Resources

Ransomware and Incident Response: How Security Controls Help Districts Reduce Risk and Prepare for Action (and achieve Ed Law 2-d Compliance)

Speaker: Alan Winchester, Chief Development Officer, Caetra.io Alan Winchester is the Chief Development Officer and creator of CyMetric™. His vision is to enable customers overwhelmed with the issues surrounding legal compliance to meet their obligations intuitively and simply, reducing the need to incur the expenses of consultants and lawyers.

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Tech Tidbit – Closing Time. Protocols and Processes that have to go!

For the last few years Microsoft has been talking about “Modern” this or “Modern” that.  In the quest for improved security they are agressively trying to move everyone to more modern protocols.  The impending LDAPS changes are an example of this.   However, there are more processes and protocols that they are urging you to retire.

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Tech Tidbit – Solving the present building access issue – Co-Managed IT

Every day I am talking to a school district remotely and the conversation goes something like this, “We can’t get into our buildings” or “We have very limited access to our buildings”. One thing to keep in mind is that with our Paladin Sentinel Monitoring service we are monitoring your equipment 24x7x365.   In addition, subscribing […]

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Tech Tidbit – Your Battle – Deny Lateral Movement vs. Momentum

I constantly harp on denying the bad guys access to your network, and if they are inside already, denying lateral movement.  At the last Tech Talk, I mentioned that I am watching many of the Paladin Sentinel Monitoring sites just RDP into all the servers with the true Domain Admin Administrator ID – just like […]

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Tech Tidbit – Two ways to sanely maintain remote endpoints

The reality of many K-12 school districts is that you either have handed out or are handing out laptops to teachers and critical staff to get through this quarantine.   All those great tools you had been using: WSUS, SCCM, and KACE are now functionally useless for those remote users.

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Weekly Tech Tidbit – Secure Remote Access

As I write this on Tuesday, March 24, 2020, I do hope that this message finds you well and staying safe as we all adapt to our new normal under the COVID-19 regulations. We all hope this lasts as short a time as possible. Rest assured that the team at CSI seamlessly transitioned into our […]

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Weekly Tech Tidbit – NIST Significantly Changes Password Recommendations

Earlier this month, on March 2, NIST formalized a significant number of changes to its password recommendations as part of the final release of its updated Digital Identify Guidelines document or NIST publication SP 800-63-3.  The full document which includes three additional sister documents (800-63A, 800-63B & 800-63C) is here: https://csrc.

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Weekly Tech Tidbit Extra – VPN Best Practices

As part of our client school district’s response for Corona virus preparedness, we see an uptick in requests for VPN access into the school district’s networks.  With the potential increase in VPN users and remote connections into your district’s systems, we thought now would be a good time to remind you of a few best practices […]

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Weekly Tech Tidbit – Remote Risks and Compliance Part I – Cloud Backup

Now that we have shifted to predominantly remote workers and remote teaching and learning, we have a number of new challenges as well as increased threats. Challenge #1 – Remote File Access.   The solution is moving files from traditional home directories and traditional common drives to cloud-based shared folders and home directories.

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CSI is pleased to announce that we are an approved reseller under the NCPA Cooperative Purchasing Alliance

Through our partnership with Synnex Corporation CSI is an approved vendor on the NCPA national purchasing contract which is a legal alternative for our public sector and K-12 clients to either the NYS OGS or Federal GSA IT Schedule 70 contracts.NCPA (National Cooperative Purchasing Alliance) NCPA  is a leading national government purchasing cooperative working to […]

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Weekly Tech Tidbit – Secure Your Endpoints with Disk Encryption

Disk encryption is growing in popularity as a means of better-securing laptops and desktops.   Microsoft is offering BitLocker natively in Windows 10.   Microsoft Endpoint Configuration Manager has a built-in BitLocker Administration console.  If you don’t have SCCM, then Microsoft offers the MBAM console to manage encryption.

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