Next Generation IT (NGIT), the pan-Island IT services company, has been working through the night recently to protect local businesses following issues identified by Microsoft with its Exchange Server platform.

Last week, the US software giant admitted there were ‘zero-day vulnerabilities’, or severe weaknesses in its Exchange Server that are being actively targeted by cyber attackers. The NGIT technical team worked 24/7 to update all of its local Microsoft-driven client systems within a few hours of the patch release to ensure they are remain secure and protected in NGIT’s privately run cloud.

Jason Connolly, Director at NGIT explained: “The news that there were significant compromises in the Exchange email system meant all hands to the pump as speed is key to ensure important data stays protected.

Microsoft Exchange Server is an email inbox, calendar, scheduling and collaboration platform used by many businesses across the Islands. I am pleased that the swift actions taken by our technical engineers and consultants in implementing patches and working with clients has meant none experienced any issues.”

The Microsoft released patches are designed to tackle four severe vulnerabilities identified. These included server-side forgery, unsafe data deserialisation inside the Unified messaging service and the ability of an authorised exchange user to overwrite any existing file inside the system with their own data.

Mr Connolly added that their recent investment in new enterprise infrastructure in local data centres is helping increase resilience and security for businesses.

“By locating and investing in multiple data centres across the Islands, customers can be reassured that NGIT can offer full carrier resilience (both JT & Sure), encryption at rest and up to date business continuity. Clients’ data is therefore safe and secure in our local, private, offshore cloud. Our significant investment in state-of-the-art infrastructure also increases the capacity, performance and security, ensuring NGIT leads the way with the latest technology.”