Ekaru Technology Advisor
July 2019
Welcome to this month's issue! The Technology Advisor provides technology advice, strategy, tips and trends to help you manage and grow your business... since 2001!
Tech Headlines

Here are some of the Tech Headlines we've selected for you:
Technology changes all the time.  We're always learning something new and we've selected a few headlines for you...We're on a mission to educate the community on technology and cybersecurity.

Sprint says hackers breached customer accounts via Samsung website - Hackers had access to customer info such as names, billing, device details, and more.  We recommend Dark Web Monitoring to protect your identity and always use unique password for different accounts.  At least if one account is breached, it won't unlock many more. 
Are you still running Windows 7 or Server 2008? -  This is a repeat message, but we're half way through the year!  Microsoft will be ending support for Windows 7 and Server 2008 on January 14, 2020.  Microsoft made a commitment to provide 10 years of product support for Windows 7 when it was released on October 22, 2009. When this 10-year period ends, Microsoft will discontinue Windows 7 support so that they can focus their investment on supporting newer technologies.  This is a standard part of their product life cycle.   After January 14, 2020 technical assistance and automatic updates that help protect your PC and Server will no longer be made available for these products.  Your systems will no longer have security protection and will be out of compliance for all major security compliance requirements (MA Data Security Law, HIPAA, etc), so it's extremely important to be aware of this deadline and start the planning process now.  We can provide leasing to spread the payments over multiple years, so this doesn't have to be a big budget hit for 2019.                           
Microsoft Releases July Security Updates.  Security updates are released every month by Microsoft and we're posting this as a reminder that cybersecurity is an ever-changing landscape.  The US-CERT (United States Computer Emergency Readiness Team) website is a great resource for all cybersecurity news.  Technology changes and threats change all the time - security is an ongoing battle.  Additionally, security updates are required by law - MA Data Security Law, HIPAA, and other industry-specific regulations.   Read more at US-CERT

UPS wants to bring drone deliveries to hospitals across the US - 
The shipper's new drone subsidiary, Flight Forward, will focus on urgent-need deliveries, starting with hospital lab tests.  

What is a Supply Chain Attack?  Why you should be wary of third party providers   - The Target breach was one of the most high-profile attacks of this type.  The breach was traced back to an HVAC supplier.  All businesses in this day and age need to increase security, and businesses that fall behind on security may risk losing their bigger contract opportunities if they don't step up security.  

Five Women Who Made the Moon Landing Possible - The "giant leap for mankind" happened thanks to plenty of women.     Read more at The New York Times
     

Thank you!
Thank you  for the opportunity to work with you and be part of your digital life! 
Enjoy Summer! 

Ann Westerheim & The Ekaru Team