July News:

On The Calendar/What's Happening We're proud to announce a couple of exciting happenings this month:
  • MSP501 List - The Fulcrum Group has been named as one of the world’s premier Managed IT Service Providers on the 12th annual Channel Futures MSP 501 rankings, yet again!  We're happy to be included in this prestigious group of top MSP's in the world!  Read our Press Release here. 
  • ArcticWolf Partnership - We're excited to announce our recent partnership with Arctic Wolf Networks, a leading security operations center (SOC)-as-a-service company, to provide threat detection and response capabilities to protect Fulcrum and its Managed Security clients against today’s advanced cyberattacks. This is especially meaningful to our local government and healthcare clients that have compliance areas to which they must adhere.  Our Press Release can be found here.
<img class="alignleft wp-image-5744" If you're a Fort Worth Chamber of Commerce member, we hope you didn't miss Fulcrum Group President Steve Meek's presentation on Cybersecurity for Small Business Owners at the Chamber's "Impact Your Business" luncheon. If you couldn't make it, we have some helpful cybersecurity links for SMBs for you to check out and share with a colleague!    Monday, July 29th, we will be at Grow Successfully 2019, an educational event for business owners that adds Frisco RoughRiders baseball entertainment afterwards. If you're a business owner and have an interest in attending, please reach out to your Fulcrum Group account manager to find out more! We'll let you know about any additional upcoming special events through our social media pages, which we'll update on our Events page as they occur. Quick links to our social media pages are accessible right from our website and in every monthly newsletter email you receive from us. If you're new to our newsletter and you'd like to subscribe, let us know.
How to Prepare for Windows 7 End of Support
MS Windows 7 End of Support

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Background Microsoft Windows 7 End of Support was announced by Microsoft a few years ago as part of their lifecycle roadmap for operating systems.  The official end date is January 14th, 2020.  After this date, Microsoft will no longer provide security updates or support for computers running Windows 7.  While Windows 7 was introduced back in 2009 (10 years ago!), it is still a popular operating system, with recent estimates that it is still installed on 39% of all PCs.  Most organizations are still running Windows 7 PCs, and thus need to have a plan for moving on from Windows 7.   Why Windows 7 End of Support is Important When Windows 7 reaches End of Support on January 14th, 2020, it doesn’t mean the operating system stops working.  But it does mean that Microsoft will no longer introduce updates and patches, and will no longer provide any technical support.  No patches and updates means that any new security vulnerabilities in Windows 7 will not be fixed.  This leaves you and your organization extremely vulnerable to emerging threats.  It is also likely hackers and other cybercriminals are holding back on releasing new cyber attacks against Windows 7 until after the end of support date.  The likelihood that cybercriminals will combine Windows 7 attacks with ransomware is also high, and this puts organizations at critical risk.   What are My Options? Option 1 – Replace and retire Windows 7 computers. This is the preferred option.  Most organizations have a PC refresh cycle where 1/3 or ¼ of their computers are replaced each year.  Windows 10 was released in 2015, and has been mainstream accepted by organizations since 2017.  In addition, Microsoft ended sale of new computers with Windows 7 pre-installed in October 2016.  Your organization should plan and budget for not only the replacement of Windows 7 PCs, but also plan for the retirement and recycling of Windows 7 PCs.  Any Windows 7 PCs still connected to your network after January 14th, 2020 will be an extreme cybersecurity risk to your organization. Option 2 – Purchase Extended Security Updates for Windows 7 PCs. This option is available 3 years on an annual basis beginning in January 2020.  Costs for the 1st year is $50 per Windows 7 PC, and doubles to $100 per Windows 7PC in 2021, and doubles again to $200 per Windows 7 PC in 2022.  This option is only recommended in the event that you have a specific application that won’t run on Windows 10. Reach out to your Fulcrum Group Account Manager for more details.
Other MS End of Support Products

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Other Microsoft Products Reaching End of Support Soon Most people are aware of the fact that Microsoft Windows 7 end of support is coming up in January 2020.  But many people aren’t aware of the other Microsoft products that are reaching end of support in the near future. Below is a partial list of key Microsoft products that are reaching end of support soon:
  • Windows Server 2008/2008R2 and Hyper-V 2008/2008R2 – January 14th, 2020
  • Exchange Server 2010 – January 14th, 2020
  • Windows Server Update Services 3.0 (WSUS 3.0) – January 14th, 2020
  • Visual Studio 2010 – July 14th, 2020
  • Office 2010/Project 2010/Visio 2010 – October 13th, 2020
  • SharePoint 2010 – October 13th, 2020
  • Office 2016 for Mac – October 13th, 2020
See the full list HERE. Contact your Fulcrum Group Account Manager for more information.
Click here for the latest Security Awareness Newsletter

Click here for the latest Security Awareness Newsletter!

Cybersecurity SPOTlight: Creating a Security-Forward Culture The security awareness culture of an organization refers to the shared human effort of information security. As your technology partner, one of The Fulcrum Group's primary goals is to spread awareness and empower individuals to know how to identify threats, know how to react to those threats, and know how to protect their organizations and themselves.   In this month's Security Awareness Newsletter, you'll find some great tips for Executives, IT Managers and additional staff in your business.  Please share with your employees and colleagues as a great way to help ensure the security of your organization is as protected as it can be.      
  Vistage Executive News - Tips for Managing 4 Types of Difficult Employees Vistage Executive News Do any one of these "difficult types" ring a bell for you? Here are some tips to helping keep potentially troublesome personality types in check, in the workplace.    
Fulcrum Group Did You Know Did You Know...?  Beating Microsoft's End of Life Deadline Did you know The Fulcrum Group offers a wide variety of hardware/operating system upgrade options, as well as cloud migrations, to help you beat Microsoft's deadline for Windows 7/Windows Server 2008 End of Life...?   Reach out to your Fulcrum Group Account Manager for details!