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For Sale – Ubiquiti TOUGHSwitch PoE Switch – £30

I assume this comes with its PSU??

If so will take for £30 inc delivery

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ConnectWise threat intelligence sharing platform changes hands

Nonprofit IT trade organization CompTIA said it will assume management and operations of the Technology Solution Provider Information Sharing and Analysis Organization established by ConnectWise in August 2019.

Consultant and long-time CompTIA member MJ Shoer will remain as the TSP-ISAO’s executive director under the new arrangement. The TSP-ISAO retains its primary mission of fostering real-time threat intelligence sharing among channel partners, CompTIA said.

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Nancy Hammervik, CompTIA’s executive vice president of industry relations, discussed CompTIA’s TSP-ISAO leadership role with Shoer during the CompTIA Communities and Councils Forum event this week. CompTIA conducted the event virtually after cancelling its Chicago in-person event due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Shoer said CompTIA is uniquely positioned to enhance the TSP-ISAO. “If you look at all the educational opportunities and resources that CompTIA brings to the table … those are going to be integral to this in terms of helping to further educate the world of TSPs … about the cyber threats and how to respond,” he said.

He added that CompTIA’s involvement in government policy work will contribute to the success of the threat intelligence sharing platform, as “the government is going to be key.” ISAOs were chartered by the Department of Homeland Security as a result of an executive order by former president Barack Obama in 2015.

Hammervik and Shoer also underscored that CompTIA’s commitment to vendor neutrality will help the TSP-ISAO bring together competitive companies in pursuit of a collective benefit. “We all face these threats. We have all seen some of the reports about MSPs being used as threat vectors against their clients. If we don’t … stop that, it can harm the industry from the largest member to the smallest,” Shoer said.

About 650 organizations have joined the TSP-ISAO, according to Hammervik. Membership in the organization in 2020 is free for TSP companies.

Shoer said his goal for the TSP-ISAO is to develop a collaborative platform that can share qualified, real-time and actionable threat intelligence with TSPs so they can secure their own and customers’ businesses. He said ultimately, the organization would like to automate elements of the threat intelligence sharing, but it may be a long-term goal as AI and other technologies mature.

Wipro launches Microsoft technology unit

Wipro Ltd., a consulting and business process services company based in Bangalore, India, launched a business unit dedicated to Microsoft technology.

Wipro said its Microsoft Business Unit will focus on developing offerings that use Microsoft’s enterprise cloud services. Those Wipro offerings will include:

  • Cloud Studio, which provides migration services for workloads on such platforms as Azure and Dynamics 365.
  • Live Workspace, which uses Microsoft’s Modern Workplace, Azure’s Language Understanding Intelligent Service, Microsoft 365 and Microsoft’s Power Platform.
  • Data Discovery Platform, which incorporates Wipro’s Holmes AI system and Azure.

Wipro’s move follows HCL Technologies’ launch in January 2020 of its Microsoft Business Unit and Tata Consultancy Services’ rollout in November 2019 of a Microsoft Business Unit focusing on Azure’s cloud and edge capabilities. Other large IT service providers with Microsoft business units include Accenture/Avenade and Infosys.

Other news

  • 2nd Watch, a professional services and managed cloud company based in Seattle, unveiled a managed DevOps service, which the company said lets clients take advantage of DevOps culture without having to deploy the model on their own. The 2nd Watch Managed DevOps offering includes an assessment and strategy phase, DevOps training, tool implementation based on the GitLab platform, and ongoing management. 2nd Watch is partnering with GitLab to provide the managed DevOps service.
  • MSPs can now bundle Kaseya Compliance Manager with a cyber insurance policy from Cysurance. The combination stems from a partnership between Kaseya and Cysurance, a cyber insurance agency. Cysurance’s cyber policy is underwritten by Chubb.
  • Onepath, a managed technology services provider based in Atlanta, rolled out Onepath Analytics, a cloud-based business intelligence offering for finance professionals in the SMB market. The analytics offering includes plug-and-play extract, transform and load, data visualization and financial business metrics such as EBITDA, profit margin and revenue as a percentage of sales, according to the company. Other metrics maybe included, the company said, if the necessary data is accessible.
  • Avaya and master agent Telarus have teamed up to provide Avaya Cloud Office by Ring Central. Telarus will offer the unified communications as a service product to its network of 4,000 technology brokers, Avaya said.
  • Adaptive Networks, a provider of SD-WAN as a service, said it has partnered with master agent Telecom Consulting Group.
  • Spinnaker Support, an enterprise software support services provider, introduced Salesforce application management and consulting services. The company also provides Oracle and SAP application support services.
  • Avanan, a New York company that provides a security offering for cloud-based email and collaboration suites, has hired Mike Lyons as global MSP/MSSP sales director.
  • Managed security service provider High Wire Networks named Dave Barton as its CTO. Barton will oversee and technology solutions and channel sales engineering for the company’s Overwatch Managed Security Platform, which is sold through channel partners, the company said.

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Digital classrooms aren’t a distraction. Here’s why. |

Many people assume that devices and technology distract students and negatively affect how teachers run their lessons. That’s not the case when implementation is done purposefully, with learning tools that support existing structures in the classroom.

In other words, tech doesn’t replace the teacher, but enhances their capabilities in teaching and administration. One of the more effective solutions seen recently is from a Microsoft Gold Partner, Insync. The company uses Microsoft’s technology to make learning more efficient and students more engaged, in a number of different ways:

Devices and mobility

Insync uses Microsoft’s wide range of Windows devices to support different subjects and learning styles, giving educators more effective ways of delivering lessons. Devices functions such as touch-screen interactivity, digital ink, keyboard compatibility, voice integration and video allow students to sketch notes, type essays, conduct video lessons and do much more.

To help get lessons up and running, Microsoft also makes the management of all devices a straightforward process–via their Enterprise Mobility Suite, which provides secure single sign-on access to school services, applications, and safe social media.  Windows 10 also helps students and staff organise their schoolwork, with easy ways to snap apps in place, optimise their screen space, group items and create virtual desktops.

Additionally, students with special needs benefit most from Insync’s approach to the digital classroom. Learning is more accessible for physically challenged students thanks to speech recognition in Windows 10, while Skype provides real-time transcripts for the hearing impaired.

Learning solutions

Interactions between students for group projects don’t stop after school. They can continue online through Microsoft’s Office 365, which includes a range of cloud-based productivity tools that let students and staff members update essays, documents and spreadsheets at home, school or on the go.

And to help students excel in their projects or revision, schools can also register multiple third-party cloud applications on their Azure Active Directory, which provides single sign-on access to a portfolio of relevant resources online.

School administration

One of the biggest costs for schools comes from administration. Schools are always looking for ways to simplify registration, declutter paperwork, and improve course management. Staff simply don’t have the time or headspace to deal with these things and focus on their students’ wellbeing.

With Microsoft Azure, schools can opt into pay-as-you-go access to infrastructure and platform services. That saves them money by letting them scale up resources during busy times, such as enrolment and assessment periods, and scaling down during periods of low demand.

Furthermore, personal devices can also connect to mobile device management services, giving administration teams smarter reporting and more proactive security.

Security and Infrastructure

And of course, Microsoft’s integrated security options also provide schools with an impressive level of digital security and utility, negating the need to purchase more expensive solutions. Through Microsoft’s Enterprise Mobility Suite (EMS), students and staff can access IT services with self-service password reset, application and device installations, and group management.

EMS also manages access to devices (including those consistently outside firewalls) and multifactor authentication capabilities. An integrated environment extends device management to small or remote schools and campuses.

Microsoft CityNext education solutions can even help schools operate more sustainably by using Internet of Things sensors to control lighting, heating and cooling and smartcards for secure access.

Education analytics and research

Before this, schools had next to no way to track areas of improvement for individual students, forcing teachers to rely on direct feedback or their own instincts on how effective their lessons were proving. With data analytics, however, teachers can track and evaluate different criteria across each of their students’ scores and results, helping them better identify and address any learning difficulties that may crop up.

On a school-wide level, Microsoft Power BI gives schools a 360-degree view of performance and operations, while easy-to-use reporting tools simplify access to visual data and improve report-sharing capabilities with stakeholders.

Solutions like Insync’s help schools to conduct lessons, manage administration and provide accountability like never before. To learn how your school can benefit from Microsoft-based education solutions, check out the resources listed below:

Download the whitepaper: 6 features of a Modern Australian School >

Download the value summary: Education in the Cloud >

Or get in touch with the education experts at Insync on 1300 652 207 or email [email protected]

Our mission at Microsoft is to equip and empower educators to shape and assure the success of every student. Any teacher can join our community and effort with free Office 365 Education, find affordable Windows devices and connect with others on the Educator Community for free training and classroom resources. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter for our latest updates.

For Sale – Kensington USB 3.0 Docking Station and 2x 8GB Crucial DDR3 SODIMM

Kensignton Dock – BNIB – surplus to requirements – no receipt as it was given to me as a freebie – so assume no warranty as i’m not sure what Kensington’s warranty policy is. £80

Kensington USB 3.0 Docking Station – Ebuyer

2x Crucial 8GB DDR3 1600 SODIMM – Unused but again no warranty. £60

Crucial 16GB Kit (2 x 8GB) DDR3L-1600 SODIMM | CT2KIT102464BF160B | Crucial UK

Price and currency: £80 & £60
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For Sale – Kensington USB 3.0 Docking Station and 2x 8GB Crucial DDR3 SODIMM

Kensignton Dock – BNIB – surplus to requirements – no receipt as it was given to me as a freebie – so assume no warranty as i’m not sure what Kensington’s warranty policy is. £80

Kensington USB 3.0 Docking Station – Ebuyer

2x Crucial 8GB DDR3 1600 SODIMM – Unused but again no warranty. £60

Crucial 16GB Kit (2 x 8GB) DDR3L-1600 SODIMM | CT2KIT102464BF160B | Crucial UK

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  • Name and address including postcode
  • Valid e-mail address

DO NOT proceed with a deal until you are completely satisfied with all details being correct. It’s in your best interest to check out these details yourself.

For Sale – Kensington USB 3.0 Docking Station and 2x 8GB Crucial DDR3 SODIMM

Kensignton Dock – BNIB – surplus to requirements – no receipt as it was given to me as a freebie – so assume no warranty as i’m not sure what Kensington’s warranty policy is. £80

Kensington USB 3.0 Docking Station – Ebuyer

2x Crucial 8GB DDR3 1600 SODIMM – Unused but again no warranty. £60

Crucial 16GB Kit (2 x 8GB) DDR3L-1600 SODIMM | CT2KIT102464BF160B | Crucial UK

Price and currency: £80 & £60
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Prefer goods collected?: I have no preference

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Create an Office 365 backup policy before it’s too late

Some Office 365 adopters assume a move to Microsoft’s cloud comes with automatic data protection. But administrators…

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must prepare backups or find out the hard way when messages and other important material are lost — with no chance of recovery.

Microsoft protects files against breaches, hardware failures and data center disasters. But don’t expect the company to cover everything, at least not by default. To date, Microsoft has no backup offering for Office 365. Admins can apply an In-Place Hold to retain and recover mailboxes, but Microsoft only includes retention and preservation policies in its enterprise plans. Organizations that don’t subscribe to the enterprise plans still rely on the SharePoint and OneDrive services, however, and can’t afford to lose those documents. Administrators must develop an Office 365 backup policy to ensure corporate data is safe.

How assumptions cause problems

A North Carolina manufacturing plant recently discovered how an absent Office 365 backup policy will disrupt the business.

Eight months after the company moved to Office 365, an accounting manager asked IT to retrieve the mailbox of a former employee to review the messages with a particular client. The manager saw major gaps in dates between email messages and noticed the log of sent items went back just a few months. The manager contacted the IT admin, who did not know how to recover the missing messages. After talking to Microsoft support, the admin learned Exchange Online purges deleted email messages older than 44 days unless there is an In-Place Hold on the mailbox.

IT must understand what Microsoft provides — and just as importantly, what it doesn’t provide — for backup.

IT must understand what Microsoft provides — and just as importantly, what it doesn’t provide — for backup. Administrators cannot assume that Office 365 protects all data automatically. IT can restore a deleted mailbox within 30 days. After that time, Microsoft can recover it within 14 days. Once that window passes, the mailbox disappears.

Take steps to defend and retrieve data

The move to Office 365 intimidates many administrators: They must set up everything from Active Directory to new security policies for the collaboration platform. But don’t leave a comprehensive Office 365 backup policy off this long to-do list.

Use these actions to develop an Office 365 backup policy that ensures IT can protect and recover important files and messages:

  • Define your data governance plan with specifics around retention policies and data archives.
  • Check with compliance on regulatory requirements for data retention.
  • Identify the workloads to protect. Include business content in SharePoint and OneDrive — not just email messages.
  • Compare the features in Office 365 backup providers, such as Veeam, Backupify, CloudAlly and Metalogix.
  • Test backup procedures on one — or all — users and against the various services. This helps determine if the offering performs as expected.
  • Set up notifications in Office 365 when major deletions of files and email messages occur.
  • Add alerts for Office 365 backups.
  • Perform restore drills for protected workloads.

Some companies prevent email deletion, while others subscribe to third-party archives to journal email messages and keep copies of other data. Microsoft enables easy access to providers for these backup offerings.

Next Steps

A guide for administrators moving to Office 365

Be aware of these Office 365 limitations

Backup tools to consider for Office 365

Dig Deeper on MS Office 365

For Trade – 2 x Apple Airport Extreme (AC) & 16GB Kingston 2666 WANTED: Ubiquiti AP

Would you take £35 for your UAP delivered?

I assume you’re no where near me for collection.

I’ve got my Pro installed last night and very impressed, I have coverage in my whole house now but still could make use of your spare unit in the garage wall which is behind my lounge so tablets can use that.

I know you don’t want lose out but you can send it by pigeon to save money. I’m in no rush.

For Trade – 2 x Apple Airport Extreme (AC) & 16GB Kingston 2666 WANTED: Ubiquiti AP

Would you take £35 for your UAP delivered?

I assume you’re no where near me for collection.

I’ve got my Pro installed last night and very impressed, I have coverage in my whole house now but still could make use of your spare unit in the garage wall which is behind my lounge so tablets can use that.

I know you don’t want lose out but you can send it by pigeon to save money. I’m in no rush.

For Trade – 2 x Apple Airport Extreme (AC) & 16GB Kingston 2666 WANTED: Ubiquiti AP

Would you take £35 for your UAP delivered?

I assume you’re no where near me for collection.

I’ve got my Pro installed last night and very impressed, I have coverage in my whole house now but still could make use of your spare unit in the garage wall which is behind my lounge so tablets can use that.

I know you don’t want lose out but you can send it by pigeon to save money. I’m in no rush.