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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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Myths around data science

6 Myths Around Data Science Debunked

Data science is a competitive weapon for organizations globally. Like other technologies and processes that can change the way businesses operate, there are a lot of contradictory information and myths around data science on social media, blogs, and case studies that causes considerable confusion.

While most business leaders are aware of the fact that people adept at data science can enhance operational efficiency and customer relationships, they do not have right guidance in place and take the wrong steps by considering myths as facts. Below are six myths around data science, which are good to know in order to to position yourself better in this realm.

Let’s get started! Continue reading…

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General Networks Named Among Leading Los Angeles IT Services Firms

General Networks is proud to announce that we were recently named among the top 5 IT consulting companies in the Los Angeles metro area by Clutch, a technology research firm. It was an especially competitive category with over 100 companies being considered.  The rankings were determined by analyzing our past work, market presence, and client feedback.

Leading LA IT Firms

Leaders Matrix for Top LA IT Services

 

One client, an agency from the California State Government,  gave us a standout evaluation regarding a documentation management migration project. For this client, General Networks helped them migrate million of documents from eDocs to Content Server.

“General Networks does what they say they’re going to do for the amount that they’ve quoted, and their work product is very good….their team is just very friendly. They rarely, if ever, make mistakes.”

The General Networks team is dedicated to providing the highest quality work, and it is great to hear our clients validate our claims.

If you are interested in learning more about our award winning work, you can check out our case studies or our Clutch profile to read full reviews.

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General Networks is Speaking at the Nintex xChange Customer & Partner Conference

The Nintex xChange Customer & Partner Conference is around the corner and our own Director of Professional Services, Owen Runnals (@orunnals), will be speaking with our client – Hines – on actionable steps you can take to migrate your forms and workflows to Nintex and SharePoint Online.

xChange is Nintex’s yearly conference where they discuss new advances in their platform, customer use cases and provide lots of opportunities to meet other Nintex users to learn about how you can better automate your business. If you have Nintex already, it’s a great conference to help you find more ways to get a return on your investment. If you’re considering Nintex as your workflow or forms platform of choice, this conference can help you get a better sense of how the platform could be a great fit for you and your business.

You can find more information on the Nintex conference, including sessions, speakers and registration information on the Nintex website.

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SharePoint Saturday san Diego

General Networks Sponsors SharePoint Saturday San Diego on 01.13.18

General Networks is sponsoring the upcoming SharePoint Saturday San Diego event on January 13th in San Marcos. Held at the California State University San Marcos campus, the day will be filled with great speakers and networking opportunities to meet and greet your peers in the SharePoint space. General Networks will have a booth with consultants on hand to discuss your latest ventures in SharePoint. Additionally, General Networks Director of Professional Services, Owen Runnals, will be speaking on Forms in SharePoint and reviewing the current options and best practices for forms features and selection.

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 is excited to be a Gold Sponsor for the SharePoint Saturday in San Diego. We look forward to meeting you all there!

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Microsoft ignite recap

Microsoft Ignite Recap

I recently attended the Microsoft Ignite conference in Orlando and as an Office 365 and SharePoint systems integrator, and there was an almost overwhelming amount of information to take in.  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. The Microsoft product teams did a great job providing insight into current and future capabilities – here are the highlights I brought back to our sales and implementation teams: Continue reading…

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The Updated ISO 9001:2015 is Coming: Are You Ready for the Six New Requirements?

The Updated ISO 9001:2015

Introduced in September 2015, the updated ISO 9001:2015 represents a significant change to ISO 9001:2008 requirements. The new standard is scheduled to take effect on September 14, 2018. This gives organizations three years to prepare from the date of release, and more than half that time is now passed. Only 15 months remain for you to comply. If you aren’t already on the path to compliance, now is the time to begin.

The new updated ISO 9001:2015 standard includes fewer clauses (eight instead of ten), a revised high-level structure that forms a new common core for all quality standards (Annex SL), and several terminology differences. It also includes the following six new major requirements that you’ll need to incorporate into your quality management system (QMS). Continue reading…

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