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Thank You for a Fantastic 2014!

by Scotty McConnell

Posted on 2014-12-31 21:34:23


Friends and Partners,
As 2014 draws to a quiet, wintery close, I find myself reflecting back on everything this year brought with it. I have seen challenges and accomplishments, large and small, personal as much as professional. At Feynman Group, 2014 was very much a year of growth. We welcomed sharp and talented new members to our team. We were able to extend our reach from the Emerald City to the Rose City, opening an additional office in Portland. Thanks to the generosity of our community, our annual 1 Day 100 Holes charity golf marathon raised over $43,000 in pledges this year to benefit foster children in need in our community.
Of course, none of this would be possible without our partners. Our success naturally depends on our clients’ success, however I like to think what’s more important is the quality of our relationships. Time and experience have shown that when you value integrity and respect above all else, the rest will follow suit. So in the spirit of year-end nostalgia, I would like to extend a sincere word of gratitude to all of our partners. To both our new and familiar associates alike, I am honored to collaborate and work with you. On behalf of the entire Feynman Group team, thank you for helping to make 2014 the fantastic year that it was! As I look ahead, I wish all of you nothing but the best in 2015 and I hope you will all join me in making the New Year one of strength!

Scotty McConnell

Sincerely,
Scotty McConnell
President and Co-Founder
Feynman Group


Security: First Ever Automated Patch to Mac Computers

by Mike Wilson

Posted on 2014-12-29 21:19:57


Apple computer dark backgroundWhile Macintosh computers are generally regarded for their low risk of security threats, Apple pushed its first automated security patch to machines last Tuesday, December 23rd. This update came in response to a critical vulnerability posed by the network time protocol (NTP), a common software component used to synchronize clocks across the internet. While hackers have exploited the NTP in the past, this particular bug was identified in a Department of Homeland Security bulletin on Friday, December 19th.

It’s important to note that the bug, which could allow hackers to gain remote control of machines, affects a number of devices including PCs. The Verge notes that, while Microsoft has been automatically updating Windows security vulnerabilities for years, Apple had previously preferred to prompt users to authenticate updates.

Mac users should be notified of the update and after installing, a restart is not required. At this time, no cases are known of Mac computers that have been exploited through this bug.


Introducing the New Cisco Business Edition 6000S Collaboration Solution

by Feynman Group

Posted on 2014-12-26 22:56:19


Cisco Business Edition 6000SWith the New Year upon us, now is a great time to consider your business’ collaboration needs going forward. From video conferencing, to instant messaging, to paging and beyond, you’ve got a lot to consider! Here at Feynman Group, we are happy to introduce Cisco’s new Business Edition 6000S (BE6000S) Packaged Collaboration Solution! The BE6000S is purpose-built to deliver core collaboration capabilities along with integrated routing and gateway functionality in one small form-factor platform. The package is a complete, affordable collaboration solution, which makes it a great choice for small businesses. Here are some key features and highlights:

  • This solution delivers essential collaboration for up to 150 users and 300 devices.
  • It’s an easy to manage, all-in-one platform with 5 fixed, preconfigured core applications:
    • Cisco Unified Communications Manager
    • Cisco Unity Connection
    • Cisco Unified Instant Messaging and Presence Service
    • Cisco Prime Collaboration Provisioning
    • Cisco Paging Server
  • Supports point-to-point video collaboration
  • The industry’s first “office in a box” solution based on the Cisco ISR 2921V and UCS E160D M2 blade server, with routing, gateway, wireless, security, and collaboration services all together in a single chassis

The BE6000S is a simple and scalable solution with seamless migration path to higher-end platforms. What does all this mean? Your business can act with greater efficiency, clearer communication internally as well as externally, and you can rest assured knowing your service is supported by Feynman Group’s most knowledgeable techs!

For more information, head to Cisco’s official website or call us at (541) 342-5531. Start the new year off right.


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