July 2017 Newsletter

The latest and most relevant tech news for small & medum sized businesses.

Hi there!

Happy Independence Day! Welcome to July, we're excited to be speaking to you again! We've been busy fine turning our new website, so be sure to check it out if you haven't already. 

Keep an eye out for upcoming newsletters each month, and follow us on Twitter and Linkedin for daily technology news updates. 

Following the recent WannaCry and PetyaWrap cyberattacks, we've decided to stay focused on cybersecurity and what it means to different organizations. Below we've featured articles that examine this topic from the perspective of regulators and insurers, of individual employees, and those struggling to keep legacy systems secure. 

Also featured in this month's newsletter are Robin's recipe for Red, White & Blue Parfait, plus her review of Baby Driver. Check out the links at the bottom for the chance to receive $1000 off your next invoice. Feel free to reach out to us directly with questions or comments. 

Thank You, 

The Sagiss Team

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What's Your Cybersecurity Plan? Regulators, Insurers and Your Customers Want To Know!

Barely six weeks ago, the WannaCry ransomware attack swept across the globe. Last week, another ransomware attack, called PetyaWrap, broke out in Russia and quickly spread worldwide, shutting down the shipping giant, Moller-Maersk, among many others. These incidents are stark reminders of the times we live in. Cyber threats are real; they are indiscriminate; and they have the potential to disrupt or shut down businesses completely. Businesses everywhere are being forced to reexamine their security efforts, update policies, expand user training, and implement new safeguards to protect their systems and data.

 

However, rising to meet the challenges posted by threats like WannaCry and PetyaWrap isn’t the only pressure businesses face regarding their technology and information security. Regulatory agencies, insurance providers, and even their own customers are, in one form or another, requiring assurance that businesses are taking steps to address the risks posed by cyber threats...

 

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Mimecast, a well-respected provider of email security software and trusted Sagiss partner, recently posted this article discussing the importance of cybersecurity awareness and what everyone on your team can do to help the effort: 

 

Security professionals have a saying: "The attacker only has to be right once, we have to be right every time."

 

Translation?

 

According to Jamie Winterton, director of strategy, ASU’s Global Security Initiative, it’s a call to action across the organization.

 

“Anyone attacking your organization only has to get in in one place,” she notes. “Once they get past your perimeter, it’s pretty easy for them to get around.”

 

According to Scott Shackelford, chair of the cybersecurity program at IU-Bloomington, “Some firms have lost more than $50 million...

 

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Duo, a well-respected provider of IT security software, recently posted this article we would like to share with our readers. Do you ever wonder why people refer to old IT systems as "especially vulnerable" to cyberattack? Find out here:

 

Now that most of us have dried our tears, it’s time to take a clear-eyed look at what the WannaCry debacle uncovered, and the most recent MaybeNotPetya attack highlighted this week.

 

Taken by themselves, there were no new elements: ransomware; a known vulnerability; a worm spreading via a protocol that we knew should not be exposed to the Internet; abuse of operating system utilities; and an anti-sandboxing function in the WannaCry malware. We knew there were countless vulnerable systems running software that was out of support, out of date, or simply unpatched. None of this was a surprise to anyone in security.

 

What always seems to take some by surprise, however, is that no matter how much we talk about patching, it doesn’t happen in many cases. In fact, organizations with the most critical functions appear to struggle with software updates... 

 

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Happy 4th of July!

The latest buzz around the office has been all about Robin's new parfait recipe. We love it, and since we love our readers so much we decided to share it with you too. Enjoy!

 

Red, White & Blue Parfait

 

Ingredients

2               Small Packages Raspberry Jell-O

 

2               Envelopes Unflavored Gelatin

 

3 ½ Cup    Whole Milk

 

1 cup         Heavy Cream

 

12              8oz Glasses

 

Fresh blueberries & raspberries

 

Directions

Prepare the raspberry jell-o per directions.  Put 3 tbsp to 1/4 cup of the Jell-O in each of the twelve 8 glasses.  Refrigerate glasses until jell-o is set

 

Prepare panna cotta.   Put 1/3 cup cold water into a small bowl; sprinkle with gelatin, let soften 5 minutes. 

 

Put milk, cream and sugar into a medium saucepan; bring almost to a boil.  Reduce to a simmer.  Add gelatin mixture and stir until gelatin has dissolved, about 5 minutes.  Pour through a fine sieve into a bowl set in an ice-water bath.   Cool to room temperature.   Spoon between 3 tbsp and 1/4 cup into the glasses.  Return to refrigerator for 1 hour.  Repeat with Jell-O and Panna Cotta.  Garnish with raspberries and blueberries.

 

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Baby Driver

Each month our resident film critic Robin Springer reviews one of her favorite movies. This month we're talking about Baby Driver, the hard-charging driving flick of the summer that has theaters packed. 

 

A talented, young getaway driver (Ansel Elgort) relies on the beat of his personal soundtrack to be the best in the game. When he meets the girl of his dreams (Lily James), Baby sees a chance to ditch his criminal life and make a clean getaway. But after being coerced into working for a crime boss (Kevin Spacey), he must face the music when a doomed heist threatens his life, love, and freedom.

 

This movie is worth the ticket price.  The chase scenes are exciting and visceral.  The R rating is due to violence and language.  Music plays an integral part.  There are several charming sub-plots.  Kevin Spacey was perfect as crime boss.  Jamie Foxx’s character was convincing despite being abrasive at times.  Jon Hamm did a great job, even though he was scruffy (and crazy).   Ansel Elgort was in his element as Baby.

 

Director:  Edgar Wright (Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz, The World’s End)

Writer:  Edgar Wright

Stars:  Ansel Elgort, Lily James, Jon Hamm, Jamie Foxx, Kevin Spacey

Rated: R   Runtime: 113 minutes   Genre: Action, Crime, Music

 

Upcoming Event - Dallas Atlassian User Group

When: July 13, 2017,  6:00 pmUsergroupssqaure-3.png

 

Where: 

AppDynamics LLC 
16000 Dallas Parkway Suite 250 (North Tower) 
Dallas, 75248

 

What:

Brittany Wispell from Adaptavist will moderate a discussion on Agile and SCRUM methodologies. 

 

The Dallas Atlassian User Group is a place to learn and share information and insights on all things Atlassian. Share your stories, get answers to those pesky questions that keep you up at night, and earn extra karma points by helping others. Learn more about the power of Atlassian products and see how local companies are changing the way they do business with the leading tools on the market. 

 

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