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Hafnium Attacks

Earlier this year Microsoft released a number of patches affecting on-premise instillations of Exchange servers, which was actively being exploited by Hafnium. Hafnium is a newly identified group that is believed to be responsible for not only this attack, but also other attacks on internet facing servers. Even though the use of the vulnerability was described as limited it is believed that we will see a quick rise in numbers of attacks.
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Ghost Policy stopping Windows Updates

Josh Weiss joins us to share his experiences with Ghost Policy. About two months ago Josh installed some Intune files that set up a bunch of baseline policies, that included it’s app locker policy (a Software Restriction Policy). After realizing this was to much for his company he deleted it from his tenant. He then spent two months trying to figure out why he couldn’t install any software once he signed in Intune. Recently he spoke with a Microsoft engineer who explained something called a ghost policy. In Intune policies are Device Configuration profiles. If you delete a device configuration profile, before assigning it, it will remain locked to any users who had had it. In order to remove this lock there is a process for going through the Microsoft Graph, confirming the existence of that and then deleting it. Watch as Harry and Josh discuss Ghost Policy.

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Hybrid, WFH, or Back to the Office

The days of reporting to the office may be a thing of the past, even after the pandemic is over. With many workers currently juggling working from home, and or a hybrid of split time, many workers will not be returning to the office full time. With this new model comes new expectations, and potentially new contracts for some employees reducing salaries and or pay based on the cost of living. Imagine you were living in the Bay Area working for a high power tech company, and then are able to work from home and move to a small town which has substantial lower cost of living. If you no longer have that high cost Bay area living, you may no longer have the compensation that goes along with it.

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Looking to Grow, and Looking to Grow Fast

Businesses are always looking for ways to improve, whether it is implementing new technology’s, offering new products, or streamlining procedures. In the current economic state a lot of MSPs and a lot of tech companies and shops, are looking to grow, and looking to grow fast. However, growing a small business isn’t easy, and typically is one of the toughest challenges many businesses face.
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What is IAITAM

IATIAM is an association of IT asset managers that was started back in 2002. This association started off with a focus on compliance issues, to help educate small businesses on what they needed to remain compliant with their software. Since then IATIAM has grown their curriculum and best practices to include seven certification courses, which lead to a master’s program at the university level. Currently IATIAM is in 126 countries and has almost 90,000 individuals.

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IAITAM Ace Conference

For more than a decade, the IAITAM Annual Conference & Exhibition (ACE) has served as the premier event in IT Asset Management. This year’s IAITAM event will be held May 19th and 20th online and is focused on taking your IT Asset to the next level. Through this strictly educational conference, you will not only walk away with nuggets of information you can use right away, but you will also meet and network with so many individuals.

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Cloud or On-Prem

With the large number of on premise exchange (exchange being the server that runs email for corporations), there was a significant vulnerability discovered earlier this year regarding security. With further investigation it was found that in a lot of Exchange Servers have in fact been hacked, or breacedh in some manner. With this news many are talking about how you should be in the cloud, and on Office 365, because everything is safe. However, with all this talk it was interesting to learn in the last 12 months, Google, Amazon, Azure, Microsoft, and more have all had downtime’s.

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PRO Act

On February 4, 2021, House and Senate Democrats introduced the Protecting the Right to Organize (PRO) Act of 2021. This is followed by an earlier version of the PRO Act that passed in February of 2020. If this act passed it would be the most significant labor law reform in the United States since the World War II-era. If passed this act would drastically change the landscape of employer/union relations as well as gig income or gig workers.

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It’s Hard to Hire

Consistently finding the right person to hire has continued to perplex and frustrate hiring managers and employees. With many people looking for jobs, many ask why is it so hard to hire? According to research done by social media giant LinkedIn, 50% of job candidates applying for entry-level positions aren’t even showing up for their interviews! Not to mention, many companies receive hundreds of resumes for one job listing, and the majority of resumes are not applicable to the job. We meet up with Mike Menefee as he share some of his insights into hiring. Mike shares with us after glazing over hundreds of resumes that some qualified candidates haven’t been trained or haven’t taken the time or care to look over the resume. There’s a ton of spelling issues, grammatical errors and not updated resumes.

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Business via Social Media

One of the first questions in building a marketing campaign and or connections within business is where does my audience congregate? How do I connect with individuals in my industry. Unfortunately, there is no clear platform that answers this questions. We meet with Tim Kubiak as he chats with us about his experiences on two of the hottest marketing platforms LinkedIn and Facebook. Tim has actually been running for about 60 days now an experiment on using Facebook, watch as he shares his experiences and what he has found out.
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Remote Work, Hybrid, or Back to the Office?

The past year has been a whirlwind of changes not only for organizations and businesses, but for life in general. With all of the changes that have gone on we have seen organizations mature, build amazing resilience, and come to grips with this new reality that people can actually be more productive from home. With the last year as a testing ground many companies have announced plans for post pandemic work life. The consensus is that many companies will offer a flexible hybrid models, allowing options for people to work remotely, in the office or a combination of the two. With this hybrid model still rolling out MSPs have a large opportunity to make sure that telecommunication, software, security and other technologies are up to date and in place to allow workers to continue to be flexible. Watch as Jeff and Harry chat about the new normal.
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Crisis Averted

In a crisis, many businesses are left in a lurch, wondering how to move forward, and how to efficiently communicate with customers. With the Covid 19 pandemic many organizations no matter the size felt these struggles. Although most leaders know that communication is crucial, many where left wondering what is next. CJ Arlotta from The Crisis Averted podcast joins us to share his wisdom.

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