Microsoft Education Partners
Authorized Education Partner Easy IT Support

We are happy to announce we are a Microsoft Authorized Education Partner.

Let our knowledge and expertise of the academic IT marketplace work for you.

Easy IT Support is an Authorized Education Partner (AEP) servicing public and private

Microsoft Education Partnersacademic institutions in the Chicagoland area.

When you choose Easy IT Support to support your school, rest assured you are getting highly-skilled, well-trained consultants who can answer your questions and provide problem solving solutions for any situation. We provide assistance with IT projects as well as ongoing help desk and support services to ensure that you can focus on managing your institution rather than handling support requests.

techspochicago.com
techspochicago.com
TECHSPO Chicago 2019 is your chance to …
  • Check out exhibitors showcasing the next generation of advances in technology & innovation.
  • Be inspired, amazed and educated on how these evolving technologies will impact your business for greater growth.
  • Interact with technology enthusiasts, build your network and collaborate with your peers.

TECHSPO Chicago is a 2-day technology expo taking place June 20 – 21, 2019 at the luxurious Hyatt Regency McCormick Place in Chicago, Illinois. TECHSPO Chicago brings together developers, brands, marketers, technology providers, designers, innovators and evangelists looking to set the pace in our advanced world of technology.

Showcasing the next generation of technology & innovation; InternetMobileAdTechMarTech & SaaS Technology, Exhibitors have the opportunity to show off their companies to consumers, the highest caliber investors, hordes of press, the most sought after talent, and the greatest pool of tech enthusiasts looking to celebrate emerging products. Be prepared to be inspired, amazed and educated on how these evolving technologies will impact your business for greater growth.

As part of TECHSPO Chicago is a limited attendance paid event, DigiMarCon Midwest 2019 Digital Marketing Conference. If the conference is where the learning, theory and inspiration happens, then the TECHSPO floor is where the testing, networking and product interaction takes place. Attendance is limited, Register today!

IT Managed Services

Enterprise IT professionals are turning to managed services for their SD-WAN deployments. At the same time, a new Cato Networks survey finds legacy telco services inadequately address customer expectations around speed, agility, and overall value.

IT Managed Services

“The digital business demands a faster, more agile network to drive growth and compete effectively in the marketplace. Legacy telcos rely on rigid, fragmented, and expensive bundles of point solutions — an approach incompatible with the digital business. To support digital business transformation, IT needs networks that are natively built with the global reach, self-service, and agility of the cloud,” says Shlomo Kramer, CEO of Cato Networks.

SD-WAN alone cannot address the networking challenges confronting the digital business, pushing respondents to source SD-WANs through service providers:

  • Nearly half of respondents (44%) indicated that they had or were considering deploying SD-WAN within the next 12 months. Last year the number was just over a quarter of respondents.
  • The overwhelming majority of respondents (85%) indicated they would be confronting networking use cases in 2019 ignored or addressed poorly by SD-WAN.
  • 3 out of 4 respondents are sourcing SD-WAN through service providers. Providers are generally better equipped to integrate SD-WAN with other solutions to address broader IT challenges.

Security is essential to WAN transformation and must be considered together with any SD-WAN acquisition:

  • 1 in 2 respondents will need to provide secure Internet access from any location.
  • Defending against malware/ransomware (70%) and enforcing corporate security policies on mobile users (49%) are respondents’ primary security challenges.
  • Nearly half of respondents (45%) pointed to the “cost of buying and managing security appliances and software” as a major security challenge.

With IT tasked with delivering a superb user experience, cost reduction is no longer the primary motivation for SD-WAN:

  • Only 1 in 3 respondents indicated that their motivation for purchasing SD-WAN was to address excessive WAN-related costs.
  • The highest ranked motives for SD-WAN involved improving Internet access (46%), followed by the need for additional bandwidth (39%) and improved last-mile availability (38%).

 

Read More from helpnetsecurity.com

Business Site

Stop by and take a look at our latest web development project for Real Environmental Services.  They are in the environmental testing industry. Performing Air, Mold, Radon and Water testing around the Chicagoland and Southern Wisconsin area.

WannaCry

Microsoft is warning that the Internet could see another exploit with the magnitude of the WannaCry attack that shut down computers all over the world two years ago unless people patch a high-severity vulnerability. The software maker took the unusual step of backporting the just-released patch for Windows 2003 and XP, which haven’t been supported in four and five years, respectively.

“This vulnerability is pre-authentication and requires no user interaction,” Simon Pope, director of incident response at the Microsoft Security Response Center, wrote in a published post that coincided with the company’s May Update Tuesday release. “In other words, the vulnerability is ‘wormable,’ meaning that any future malware that exploits this vulnerability could propagate from vulnerable computer to vulnerable computer in a similar way as the WannaCry malware spread across the globe in 2017. While we have observed no exploitation of this vulnerability, it is highly likely that malicious actors will write an exploit for this vulnerability and incorporate it into their malware.”

Read more from Ars Technica

WannaCry
Video Surveillance Systems

Healthcare facilities, schools and institutions of higher education continue to embrace security cameras, according to CS’ latest research. This exclusive video surveillance study also covers system quality, coverage and maintenance, as well as the policies and procedures supporting this technology.

Video Surveillance Systems

More than 600 school, university and hospital protection professionals participated in the CS 2019 Video Surveillance Survey.

Previous studies conducted by Campus Safety magazine have found that video surveillance systems are extremely popular security solutions in our nation’s healthcare facilities, schools and institutions of higher education. According to CS’ 2016 Video Surveillance Survey, more than nine out of 10 K-12, hospital and higher education organizations have security cameras installed.

Some might argue that among their peers, CS’ audience members are leading adopters of security technology and that the nine-in-10 rate we found three years ago might be a bit high. Indeed, a 2015-16 National Center for Education Statistics study found that only 81% of K-12 campuses had cameras installed, compared to the 93% of CS school audience members. However, whether the percentage was 81% or 93% back then, the rate of adoption is still high and growing.

Video Surveillance Systems
Video Surveillance Systems

Compared to three years ago when CS conducted the 2016 Video Surveillance Survey, 8% more survey participants now say the coverage of their video surveillance technologies is excellent or good. Now, 62% rate their coverage as good or excellent (46% and 16%, respectively). In 2016, 54% rated their coverage as good or excellent (44% and 10%, respectively).

Seven out of 10 respondents rate their system quality as good (46%) or excellent (24%) — check out the chart here. That’s 10% more than in 2016.

Video Surveillance Systems
Cyber Security
Cyber Security

As our reliance on technology grows, so does our need for improved cybersecurity. With so much of our personal information stored in our devices, simply browsing online or enabling certain settings on your smartphone may be leaving you vulnerable to hackers.

Of course, most users aren't well-versed in cyber security. However, you don't have to be a tech expert to ensure your data is protected. Being aware of these issues and making a few easy changes to how you use your devices are great first steps toward better protection.

To help, we asked the leaders at the Forbes Technology Council to give us their tips on what issues to look out for so we can stay safe online and off.

 

Read more at Fores Technology Council.

The Weather Channel knocked off air by 'malicious software attack

WeatherChannel

The Weather Channel was knocked off the air Thursday morning by what it said was a malicious software attack on the network.

The network's morning show, "AMHQ," which had been due to start at 6 a.m. ET, was unable to go on air. Instead viewers saw taped programming, "Heavy Rescue: 401." The AMHQ show returned to the air at 7:39 a.m. ET with a commercial break, and at 7:43 a.m., its anchors announced the reason for their absence.