsors of the SharePoint Saturday San Diego 2019

General Networks is officially the Platinum sponsor of the SharePoint Saturday San Diego event happening on January 19th 2019. The event is expected to be one of the largest SharePoint Saturdays of the year with guest speakers flying in from all over the world to share their expertise in the SharePoint and Office 365 space.

Of those speakers, our very own Director of Professional Services, Owen Runnals, will be presenting what’s new in SharePoint Communications Sites including branding, layouts and customizations. He’ll be showing off some features that will have just been deployed to SharePoint Online in December. This is Owen’s second year speaking at this event.

You’ll have an opportunity to meet Owen and some of our SharePoint experts at our booth throughout the day where you can find out more about how General Networks SharePoint services can help you overcome your SharePoint challenges.

SharePoint Saturday San Diego is a free event, but be sure to register online

We look forward to seeing you in January!

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Planning for Your SharePoint Server 2019 Upgrade

SharePoint Server 2019 will be generally available later this month (October 2018)

Unlike the 2016 release, SharePoint Server 2019 is bringing a wide variety of new features to the on-premise platform. Many of these features have been rolled out to SharePoint Online customers over the last two years, so they are well tested and mature.

What’s New in SharePoint Server 2019:

  • Modernized, responsive user experience for web page, list and library content
  • Modern intranet portals via the Communication Sites template
  • Support for OneDrive.exe – the next generation sync client
  • Support for larger files, longer URLs and reduced character restrictions in folder and file names

Continue reading…

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microsoft ignite 2018 recap

Microsoft Ignite 2018 Recap – Teams, Communication Sites, PowerApps and Flow

Looking for a Microsoft Ignite 2018 recap?

At the end of September, I once again attended Microsoft Ignite in Orlando. If you’re not familiar with Ignite, it’s a week-long conference focused on Microsoft’s enterprise products – Windows, Azure, Exchange, SQL, Office, SharePoint, Office 365, and the Microsoft cloud.  As a long-time Office 365 and SharePoint systems integrator, I was especially interested in learning where Microsoft is taking SharePoint Communication Sites, Teams, and PowerApps and Flow in Office 365 and in understanding the roadmap for SharePoint Server 2019 (more to come on that in my next post). The Microsoft product teams did a great job providing insight into current and future capabilities of these Office 365 products – here are the highlights I brought back to our sales and implementation teams. Continue reading…

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on-demand webinar automating paper-based workflows

ON-DEMAND WEBINAR | Automating Paper-Based Workflows

Government organizations are no strangers to paper-based manual processes, which are costly and often prone to delays, errors and other inefficiencies.

According to the Office of Management and Budget, legacy, paper-based filing systems cost the federal government more than $116 billion per year.(1) In addition, “The State of Workflow Automation in 2018” stated 55 percent of managers are spending 8 hours or more per week on administrative tasks, rather than the strategic, high-value initiatives that citizens want.(2) These stats just can’t be ignored.

Automating paper-based workflows gives state and local governments the opportunity to stretch their budgets further and accomplish more – in less time. To show you how to do this, General Networks teamed up with Nintex to provide you with an on-demand webinar that includes a workflow demo.

view webinar - automating paper-based workflows

After viewing the webinar, you’ll walk away understanding how to:

  • Build web-based (and mobile) forms
  • Orchestrate the communication and approval processes
  • Create transparency between county and citizen through analytics and dashboarding, without costly custom software development.
  • And more…

If you are looking to create efficient, time-saving workflows while stretching your budget, this is one webinar you’ll want to watch.

Register to view the webinar & slides today!


1 https://www.reginfo.gov/public/do/PRAReport?operation=11
2 https://www.formstack.com/report/workflow-automation-2018

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Small Businesses Win Big with M-Files Back Office Vault

They say small businesses can’t afford enterprise-level document management software, we disagree!

Although most small business owners are convinced that they need some sort of proper filing for their growing content, they rarely make the decision to acquire one. The reasons vary and include tight budgets, no time to spare for implementation, doubting the ROI, and the lack of people resources to ensure the solutions are well maintained and users supported. Some will start using something like windows folder system, or light cloud-based solutions such as Box. And although Box provides a solid set of basic features for a low cost, small business owners tend to forget that they created their business to grow in the first place. The challenge they will soon face is with the explosion in their content size and the increasing complexity and reduced efficiency when trying to find content.

M-Files Back Office Vault addresses those challenges from Day 1. It is not only rich in features, inexpensive, secured, and can be cloud-based, it has so many other components that a small business, or any business in that matter, can and will require sometime in the future. By implementing M-Files Back Office Vault from the start, you avoid the inevitable–the complexity that accompanies moving content from your windows folder structure.  With M-Files Back Office Vault, you can connect to your content, located in Box, Google Docs, and even windows folders.

M-Files Back Office Vault is pre-designed to provide the following:

  • Accounting Records Management – manage and process invoices, receipts, PO’s, financial statements and tax documents to increase operational efficiencies and minimize risk
  • Human Resources Management – manage employee files (resumes, certifications, employee contracts) and data (contact information, vacation, performance) with built-in security for employee private data
  • Asset Management – Keep up with everything you own, who it’s assigned to, where it’s living, and any other information you need to run your business effectively
  • Contract Management – maximize visibility and control for contract management with notifications, assignments, audit history and version control to reduce inefficiencies and reduce risk
  • CRM Lite – a lite CRM to track sales campaigns, opportunities and contacts, designed to help your organization drive sales
  • Project Management – Find, search, and track project documentation and the status of documentation (draft approved, under review, etc.) to streamline the entire project management process

The most commonly used process automations i.e. workflows are provided for your consumption in the Back Office Vault, such as A/P Workflow, Purchase Order Workflow, Employee Absence Workflow, Contract Lifecycle Workflow, and many others.

The M-Files Back Office Vault comes equipped with the ability to electronically sign documents using the DocuSign integration function. The solution can be accessed from the free mobile app available from the various app stores. Last but not least, the solution enables users to collaborate on documents using features such as Co-Authoring, Annotations, and Review Comments.

Contact us today.  In a matter of 5 days, the General Networks’ team can deliver this solution for you.  We’ll help your small business win big!

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General Networks Sponsors SharePoint Saturday Los Angeles on 8.11.18

General Networks is sponsoring the upcoming SharePoint Saturday Los Angeles event on August 11th in Playa Vista. Held at the Microsoft Playa Vista Office, you’ll have a fun filled day with excellent speakers and opportunities to meet peers and experts in the SharePoint space. General Networks will have a booth with consultants on hand, including our very own SharePoint Practice Manager Ingrid Camill, to discuss your latest ventures in SharePoint.

About SharePoint Saturdays

SharePoint Saturdays are run by SPS Events, an all-volunteer organization that focuses on providing tools and information around SharePoint for the community. For over eight years, SharePoint Saturday’s have been held around the world. General Networks sponsored last year’s SharePoint Saturday in Los Angeles and was a Gold Sponsor for the SharePoint Saturday in San Diego earlier this year. We’re excited to be back at SPSLA this year and we look forward to meeting you all there!

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Microsoft Nonprofit Pricing and Ordering Process is Changed

Microsoft Gold Partner

For nonprofit Microsoft customers, as of May 1st, your process for ordering software and services from Microsoft has changed.  In some cases just the authorization and purchasing method will change.  In others, the prices will go up.

If you order through TechSoup and you work with a Microsoft Partner, you should have a discussion with your Microsoft Partner about what the new plans will mean to your organization.  If you do not work with a Microsoft Partner (and are not big enough to have an Enterprise Agreement – over 500 users), you should find a partner that can help you navigate the new system.

 

General  Networks can help you migrate the new licensing for nonprofits.  If you need help please Contact Us

 

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How to Spot Phishing Messages Like a Pro

Update to STAY SAFE FROM PHISHING. 5 Ways to Stay Safe

June 2018 Volume 13 Issue 06

From the desk of Thomas F. Duffy, MS-ISAC Chair

The Federal Trade Commission’s definition of phishing is “when a scammer uses fraudulent emails or texts, or copycat websites, to get you to share valuable personal information.”[1] When a user falls for a phishing message, the malicious actor achieves their purpose of getting the victim to hand over sensitive information such as login names and passwords. Though we count on technologies and controls to minimize threats, phishing exploits users through social engineering, which allows the malicious actors to side step these protections. This is why it is important that everyone learn to spot these fraudulent messages. Let’s take a look at some example emails of phishing messages.

Message #1

Subject: Low Cost Dream Vacation loans!!!

Dear John,

We understand that money can be tight and you may not be able to afford to go on vacation this year.   However, we have a solution. My company, World Bank and Trust is willing to offer low cost loans to get your through the vacation season. Interest rates are as low at 3% for 2 years. If you are interested in getting a loan, please fill out the attached contact form and send it back to us. We contact you within 2 days to arrange a deposit into your checking account.

Please email your completed form to VacationLoans@worldbankandtrust.com.

Your dream vacation is just a few clicks away!

Dr. Stephen Strange

World Bank and Trust

177a Bleecker Street, New York, NY10012

What did you notice in message #1? 

In this message, you can see that the phisher wants to give us a low-cost loan with no credit check. They say we just need to send them our information and they will give us money, right? Not only does it seem too good to be true, but also when you hover the cursor over the email address to examine it further, you see that the link actually has a different destination. It is the email address of the attacker. Lastly, as much as you might like Dr. Strange, he’s probably not working for a bank part-time.

Message #2

Subject: Free Amazon Gift Card!!!

Dear Sally,

You name has been randomly selected to win a $1000 Amozan gift card. In order to collect your prize, you need to log in with your Amazon account at the link below and update your contact information so we can put your prize in the mail. This is a limited time offer, so please respond to the request within 2 business days.  Failure to respond will forfeit your prize and we will select another winner.

www.amozan.com/giftredemption2321

What did you notice in message #2? 

Aside from this seeming too good to be true, you can see that “Amazon” is misspelled as “Amozan” on the link provided. If you read this quickly, you may think you are responding to the real company to get your gift certificate. In reality, you are providing your information to the attacker. For the purposes of this example, the link actually navigates to the Center for Internet Security, which is a trustworthy site.

Message #3

Subject: Urgent – Take Action Before Your Email Account is Deactivated

Dear User,

Following changes to our Microsoft email systems, each user must authenticate their account to prevent it from being deactivated. You can accomplish this by heading to the link below and entering your Microsoft Outlook email account credentials, and then we will know your account is active and should remain so.

http://www.microsoft.com/

Thank you,

Information Technology

Helpdesk Support Team

What did you notice in message #3?

This email is fairly well crafted without errors. Note that it establishes a sense of urgency that the malicious actor hopes will cloud your judgment and threatens the deactivation of your email account. Additionally, the link at the bottom looks like a link to Microsoft, yet it is, in fact, heading somewhere else! Luckily, for the purposes of this example, that link simply leads to the Center for Internet Security, which is a legitimate site.

With these three examples considered, here are some basic recommendations to help protect you from becoming a phishing victim:

  • If it seems too good to be true, it probably is;
  • Hover your cursor over links in messages to find where the link is actually going;
  • Look for misspellings and poor grammar, which can be good signs a message is a fraud;
  • And, never respond to an email requesting sensitive personal information (birthday, Social Security Number, username/password, etc.).

 

Additional information and a phishing game can be found on the FTC’s website, https://www.ftc.gov/.

 

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