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Protecting You from Nyetya Ransomware

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Once again, the world has been rocked by a large-scale cyberattack. This week we have seen Nyetya ransomware strike dozens of companies and institutions including advertising agencies, law firms, food manufacturers and freight shippers. A new variant of the Petya computer virus, Nyetya locks its victims out of their own systems until a bitcoin ransom is paid. Although similar in some respects to the recent WannaCry malware attack that overwhelmed some NHS Trusts, Nyetya is a different animal.

Patch Management

As the consequences of this latest attack grow and spread around the world, it underlines the importance of patch management as a critical part of any integrated cyber security strategy. As expert providers of IT managed services to the commercial property sector, Modern Networks automatically patches identified systems vulnerabilities as they are identified. In the case of the Nyetya virus, the required MS17-010 security patch was already in place, protecting our clients and our own critical systems. Any device not currently on a building’s network for some reason will be automatically updated and patched once connected.

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Act Now

For those not currently protected by Modern Networks, we strongly advise that you update your anti-virus software immediately and seek professional IT support to ensure your systems are protected.

Additional Reading

To learn a little more about the importance of patch management as part of a layered approach to cyber security, read our blog post on the subject.

Still Concerned? Contact Us Now

Naturally, if you have any concerns whatsoever about your IT security, you should contact your Modern Networks account manager or our Service Desk now.

You can download this press release as a PDF to share with colleagues.

 

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by Charlie Trumpess   30th June 2017 10:18 am

The Facilities Show: IT & Telecoms that Works for You

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In association with the BIFM, the Facilities Show 2017 took place between June 20th and 22nd at ExCel London. Now in its fourth year, the show attracts FMs and suppliers from across the globe. With such a large captive audience of FMs, the Facilities Show 2017 was the natural choice for Modern Networks to showcase our expertise and unique position within the commercial property sector.

The Modern Networks theme for the show was “IT & Telecoms that Works for You” and showed how technology is typically deployed within an office building and shopping centre. Our plan was to simplify all of our communications, leaving out the technical jargon wherever possible. Instead, we focused on what our services can do to help FMs do their day jobs, not how the technology works. Our stand design, new brochure and specially commissioned animation all worked together to tell the story of how IT and telephony makes a valuable contribution to the smooth running of a commercial property, taking a delegate from reception area to building manager’s office.

Property Brochure - Reception Page

As well as highlighting those fundamental IT and telecoms services we provide, such as email, desktop-as-a-service, enterprise anti-virus, IP telephony, business broadband, file storage and backup, we looked at IoT (Internet of Things) and smart building technologies. Written in clear, straightforward language, our new brochure explains how technology can help shopping centres and retail outlets market themselves better, improve staff collaboration and tighten security.

Lastly, we looked at the value of having all of a property’s IT and telecoms under one provider, backed by continuous support and monitoring. This drives down costs, removes administrative complexity, improves service delivery, strengthens cyber and physical security, and ensures regulatory compliance, disaster recovery and business continuity.

Download a copy of our ‘IT & Telecoms that Works for You’ commercial property brochure now or contact Modern Networks now.

by Charlie Trumpess   29th June 2017 9:39 am

Modern Networks Golf Day

On 19th May we hosted the 7th annual Modern Networks Golf Day. The day, as always, was all in aid of Macmillan Cancer Care – Modern Networks’ ongoing chosen charity – and this year, a local Hitchin charity  ‘Our Patch also benefitted from the monies raised. We are delighted to have raised just shy of £3000 for the two charities.

With a mixture of fun and serious competition, we sold ‘Mulligans’ and had a ‘Beat the Pro’ competition, alongside a virtual golf simulator competition, a raffle and an auction, all with the aim of raising as much money as possible. Zac Thompson at Pavenham Park Golf Club always hosts a fantastic day, and this year we have to thank him especially for organising perfect golf weather as well!

Pleased to report no injuries, no crashing of buggies, and most importantly no cheating – as if we ever would!

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by Charlie Trumpess   25th May 2016 10:04 am