Making Sense of Alphabet Soup

Let’s be honest, the cybersecurity marketplace is complex and confusing. Businesses are already struggling to make sense of security and defend themselves from modern attackers. It doesn’t help that they are also drowning in a sea of acronyms and jargon while doing it. MDR, EDR, NGAV, SIEM, the list goes on and it can feel like you’re staring at a bowl of alphabet soup.To help you make sense of today's complex security landscape, we've defined the key acronyms and capabilities that can be found in several of today's most crucial security categories.

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Why Persistence Is a Staple For Today's Hackers?

Chances are that you lock your doors as you leave your house to prevent any unwanted visitors from entering while you’re gone. Although it isn’t foolproof, locking your doors presents a challenge for strangers without authorized access to enter. As a result of your efforts, an unwanted visitor—such as a burglar—would need to jump through a few hoops to enter your house.

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Just In From Microsoft

Microsoft consistently has something new and exciting up its sleeve. Last month, Microsoft did not disappoint during this annual conference, Ignite, which they virtually hosted. Ignite is typically one of the venues where new announcements and enhancements are revealed. This year, these announcements spanned multiple products and business needs and are sure to provide assistance in your office.

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HIPAA vs Cybersecure

As an Information Technology company, many think we look at the world through “tech-colored glasses.” In some regards, this is true, although we must view each of our clients with a different pair of “tech-colored glasses." One primary focus the majority of our Pendello clients need is to be compliant. There are a multitude of industries that are required to adhere to specific rules and regulations. The healthcare community that handles protected health information is one of those industries, but there is a great deal of confusion about being HIPAA compliant and cyber-secure. Let’s take a look at what being HIPAA compliant means regarding cybersecurity.

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Chrome vs. Edge: A Fair Comparison

 

Internet browsers are typically a desire due to habit. Once you become comfortable with one, selecting another seems like an unfathomable choice. Chances are you are currently satisfied with Google Chrome and use it unquestionably. Up until recently, Chrome was by far the best and most intuitive choice. Fortunately, with some recent updates, Microsoft Edge is the new browser in town, and it appears to be showing Chrome some real competition. Let’s look at what each browser option offers and what option may be best for your browsing needs.

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How to Create Breakout Rooms in Teams

Even during times when your virtual meeting seems small and manageable, there is always a moment when open discussions and effective brainstorming seem challenging. Microsoft Teams now has a helpful solution when smaller groups need to be divided from the larger meeting to facilitate better exchanges and discussions. This new tool is called breakout rooms. Breakout rooms allow meeting organizers to create separate breakout room sessions and assign attendees to those rooms. These participants are still part of the group session but can "breakout," to have meaningful exchanges, and then return to the group. For this tool to be valuable, you need to know how to create and manage these breakout room sessions. Let's take a step-by-step look at how to facilitate this in your office setting.

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Need More Time? Introducing, Power Automated Desktop

Are there tasks at the office that you are consistently required to complete that take “focus” time away from your day? Are there times that you have ever thought, if only these tasks could run themselves, then I could get more done with my day? Microsoft must have been listening to our inner thoughts; thus, they have developed a solution. This solution, called Robotic Process Automation (RPA), was first announced at the 2019 Microsoft Ignite Conference. At the conference, Microsoft introduced the robotic process automation as a part of the Power Automate Desktop. Since the announcement in 2019, Microsoft has doubled down on this investment and has seen the return on investment. Hundreds of thousands of organizations have accepted it and are using it to automate billions of tasks each month. You may be wondering, how do I use this technology to lighten my load of “busy work” and increase my value by allowing more time for deliberate and innovative thinking?

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