June 2013

In this issue. . .

~ O365 Security Enhancements
~ Citrix Summit News
~ New Executive Reports
~ New MS Competency
~ LinkedIn Two Step Verification

LinkedIn Two-Step Verification

On May 31st, LinkedIn announced a two-step verification to help its users protect their accounts. This new optional feature forces members who opt in to type in a numeric code — sent to their phone — the first time they log in from an unrecognized device. This authentication system (which you can access now in your LinkedIn settings) means that hackers or anyone else trying to access your account would need your password AND your phone to do so, adding an extra layer of protection. 


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Security Enhancements to Office 365

Microsoft announced the release of a new, revised version of its HIPAA Business Associate Agreement (BAA) for cloud services. This enables customers in the healthcare industry to leverage cloud solutions to coordinate care, improve patient health outcomes, and maintain compliance with privacy and security regulations issued under the U.S. Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA). Microsoft said it updated its BAA to help healthcare organizations address compliance for the final omnibus HIPAA rule, which went into effect March 26.

Microsoft’s updated BAA covers Office 365, Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online and Windows Azure Core Services. According to Microsoft's chief health strategy officer in the US, Dennis Schmuland, “Microsoft Office 365 is the only major cloud business productivity solution to programmatically offer a BAA built with the industry, and for the industry, to HIPAA-regulated customers, allowing healthcare organizations to be confident in the security and privacy of their patient data while empowering their staff to communicate and collaborate virtually anytime and almost anywhere.”

Citrix Summit Provides Insight into the Future of IT

Our CTO, Frank Vincentelli, and Solutions Architect John Sahenes attended the Citrix Summit in Los Angeles in May. Here's the major concept they brought back: the old idea of work - an assigned space, a corporate PC and a wired network - is disappearing fast. More and more businesses are exploring mobile workstyle initiatives that can help them optimize productivity, efficiency and work/life harmony. The Citrix Conference provided training and tools to help us create and support flexible, scalable and secure mobile workstyle solutions. Contact us for more info!

Managed Services Rolls Out New Executive Reports

Did you notice a new look and new features in the Executive Report this month? In this new version of the Managed Services Report you now have the ability to dive deeper and get more detail on most of the gauges provided by simply clicking on that gauge.

If you would like more information on how to use the report or have questions about what the gauges mean, please feel free to reach out to your Account Manager.

We Achieved our Silver Small Business Competency!

Integrated IT Solutions is proud to announce we have achieved our FIFTH Microsoft Competency - the Silver Small Business Competency in the Microsoft Partner Network, demonstrating our ability to meet Microsoft customers’ evolving needs in today’s dynamic business environment. To earn a Microsoft silver competency, partners must complete a set of tests to prove their level of technology expertise, submit customer references and demonstrate their commitment to customer satisfaction by participating in an annual survey.