June 8th Meeting ~ Ransomware Prevention – Amy Babinchak & Susan Bradley

Our next Technology Wizards meeting will be Wednesday, June 8th, 12:00pm – 3:00pm at the Microsoft PacWest office located at 1414 Northrup (in the Pearl district).

Ransomware Prevention

Ransomware Prevention works best with a layered approach. Amy Babinchak and Susan Bradley of Third Tier are the authors of the Ransomware Prevention Kit and will get us up to speed on using the kit to build a solution using numerous layers. The kit contains a lot of different techniques which you can use to protect your clients.

With the Ransomware Prevention Kit now in the hands of many IT pros, we’ll discuss considerations when choosing which of the techniques to implement for your clients and Amy will disclose what layers her IT firm is rolling out.

There have been a number of updates to the Ransomware kit as well that will be covered.

Amy Babinchak, MVP – Infrastructure; Owner of Third Tier, Harbor Computer Services and SellMyMSP

Amy has been a Microsoft MVP since 2006 in areas as diverse as ISA, EBS, SBS and most recently Small and Medium Business Servers. She’s spent a lot of time with Hyper-V replication, terminal services, Azure VM’s Websites Storage and Replication, and Linux (whether she wants to or not)

In her free time she travels and sails. She’s also kind of known for maintaining a good work life balance though people have different definitions of what that means to them.

Susan Bradley, MVP – Security; GSEC Certification in Security, IT Wrangler at Tamiyasu, Smith, Horn and Braun; (aka Small Business Susan, fka SBS Diva)

Susan prefers Heavy Duty Reynolds Wrap for her tinfoil hat. She is the Author of PatchGrid, and one of the Authors of Windows Secrets. Susan Bradley has been patching since before the Code Red/Nimda days and remembers exactly where she was when SQL slammer hit (i.e. trying to buy something on ebay and wondering why the Internet was so slow).  In addtion to all Susan has authored and currently authors, she is a Moderator on the PatchManagement.org listserve, Moderator on the SBS2k and Smallbizit listserves.

At her day job at the CPA firm, Susan manages a fleet of Windows Servers, an Exchange Server, desktops, a few Macs, several iPads, a few Surface devices, several iPhones and tries to keep patches up to  date on all of them. In addition, she provides forensic computer investigations for the litigation consulting arm of the firm.

On her MVP blog, she writes on the topics of small business technology,  tech topics and whatever she stumbled over that day. She can also be found reading your posts and contributing on Facebook and Twitter.

Susan provides the content for Third Tier’s Super Secret Newsletter. It’s chock full of government provided classified IT security documents.

LastPass Update – Post Breach and LogMeIn

A little over a year ago, LastPass experienced a breach – apparently there was more smoke than fire in this case, but it has caused them to make a number of changes. Last fall, LastPass was acquired by LogMeIn.  How have these 2 events affected LastPass and their users?  Our own Matt Wilson (Brightstar Consulting) will update us.

We also plan to discuss the new approach to forcing Windows 10 upgrades and what can be done about it.

Office 365 for Technology Wizards

We have made progress in getting things moved to Office 365, but the learning curve has been pretty steep for some things. If there is time, Ken plans to update our members on the progress and challenges, including your account info.

PARKING: There are a couple of lots between NW 15th & NW 16th and NW Johnson & NW Kearney or NW Kearney & NW Lovejoy with the entrance to either lot on Kearney Street (located under I-405), a parking garage located above the Safeway on 14th between Lovejoy and Marshall of or any other public parking facility nearby.  There is a fee to park.  Plan to arrive early to find parking as it has really been filling up lately.

I’m really looking forward to seeing you all and to your active participation!

Ken Shafer
Technology Wizards

Reminder: Technology Wizards meetings are intended for current Technology Wizards members or potential members.  Potential members must be owners or employees of a an IT services business whose main purpose is to support small business using Microsoft products and services in some capacity.


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