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Memorial Day – 2016

Posted on | May 26, 2016 | Comments Off on Memorial Day – 2016

K&R Network Solutions will be closed on Monday, May 30th, 2016 in observance of Memorial Day. For any clients needing assistance during the holiday, please call the main phone number 858-292-5766 and follow the prompts for emergency assistance.

We often think of Memorial Day as the official start to summer, and usually a day outside and away from the office. While we are hoping for great weather for the long weekend, it is still important to consider the purpose of Memorial Day.

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Memorial Day is a United States federal holiday which occurs every year on the final Monday of May. Memorial Day is a day of remembering the men and women who died while serving in the United States Armed Forces. Formerly known as Decoration Day, it originated after the American Civil War to commemorate the Union and Confederate soldiers who died in the Civil War. By the 20th century Memorial Day had been extended to honor all Americans who have died while in the military service. It typically marks the start of the summer vacation season, while Labor Day marks its end. Many people visit cemeteries and memorials, particularly to honor those who have died in military service. Many volunteers place an American flag on each grave in national cemeteries.

For more information on the history of Memorial Day, click here.

Phishing Scheme Warning

Posted on | April 15, 2016 | Comments Off on Phishing Scheme Warning

startup-photosWe would just like to inform you of an emerging email threat. This threat is a targeted attack against payroll and human resources professionals that takes the form of a phishing email. This email pretends to be from a company executive, and it includes a request for private company information such as a list of employees, their W-2s, and SSNs. The IRS has confirmed that this scheme has already claimed several victims as human resources offices mistakenly email payroll data to cybercriminals posing as company executives.

This phishing variation is known as “spoofing” and we are strongly recommending that any request for this information be declined until verbal verification from the requesting party be provided. In addition, the sharing of this type of information should be limited to internal secure, and encrypted, solutions that are tightly managed by authorized individuals only.
The following are some of the details contained in the e-mails:

  • Kindly send me the individual 2015 W-2 (PDF) and earnings summary of all W-2 of our company staff for a quick review.
  • Can you send me the updated list of employees with full details (Name, Social Security Number, Date of Birth, Home Address, Salary).
  • I want you to send me the list of W-2 copy of employees wage and tax statement for 2015, I need them in PDF file type, you can send it as an attachment. Kindly prepare the lists and email them to me asap.

These hackers are now researching their intended victim and targeting the attacks to have a devastating impact when successful, so if you receive a “spoofed” email, please make K&R aware immediately! There are ways to avoid becoming a victim, and being more aware of the risks and threats that affect all of us as email users is crucial.

Email is an inherently insecure medium of communication, sensitive data should never be sent in an email or as an email attachment, no matter whom is requesting the data. An email message is not encrypted, and the contents of the transmission may be intercepted and viewed by any interested party with access and know-how. All emails, no matter how legitimate in appearance, should be looked at with a critical eye, especially where sensitive data is concerned. Any person asking for potentially sensitive information via email should be informed of the high level of risk involved with such a request, and alternative methods of communicating that data should be utilized.

K&R Network Solutions can help your company to help limit the ability of cybercriminals to spoof your email addresses, and we are always willing to review questionable email that you might want a second opinion about the legitimacy.

For more information on phishing attacks please reach out to your Account Manager anytime!

SAVE THE DATE – 03/05/2016

Posted on | January 1, 2016 | Comments Off on SAVE THE DATE – 03/05/2016

Distinguished Warrior Awards

2015 Holiday Hours

Posted on | December 22, 2015 | Comments Off on 2015 Holiday Hours

holiday15-completeIn observance of the holidays K&R Network Solutions will be closed this coming Thursday and Friday, December 24th and 25th, as well as next Thursday and Friday, December 31st and January 1st. We will reopen on Monday, January 4th at 8am. If you or your staff has a service emergency, please give us a call for after hours support at 858-292-5766, and follow the prompts to notify one of our on-call engineers.

On behalf of all of us here at K&R, thank you so much for your business and Happy Holidays!

Happy Thanksgiving!

Posted on | November 25, 2015 | Comments Off on Happy Thanksgiving!

Thanksgiving2015Happy Thanksgiving from from K&R Network Solutions! We will be closed Thursday November 26th and Friday November 27th in observance of the holidayFor any clients needing assistance, please call the main phone number 858-292-5766 and follow the prompts for emergency assistance.

 

Windows Update Advisement – Workstations (11-13-2015)

Posted on | November 13, 2015 | Comments Off on Windows Update Advisement – Workstations (11-13-2015)

win8-update-windows-6*** Please disregard this schedule if requested to be on custom patch management ***

Patch Tuesday has arrived this week and we have recently approved important and critical updates from Microsoft.  Per usual, workstations will be scheduled to initiate updates during the maintenance hours between (11:00PM3:00AM PST). Please send a friendly reminder to all end-users to close-out all applications (log off) and have their workstations remain powered on for these updates to process successfully on any given day of  the following week.  We will deploy updates every night until they are fully completed.  If the machines are online and the update completes, those machines will not be subjected to additional updates until further notice.

Our goal is to capture every machine that is powered on during the allotted time for the required maintenance.  This process is an automated procedure and only runs if the machine is pending new updates.

We truly appreciate your cooperation through this process and we strive to ensure you are protected with the latest critical updates.  If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the K&R NOC department at msp@krns-inc.com or 858-292-5766.

Windows Update Advisement – Servers (October-30-2015)

Posted on | October 30, 2015 | Comments Off on Windows Update Advisement – Servers (October-30-2015)

*** Please disregard email for custom patch schedules ***

 

image7This is a notification for Server maintenance and that Microsoft has released new critical and important security updates.  K&R Network Solutions has recently approved Windows Updates that are considered critical and important to maintain the stability and ensure optimal security of your network.  These updates are additions to your respective Operating Systems and Software that can help prevent or fix problems, improve how your server works, or enhance the computing overall experience.

 

The updates will be rolled out on the following Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday until servers are fully patched successfully.  All Servers with new missing updates will be subjected to update operations followed by reboots during the maintenance window which is from 11:00PM-3:00AM Pacific Time.  Unfortunately Microsoft doesn’t always release perfect patches and there is always a possibility that updates don’t work as planned.  In the event that a server hangs, or disables a critical service (i.e., email, business applications, etc.), we will be more prepared to address the issue and identify updates as being the culprit.

 

After this month of updates have been initialized, we will continue to monitor the release of new updates by Microsoft and go through the process of testing and denying any potential patch that may have a negative impact on services.  This approval and notification process will occur on a monthly bases to accommodate the monthly release of Microsoft’s patch Tuesday schedule and to screen for any bad patches.

Windows Update Advisement – Workstations (10-20-2015)

Posted on | October 21, 2015 | Comments Off on Windows Update Advisement – Workstations (10-20-2015)

*** Please disregard this notification if you requested to be on a custom patch management schedule ***

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Patch Tuesday has arrived this week and we have recently approved important and critical updates from Microsoft.  Per usual, workstations will be scheduled to initiate updates during the maintenance hours between (11:00PM3:00AM PST). Please send a friendly reminder to all end-users to close-out all applications (log off) and have their workstations remain powered on for these updates to process successfully on any given day of  the following week.  We will deploy updates every night until they are fully completed.  If the machines are online and the update completes, those machines will not be subjected to additional updates until further notice.

Our goal is to capture every machine that is powered on during the allotted time for the required maintenance.  This process is an automated procedure and only runs if the machine is pending new updates.

We truly appreciate your cooperation through this process and we strive to ensure you are protected with the latest critical updates.  If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the K&R NOC department at msp@krns-inc.com or 858-292-5766.

Windows Update Advisement – September-18-2015 (Servers)

Posted on | September 21, 2015 | Comments Off on Windows Update Advisement – September-18-2015 (Servers)

image7This is a notification for Server maintenance and that Microsoft has released new critical and important security updates. K&R Network Solutions has recently approved Windows Updates that are considered critical and important to maintain the stability and ensure optimal security of your network. These updates are additions to your respective Operating Systems and Software that can help prevent or fix problems, improve how your server works, or enhance the computing overall experience.

The updates will be rolled out starting on the 21st of September on the following Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday until servers are fully patched successfully. All Servers with new missing updates will be subjected to update operations followed by reboots during the maintenance window which is from 11:00PM-3:00AM Pacific Time. Unfortunately Microsoft doesn’t always release perfect patches and there is always a possibility that updates don’t work as planned. In the event that a server hangs, or disables a critical service (i.e., email, business applications, etc.), we will be more prepared to address the issue and identify updates as being the culprit.

After this month of updates have been initialized, we will continue to monitor the release of new updates by Microsoft and go through the process of testing and denying any potential patch that may have a negative impact on services. This approval and notification process will occur on a monthly bases to accommodate the monthly release of Microsoft’s patch Tuesday schedule and to screen for any bad patches.

Windows Update Advisement – Workstations (September 09, 2015)

Posted on | September 9, 2015 | Comments Off on Windows Update Advisement – Workstations (September 09, 2015)

windows-update-schedule-July-2015Patch Tuesday has arrived this week and we have recently approved important and critical updates from Microsoft. Per usual, workstations will be scheduled to initiate updates during the maintenance hours between (11:00PM-3:00AM PST). Please send a friendly reminder to all end-users to close-out all applications (log off) and have their workstations remain powered on for these updates to process successfully on any given day of the following week. We will deploy updates every night until they are fully completed. If the machines are online and the update completes, those machines will not be subjected to additional updates until further notice.

Our goal is to capture every machine that is powered on during the allotted time for the required maintenance. This process is an automated procedure and only runs if the machine is pending new updates.

We truly appreciate your cooperation through this process and we strive to ensure you are protected with the latest critical updates. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the K&R NOC department at msp@krns-inc.com or 858-292-5766.

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