Microsoft is on the brain this month at Pendello Solutions as the Microsoft SharePoint conference is coming up later this month. As we dig deeper into our Microsoft 365 stack to prepare for the upcoming conference, we quickly realized that many are unaware of some of the lesser known applications within the comprehensive 365 stack. This month, at Pendello, we are moving our focus to a few of these lesser known applications within the 365 stack in hopes that it might help you utilize a few more applications that may bring a bit more efficiency to your workday. To start off the month right, we are going to look at Microsoft Forms.
April at Pendello has been all about the cloud. We have covered "What is the Cloud?," "Is The Cloud Secure?," "Can The Cloud Save you Money?" and now we need to determin if you are a candidate for the cloud. Most businesses can benefit from a cloud environment although there are a few barriers that must be crossed. Let's take a dive into whether or not the cloud will work for you...
There is a great deal of confusion about the cost of the cloud. Many believe that since iCloud storage runs us a measly $.99 per month that cloud storage is a “cheap” solution. It is accurate that the cloud, if customized adequately for your business, can save your business money. Although, the savings are not as black and white and cheap as the $.99 iCloud storage for the storage of our pictures. To decipher the real value of migrating to the cloud, we need to look at the different payment models when comparing cloud environments to on-premise environments.
When dealing with cloud computing, one of the top questions we receive at Pendello Solutions is, “Is the cloud safe?” What most people mean by this question is, “How is the cloud a better option than having my data and applications on-premise?” As with anything in today’s business world, security needs to be verified. There are definitely perceptions of the cloud and this week our focus is to take a look at these perceptions and decide truth or myth.
Real-life examples of BECs
If you have been following the news, you should know that we are all at risk of Business Email Compromises (BEC). You may be growing tired of hearing this fact although it is a fact that we need to keep in the front of our minds at all time! Timing is a factor that these cybercriminals are continually accessing and know how to attack when your guard is down. Below are real-life examples of BECs that illustrate how easily these attackers researched, planned and struck at the right time and were able to victimize educated, experienced business people.
Business Email Compromise and Education
This month at Pendello we have been focusing on Business Email Compromise as the risk is definitely on the rise. If you remember, Business Email Compromise (BEC) is when an organized crime group gains access to your email through deception with the use of spear-phishing, identity theft, email spoofing, malware, and social engineering. In the past two weeks’ blogs, we introduced BECs and the different types of attack attempts. This week we are delving into how to recognize attack attempts. As 93% of all investigated data breaches can be traced back to a specific employee, we at Pendello Solutions know that end-user education is your best defense. So this month Pendello is bringing you some guidelines to look for when dealing with your day to day communications.
This month Pendello Solutions is going to take a closer look at the Internet of Things (IoT) designed with businesses in mind. There are a plethora of IoT devices, but most of the well-known devices and intended for personal use in the home. Here at Pendello Solutions, business technology is our business, and we thought many of you might want to learn a bit more about how IoT is shaping the business world.