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Hulu Comes To Windows 10

Source: Microsoft more
Hulu Live Tiles 1 Hulu’s streaming service was already available on nearly all major platforms, including desktop, mobile, tablet, gaming consoles and other TV-connected devices. However, it was lacking support for one major computing platform: Windows 10. That changes today, as Microsoft and Hulu announce a new version of Hulu application, which includes Windows 10 specific features like Live Tiles… Read More
Hulu Comes To Windows 10

When Away

Source: SANS security tip
Leaving your seat? Ctrl–Alt–Delete! Make sure you lock your workstation or laptop while you are away from it. On a Mac? Try Control–Shift–Eject/Power.
When Away

Gravitational Helps Deliver Software On-Prem And In Cloud From Single Code Base

Source: Tech News – Enterprise
Servers sitting on clouds. Gravitational, a graduate of the Y Combinator 2015 class set out solve a very difficult problem for companies — how to deliver software in the cloud and on-premises from a single code base.
Without a solution like the one from Gravaitional, companies would have to maintain two sets of code, which is simply too costly for most companies to pull off. That meant these companies were… Read MoreGravitational Helps Deliver Software On-Prem And In Cloud From Single Code Base

Microsoft’s New App “Fetch!” Tells You What Kind Of Dog You Are (And It Can ID Your Dog, Too)

Source: Microsoft more
fetch Even Microsoft’s new image recognition app has no idea what kind of dog I have. Oh well! If you don’t own a mixed-breed mutt saved from the kill shelter, however, you might have fun with the company’s latest Microsoft Garage project: Fetch!, a new iPhone app that looks at photos of dogs to identify its breed. Or, in the case when it can’t make an exact match, the app… Read More
Microsoft’s New App “Fetch!” Tells You What Kind Of Dog You Are (And It Can ID Your Dog, Too)

Cisco and VCE Continue to Lead the Industry

Source: Cisco
A few weeks ago, EMC took the opportunity during their earnings to reaffirm their commitment to VCE and demonstrate the success of the business by staking claim to a US$3B annualized run rate.  I’d like to congratulate VCE on its continued success and reinforce the strategic nature of VCE to Cisco. Cisco and EMC have years of working together under our joint belt.  Together, we have a proven track-record and joint commitment to customer success.  Put simply, customers see VCE […]Cisco and VCE Continue to Lead the Industry

Secure, Controlled, and Informed

Source: Meraki-Cisco

Meraki Systems Manager continues to offer extensive functionality for Apple platforms. Only recently we announced same day support for iOS 9 in conjunction with a new strategic joint development partnership between Cisco and Apple. We continued that story with the launch of extensive new features for Systems Manager on February 9th. In this particular post we are going to explore the Apple specific elements of that launch.

iOS Wallpaper

With MDM it has always been important to make sure you keep the users informed. This ensures they attribute changes to their device to administrative control and not to a fault. The iOS Wallpaper functionality of iOS 9 offers a great way of keeping users informed, while also offering branding and user experience options.

sm_iOS_wallpaperThe Lock and Home page Wallpapers can be configured independently or together with a simple drag and drop. The reason that changing the Wallpaper with Systems Manager offers a great way of interacting with the user is because it can be tied to tags. This means that the Wallpaper can change dynamically based on various events, for example based on the person using the device or its posture.

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FileVault disk encryption

Information is the lifeblood of any organization, with the securing and management of this data under increasing scrutiny. Encryption of information on portable devices such as laptops is frequently being mandated in regulated industries such as health care. The loss of confidential or private information can lead to stiff penalties, brand damage, and dented consumer confidence.

FileVault in OS X provides strong data security with full disc encryption using AES. With full disk encryption, data on a mislaid or stolen device is useless to the unauthorised recipient. Systems Manager now supports FileVault disk encryption management, and in typical Meraki fashion, has been made as simple as possible.

os_x_fv_configThe difficulty associated with disk encryption is not typically with encrypting data but in decrypting it when required. For example, when an employee leaves the organization it may be necessary to access the customer data on their device. If the password or recovery key has not been provided by the departed employee, then the data is lost forever.  

Systems manager supports all three methods of FileVault data recovery: an institutional recovery key, a personal recovery key, or both simultaneously. Institutional recovery keys are transparently managed by the Meraki cloud ensuring they are never lost. More information on FileVault 2 can be found on our documentation portal.

OS X system preferences

To top off the list of Apple functionality added in this Systems Manager launch there are now 35 new OS X system preferences to play with. This includes things such as control of Security & Privacy settings, Software Updates, and Parental Controls. Further information on these OS X systems preferences is again located on our documentation portal.

sm_os_x_fv_prefThe new features for Apple platforms included as part of this launch are available today. If you are a Systems Manager Legacy customer interested in these new capabilities, then you can upgrade to the full version by simply contacting our sales team. The full version includes a wealth of features on top of those mentioned in this post, with further information available on the Systems Manager licensing page.

Excited by the new content in this systems manager launch? We are! The team will be highlighting these features and more in upcoming Systems Manager webinars. Alternatively if you can’t wait to get started, contact us to begin a no risk trial and we will help get you up and running.

 


Secure, Controlled, and Informed

Two-Step Verification

Source: SANS security tip
Two-step verification is one of the best steps you can take to secure any account. Two-step verification is when you require both a password and code sent to or generated by your mobile device. Examples of services that support two-step verification include Gmail, Dropbox and Twitter.
Two-Step Verification

PayPal Commerce Matches Stripe With PayPal’s Own Native Shopping Toolkit For Apps

Source: Tech News – Enterprise
email_buy_buttons PayPal’s first acquisition after it separated from eBay in 2015 was of a young startup called Modest, which had built a platform for small businesses to integrate buy buttons across third-party apps. Now, PayPal is taking the wraps off a new product that will integrate Modest’s technology. PayPal Commerce — as the new service is called — launches today in closed… Read MorePayPal Commerce Matches Stripe With PayPal’s Own Native Shopping Toolkit For Apps