Working from home? Slow broadband, remote security remain top issues

Credit to Author: Matthew Finnegan| Date: Mon, 05 Oct 2020 05:01:00 -0700

Unreliable home broadband connectivity is the primary technical challenge businesses are having to deal with as remote working continues during the COVID-19 pandemic.

That’s one takeaway from a survey of 100 C-level executives and IT professionals in the US by Navisite designed to highlight the biggest headaches for organizations providing IT services to workers since offices began to close in March.

Around half (51%) of those surveyed said they experienced some “IT pains” during the rapid shift to support home workers, while almost a third (29%) continue to face technical challenges.

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Microsoft's Brad Anderson on Apple in the enterprise

Credit to Author: Jonny Evans| Date: Thu, 01 Oct 2020 06:55:00 -0700

When it comes to Apple in the enterprise, Microsoft wants to make the experience as smooth as possible. At this weeks JNUC2020 event I (virtually) spoke with Microsoft’s Corporate Vice President of the Enterprise Client & Mobility (ECM) team, Brad Anderson, who shared insights on his company’s work with Jamf and the emerging new normal of remote work.

Securing the remote enterprise

The COVID-19 pandemic has accelerated the rate of digital transformation, underlining the need for Microsoft to support device choice and improve cloud-based collaboration.

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Pandemic gives VDI a new lease on life

Credit to Author: Andy Patrizio| Date: Wed, 23 Sep 2020 03:00:00 -0700

The COVID-19 pandemic and subsequent shift to working from home have brought about numerous technological disruptions, many centered around how organizations deliver IT services to their workforce. Technologies that were dabbled in before, like videoconferencing, have suddenly become standard practice.

Such is the case with Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI), also known as desktop virtualization or thin-client computing. Led by vendors such as Citrix, Microsoft, Cisco, and VMware, it has been around for decades and hasn’t changed much in that time. But with companies’ entire workforces now connecting to corporate networks from home, sometimes without a company-issued laptop with a VPN and all the necessary settings for secure access, VDI is getting a second look.

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How IT can keep remote workers’ Windows 7 PCs safe

Credit to Author: Preston Gralla| Date: Tue, 22 Sep 2020 03:00:00 -0700

In the time of COVID-19, with so many people working from home, it’s inevitable that many will be using Windows 7 devices. And that’s a big security problem for IT. As of January 2020, Windows 7 is no longer supported by Microsoft. That means no security patches — particularly dangerous at a time when many people are connecting to enterprise networks from their Windows 7 PCs.

It adds up to one of the biggest security risks many companies have seen for some time. Unpatched systems can be more easily hacked than ones that regularly receive security patches. Hackers go after low-hanging fruit — and right now Windows 7 is the lowest fruit there is. As the FBI stated in an August 2020 warning to businesses:

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How COVID-19 has changed IT’s focus and plans for 2021

Credit to Author: Galen Gruman| Date: Tue, 15 Sep 2020 07:00:00 -0700

The COVID-19 pandemic – and the lockdowns that followed last spring – wrought changes across IT operations and strategy as businesses and employees adjusted to a new environment. But what changes were made, and which ones are likely to last?

Spiceworks Ziff Davis, a B2B tech marketplace, polled 1,073 IT buyers in North America and Europe in June and July 2020 to find out. The results in its 2021 State of IT report, released today, show that the pandemic-fueled transformation will continue, affecting both planning and budgets for the long term.

The survey shows that 76% of businesses envision long-term IT changes, with more than half planning to retain flexible work policies (such as remote work); 64% of companies enabled remote work in 2020 due to the pandemic.

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20 percent of organizations experienced breach due to remote worker, Labs report reveals

Credit to Author: Malwarebytes Labs| Date: Thu, 20 Aug 2020 10:00:00 +0000

In Labs’ latest report, Enduring From Home: COVID-19’s Impact on Business Security, we look at responses from 200 IT professionals on how they handled the transition to WFH, what are their biggest cybersecurity concerns, and what are their plans for optimizing remote security in the future.

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