With the retirement of the MCSE Azure certifications on December 31, 2018 (see below) and the release of the new Azure certifications, the next generation of Microsoft certifications is here. And, it is truly a new generation. For the first time, Microsoft certifications will focus on building the skills required for actual job roles rather than focusing on the features and services of the Microsoft software product itself. As a result, Microsoft is calling these new certs “role-based” certifications.
Nobody is born an expert programmer or cybersecurity specialist. It takes years of work to gain the skills and experience necessary to even get started choosing a field of specialized expertise.
The tech industry is one of the most dynamic fields in the modern marketplace, constantly changing, evolving, and developing new norms among its members. Simply keeping up is a full-time job, and it’s still virtually guaranteed that some new development or specialization will pop up in the most unexpected of places.
Microsoft products and services have been victim to hackers for many years, and the recent growth in ransomware and phishing attacks has left Office 365 as a primary target. Phishing, the attempt to acquire sensitive information like usernames, passwords, and credit card details under the guise of a trusted entity in electronic communication, leaves Office 365 particularly susceptible. In an article from Redmond, Jasson Walker Jr. explains the defense necessary to reduce the risk of Office 365 falling prey to ransomware attacks. The following is excerpted from his article, Protecting Office 365 from Attack; to read the full article, follow the link at the bottom of the page.
Following the growth in ransomware and phishing attacks, it’s essential that Office 365 administrators take proactive steps to “hack-proof” their environments. A recent report released by the U.S. Department of Justice revealed that ransomware “the fastest growing malware” quadrupled last year from 1,000 attacks per day observed in 2015 to more than 4,000 daily incidents with the amounts paid in ransom expected to reach $1 billion. The 2017 Verizon “Data Breach Investigations Report” found that 43 percent of hackers used e-mail-based phishing as their method of attacks, which were associated with espionage and financial theft.
(Original content provided by Gladys Rama/ Redmond Channel Partner)
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