Only twice has Microsoft issued a patch for old, out-of-support versions of Windows: in 2017, just before the massive WannaCry cyber attack, and just recently. With newly discovered vulnerabilities from Intel, and even one in Windows 10, a very high number of computers around the world are potentially exposed right now. While we haven’t seen exploits yet to take advantage of these vulnerabilities, they likely aren’t far off. Conditions have scarcely been better for a massive cyber attack on the scale of WannaCry. Last week, I had the chance to break this down for listeners of the Brad Davis Show.
Cloud computing has been around for a while now, but it remains a bit mysterious to many in the business world. I was thrilled to have the chance to help well-known tech journalist John Edwards break down some common misconceptions and assumptions in an article for CIO.com.
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Voice over IP, or VoIP, has come a long way. Where once the call quality of a landline couldn’t be beat and voice communication over the internet was unreliable, companies can now run their entire voice communication system seamlessly through their internet connection and computers. The headsets and phones even look and function the same. VoIP is a very hot topic in the business world as companies evaluate if traditional phone lines continue to make sense for them or if one of the many VoIP options in the marketplace could save money, improve efficiency, or add useful features. This is something the team at Kelser routinely helps our clients navigate and implement. In fact, we even help the media provide information to the business community about VoIP.
It’s well known that cyber attacks on businesses are increasing every year. The fact that the number of city governments falling victim to hackers as well is just coming to light. In Connecticut alone, the City of West Haven, the Derby Police Department, and the Bridgeport School District have all experienced cyber attacks in the past year inflicting varying degrees of damage.
In partnership with the Connecticut Association of Schools (CAS), WTNH News 8 produces a series hosted by Scott McDonnell called “What’s Right With Schools”. Kelser’s support of Newington High School’s Information Technology & Digital Innovation Academy was recently featured in one of these segments.
Kelser was in news outlets across the world this spring when the Associated Press quoted CEO Barry Kelly in an article titled “6 things small businesses can do to improve cybersecurity” which ran in the New York Times, Washington Post, ABC News, Daily Mail, Fox Business, and many more.
UConn Health announced a large data breach, and as is often the case, not many details were made available about it. In the hours after the announcement, two local news stations turned to Kelser to fill in the blanks.
When the news emerged that there was a security issue in Google Chrome, Kelser provided NBC Connecticut with some expert perspective.