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TLS 1.2 – Transfer Layer Security – Can My Organization Stay Compliant?

Many IT administrators wonder if they can stay compliant with changing TLS requirements. With the known security issues for TLS 1.0 and TLS 1.1, we can configure EIOBoard to use the most secure TLS available by installing version 10 or higher. The .NET Framework v4.6.2 makes these accommodations for clients to auto negotiate which version of TLS to use. Version 4.7.x of .NET removes this feature but adds support for TLS 1.2, and is included in version 10.3.x or higher.

 

Cloud-Hosted

EIOBoard cloud servers use .NET Framework 4.7.2 as of version 10.1.5. In addition, we leverage SSL with RSA-2048 and multiple cipher suites supported at the client.

 

Customer-Hosted

Customers that strictly require TLS 1.2 or higher for compliance requirements should install or upgrade to the latest version of EIOBoard (10.1.5 or higher). If the administrator disables TLS 1.0 or TLS 1.1 at the webserver, the EIOBoard clients can only connect through TLS 1.2 or higher so older client versions will no longer connect.

 

Force Outlook to Use TLS 1.2 for Customer-HostedĀ v10.1.5 or earlierĀ 

Suppose an administrator cannot upgrade the customer-hosted EIOBoard server. In that case, we can supply a replacement DLL for the Outlook Add-In using a static requirement for TLS 1.2 connections. Please contact support for a download link.

  1. Close the Outlook application entirely
  2. Disable TLS 1.0 and TLS 1.1 from your Internet Options menu
  3. Open the install path for your EIOBoard Outlook Add-in in the default path is “C:\Program DAEIOBoard.dll in the Ā file path Files (x86)\Savance\EIOBoard Outlook Add-in”
  4. Find the DAEIOBoard.dll in the file path
  5. DLL file rename the DLL file to Old_ DAEIOBoard.dll
  6. Replace the original DLL file with the revised DLL
  7. Verify the EIOBoard Outlook Add-in connects properly

 

This method works for one machine. However, when administrators have hundreds of devices requiring this change, we suggest using Microsoft Endpoint Configuration Manager or another automation tool.

 

Additional Resources

https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/dotnet/framework/network-programming/tls

https://support.savance.com/index.php?/eioboard/Knowledgebase/Article/View/295/0/upgrade-eioboard-on-client-workstations-via-group-policy

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