Last month, the Talk Talk cyber-attack resulted in the theft of a substantial amount of sensitive customer data, in the region of: 28,000 credit card/debit card details; 15,656 bank account details and sort codes; 15,000 dates of birth; 1.2 million Email addresses, names and phone numbers.
This was Talk Talk’s third attack of this kind in the last 12 months, putting the company firmly on the ever-growing list of multinationals to have suffered a major cyber-attack. The question is, if large corporates such as, Sony, EBay, Carphone Warehouse and Talk Talk (with their expert IT departments and security specialists), can’t prevent hackers from infiltrating their networks, what chance to smaller companies and home users have? read more
Proactive IT Monitoring = Knowledge, Knowledge = Power
The term ‘managed services’ has been around in the IT industry for a fair few years now. The level of importance placed on managed services varies from business to business and is directly related to how a company prioritises the efficiency and performance of their IT network and infrastructure....read more
Still cloudy about the cloud? A hybrid approach could be the answer
There is no doubt that there are many advantages for moving to the cloud, as we have discussed in previous blog posts. With all the hype and noise surrounding cloud solutions, it is easy to get distracted from the most important issue – which solution best fits your business right now and moving into the future?...read more
How outsourcing your IT can help gain competitive advantage
Reliance on IT within the workplace has grown in recent years, which increases the workloads of internal IT staff. One of the ways to lower the pressure on internal resources is to outsource. MSPs are like an extension... read more
Top 10 Advantages of Cloud in 2 minutes
As discussed in a earlier post 'Cloud Computing' like all things has its disadvantages and advantages. To help you decide whether cloud is right for your business we have created a short animation with the Top 10 Advantages of Cloud...watch here
Why moving to a hosted desktop service is beneficial
VDI or Virtual Desktop Infrastructure is another form of 'cloud services'. It offers centralise network management for IT administrators, empower employees to work remotely and it is secure. Implementing VDI requires meticulous planning and execution, another option is to...read more
Countdown to Microsoft Windows Server 2003 End of Support
Microsoft's Windows Server 2003 support will be ending on the 14th July 2015. Microsoft will no longer issues security updated for any version of Server 2003. So it is time to assess...read more
Ability to work anywhere, with a virtual desktop environment (disclaimer internet required)
Managing a physical desktop environment is becoming more complex, it can be labour intensive and costly depending on the size. Every time a upgrade is required or a new application installed for all to use, one would need to carry out the task on each machine. However... read more
10 Features of Windows 10
Windows 10 will be hitting the shelves soon, the product is aim to unite the Microsoft platforms creating 'One product, one platform, one store'. It will have some great features like improved Snap-Assist...read more
The drawbacks of Cloud - Things they don't tell you!
Cloud computing can offer a number of benefits but, like with all things there are disadvantages with this technology. There is a need to analyse and evaluate whether it is right for the business...read more
Benefits of Managed IT Services in a short video
Managed IT Services combines regular and preventative maintenance and monitoring for corporate networks and systems. It helps increase the reliability, stability...read more
Cloud IP Telephony explained in 2 minutes
Moving business telephone systems to the cloud is becoming increasingly popular as it cost-efficient compared to traditional phone systems. We created a short 2 minutes animation to explain the benefits of VoIP...read more
Backup and Recovery... The types you need to know about
Having access to data is what keeps most organisations operational so, what would happen if there was a disaster and you haven't got a backup? Having backup in place is important but, there are many different types...read more
Anti-Virus - Do we still need it or is it doomed?
With the advancements in technology malicious software has evolved too. It is becoming harder to detect and can affect a range of devices (even washing machines!). Traditional Anti-Virus will not be able to protect...read more
10 Reasons Why Cloud is Good for Business
The combination of growing mobile device usage and the business adoption of Software-as-a-Service - Cloud Computing is revolutionising the workplace, helping businesses to increase productivity and save on operational expenses...read more
VoIP, Voice over Internet Protocol - What? How? Why?
With many business applications moving to the Cloud more and more people are moving their telephone systems too. Although VoIP is not a new technology it is starting to gain momentum due to the increasing availability and reliability of connectivity...read more
Netshield Anti-Virus service - powered by BitDefender
Anti-Virus is a necessary evil but, it can take a while to deploy and manage. Netshield Anti-Virus is a comprehensive solution that acts as your first line of defence...watch video
Could being sociable online be dangerous to businesses?
Social media has grown considerably in recent years, not only it is a tool individuals use to interact, create, share or exchange information, it is also increasingly important for businesses...read more
Information Security isn’t just a Technology issue but, a Business one..
As everyone is becoming more mobile within the workplace and socially, is it becoming more apparent that Information Security within the workplace is not just the IT department issue anymore... read more
Remote Working... The Trend of Mobility in the Workplace
Forrester Research suggests 95% of workers are using at least one-self purchased device for work. By giving employees the option of remote working it can provide businesses with a number of benefits...read more
Cyber Security - How aware are you of the growing risk?
Majority of business now have their data stored within a network and its availability will determine productivity, so one cannot afford to take the view ‘it would never happen to me’ as in a recent PWC study 87%... read more