Prior to 2010, viruses largely remained stuck in the cyber domain. They would ruin someone’s day by deleting files, or maybe cause ads to pop up all over the screen. But when a security firm from Belarus discovered the virus known as “Stuxnet”, the idea of what a virus could do would never be the same again.
October is officially cyber security awareness month. Cyber threats are nothing to shrug off; cybercrime damage costs are projected to reach $6 trillion annually by 2021. And with so many different cyber threats out there, it’s hard for anyone to keep up and stay informed on them all.
E-rate season is in full swing once again and similar to last year, there are lots of opportunities for schools to take advantage of E-rate funds for technology or services that qualify under Category 1 and Category 2 funding. As with all years there are important deadlines to note.
In 2016, we saw some changes in deadlines for E-rate which included pushing back the application open and close dates to February 3rd and April 29th respectively.
Although the deadlines have not been announced for this year, we expect to hear from USAC
Almost every week you read about a malicious security attack – one that has comprised consumer data, credit card information that was stolen or another case of identity theft. Maybe it’s even happened to you. Although the media tends to focus on what hits consumers’ pocketbooks, the harsh reality is that cyber criminals and those with malicious intent are looking for a bigger score, which could be your organization…
Consider this fact: A credit card record on the black market may fetch $2, but patient records like those you keep in
We have released new Monthly Service Reports. Everyone at Varsity is excited to make this addition to our Varsity OneTeam service. In just a few days, we will be releasing the new monthly service reports to our clients.
New Monthly Service Reports
The reports are unique in our industry for many reasons. For one, we wanted to improve the customer experience by making it easier to read. Honestly, we had trouble viewing those canned service reports from our software vendor. Second, we wanted to disclose performance metrics. We’re excited to be able to have accomplished publishing the reports.
Should I Upgrade to Windows 10? I recently received an email from a family member asking if they should upgrade to Windows 10. Up to that point, I hadn’t spent much time looking at Windows 10 thinking that I’ll wait for some major update before I use. But I thought about it and decided that there are probably many folks curious about the quality and experience of Windows 10 given that it is free.
So, I’ve jumped right in.
When I did the upgrade of Windows 8, I wrote previously about my
You may have heard about the Heartbleed OpenSSL Vulnerability issue and we wanted to be sure to address it directly. Although this is a serious security risk, Varsity is not aware of any specific affect it could have for the internal systems in your organization. We wanted to be sure to provide the specific details of the issue below.
While this is a very serious exploit, this does not affect your business critical systems (Servers, VPN, Email, etc.). OpenSSL is used primarily on Linux/Unix based computers using OpenSSL libraries (and specific
It isn’t often we get to review a new piece of technology so soon after its release, so you can imagine our excitement to get our hands on the Microsoft Surface 2 (RT). My expectations for the Surface 2 were not high, considering the negative press for the original Surface, and dismissal by the industry of the second generation.
The Microsoft Surface 2 features Windows 8, and as a current user of Windows 8, I have many thoughts about it now that I’ve used it for several months. Shortly after deploying Windows 8, I made the move to Windows 8.1 Pro Preview and now to Windows 8.1 Pro. I have had a number of complaints about the move, but Windows 8.1 is a better OS than Windows 8 and enough to make one wonder why Microsoft didn’t incorporate its features in the first version. However, credit is due to them for listening to their customers and making necessary changes. We look forward to continued improvements in the future.
I wanted to take a moment to write a short post on using Outlook with Google Gmail. I was motivated to write this post after receiving many negative responses from organizations that chose to migrate to Gmail from their Microsoft Exchange server. I use Gmail for personal email and Exchange for corporate/professional email. As an organization, we’ve considered migrating to Office 365 but chose to stay on our internal server because of numerous integrations with business applications.
Many organizations have moved to Gmail for their corporate email. Thousands of organizations have
We’ve had some recent inquiries regarding the use of tablets for everyday work. One tablet in particular interested us so we thought we would pilot it—Google’s Nexus 7.
What we found was that given the flexibility of the Android OS, the size, and the cost, we think the Nexus 7 is a viable candidate for business use.