The first step to defending yourself against cybersecurity threats is understanding them. Find out what experts are preparing for in 2023.
There are many reasons why businesses choose to outsource their IT support. We know that outsourcing any business function is a big decision to make and takes a lot of thought and planning. Here are some of the things you should consider when it comes to outsourcing your IT. Questions to Ask Does your chosen provider support businesses of all sizes? Many people believe outsourced IT is just for big businesses, but plenty of managed service providers support SMEs. However, if your business plans to grow, you need to ensure your MSP has the right resources to continue working with… Read More
In 2015, BT announced the “Big Switch Off” plan to switch off all PSTN and ISDN phone lines by December 2025. By the time the switchover happens, every phone line in the UK will be digital, routing phone calls over IP (Internet Protocol), rather than traditional analogue lines. This is a system commonly referred to as VoIP. This applies to all business phone lines, as well as home phone lines. Despite this being announced 7 years ago, as of January 2022 almost 70% of UK businesses are still using analogue landlines. The good news is that if you haven’t made… Read More
Phishing scams are on the rise, and they’re getting cleverer. Here are our top tips on recognising one.
Basic password compromises make up the largest percentage of security compromises that result in financial or reputational damage. In a 2020 study, 81% of breaches stemmed from a stolen or weak password. In 2021 it was estimated that over 800,000 passwords could be stolen per year. With the average cost of a data breach rising to £3.2 million last year, it’s more important than ever to audit your password security. How Do I Keep My Passwords Secure? Use longer passwords, containing symbols. The advice that you should use upper- and lower-case letters, along with numbers, to create a secure password… Read More
In this article, we’ll take a look at how Cloud Computing can serve small businesses to yield better results. Before we look at our top 5 reasons as to why small businesses should use Cloud Computing, let’s find out what it is… What is Cloud Computing? Cloud Computing is a form of technology that allows you to gain access to your business data and applications from anywhere at any time from any modern mobile device, such as Apple/Android tablets and smartphones. All your business files, data, and programs are securely stored on an external server (Cloud) that allows your employees… Read More
Many professionals, including business owners, know less about cloud computing then they let on. And given how recognised and significant cloud technologies are today, particularly when it comes to IT deployment in the workplace, it can be somewhat embarrassing to broach the subject. If you too are a little unsure, don’t worry… We’re here to help clear up some of the common cloud conundrums that business owners alike are stumbling over. So, let’s get started with the basics… What is Cloud Computing? Put simply, cloud computing is a combination of hosted applications, data storage and remote server access through the… Read More
To sustain a successful business in today’s competitive and digital-savvy world, both cutting edge ideas and speed are required… Without which, customers will simply start shopping elsewhere, and businesses will find themselves falling behind their competitors. Where customers are continuing to take control with a mere swipe of a screen or click of a button, the pressure for providers to refine and develop their products and services is increasing. Should a customer not be pleased by their interaction with a brand, they can simply move onto something better. For native businesses like Amazon Web Services, or Spotify, who possess such… Read More
End of Support for Windows 7 and Server 2008 Microsoft have announced the end of support for Windows Server 2008 and Windows 7, with a confirmed ‘end of support’ date of 14th January 2020. So, in just over a year, security patches of these systems will no longer be released. Windows 7 has been an incredibly popular operating system; its market share still stands at 41%. This has continued to stay firm even with the launch of Windows 10. While the end of support for Windows Server 2008 also means it’s the end of the road for Microsoft Small Business… Read More
A Layered Approach to Defending your Network In order to remain resilient to attack in today’s increasingly high-risk cyber landscape, companies must remain focused on protecting each and every layer of their infrastructure. This requires top-to-bottom coordination across the whole network architecture and throughout on-premises (physical), data centres (hybrid), and cloud (virtual) environments. No matter how you choose to run your network security, be it independently or through the expertise of a managed services provider, an integrated and layered security strategy is essential. Here we discuss 6 ways in which to establish stronger enterprise security across each of the layers… Read More