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Bitdefender have updated their GravityZone cloud console with some new features over the weekend and here at Blue Solutions we are happy to guide you through these changes and how they will affect you and your customers.

Anti-Ransomware

The big news is that Bitdefender has now incorporated Anti Ransomware vaccine to all its cloud customers, and will be rolling this out through the on-premise version on Tuesday 27th Sep 2016.  This module is activated through the policy section  Antimalware --> On Access settings

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Gravityzone Ransomware Vaccine Policy Setting

By activating this module, machines will be protected from all currently known forms of Ransomware.

Other New Features

Update Rings - this feature allows Administrators of the program to  chose when in the validation cycle an update is received.

Anti-Exploit Techniques - a new set of powerful techniques which further enhances existing technologies to fight targeted attacks.  These are integrated into the existing Advanced Threat Control module.

Web Access Control Rules - The categories list has been updated with multiple new categories added.

Exchange Protection - This can now be enabled/disabled when editing a customer with a monthly license subscription.

 

The above features are now in place for all current users of Bitdefender Gravityzone in the cloud and will be rolled out to Bitdefender Gravityzone on-premise users from the 27th Sep 2016.

For more details on the above features and a look at the other features included please click here

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Over the last week we have seen an increase in the amount of companies receiving emails containing Zepto Ransomware, a file encrypting virus based on the infamous Locky cryptoware.
Most of the emails have been carefully crafted to ensnare the victims using social engineering techniques, typically greeting the recipient by first name and asking them to open an attachment which they had requested.
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The attachment will typically be either a .zip extension or .docm extension and once opened will run a malicious JavaScript which then encrypts all files on the users machine with the .zepto extension

To try and combat the infection, we offer the following advice
1. To protect against JavaScript attachments, tell Explorer to open .JS files with Notepad.
2. To protect against VBA malware, tell Office not to allow macros in documents from the internet.
3. Ensure your AntiMalware program is upto date
4. Ensure your users are careful with email attachments and only open the ones they are sure they have requested
5. If possible set email filtering to quarantine all .zip and .docm files

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On a weekly basis there are now articles regarding a big brand company which has been hacked, these usually relate to what data has been lost, how they are notifying those affected and what they are going to be doing to prevent this from happening again.

So how do you prevent it from happening in the first place?

From experience I can see that if a hacker wants to get details from somewhere they will take the easiest target, the ‘Low Hanging Fruit’ as they say, in ensuring your company has some basic security principles in place can help mitigate this.

So how do you ensure you are not the ‘Low Hanging Fruit’

Simple measures can be taken within your environment to help secure it. As a basic level you should be meeting the following guide - CyberEssentials Requirements

This sets out some advice regarding Firewalls, User access control, Passwords, Malware protection and Patch management.

Once you have met the standards given within this document you should be looking to increase the security standards within your organisation. The most effective we have found is the use of education, once educated your staff will be able to react to the threats quicker and reduce the risks to your company.

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It's been a busy time at Blue Solutions and we wanted to keep you up-to-date with some of our changes, especially when it's good news for our MSPs and Resellers.

We've recently welcomed a new team member

We've expanded our technical team and Deane Mallinson, our new Sales Engineer joined us in September. Deane's wide ranging role will be to focus on the support function offered by Blue Solutions.

With 20 years' experience, in the I.T. industry ranging from first line support to management, Dean PictureDeane will be managing our internal, external, pre and post sales support helpdesk, while mentoring our team.

As Deane's qualifications include MCSE, MCSP, KLCT, KLCSA and GCT, he is well equipped to ensure our customers get the support they deserve.

As part of our continued commitment to supporting and investing in I.T. graduates,  Chris Kudzin has joined Deane's team as our I.T. apprentice.

 

Other changes

Emma at Blue SolutionsEmma Wale (pictured left), a long-standing member of the Blue Solutions Team was recently promoted to being our Sales Manager. With extensive experience in the I.T. and software channel distribution industries, Emma's main focus will be to manage sales growth and overall profitability for Blue Solutions.

While continuing to work as the main contact for DataFortress, the online backup solution (powered by Attix5), she will support and develop our sales and product specialists on a daily basis.

What's happening with our other team members?

Our product  and sales specialists roles have changed too.  Our sales team (pictured below) will be available to manage your orders and help with any queries on a daily basis.

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We also now have a team of vendor specialists, who are available to help you develop your business, with solutions for the channel. You can view our key vendors at our website.

Why have we made these changes? As parts of our business have moved into the managed services sector, we have restructured our sales team to ensure we continue to provide the best service for all of our customers. Your contacts are:

nicola-ImageNicola Boswell (pictured left) is our Specialist for AppRiver and StorageCraft

 

 

 

Sharon Pace has been appointed as our Blue Solutions Key Account Manager and Tom Mangion is our Trend Micro Renewals Specialist.

If you need any questions about our vendor products, please contact out sales team on 0118 9898 222.

 

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Our sales team had a busy time at IPEXPO, Europe's Number one cloud computing and IT infrastructure event. We joined StorageCraft,  our backup and disaster recovery vendor, to speak to new and prospective customers. This was also a great opportunity to discuss the industry topics affecting MSPs and Reseller and make contact with industry experts.

Our Product Specialist, Nicola Boswell (pictured below, centre), who spent the event with the StorageCraft Team "found the event to be a great way to meet customers, speak about StorageCraft technology and explain how Blue Solutions work with customers in the I.T. Channel".StorageCraft & Blue Solutions at IPEXPO

If you missed Nicola at IPEXPO and would like to find out about StorageCraft solutions, please contact her on 0118 9898 219

 

 

 

 

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We’re going to be at CompTIA on 5th and 6th November at Stand 34, meeting with our new and prospective Resellers and it would be a good opportunity to meet you too.

Why visit the Blue Solutions stand?  Our team will be available to answer any questions to help you build your business; from how to shorten your I.T. to-do lists, protect networks from malware, keep emails spam-free and restore data with disaster recovery solutions. These are all questions we can help with.

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During the two day event, we’ll be joining AppRiver, the email messaging and web security solutions provider, to give you a chance to win a prize.

For your chance to win, visit either the AppRiver or Blue Solution’s stands and Tweet a picture of one of the stands.  To give you a chance to win, we’ve written these Tweets to go with your pictures:

You can register for the event here  and we look forward to seeing you at our stand and entering your Tweets into our prize draw.

 

 

Twitter BirdOur Twitter following continues to grow by the day and we've now reached 1007 followers (and counting!).

So what's on our Twitter profile? We like to give you the latest news about what's happening at Blue Solutions, updates from our vendors about their products and services and industry updates. Some Friday's, we even do a ##FF!

 

So how can you make sure you always get these regular updates? Follow our Twitter profile @BlueSoldisti and we'll follow you back. You can also follow our team on Twitter:

Nicola Boswell - StorageCraft and AppRiver Product Specialist

Kirk Harris - Trend Micro Product Specialist

Emma Wale - Blue Solutions Sales Manager

Tom Mangion - Trend Micro Renewals Product Specialist

Sharon Pace - Blue Solutions Account Manager

Katy Prince - Sales Administrator

We're also on these other social media networks, delivering updates and you can follow and join us here - LinkedIn and Google+