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Microsoft Office 2019 is coming

Microsoft announced last year that there will be a successor to Office 2016, the current version of the popular office suite that is bought on a “perpetual license” basis, meaning there is one payment made at time of purchase, and the software doesn’t get updates. This contrasts with the Office 365 subscription version, which is paid for monthly and is regularly updated with new features for as long as the customer subscribes. The subscription model is popular as a component of Managed Service Plans offered by IT service companies, and is often bundled with Exchange Online for email service. This ...
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Cyberbiosecurity: Computers make malicious modification of DNA as easy as editing text

Aldous Huxley would recognize our brave new world. Like software engineers write code to create programs, genetic engineers can use code to create synthetic DNA. These genetic codes start as code on a computer, and that computer can be hacked. The end-result could be anything and everything – a super virus, new parasites, new germs, you name it. Worse, the practice is available and unregulated in parts of the world. Security and law enforcement are behind the curve. "The cyber-physical nature of biotechnology raises unprecedented security concerns," Researchers at Colorado State, VA Tech, and Univ. Nebraska-Lincoln published their research recently ...
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IMPORTANT INCS NOTICE REGARDING “MELTDOWN AND SPECTRE”

IMPORTANT INCS INFORMATIONAL NOTICE – PLEASE READ To all our INCS clients, friends and family, and acquaintances: Widely-used CPU chips have a critical design flaw that presents a possible security risk. Fixing it is a high-priority activity, and the fix may slow performance slightly. The fastest way to fix this will be through patching the operating system. The faulty design has been present in chips for years and it will force a modification of the Windows, Mac and Linux operating system kernels – the software code that forms the foundation of an operating system. There are two similar flaws that ...
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Cybersecurity

Cybersecurity – Your Security Comes First

Cybersecurity - What are the threats facing your business network, and how can you protect against them? INCS is a security-first IT services provider, and we believe it is our job is to protect your business network from bad actors that want to harm you and your bank account. Recently, more than one hundred thousand organizations were impacted with the WannaCry and NotPetya ransomware outbreaks. No one, including us, can guarantee 100% protection, but we can do everything possible to make your organization safe and effective. The question for you is: How close to the best-possible protection level is your ...
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Future of Windows

What is the Future of Windows?

Future of Windows “Right now, we are releasing Windows 10, and because Windows 10 is the last version of Windows, we are all still working on Windows 10." — as stated by Microsoft employee Jerry Nixon at the Microsoft Ignite conference in May, 2015. He describes himself as a “Developer Evangelist,” but that’s probably not his official title. Although his statement indicates that we won’t be seeing any completely new version of Windows down the road, is it really in the best interest of Microsoft? Microsoft revealed last year that it was planning two major Windows 10 updates for 2017 ...
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