Coming in mid-2018 – Microsoft Office 2019!

Coming in mid-2018 – Microsoft Office 2019!

Microsoft Office

Microsoft has announced the next perpetual edition of Microsoft Office, Office 2019. In keeping with Microsoft tradition, it will arrive in the middle of preceding year rather than the year of its name.

In breaking with tradition, Office 2019 will only run on devices using Windows 10 and not on older editions of Windows, namely Windows 7 or Windows 8.1.

Microsoft have also advised they will release Office 2019 with five years of mainstream support and approximately two years of extended support to align with the current version of Microsoft Office (Office 2016) which is expected to end on 14 October 2025. For more information, please see the Microsoft TechNet article.

While this seems harsh, we often still see computers running versions of Windows and Office well past their use by date. By the end of this year, Office 2007 will be nearly 12 years old, and Office 2010 not much younger. We strongly suggest that now is the time consider upgrading to Office 2013 or 2016, or transition to Microsoft Office 365.

It looks like the subscription model is becoming the increased focus from Microsoft, and purchasing Office 365 will be the way going forward to continue to keep getting the latest features. We expect Office 2019 will likely be the last version that Microsoft release, with future releases all being subscription-only.

CyberGuru is able to provide consulting, support and training in Microsoft Office applications, and able to support you in the transition from one version to another. If we can assist in any way, please contact us.

Be wary of fake Microsoft Office 365 emails

Be wary of fake Microsoft Office 365 emails

Be wary of fake Microsoft Office 365 emails

Over the past few weeks, we have seen an increasing number of fake Microsoft Office 365 emails being received by clients. These email messages, whilst appearing to be genuine, are malicious emails sent by unauthorised third-parties.

The third-party is attempting to gain access to your email account through the use of your account details (username and password) and possibly also infect your computer or network with malware. Should they gain access to your account, they will access your emails and send messages to your contacts in your address book requesting they make payment to a specified bank account.
If you receive an email requesting that you login to Office 365 to access an invoice sent from a customer or supplier, or Microsoft advising your mailbox storage is full, or that your password is about to expire, then we strongly suggest you do not provide any information or click on any links, simply delete the email.

An example of such an email is shown below:

Example of fake Microsoft Office 365 EmailIf you find you are unsure of the legitimacy of the email then please contact us and we can advise.

Improve your Business Process Management with the Oxygen Digital Workplace from ISAAC

Improve your Business Process Management with the Oxygen Digital Workplace from ISAAC

ISAAC Intelligence

CyberGuru are proud Australian partners of ISAAC Intelligence.

ISAAC create Digital Workplaces that manage everything from processes to people. The Oxygen application suite for Office 365 and SharePoint online is an intuitive, secure and scalable way to easily modernise the way you manage information, from where it is stored to how it is stored. Their approach is simple; human-centric applications, customised to suit your business, workflows and processes.

Oxygen is today’s Digital Workplace, built into the Microsoft Office 365 cloud, providing a cost-effective, scalable and secure environment to manage, share and collaborate from.

As 2018 begins, it is set to be the year of ‘Digital Transformation’ – a year where the integration of cost-effective and scalable technology further meshes with the SME sector. Never has the opportunity to benefit from innovative technology been so prevalent.

CyberGuru is very excited to announce our partnership with ISAAC, a global technology company who, using the Microsoft Office 365 cloud, create cost-effective, customisable and entirely scalable applications that grow and adapt as your business does.

As an existing Office 365 user, you are in the enviable position of being able to take advantage of this tech immediately. Each application is developed to suit your business, and the entire range has been designed specifically to cater for smaller, more innovative businesses, rather than today’s burgeoning enterprises.

As a high-level summary of the core Oxygen application suite from ISAAC – you can start out small and the apps will grow as you need them, enabling you to manage everything from processes to people, automating key tasks to simplify the flow and discovery of information throughout your business.

The fully customisable Oxygen app range consists of:

  • Intranet
  • CRM*
  • Extranet
  • HR
  • HelpDesk
  • Intelligent Document Management
  • CRM-Wealth Management & CRM-Corporate Finance also available

Why is ISAAC different?

  • Uses Microsoft Office 365 as its base no need for expensive software
  • Each app, including CRM, is flexible in design and fit into your specific work flows
  • Low capital outlay to build a platform
  • Pricing is much more cost effective that standard brands
  • Technology upgrades free via Microsoft Office 365
  • Able to design different and specific platforms, such as Finance and Human Resources.

CyberGuru offers a free 10-user edition of ISAAC Oxygen CRM, which allows organisations to carefully and consistently manage contacts, companies, customers, opportunities or cases (you choose!), leads or tasks. For more details, please visit this page.

If you are interested to discuss this further, please contact us and we will be in touch with you to discuss how these may improve your organisation.

We hope you have a successful and prosperous year.

Secure your website with an SSL certificate

Secure your website with an SSL certificate

Secure your website with an SSL certificate

Website security is becoming an increasingly important topic for both organisations and its clients. Secure Socket Layer (SSL) certificates are now recommended for all websites, whether they are used for purchasing products or services online, or simply for contacting the organisation.

An SSL certificate ensures the secure transfer of sensitive data, such as your clients’ details (including their name, email address and other personal information). These certificates enable your data to be encrypted, allowing only the authorised server to be able to access it.

Web browsers, particularly Firefox and Chrome, are also now warning users when they attempt to visit an unsecure website advising of its risks. Later this year, this will increase to identifying fields on forms (eg. contact and order forms) that are not secure.

There are some further changes afoot regarding website security and search engine rankings. Google is looking to penalise websites that are not secure by displaying them lower in the search results.

CyberGuru are offering a service to bring websites compliant with SSL whereby we will perform the required changes for you.

If you are interested in this service, please contact us for more information.

Are you ready for the Notifiable Data Breach Scheme?

Are you ready for the Notifiable Data Breach Scheme?

Notifiable Data Breach Scheme

On Thursday 22 February 2018, the Notifiable Data Breach Scheme (NDBS) will come into effect. This will affect organisations that are already covered by the Privacy Act, businesses with a turnover greater than $3 million, health service providers, entities that collect personal information and credit reporting bodies.

The NDBS requires these businesses and organisations to report eligible data breaches to the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner (OAIC) as well as affected individuals.

The scheme requires affected businesses to take reasonable steps to ensure the security of personal information including but not limited to:

  • sensitive information such as about an individual’s health
  • documents commonly used for identity fraud (including Medicare card, drivers licence and passport details)
  • financial information

To prepare for the NDBS, we suggest the following three steps:

  1. Assess any security risks in your organisation.
  2. Put strategies in place to minimise these risks.
  3. Prepare a data breach response plan if you identify any suspected breaches.

CyberGuru can help your organisation address these through review and improvement of your computer systems, as well as implementation of training and education to staff, contractors, and ongoing support and advice on how to manage these. Please contact us for more information.

For further information regarding the NDBS can be found on the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner (OAIC) (link opens in new window) website.