SSS are specialist IT Security Developers and Resellers with over 25 years experience.

Meeting the IT security needs of our customers, and providing overall customer satisfaction is the foundation of SSS's business. Our team work hard to ensure that we properly understand your needs, and that the products and services we sell are a good fit for you. We thrive on solving your IT security problems.

Our Mission:     To provide enterprises with cutting edge and best fit security products, support and consulting services which combine our intellectual property, expert problem solvers and understanding of the customer's business to create peace of mind.


NEWSLETTERS

Novemeber 2014

SSS Accepted on the ICT AoG Security and Related Services Panel

It is our pleasure to announce that the Department of Internal Affairs has just confirmed the acceptance of SSS on to the NZ Government ICT Security and Related Services Panel in the Security Consulting and Review category. The panel is a Government ICT Common Capability run by the Department of Internal Affairs, which allows for easier procurement of our services by eligible New Zealand Government agencies. This is validation of the investment we have made in our new Security Consulting operation and the high calibre of the staff that we have.

Our Security Consulting division offers services in the following areas: (Note that these can be tailored to suit a particular application, environment or requirement.)

  • Security Assurance
  • Security Governance
  • Security Risk Management
  • Virtual ISM (Information Security Management)
  • Identity Management Services

Read more on these offerings here:

5 Best Practices for Defending Your Enterprise

Every enterprise is a target. But it's the strategic decisions you make that will be the difference — especially when security is in the spotlight and malware is on the offensive.

That's why Entrust has collected five of the most proven security best practices your organization should consider to help stop the advanced attacks that target digital identities and high-value transactions

Click here to download the whitepaper:

StripIT - APT Prevention

Advanced Persistent Threats (APT) are document based macros and other active code. APTs have long been seen as a source of security risk. There are few limits to what this embedded active code can do when run. StripIT helps mitigate against those risks.

StripIT® identifies macros and active code in OpenOffice, Microsoft Office, File Archive, PDF, RTF and executable files/documents and removes these sources of risk, allowing the modified file/document to be delivered to the intended recipients.

We have just added new functionality to our StripIT utility. The number of file types it recognises and processes has increased to 89, and now includes RTF files. Also, in addition to disabling access to active content, we now provide the option to remove embedded content.

StripIT has traditionally been available as an SMTP gateway utility, to scan and process attachments to inbound email.

We have now released a Linux-based command-line utility build of StripIT, which we call File StripIT. It has the same (increased) processing functionality as the SMTP gateway utility.

File StripIT enables two new uses:-

  1. The processing of files that are already in your network - e.g. on file shares; and
  2. The ability to build the StripIT technology into other file and email processing systems.

The two StripIT builds (SMTP gateway and File) share the same core of code so future products enhancements will be available in both variants.

Contact us if you’d like more information on StripIT.

New SSS logo/branding and website coming soon…

We have been working on refreshing our branding, and plan to be releasing that before Christmas. Our primary reason for doing this is that, whilst we are proud of our 29 year heritage, our "full" company name - Scientific Software & Systems Limited" doesn't clearly express the fact that we are now primarily an IT Security focussed company.

So, in future we are going to refer to ourselves as "SSS - IT Security Specialists".
We're not going to change our full company name - that will remain in the small print etc. Along with the new naming focus, we have developed a new logo and brand imagery which will be released on our new website and public facing documents soon.

We will also be updating our LinkedIn company page, and making greater use of that in future. We invite you to start following us:

Customer Focus: Ballance Agri-Nutrients uses Sophos Complete Security Suite to better control the security of their entire IT environment.

Ballance Agri-Nutrients Limited is a 100-percent farmer-owned co-operative, with almost 19,000 shareholders throughout New Zealand. Ballance's approach is to help its customers' farm more profitably and sustainably through the provision of complete farm nutrient management advice, products and technology including fertiliser, feed, online farm management and aerial topdressing.

With a widespread network of locations, and a large number of staff to support, Ballance Agri-Nutrients continually reviews its systems and technology to find ways to work smarter, not harder. Recent reviews identified an opportunity to leverage smartphone technology, and empower staff to become more productive. The team began evaluating the mobile device management software options currently available, in a bid to find the best solution for seamlessly rolling out new smartphone devices across the business.

"We needed to find a robust mobile management software solution that would make it easy to roll-out new smartphone devices across the business, and in particular, into our 38 service centres throughout the country," says Tim Lloyd, Information Systems Infrastructure Manager at Ballance Agri-Nutrients.

"It's not easy for our service centre staff to physically hand over their phones for them to be configured for email, so we needed a solution that would allow us to set-up their devices remotely," he explains. Ballance undertook a rigorous review of the various software options available, identifying what it felt was the one solution that could meet the specific needs of the business, while also rating highly enough against its strict set of performance criteria.

"We conducted detailed analysis of independent Gartner Reports in which SOPHOS Complete Security Suite reviewed most favourably," says Mr Lloyd. "We also looked carefully at what our colleagues and peers were using in the UK, and no other solution came close to the positive feedback we received about SOPHOS," he adds.

Mr Lloyd met with IT Security specialist SSS to learn more about SOPHOS Complete Security Suite. "Initially we were only really focused on our immediate need for a mobile device management solution, so when we started to learn more about the other things that SOPHOS could offer, we were pretty impressed," says Mr Lloyd.

"At the time at Ballance we had what could only be described as an 'adequate' MailMarshal solution and Anti-Virus software that was doing an OK job for the business," states Mr Lloyd. "So the comprehensive AV and web filtering functionality that SOPHOS Complete Security Suite also offered was a real bonus for us," he explains.

This unexpected, additional functionality made the overall value proposition of SOPHOS Complete Security Suite even more compelling to the team at Ballance. "The pricing for SOPHOS was already very good, and so the extra features made it even more cost-effective for us, and a stand-out in terms of overall value versus other products on the market," says Mr Lloyd.

You can read the full Case Study here:

We love talking with customers…

…so please do drop by our stand and say "hello" if you are attending any of these conferences that we will be at in the next few months:

October 2014

An analysis of a spear phishing attack - with some surprising findings

by the IT Security team at Otago University - led by Mark Borrie

Below is a summary of a paper that Mark Borrie delivered to a Tertiary ICT conference in 2013. Whilst the events occurred over a year ago now, their analysis yielded some surprising results that are relevant to us now. For us, the take home message is that staff often exhibit less secure behaviours/mind-sets when using mobile devices to access corporate information, as opposed to when they access that same information from workstations.

Click here to read the full article

Announcing SSS Secure Community

Today we’re announcing the release of SSS Secure Community – an easy to manage facility to enable truly secure email communication within and across communities of interest.

There are two key elements of SSS Secure Community:

  • Use of the underlying S/MIME email standard – for encrypting and digitally signing email; and
  • A centralised LDAP certificate store with associated PKI – for community members to store their public certificates in, and for member S/MIME gateways to query. This allows us to issue and maintain a Secure Community of certificates for domains and users. Once a domain or user is accepted into the community they are issued a certificate and this is loaded into the LDAP repository (Certificate list).

Click here to see the full announcement, which includes an FAQ section.

Contact us if you’d like to discuss joining SSS Secure Community: email us , or call us on 04 917 6670.

ClaimIT, our first iPhone app

SSS is pleased to announce the launch of ClaimIT, our first iPhone app. It’s a simpler and faster way for you and your organisation to manage expenses and reimbursements. Just take a snapshot of receipts on the go. Enter data immediately or later when you have time and submit claims instantly or at the end of the month.

After using this app internally at SSS, ClaimIT has proved to streamline and standardise our expense tracking system, and we hope that you will be able to make use of it too. Please visit www.sss.co.nz/claimIT for more details or download the app directly from the app store today. It's FREE and available for iPhone 4 and later. The Android version is under development.

Like the idea but want a more customised version of ClaimIT? Drop us a line or give us a call. We'd always love to hear how we can make ClaimIT work better for you.

We love talking with customers…

…so please do drop by our stand and say "hello" if you are attending any of these conferences that we will be at in the next few months:

September 2014

Greylisting – and the problem with Google Mail servers

Greylisting is a method of reducing incoming spam. It has been in use for many years, and has proved to be an effective and low cost way to significantly reduce spam. Recently, a down side to grey listing has become apparent. Some companies – Google in particular – that provide email services are not set up to be grey listing friendly. As a result, emails from these email services can be delayed for significant periods of time. We have a look at this situation and suggest ways to manage it here.

Backups: Assuring data recoverability

Problem:
Can you confidently recover your data? Most products are designed to backup your data only. Why do you backup data? There is on one reason and that is to recover. Do you have confidence in your existing backup product and know that the data that you are backing up can be tested daily and is recoverable? Is your company at risk? Most companies do not test the recoverability of backups.

Solution:
StorageCraft ShadowProtect is a backup and disaster recovery solution for Virtual, Physical and Cloud based servers. Organisations of any size can monitor and manage multiple physical and virtual servers as wells as desktops and laptops protected by StorageCraft’s ShadowProtect.

Key benefits:

  • Automatically test your ShadowProtect backup images every night to ensure complete recoverability.
  • Centrally manage & monitor all ShadowProtect backup images at any time from one centralised console.
  • Automated daily and monthly reporting on backup status, successes and failures delivering monitoring and most importantly testing capabilities across your windows based servers.
  • Sector based real-time technology ensuring that you meet your recovery point objectives and recovery time objectives.

A bit more about StorageCraft:

StorageCraft now has over 50,000 customers in New Zealand and Australia.

  • Real-time protection of data, databases and even the operating system every 15 minutes
  • Reduce backup windows from hours to minutes (Starwood group went from 26 hours to 30 seconds)
  • Recover entire servers in minutes and files in seconds

StorageCraft delivers more than recoverability

  • Real-time replication
  • Near zero impact migrations (P2P, P2V, V2V, V2P)
    (P=physical server; V=virtual server)
  • Enterprise disaster recovery to VMware or Hyper-V

You can see more detail on the Starwood group's use of StorageCraft ShadowProtect here

During September we will be running a series of webinars focused StorageCraft backup and disaster recovery solutions - starting Monday 8th September. Contact us today if you’d like to book a place into one of those, or if you would just like to find out more about the product solutions in general.

We love talking with customers…

…so please do drop by our stand and say "hello" if you are attending any of these conferences that we will be at in the next few months:

Customer Focus: University of Canterbury

"We have been SSS customers for many years, initially for support and procurement of email messaging services from Process Software. They have provided a consistently high level of service for what has become a rather niche market (OpenVMS). More recently we moved our Sophos antivirus support to SSS. They have shown a high level of technical expertise and reacted promptly to any issues we have had. SSS have always been willing to negotiate favourable terms with our suppliers."

Malcolm Smeaton - Deputy CIO at University of Canterbury

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