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Mother Nature has a tendency to render anything and anyone powerless in its wrath -- even our businesses aren't immune. And there's no bigger manifestation of this than the hurricane, where heavy, swirling winds and flooding can wreak havoc on entire communities in its path.


As of this morning, residents in Texas in the United States are bracing for this potential worst, as Hurricane Harvey, a strong Category 2 storm with maximum sustained winds of 105 MPH, inches closer to the coast. When it makes landfall late this evening and into the early hours of Saturday morning, it is expected to be Category 3. 


As a result, many companies in the storm's path are already bracing their employees and organizations for the worst with business continuity plans being rolled into place. 


Mimecast too offers continuity guidelines for administrators to plan and provide end users with continuity of email services -- and peace of mind -- during an infrastructure outage or disaster recovery event such as Hurricane Harvey. With our Continuity Best Practice and Mimecast Continuity Planning Manual documents, you'll be able to plan for any outage before it even takes place, reducing the amount of administration required when the hurricane is in full swing. 


So remember to get you and your loved ones to safety first and foremost, but at the same time, plan ahead for your business and your end users. 


Weather the storm now with our business continuity planning materials (and be sure to print out physical copies to keep handy):

Continuity Best Practice 

Mimecast Continuity Planning Manual 

Matthew Gardiner is a Senior Product Marketing Manager at Mimecast and is currently focused on email security, phishing, malware, and cloud security.


How do you get ahead of cyber attackers? For the most part, security defenders, such as Mimecast, spend a lot of time reacting to the latest tools and techniques used by cybercriminals. In fencing terms, they lunge, and we parry on behalf of our customers. And then sometime later they lunge again...and we parry again. 


With a network of tens of thousands of customers and billions of emails a month, we see a lot of stuff. One time it is a new flavor of ransomware sent as an attachment, and the next it is a malicious URL meant to harvest your users' credentials. And 'round and 'round it goes..and goes.


However, anyone who follows hockey knows that one of the best techniques to win is to skate to where the puck is going and not to where it currently is. In the context of security, that means continuously conducting, periodically reporting on, and quickly updating defenses based on threat research that is ahead of the attackers. Now we lunge and they parry (perhaps). Today, we have done just that.


Read about the newly disclosed ROPEMAKER email exploit that Mimecast has just brought public via this blog and the associated deep-dive paper


You can also learn more about the security control we have added to TTP - URL Protect to help defend against an attack that might try and leverage this technique.


I encourage your questions and comments!

We've just added (and renamed) a couple of new point 'levels' as part of Mimecaster Central's gamification/points program! 


The background here: We thought it was a big jump to go from 15,000 points to the next level of 200,000, so the 50,000 and 100,000 levels were added to reflect this gap. Additionally, seeing that Mimecaster was a lofty goal of 500,000, that threshold has been reduced to 400,000.


Here's a preview of these new point levels (old on the left -> new on the right):



As always, you can see your missions earned, level status, and more in the Reputation tab of your community profile. Remember, too, that these points can be used toward cool rewards


We anticipate some special rewards (hint, hint) outside of the Points and Rewards store as folks get into the upper echelons of our Points program, too.


But keep in mind that these special rewards won't go to just anyone: As part of our efforts to raise the bar (and competition!) of quality contributions to fellow Mimecast community members, we'll always take into account the individual users' contributions if they reach our highest levels.


For example, if a user's contributions are just "following" every user's profile and "liking" each piece of content, that won't hold as much weight as, say, combining "liking" content with valuable activities like providing a solution in the Forums to a fellow community member. To that point, too, we have daily caps in place for "liking" content and other easier-to-reach activities. 


Enjoy these new point levels...and the healthy competition. Who knows? You may just be next on our Monthly Leaderboards in the Community Forums