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Security Update for the Month Ending May to June 2017: Adobe Patches 20 Flaws

Veracity Consulting’s Vice President of Technology, Amy Krohn delivers the following recap of the cybersecurity happenings for the end of May through early June 2017 time period.

Adobe Patches 20 Flaws in Flash Player and Other Products! Updates released by Adobe on Tuesday for Flash Player, Shockwave Player, Captivate, and Digital Editions address a total of 20 vulnerabilities, including critical weaknesses that can be exploited for remote code execution. Update your Adobe products now!

Thousands of Firms Fail to Update Software on Most Computers: An analysis of 35,000 companies around the world showed that thousands of them have failed to update the software running on a majority of their computers.  Don’t let this happen to your company. If you need help with a plan, Veracity can assist you with our managed IT infrastructure services capabilities.

MAC USERS!  MacRansom RaaS Potentially Created by Copycats: A newly discovered ransomware family targeting Mac users is using the Ransomware-as-a-service (RaaS) distribution model and uses code copied from previous MacOS ransomware, Fortinet researchers warn. The threat uses a web portal hosted on TOR, but samples aren’t readily available through the portal, and interested parties must contact the author directly to obtain them. Wannabe criminals can specify a ransom amount, a date to trigger the ransomware, and whether the malware should execute when someone plugs in a USB drive.

MAC USERS! MacSpy Malware Offered as Free Service: The first malware-as-a-service (MaaS) targeting Mac users was discovered on an underground forum available for free, AlienVault reveals. Users can infect machines by placing MacSpy’s unzipped folder onto a USB drive and manually executing a 64-bit executable called ‘updated’ when needed. Don’t load any unknown zip files on to your Mac or allow anyone else to, either. Do a scan on the device and then install.

About Veracity Consulting

Veracity Consulting is a Kansas City-based technology firm with a reputation of implementing and managing IT solutions and business strategies. Our mission is to change the complex world of technology into a more efficient and profitable solution for businesses and communities. We use a collaborative approach with our clients to create and implement viable and relevant solutions. We offer a comprehensive range of commercial and government solutions in the areas of Program Management, Data Management and Analytics, Strategy and Architecture, Managed Infrastructure, and Security.

About Amy Krohn

Amy Krohn has served as a leader in the technology industry for over 20 years.  Her areas of expertise include leading organizations and companies in executive leadership, strategic planning, enterprise architecture, as a mentor, leadership development, organizational change management, delivery management, vendor management, service management, and process improvements.  Amy currently serves as Veracity Consulting’s Vice President of Technology.

 

Ready To Transform Your IT Like The Big Guys. Here’s How..

How to Transform Your IT Like the Big Shops

As a business leaders, we understand that it is everyday users who drive the business services. To be successful, products or services must create value in the world.  Veracity CEO Angela Hurt suggests that true service insights come from extreme users called mavens––those experts or connoisseurs of the service or product that you provide. These users typically make use of our services early and manipulate our products in ways that it was not intended to be used.

An example of this is outlier PC users, who gave birth to the rugged notebook market for the military and police. These users identified the need for portability and extreme durability.  These kinds of mavens are almost always the best models for unlocking new and exciting uses for services or products.

What can we learn from large tech shops with this experience? What practices can be applied to mid-sized and small businesses that have a little or no IT department? Here are three areas for decision makers to consider when deciding whether to transform any IT infrastructure:

  1. Protect your data. Safeguard key applications and remote offices across physical and virtual environments. This is critical as most businesses handle personal information about their customer.
  2. Accelerate your backups. Go for speed, efficiency, and flexibility. Don’t skip Business Continuity practices. Ensure the IT department can address any kind of recovery challenges and guarantee data protection for the business. Not sure? Get an audit!
  3. Centralize backup and recovery management. Replace your old legacy tape backup with an integrated solution. Look for Solutions Architects who are current on the latest trends in backup and recovery management. Doing this will ensure more accurate business performance and keep cost low.

Veracity Consulting’s Managed Services team can help any business, small or large, do more. In addition to everyday support, our Infrastructure professionals help to maximize the benefit of your IT by using the latest products to design infrastructure that is appropriate for the business demand, financially efficient, and performs well for the end user.

Infrastructure is always evolving and transforming to meet the needs of our customers.! It is important for business decisions makers to understand how to get the most out of their IT investments so that their companies are prepared for growth. Veracity Managed Infrastructure can get you there.

What Is Veracity’s IT Managed Service?

At Veracity, we partner with you to gain an understanding of the complex infrastructure, new applications, legacy applications, project support, maintenance, system availability, end-user experience, and other support challenges presented by your environment. This allows us to leverage your strengths to plan for your future and support today.

By helping to modernize your infrastructure, we help you to do more, faster, for less.

Our areas of expertise include:

  • Architecture Assessments
  • Infrastructure Revitalization
  • Virtualization
  • Disaster Recovery, and
  • Network Security and Compliance

About Veracity Consulting

Veracity Consulting is a Kansas City-based technology firm with a reputation of implementing and managing IT solutions and business strategies. Our mission is to change the complex world of technology into a more efficient and profitable solution for businesses and communities. We use a collaborative approach with our clients to create and implement viable and relevant solutions.

We offer a comprehensive range of commercial and government solutions in the areas of Program Management, Data Management and Analytics, Strategy and Architecture, Managed Infrastructure, and Security.

About Amy Krohn

Amy Krohn has served as a leader in the technology industry for over 20 years.  Her areas of expertise include leading organizations and companies in executive leadership, strategic planning, enterprise architecture, as a mentor, leadership development, organizational change management, delivery management, vendor management, service management, and process improvements.  Amy currently serves as Veracity Consulting’s Vice President of Technology.