7/27/2015

Baroan Achieves Microsoft Silver Cloud Competencies

Baroan Technologies is proud to announce the renewal of our Microsoft Silver Competencies: Cloud Productivity, Midmarket Solution Provider, and Small and Midmarket Cloud Solutions. This places Baroan in the top 5% of all Microsoft partners worldwide.

Microsoft's Silver competencies represent consistent capability, expertise, and commitment. As "early adopters" of cloud solutions, Baroan Technologies has been providing
Office 365 since its inception. We have migrated over 100 businesses to this software.

How does Microsoft Silver Competencies benefit our clients?
“When customers look for an IT partner to meet their business challenges, choosing a company that has attained Microsoft competencies is a smart move. These are highly qualified professionals with access to Microsoft technical support and product teams,” said Phil Sorgen, VP or Microsoft's Worldwide Partner Group. Our clients benefit from our strong relationship with Microsoft and all that this vendor makes available to us due to our status.

Interested in cloud solutions? Give us a call at 201-796-0404 or sign up for a free Office 365 trial.

7/24/2015

Why You Spend More Shopping for Less: Buying Tech Online


We all know that we can get great pricing on our own if we shop online long enough. What we all don't know is that many times this turns out to actually cost us more. Why is it not worth it to chase down that best deal?

7/20/2015

Baroan Technologies Becomes Microsoft MEC Qualified Partner

Always been curious about the cloud, but never had the chance to test drive it? Interested in Office 365, but not sure how it would fit into your employees' processes? The Baroan Microsoft Experience Center (MEC) is here.

6/02/2015

Protect your computers with UPS battery backup

Hurricane season began this Monday, which means possible power outages. Summer is almost here, which means lightning storms and power surges. Be prepared…

4/07/2015

Baroan featured in Hackensack Riverkeeper's Newsletter

Baroan Technologies is featured in Hackensack Riverkeeper's latest issue of their "Hackensack Tidelines" newsletter. Hackensack Riverkeeper protects the environmental quality of the eco-system of the estuary, river and watershed and the quality of life for the people and other creatures that inhabit the Hackensack River watershed in northern NJ. This was the first nonprofit we provided pro-bono IT support, and we are proud to say we've been supporting them for over a decade!
 

Interested in our IT services? Let Baroan clean up your network.

3/18/2015

Free Computer and Technology Recycling Solution in NJ for Charity

URC logoOur clients frequently ask us how and where they can recycle or donate old technology hardware – desktop computers, laptops, keyboards, printers, etc. – and our answer is Urban Renewal Corp. URC provides a technology recycling service with free pickup, AND your donation is tax deductible. Pickup is free for New Jersey and New York businesses if 10 or more pieces of equipment are being donated (with some desktops/laptops included). Urban Renewal performs Department of Defense (DoD) data wipes as soon as the computers arrive at their warehouse, so you don’t need to be concerned about security. URC recycles computers, servers, monitors, terminals, printers, keyboards, mice, mainframes, networking equipment, telecommunication equipment, phones, stereos, VCRs, DVD players, and flatscreens.

2/03/2015

New Email Scam - Wire Transfer Requests from your own Co-Workers

The first new email scam we've seen this year has occurred with two of our clients so far. It's a wire transfer email scam, but what makes this one so dangerous is that the emails appear to be coming from your coworkers or even your managers. We found this CRN article and it turns out many businesses were hit with this at the end of 2014.
"Over a three month-period from October to December, a total of $179.7 million was bilked from nearly 1,200 victims using a tactic the FBI calls Business E-mail Compromise. Businesses that routinely make wire transfer payments are at the greatest risk of being targeted in an attack...
'Some phishing attacks target high-level business executives, compromising their email accounts to send a bogus message to an employee within the company responsible for processing requests. Attackers also have used hijacked email accounts from other employees to send bogus email messages requesting the fraudulent wire transfer,' the FBI said"
Since the emails come from a name and email address the victim commonly communicates with, they don't raise the usual red flags.
"'Fraudulent email requests for a wire transfer are well-worded, specific to the business being victimized, and do not raise suspicions to the legitimacy of the request,' the FBI said."
You may be thinking, "But I'm a small business, why would I be a target?"
"Victim organizations vary in size from small businesses with a few employees all the way up to large enterprises."
This new form of phishing is called "spear phishing" - when the email in question appears to be from an individual or business that you know.
"The spear phisher thrives on familiarity. He knows your name, your email address, and at least a little about you."
This scam also falls under "social engineering," which is defined as the "psychological manipulation of people into performing actions or divulging confidential information." This is a very helpful guide to recognizing "Social Engineering Red Flags" from KnowBe4.com (view the PDF).

https://www.baroan.com/images/stories/documents/SocialEngineeringRedFlags.pdf

In one of the instances we witnessed, the phishing email had used the exact email address of a client's employee but the client's domain name spelling was off by one letter. You may not notice details like that on first glance, but closer examination will reveal little details like that which are slightly off.

How can you avoid the scam?
  • Always verify wire transfers over the phone or in person.
  • Setup your email so any outside emails are tagged as "[EXTERNAL]" in the subject (This can be done by Baroan or your network admin.)
  • Study the Social Engineering Red Flags!