Exchange Zero Day Vulnerability & The Way Forward

Many of you probably have heard about Microsoft’s release of patches for multiple different on-premises Microsoft Exchange Server zero-day vulnerabilities that are being exploited by a nation-state affiliated group.

The vulnerabilities exist in on-premises Exchange Servers 2010, 2013, 2016, and 2019.  Exchange Online is not affected. We wanted to ensure you were aware of the situation.

Microsoft highly recommends that you take immediate action to apply the patches for any on-premises Exchange deployments. The priority should be servers which are accessible from the internet (e.g., servers publishing Outlook on the web/OWA and ECP).

Your organization should move to the latest Exchange Cumulative Updates and then install the relevant security updates on each Exchange Server

  • You can use the Exchange Server Health Checker script, which can be downloaded from GitHub (use the latest release).
  • Running this script will tell you if you are behind on your on-premises Exchange Server updates (note that the script does not support Exchange Server 2010).
  • We also recommend that your security team assess whether or not the vulnerabilities were being exploited by using the Indicators of Compromise we shared here

Lastly, we suggest you contact our consultant to explore establishing a path to Microsoft 365, Exchange online and Zero Trust security so you can reap the benefits of the most secure version of exchange, cloud powered security and so much more ​

Microsoft to Invest in data centres in SA !

“Few places in the world are as dynamic and diverse as Africa today. In this landscape, we see enormous opportunity for the cloud to accelerate innovation, support people across the continent who are working to transform their businesses, explore new entrepreneurship opportunities and help solve some of the worlds hardest problems. For these reasons, Im very excited to share our plans to deliver the Microsoft Cloud from datacenters in Africa.

We plan to deliver the Microsoft Cloud including Microsoft Azure, Office 365 and Dynamics 365  from datacenters located in Johannesburg and Cape Town, with initial availability in 2018. These new Microsoft Cloud regions will offer enterprise-grade reliability and performance combined with data residency.

Customers across Africa, including local startups and NGOs, will be able to use the cloud services delivered from these new regions to power innovation and opportunity for Africa and the world. For example:

  • M-KOPA Solar has used mobile and cloud technology to develop an affordable pay-as-you-go solar energy solution to provide electricity to more than 500,000 homes.
  • AGIN has leveraged the cloud to enable an app to connect 140,000 smallholder farmers to key services, enabling them to share data and facilitate $1.3 million per month in finance, insurance and other services.

This announcement brings us to 40 cloud regions around the world more than any other cloud provider and will help organizations and people from Cairo to Cape Town accelerate their journey to cloud computing.

This new investment is also major milestone in our mission to empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more, part of our ongoing effort to create a Cloud for Global Good and an extension of the efforts we have put in place to invest in Africa, including:

  • Helping to transform and modernize 728,000 small and mid-size enterprises (SMEs) by bringing their companies online, with more than 17,000 continuing to use the 4Afrika hub to promote and grow their businesses.
  • Using the Microsoft Cloud to bring access to training and education, building job skills for more than 775,000 people in Africa on subjects ranging from digital literacy to software development.

You can read additional details at the Microsoft MEA News Center and stay tuned for more news about cloud-enabled innovation in Africa.”