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Microsoft’s Gentle Nudge Towards CSP

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Microsoft’s Gentle Nudge Towards CSP

By Rob O'Shaughnessy, Director, Software Sales & Renewals Enterprise Agreement 1000 User Minimum In an effort to streamline consumption products such as Office 365 (O365), Microsoft 365 (M365), Dynamics 365 (D365) and Azure towards consumption-based licensing programs such as its Cloud Solution Provider (CSP) program, Microsoft is making changes to the qualification of their Enterprise Agreement. In January 2021, Microsoft increased the minimum requirement for Enterprise Agreements to 1000 users—a jump from 500 users. This means that customers with fewer than 1000 seats of O365, M365, or D365 will no longer be able to purchase their licensing on an Enterprise Agreement. In addition, Microsoft increased the qualification amount for Azure to $600,000 per year.

Tech News Recap for the Week of 03/01/21

If you had a busy week and need to catch up, here’s our recap of tech stories you may have missed the week of 03/01/21!

Microsoft Exchange Zero-Day Vulnerabilities Being Actively Exploited in The Wild

By Randy Becker, CISO & VP, Network and Security Consulting It isn’t common for Microsoft to release a security update for an 11-year-old server application. So, when they do, people take notice. Especially when tied to Email. Microsoft has just released out-of-band security updates for a zero-day exploit that is actively being exploited in the wild. Of significant importance is that this is for all supported Microsoft Exchange versions plus Exchange 2010.

Zero Trust Does Not Mean Zero Access

By Randy Becker, CISO & VP, Network and Security Consulting Zero Trust is not new, but it has recently started to show up a lot in security circles. A quick search shows that there are a lot of organizations with thoughts on this topic. Given the infamous SolarWinds breach, we are starting to hear more about “Zero Trust,” “Defense in Depth,” and my personal favorite “Assume the Breach.” Last Friday CISA quietly posted the following important guidance on Zero Trust: NSA Releases Guidance on Zero Trust Security Model. This should be on the short list of reading for everyone.

Tech News Recap for the Week of 02/22/21

If you had a busy week and need to catch up, here’s our recap of tech stories you may have missed the week of 02/22/21!

New Mac Mystery Malware “Silver Sparrow” & New VMware (RCE) in vCenter!

By Randy Becker, CISO & VP, Network and Security Consulting There is a new form of malware (dubbed “Silver Sparrow” by Red Canary) that seems to be affecting Macs running Intel processors and Apple’s own M1 processors. It does not appear as though the malware has done anything nefarious, but as the saying goes, where there’s smoke there is often fire. VMware announces Remote Code Execution (RCE) vulnerability in the vCenter with a CVSSv3 base score of 9.8 CVE-2021-21972. This one looks ripe for exploitation as it is a RCE **AND** a 9.8 In addition to this, two others were found—all in the CVSSv3 range of 5.3-9.8.

Tech News Recap for the Week of 02/15/21

If you had a busy week and need to catch up, here’s our recap of tech stories you may have missed the week of 02/15/21!

The SolarWinds Saga Continues: Microsoft Estimates 1000 Developers Rewrote Code for the Attack

By Randy Becker, CISO & VP, Network and Security Consulting SolarWinds, Solorigate, Sunburst, Teardrop, Sunspot, Raindrop… will it ever end? (Check out Microsoft’s deep dive for a comprehensive summary.) The breach was even the lead story on 60-Minutes with Microsoft President Brad Smith and FireEye CEO Kevin Mandia interviewed.

Tech News Recap for the Week of 02/08/21

If you had a busy week and need to catch up, here’s our recap of tech stories you may have missed the week of 02/08/21!

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