NRC Newsletter - March/April 2023

Microsoft Bookings – A Good Meeting Scheduling Tool

Have you ever tried to schedule a meeting between more than two individuals? It’s difficult with just 2 people and becomes exponentially harder with each additional person. At times, it seems like more time is spent trying to find a common meeting time than in the actual meeting. But the time spent scheduling meetings — the back and forth between people trying to figure out the best day and time — can be avoided using meeting scheduling tools.

If you have a Microsoft 365 subscription, then you should consider using Microsoft Bookings. Microsoft Bookings is a Microsoft 365 app that makes scheduling and managing appointments easier. Bookings has a Web-based appointment calendar and integrates with Microsoft Outlook allowing customers and clients the flexibility to book a time that works best for them. An added bonus is that Bookings has a built-in ability to be customized to meet multiple needs of any organization. Get more details at Microsoft Bookings.

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Random MFA (Multi-factor Authentication) Prompts

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Recently, our security team received a notice from a client indicating that an employee’s email account had been compromised via a "Random MFA" prompt. The employee unknowingly authorized a MFA prompt that they did not initiate.

We urge everyone to pay closer attention to authorizing MFA prompts, especially via push-based authentication. You could end up in a situation where a single tap, whether intentional or unintentional, can lead to severe consequences. Receiving unexpected MFA prompts is a clear indicator that your account is compromised.

MFA is still one of the most cost-effective security measures against identity-related attacks. However, while the method itself is secure, attackers know its weak link – the human factor. Attackers will try to take advantage of that in any way they can to gain access to your data. Don't fall victim by taking note of the following ways to protect against them:

  • Never approve unexpected MFA prompts,
  • Inform your IT and security team immediately, and
  • Spread the knowledge to your team.

NRC birthdays and anniversaries


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Work anniversary

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Corey Webb celebrated his 6th Work Anniversary with NRC. Corey’s willingness to help others is what makes him so special. He is always eager and excited to provide a helping hand. One employee had this to say about Corey, “I can always count on him to be cheerful and eager to help”. In Corey, we definitely see NRC’s Core Focus, “Helping People”! Thanks Corey, we appreciate you and are proud to have you on the NRC Team.

NRC personnel changes

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We regret to inform you that Scott Daley has left our company for personal reasons with the well wishes of the entire New River Computing Team. We understand the important role Scott played in working with our clients, and we assure you that we will continue to meet your needs. We have made some corporate personnel adjustments and are committed to providing you the best service possible. If you have any concerns during this transition, please contact Hansen (540) 808-2900 x801 or Jeff (540) 808-2900 x800, or send us a message via our contact page.

We are proud to announce that George T. Probst has transitioned into a new role. George will serve as NRC's Centralized Services Administrator. George has been around since 2007 and is an integral part of the NRC Team. We appreciate all the knowledge and dedication that George brings to the table. We are so grateful to have you on the team.

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