Thinfactory Newsupdate

 August competition: Win a Yubikey: more protection, less hassle! 

Unfortunately, Covid-19 is still very present in our lifes and still limits our freedom. Fortunately, technology tools are helping us to work remotely from home in a productive way. We hope you have enjoyed good holidays and we sincerely hope you, your family and colleagues are doing well. 

Last month, Microsoft has organized their annual partner event ‘Microsoft Inspire’. Usually, this happens in the US with 30.000 people from all over the world but, no surprise, this year Microsoft Inspire was organized digitally. Nevertheless, we have participated again and it was interesting to discover newest features and trends. The most interesting topic to us was the changing CIO priorities due to Covid-19, resulting in budget increases on Compliance and Protection to secure Remote work against increasing Cybersecurity risks….

According to a worldwide Covid-19 Security and Compliance flash poll 2020 report commissioned by Microsoft, CIO’s priority list has changed because of Covid-19:

  • Compliance budget increase 65%
  • Cybersecurity +40%:
    MFA (Multi-Factor Authentication) & Endpoint device protections become most important Cybersecurity Technology investments
  • Remote work solutions +35%

In addition, 49% of Compliance Decision Makers believe that Data Protection is the most important solution area!

In this month’s update, we also have a small Yubico competition where you can win a Yubikey in a very easy way. We promise: it will take less than 2 minutes to participate and this Yubikey may change your life forever in a more secure way leaving changing-passwords-hassle behind you forever! (Read More)

This is what it takes to make a chance winning a Yubikey:

  • Like and share our Yubico post posted on LinkedIn 17 August before 20 August 2020
  • Propose us a timeslot to have a short online meeting about Yubico and other security tools which takes place before before end August 2020. 
    Mail your meeting date to sales@thinfactory.com, subject ‘Yubico meeting’
  • Conditions: Only customers can participate. Max 1 winner per company. If more applicants we will pick randomly 2 winners. Yubikeys will be send in September 2020.

Last but not least, we would like to highlight our Thinfactory vCloud Director Iaas (Infrastructure-as-a-Service) solution which will replace our Cloud Plaza environment soon. This vCloud platform is based on VMWare technology and keeps your data in Belgium (or The Netherlands, up to you!) and is a fast, flexible and secure way with predictable costs as we do not charge network bandwidth usage and connectivity! Of course, you can count on our local support specialists in case you need them. (Read more)

Don’t hesitate to contact us for questions or suggestions.

Stay safe!

Regards
Thinfactory team

P.S. Did you know Flemish SME (Small Medium Enterprises) can get 50% government funding up to 50.000Eur per project related to digital transformation with an external expert company, such as Thinfactory? Applications need to be sent between 1 September 2020 and 31 October 2020. Read more here (in Dutch).

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Press release: Thinfactory is Certified Yubico Reseller

 

No key, no authentication

Thinfactory is expanding by adding YubiKey by Yubico to its portfolio. The YubiKey allows for ‘passwordless’ log-in at different Thinfactory cloud services. This makes log-in process easier and more secure. No YubiKey means no authentication. This reduces the risk of identity theft, such as account take-overs, on cloud services.

Mario Casier, Sales Manager at Thinfactory: “A total of 81 percent of all data breaches are related to stolen or weak passwords.
With the YubiKey, we can guarantee maximum data security, without tiring users
with complex log-in procedures and passwords.”

 One key for all cloud applications

The YubiKey is a physical identity security key to be used for example for multi-factor authentication (MFA), smartcard authentication and single-use password
challenge authentication. One key that can be used for all applications, both
private and professional accounts, and available for every device, connected
via USB or NFC.

Perfect match with Thinfactory’s Secure Business Continuity strategy

This collaboration perfectly aligns with our strategy to help organizations implement cloud solutions. With these cloud solutions, clients safeguard their business continuity in a safe way. In addition to our infrastructure solutions and Microsoft-supporting services, we are equipped with the expertise that is needed to offer maximum protection for company data. Without losing sight of ease of use.


Focus on security

Together with Microsoft, Google, Amazon and other members of the FIDO
Alliance, Yubico developed ‘passwordless authentication’ as a new standard. It
is simpler than smartcard authentication and safer than One Time Password
(OTP). Sjaak Koekkoek, Sales Director Benelux at Yubico: “We need
partners like Thinfactory, that focus on security solutions, in order to
support our strong growth. Thinfactory is one of our strategic partners in
creating a safer internet for everyone. Together, we make sure IT environments
are less attractive for cybercrime and that organizations have an easier time
adhering to privacy guidelines. In addition, we use YubiKey to help
organizations significantly minimize the number of support tickets relating to
password support.”

If you are interested to find out more about Yubikeys, please fill in form below and we’ll contact you how we can help you.

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Stay productive while working remotely – 6 months FREE trial Microsoft Teams

With COVID-19 continuing to impact people and countries around the world, teams and schools everywhere are moving to remote work and distance learning. Get Teams for free and learn how to get started. Thinfactory has the expertise to help you with this adoption inside your company.

What is Microsoft Teams?

Teams is a great tool for online collaboration with your colleagues, customers and/or suppliers. Use chat, (video)calls, meetings, document sharing, …  

Terms and conditions

  • Only valid for customers who don’t have Teams yet in their Microsoft plan: New customers without an Office 365 Tenant • Exchange Online Plan 1 • Exchange Online Plan 2 • Office 365 ProPlus • Office 365 Business • Customers with Dynamics 365 and no Office 365
  • Services added to trial licenses: Exchange Foundation • Flow for Office 365 Plan 1 • Forms • Microsoft Planner • Microsoft Whiteboard • Microsoft Teams (Teams1, Teams IW) • Office Online • PowerApps for Office 365 Plan 1 • SharePoint Online Kiosk • Stream • Sway
  • Max 1000 per tenant during maximum 6 months.
  • The trial starts on the date that the trial is initiated for the tenant, not when users are assigned licenses.
  • After 6 months the trial ends automatically or can be included in a paid subscription with Teams included. You decide, no unexpected charges!
  • If the customer has no active paid or trial subscriptions, the tenant will follow normal Office 365 data retention policies.
  • Only valid via Microsoft CSP partners

Are you convinced or still some questions? Send email “Free Teams Trial” to sales@thinfactory.com and we’ll contact you.

Qualified Multitenant Hoster

Qualified Multitenant Hoster (QMTH)

Thinfactory NV/SA is a Qualified Multitenant Hoster (QMTH) authorized by Microsoft to host your Windows virtual machines via Microsoft Cloud Agreement subscription or Enterprise Agreement/MPSA on dedicated or multitenant hardware. In addition, we are also authorized to host Office 365 ProPlus (including E3 and E5), Project Online Professional, and Visio Pro for Office 365 subscriptions using Shared Computer Activation (SCA) technology. Click here to learn more about the QMTH Program from Microsoft.

Benefits of Windows 10 Virtualization and Shared Computer Activation for Office 365 ProPlus, Project Online Professional, and Visio Pro for Office 365

Windows 10 virtualization and SCA for Office 365 ProPlus, Project Online Professional, and Visio Pro for Office 365 gives you choice and flexibility. Both allow you to take advantage of existing Windows 10 and Office 365 licensing investments when deploying to the cloud.

You are able to make a deployment choice between on-premises or Thinfactory’s shared datacenter. Thinfactory NV/SA is an Authorized QMTH Partner, allowing you to deploy Office 365 ProPlus, Project Online Professional, Visio Pro for Office 365, and qualified Windows 10 products to your chosen cloud infrastructure solution.

Which Windows licenses purchased through Microsoft Volume Licensing (VL) programs include virtualization rights for Qualified Multitenant Hosting?

As of August 1, 2017, the following Windows licenses purchased through Microsoft Volume Licensing currently include virtualization rights for Qualified Multitenant Hosting:

  • Windows 10 Enterprise E3 and E5 per User with SA
  • Windows 10 Enterprise E3 and E5 VDA per User

Which Windows subscriptions purchased under the Microsoft Cloud Agreement Thinfactory NV/SA will include virtualization rights?

As of September 6, 2017, the following Windows subscriptions include virtualization rights for dedicated as well as multitenant hardware in data centers managed by Authorized QMTH Partners such as Thinfactory NV/SA:

  • Windows 10 Enterprise E3 and E5 (with VDI)
  • Windows 10 Enterprise E3 VDA
  • Microsoft 365 Enterprise (formerly Secure Productive Enterprise or SPE) E3 and E5

Which Office 365 products support SCA?

SCA mode works with Office 365 ProPlus, Project Online Professional, and Visio Pro for Office 365. All Office 365 plans that include Office 365 ProPlus, Project Online Professional, or Visio Pro for Office 365 are able to use SCA.

Contact Us

Talk to a Thinfactory NV/SA representative to learn more about Windows 10 Virtualization and SCA.

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