Unsupported software systems: Microsoft shuts down support for Windows 8.1, upgrade to Windows 10 ends today.

Unsupported software systems: Microsoft shuts down support for Windows 8.1, upgrade to Windows 10 ends today.

New York, NY – Microsoft’s Windows 8.1 is essentially a dead operating system. Microsoft ended mainstream support on January 9th. There will be no new features, or bug fixes. There is a last-ditch upgrade to Windows 10 via the Microsoft assistive technology loophole, but it ends today January 16, 2018.

All software has a lifecycle. It gets developed, released, updated, and eventually completely over written for a newer version. There is nothing to stop you from using unsupported software, but the dangers are huge.

Basically the unsupported software has no further updates, no bug fixes, no technical support, then there are the security weaknesses, and security bugs that can be exploited by hackers. We have seen ransomware attacks that are designed to target unsupported software systems. Ransomware systems like Wanncry and Petya have been very active in this field.

Unsupported Software Risks

Bottom line

If your version of any software system is no longer supported, you are putting your business at risk.

Devices connected to your network are more integral to your business then you think. Which means that a virus on any device could cause a major business disruption.

Although you can believe you can accept the risk of running unsupported software, you should treat it as a temporary strategy.

Unsupported software systems will expose your corporate network to cyberattacks. The cost and resources required to replace unsupported software will be much greater then making sure your software is supported. The perceived cost and impact of an adverse event caused by the unsupported software is huge, and can possibly put your organization out of business.

If your organization has decided to allow the use of unsupported software, senior management should fully understand the risks, and they should establish a policy for preventing unsupported software on its network. Such a policy must be part of the business risk management plan. It should specifically identify resources and earmark funding to implement the policy.

What can you do?

1) Inform senior management about the risks of running unsupported software.
2) Establish a corporate wide policy for preventing unsupported software use on your networks.
3) Ensure the corporate wide policy aligns with your corporation’s risk management plan.
4) Identify resources and earmark corporate funding to implement the policy.
5) Contact Adept Technologies: www.adepttech.com.

We at Adept Technologies have replaced numerous unsupported software systems in our industry.

Contact us today to see how Adept Enterprise can help your organization.

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On Premise vs Private Cloud: Finding what best fits with your organization

On Premise vs Private Cloud: Finding what best fits with your organization

New York, NY – At Adept Technologies we offer Adept Enterprise in 3 flavors. Private Cloud, On Premise, and Hybrid. We know there are certain mission critical systems that can never be placed outside the organization, while other mission systems can.

It really comes down to the requirements of the organization. As a software vendor to the Department of Defense you are held to strict data requirements, including where data can be stored. Obviously the Cloud is NOT a place to store this data.

In some cases where organizations are subsidiary to larger organizations, and are bought and sold every two to five years, it makes sense to have your mission systems stored in a private cloud.

Another interesting flavor is our hybrid systems where On Premise systems and Private Cloud systems work together based on the requirements of the organization.

Adept Enterprise

Adept Enterprise in three flavors

Being a pioneer in enterprise software requires us at Adept Technologies to leverage On Premise, Private Cloud, and Hybrid platforms. Most of our clients have been surprised to find that lower costs have not been the biggest benefit of our private cloud systems, but they come from operational shifts, performance gains, and zero percent down time.

We at Adept Technologies do not leverage 3rd party cloud services such as Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure, or Zadara Cloud storage for our Private Cloud services. The reason why is we do not trust the public cloud. We like to know what server stores your data, where that data is and where it goes at all times. We build our servers and we program them and we place them in our server racks (we own the racks too) at our different datacenters via our partner corporation Tierpoint. They provide the redundant space, power and internet communications. We have been working side by side with Tierpoint for over eight years, providing our Adept Enterprise private cloud services to numerous clients, and we have had 100% update time.

Offering Adept Enterprise in 3 flavors, On Premise, Private Cloud, and Hybrid gives our customers the flexibility to manage their systems, that best fits their organization, and prevents critical information from being in the hands of the wrong people.

We mold Adept Enterprise around your organization.

Meltdown and Spectre Vulnerabilities

Meltdown and Spectre Vulnerabilities

New York, NY – We at Adept Technologies have already updated all of our server systems at our datacenters and offices for the Meltdown and Spectre Vulnerabilities. We have already sent out updates to our “on-premise” software systems that support the fixes being released by OEM vendors.

For our “off-premise” solutions over the last ten years we at Adept Technologies have invested large sums of money in having our own hardware and datacenter spaces. We do not use Amazon, Google, Microsoft Azure or any other 3rd party “cloud” service providers and we never will. We do not use VMware or any other Hypervisor based technology. Unlike other technology companies that leverage these services to reduce their costs with your data, we are not like them, and you are safe with us.

We have added information based on outside sources on what is Meltdown and Spectre Vulnerabilities, it is listed below.

Adept Technologies Datacenters

What are Meltdown and Spectre?

Three critical vulnerabilities were recently identified by independent teams of security researchers. The three vulnerabilities, collectively dubbed Meltdown and Spectre, impact all Intel CPUs built in the last 10 or so years – which is quite a significant number of devices. These two vulnerabilities enable a malicious user LAN application to read the protected kernel memory of other processes (Meltdown) and applications (Spectre). This could include things like passwords, personal documents, and credit card data.

Who is affected by this?

Almost everyone, especially Cloud Server providers. Meltdown exclusively impacts Intel processors. So, if you have an Intel CPU you’re impacted. Spectre on the other hand impacts Intel, AMD, and ARM processors. Combined, the list of vulnerable devices includes PCs, Macs, Android and iOS devices, and smart devices – all of which run a potential vulnerable CPU.

How are they exploited?

Exploitation occurs through the execution of malicious untrusted applications. Proof of concept JavaScript code has been released for Linux. This means that all a victim has to do is visit a website that has been compromised. Spectre is a more difficult vulnerability to exploit, and to this point no proof of concept code has been seen in the wild.

What do they do?

The vulnerabilities enable an attacker that has gained access to the device to be able to defeat the barriers between the memory space of user-land (normal) processes and kernel process. This effectively enables a malicious application to read portions of kernel memory, which often contains data prior to being encrypted, processed, and sent to a socket.

How do I protect myself?

Update your software! Microsoft, Apple, Google, and other vendors have released patches to mitigate the risk Meltdown. If an update is available for your platform, install it. Intel has also announced that 90% of the CPUs released within the last 5 years will have a patch available by next week, which should mitigate the impact of Spectre.
Outside of software updates, use sound fundamental security principles when accessing the Internet. Avoid downloading an executing files from untrusted sources, and avoid visiting unknown sites.

PRESS RELEASE Adept Technologies Launches Free Integrated GIS Mapping System

Adept Technologies Launches Free GIS Mapping System

New York, NY – 2018 is an exciting year for the clients of Adept Technologies.
Answering the demand for an integrated GIS mapping system, and eliminating the need for 3rd party GIS vendors, Adept has listened and delivered.
Leveraging the ESRI ArcGIS API for JavaScript, our clients that have invested in ESRI ARCGIS systems will now not have to worry about 3rd party GIS vendors when using the Adept Enterprise systems and services.

GIS Mapping System

“We now have a mapping system strictly leveraging the ESRI API and Adept’s API systems. This allows our customers to reduce costs and eliminate the need for 3rd party GIS vendors. We have added this system for free to all our existing customers that have ESRI ArcGIS systems. Our customers can now access their maps in the field via the Adept Systems, view all activities, inspections, documents, photos as layer data from their existing maps. They can mark up their maps, and print reports all in the field, and without GIS 3rd party tools. This is very exciting, and the ESRI API tools are amazing allowing us to give this away for free. 3rd party vendors in GIS were like middlemen between software vendors, and bad for the industry. The API systems that ESRI provides solidifies ESRI as the Industry leader in GIS.” Said Nicholas Cordua, Chief Technology Officer, Adept Technologies Inc.

Adept Technologies, Inc. (Adept) is a New York City-based software development company that provides integrated enterprise solutions to corporations and municipalities across the United States. Adept is the leading provider of customizable shoreline permit management software (the Adept Enterprise System) to hydropower project developers, real estate divisions, and issuing agencies. Adept Enterprise enables efficient management of energy resources and provides easy access to centralized data with GIS mapping integration. Available in Web, Windows, and private-cloud-hosted versions, Adept Enterprise is the only application designed to ensure FERC license compliance.