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Bitdefender will be the leader in Extended Detection & Response (XDR)

Datasheet• Consolidates observations and events across the business environment
• Built-in machine learning algorithms for high confidence detections
• Cross-source root cause analysis and context for rapid triage and action
• Guided or automated threat response directly from the platform

At-a-Glance
Bitdefender GravityZone XDR is a cloud-delivered solution built to secure
the entire business environment. The solution provides detection and response
capabilities across an organization’s users and systems, including endpoints, network,
and cloud.
With an easy-to-use interface, GravityZone
XDR is designed to intelligently analyze and automatically correlate and triage security
events from across the organization, resulting in a key set of benefits to
organizations looking to secure complex environments.
Key Benefits
• Comprehensive visibility with easy to
deploy and manage sensors that collect
data from across the organization
• Out-of-the-box automated detection and
triage of alerts based on correlation
and detection algorithms delivered both
locally to the sensor and at the cloud
platform level
• Easy investigation using the Incident
Advisor, a single dashboard highlighting
comprehensive analysis with
recommended automated or guided
response actions
• Rapid response for complete incident
containment executed directly from
within the XDR Platform. This will replace all SOC’s

Roy Miehe | MspPortal Partners Inc. | Ceo/President

Security Software Distributor: Bitdefender , Barracuda, RackSpace, Axcient

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Technical Advisory: CVE-2022-30190 Zero-day Vulnerability “Follina” in Microsoft Support Diagnostic Tool

Quick Overview by Bitdefender

On Monday, May 30, 2022, Microsoft issued CVE-2022-30190, a zero-day remote code execution (RCE) vulnerability in the Microsoft Support Diagnostic Tool (MSDT). The first detections in the wild indicate that this vulnerability is triggered remotely from Microsoft Office documents. 

This is a critical issue as cybercriminals often choose Office documents as a popular tactic to infect victims with their malicious content. This vulnerability (referred to as “Follina”) only requires users to open a single document and no further interactions are necessary before the system is compromised. The end-user doesn’t even need to open the document in certain situations (document with RTF extension and the preview pane enabled). 

A CVE has been assigned by Microsoft, but there is no patch available as of May 31st, 2022. This is a critical issue, as it is not mitigated by disabling macros and Protected View offers only limited protection. 

It is important to note that this vulnerability is related to the Microsoft Support Diagnostic Tool (MSDT), not necessarily to Microsoft Office. Office has been used to weaponize this vulnerability in the wild, but it is not needed to trigger this vulnerability. There are also other methods to trigger this vulnerability. There are effectively two vulnerabilities: 1) Microsoft Office template injection trusting the MS-MSDT protocol and 2) the MS-MSDT protocol allowing malicious code execution.

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Roy Miehe | MspPortal Partners Inc. | Ceo/President

Security Software Distributor: Bitdefender , Barracuda, RackSpace, Axcient

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Microsoft the No. 1 Most-Spoofed Brand in Phishing Attacks (O365)

1) Microsoft the No. 1 Most-Spoofed Brand in Phishing Attacks
Nearly 60% of all phishing attacks impersonate Microsoft and about half a million Microsoft 365 accounts were compromised in 2021, new data shows.

Barracuda Networks’ telemetry — from from millions of emails it analyzed — shows that in 2021, a little over half of all social engineering attacks came via phishing, and Microsoft was the most-impersonated brand in those attack attempts. Overall, attackers sent 3 million emails from 12,000 compromised accounts, and one in five organizations suffered an account compromise last year.

As a Security Software Distributor of Barracuda there security mail which is by far the best in the industry. Built from scratch using open source. For a very inexpensive dollar amount you could be protected> Call your MSP/Tech firm for pricing and then have them call MspPortal Partners to assist in implementing a secure solution at no additional cost.

1) Google Emergency Update Fixes Chrome Zero-Day
Google patches a critical flaw in its Chrome browser, bringing its count of zero-day vulnerabilities fixed in 2022 to four already. Do you really want to use Chrome or Google period let alone Google Mail
2) Microsoft Releases Advisory to Address Critical Remote Code Execution Vulnerability (CVE-2022-26809)
3)Microsoft Releases April 2022 Security Updates (112)
4) Apple Releases Security Updates (its getting worse)

Roy Miehe | MspPortal Partners Inc. | Ceo/President

Security Software Distributor: Bitdefender , Barracuda, RackSpace, Axcient

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Bitdefender enforces two-factor authentication for all GravityZone Cloud accounts on April 12, 2022 IMPORTANT

Bitdefender enforces two-factor authentication for all GravityZone Cloud accounts on April 12, 2022 (Read More)

Due to a scheduled update, Control Center will be unavailable from 4/12/2022, 8:30:00 PM GMT-07:00 to 4/12/2022, 11:30:00 PM GMT-07:00. Release Notes

Bitdefender has today released version 7.4.10.200020 of Endpoint Security for Mac on slow ring. The release notes are available here (English only).

Industry News Security

Google Fixes Critical Security Flaw in Chrome’s Blink Engine – Patch Now! (https://www.bitdefender.com/blog/hotforsecurity/google-fixes-critical-security-flaw-in-chromes-blink-engine-patch-now/)

Google this week is rolling out an incremental update to Chrome users to address multiple security flaws, including many labeled high risk. One flaw, discovered in the browser’s rendering engine, is rated critical. Chrome 99 has been around since the beginning of March [https://www.bitdefender.com/blog/hotforsecurity/chrome-99-rolls-out-with-dozens-of-security-fixes-update-now/] . In the meantime, researchers have kept busy mining the browser’s code for bugs, not just to keep users safe from hackers, but also to fetch a well-deserved bug bounty. Yesterday personally I dealt with 3 gmail scams account be hacked and sending encrypted messages on compromised mail accounts

Researchers Identify Backdoor Infection Spike on Several GoDaddy-Hosted Websites

Researchers Identify Backdoor Infection Spike on Several GoDaddy-Hosted Websites (https://www.bitdefender.com/blog/hotforsecurity/researchers-identify-backdoor-infection-spike-on-several-godaddy-hosted-websites/)
Security researchers have noticed a surge in backdoor infections on hundreds of websites hosted on GoDaddy’s Managed WordPress service, all compromised by the same payload. The incident affects websites such as tsoHost, MediaTemple, Domain Factory, Heart Internet,

Beware and update your security and change your passwords at least every 30-60 days

Roy Miehe | MspPortal Partners Inc. | Ceo/President

Bitdefender / Distributor

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More Orgs Suffered Successful Phishing Attacks in 2021 Than in 2020

Enterprise organizations appear to be falling even further behind in their battle against phishing threats despite heightened awareness of the problem and efforts to curb it.

A new study shows that in 2021 more organizations experienced at least one successful email-based phishing attack than the year before. There were also more opportunistic and targeted phishing attacks last year compared with 2020, as well as phishing attacks involving ransomware and business email compromise (BEC).

Researchers recently analyzed data from a survey of 600 IT and security professionals and another survey of 3,500 employees from seven countries, including the US, UK, France, Germany, and Australia. The researchers also analyzed data gathered from some 100 million simulated phishing attacks and more than 15 million emails that end users reported as being suspicious.

Seventy-eight percent of organizations experienced a ransomware attack in which a phishing email was the initial infection vector. Seventy-seven percent reported a phishing-related BEC incident — an 18-point increase from 2020. Overall, 12% more organizations reported being victims of an indiscriminate or opportunistic phishing attack, while organizations reporting more targeted spear-phishing and BEC attacks went up 20%.

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Hackers slip into Microsoft Teams chats to distribute malware

Hackers slip into Microsoft Teams chats to distribute malware

Security researchers warn that some attackers are compromising Microsoft Teams accounts to slip into chats and spread malicious executables to participants in the conversation.

More than 270 million users are relying on Microsoft Teams every month, many of them trusting the platform implicitly, despite the absence of protections against malicious files.
Simple but efficient method

Researchers at Avanan, a Check Point company that secures cloud email and collaboration platforms, found that hackers started to drop malicious executable files in conversations on Microsoft Teams communication platform.

The attacks started in January, the company says in a report today, and the threat actor inserts in a chat an executable file called “User Centric” to trick the user into running it.

Once executed, the malware writes data into the system registry installs DLLs and establishes persistence on the Windows machine.
“In this Teams attack, hackers have attached a malicious Trojan document to a chat thread. When clicked on, the file will eventually take over the user’s computer” – Avanan

Manage Microsoft Teams settings for your organization
Here you can turn on or turn off file sharing and cloud file storage options. read Article and turn off file sharing

Users can upload and share files from cloud storage services in Teams channels and chats. Cloud storage options in Teams currently include Dropbox, Box, Citrix files, Google Drive, and Egnyte. Turn on the switch for the cloud storage providers that your organization wants to use.

Using either the above solution and fixing the issues or

Use Bitdefender/MspPortal Partners malware protection in combination of Barracuda/MspPortal Partners Spam, Phishing malware protection

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The two agencies also shared a list of measures that can help admins mitigate BlackByte attacks: 2-14-2022

The two agencies also shared a list of measures that can help admins mitigate BlackByte attacks: 2-14-2022

Thanks to Bleeping Computer

  1. Implement regular backups of all data to be stored as air gapped, password protected copies offline.
  2. Ensure these copies are not accessible for modification or deletion from any system where the original data resides.
  3. Implement network segmentation, such that all machines on your network are not accessible from every other machine.
  4. Install and regularly update MspPortal Partners/Bitdefender antivirus software on all hosts, and enable real time detection.
  5. Install updates/patch operating systems, software, and firmware as soon as updates/patches are released be careful of this look at KB’s first.
  6. Review domain controllers, servers, workstations, and active directories for new or unrecognized user accounts.
  7. Audit user accounts with administrative privileges and configure access controls with least privilege in mind. Do not give all users administrative privileges.
  8. Disable unused remote access/Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP) ports and monitor remote access/RDP logs for any unusual activity.
  9. Consider adding an email banner to emails received from outside your organization.
  10. Disable hyperlinks in received emails MspPortal Partners/Barracuda
  11. Use double authentication when logging into accounts or services.
  12. Ensure routine auditing is conducted for all accounts
  13. Ensure all the identified IOCs are input into the network SIEM for continuous monitoring and alerts.
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    Roy Miehe | MspPortal Partners Inc. | Ceo/President

    Bitdefender /MSP Aggregator – Distributor

    “Where Service and Technical Skills Count”

Bitdefender and Microsoft O365 Information IMPORTANT

Bitdefender Policy Update- please apply

Network Protection ->General Settings Section- Check off Besides SSL Scan RDP.  Brute Force attacks are happening..it surprises me considering the whole world I thought shutdown RDP on the public side.

Microsoft Changes to O365 user and Resellers agreements

Dear Reseller,  

We’d like to take the opportunity to provide you with an overview of upcoming changes Microsoft is making to their CSP experience. 

Historically, Microsoft has not enforced their annual subscription terms which has allowed customers flexibility in modifying licenses throughout the annual term. Effective March 10, 2022, Microsoft will be enforcing annual terms, and offering monthly terms for customers who wish to maintain flexibility with license changes.  Monthly-term license subscriptions will be charged a 20% premium, however, to help support this new enforcement, Microsoft is offering a promotion for most of the monthly-term licenses.  This promotion is effective through June 2022 and is for designated SKUs where the customer has under 2,400 of the same licenses within the same tenant. Customers who do not want to pay a 20% premium for this flexibility will need to move their license to an annual term before Microsoft’s promotion ends in June. 

In addition to enforcement of term policies, Microsoft is only allowing a 72-hour time frame during which new subscriptions can change terms or quantities. After 72-hours from the initial purchase, subscriptions cannot be modified until the next renewal period (either monthly or annual).

Think about this the headache you will have trying to do co-terming with you clients. Remember this withing the same tenant, with no time to adjust. We are working to provide a solution and alternative to Micorsoft’s actions

Roy Miehe | MspPortal Partners Inc. | Ceo/President

Bitdefender /MSP Aggregator – Distributor

“Where Service and Technical Skills Count”

Bitdefender New Portfolio email

This will not effect MspPortal Partners pricing on all Gravity Zone pricing will remain the same. Per my Distribution Manager 1-6-2021

Yes a la carte refers only to annual enterprise solution – not MSP. You will continue to distribute Cloud Security for MSP + ATS + EDR, etc. with no change 😊

I will let you know details ASAP on the annual pricing changes to the enterprise only (no change to annual bundles).

The message sent was a little confusing and concerning to a lot of MSP and Resellers

The a-la-carte licensing model is being updated: advanced security capabilities (Cloud Sandbox, HyperDetect and Root Cause Analysis) will now be included in the base license to provide an even higher security level with the base tier. We are also consolidating SKUs and will support both on-premises and cloud console deployments from the same SKU/license.

The current a-la-carte products and GravityZone Advanced Business Security will move to End-of-Sale for new customers starting April 1st, 2022. This is due to the introduction of the enhanced a-la-carte licensing mentioned above and to optimize the number of packages in our business solutions portfolio from four to three.

Something to think about as an opinion and comment if you bill your clients annually you might change to monthly as soon as feasible and financially acceptable to you.  Annual contracts both with your vendor and your clients could backfire or be detrimental to you .

Roy Miehe | MspPortal Partners Inc ” Where Service and Technical Skills Count”