One of the weakest points in any security system, whether it be an IT system, or other system, is usually the human operators of that system. There is a whole subset of “hacking Techniques” dubbed “social engineering” where the goal is not to find weaknesses in the technological level of the system, it is to glean information from the end users to enable increased access, or to trick the end user into performing some task on their behalf, we have covered a couple of the methods used here and there.
Over the last week or so we have noticed an increase in Phishing Emails designed to illicit the Office 365 account details from unsuspecting end users. Unfortunately we have seen a couple of end users fall for these and have allowed access to their email system to an outside agent. with these details the Phisher can do anything that you would be able to do with your emails.
I have Office 365, do I still need to backup?
Office 365 has become more and more popular over the past couple of years and is now used in businesses all over the world. It has become increasingly beneficial to many users improving productivity, reducing costs for hardware and allowing users to access data wherever they might be.
Due to the data being in the cloud users are led to believe that there is no need to do Office 365 backups. Microsoft do have measures in place to backup and replicate data at their end but basically this is only a simple form of backup and does not actually protect you from human error such as accidental deletion or an employee maliciously deleting data.
Microsoft and TT-Exchange (Tech Trust) have announced in the last few days, that some changes to the Donation Programme ran by the partners will be coming into force on 1st April 2018 – just 3 weeks away!
TT-Exchange (A registered UK Charity in its own right) is the only place where registered UK charities can access donated products from the Microsoft Product Catalogue (it also provides donated and discounted products from many other software and hardware vendors)
The General Data Protection Regulation was first proposed in 2012, and what followed was four years of discussions, debates, and amendments, with the regulation finally adopted by the European Parliament in 2016. Countries, companies, and organisations were given two years to comply, with the regulation being enforced from 25 May 2018. What originally seemed like a reasonable amount of time to prepare has passed quickly, and at the time of this writing, enforcement of the GDPR is barely 3-months away.
Tech Trust has this week released a new white paper aimed at illuminating the fact that many charities have no sort of Digital Strategy in place.
What is it About?
The whitepaper provides lots of statistics that Tech Trust have generated during the creation of the whitepaper. The whitepaper is titled “No charity left behind: the need for a digital third sector” and provides information and trends surrounding the information it gathered between September and October 2017.