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Shop safely this Black Friday and Cyber Monday

November 11th, 2021

More and more people are shopping online. With the great deals available on Black Friday and Cyber Monday coming up soon, scammers are using the opportunity to lure consumers into giving away their private information (including credit card details) on fake platforms online.

IT Strategy for 2022

November 11th, 2021

The world has changed since COVID-19 and there’s no going back. We all know this and have heard it over and over again. But despite this, many businesses have yet to reflect these changes in their IT budgets and strategies. We think 2022 is the year that many will begin to prioritise IT, recognising that it can be a differentiator and, in fact, the backbone of a business.

We believe that a good IT strategy should be adaptive and continuously updated, coordinated and aligned with business strategies, and documented (not something held in the head of one person).

Why does my business need dark web monitoring?

October 25th, 2021

The dark web is called ‘dark’ for a reason. It’s a murky online space reserved for shady activities like illicit trading, including the trading of personal information and hiring of hackers to cyber-attack businesses and organisations. You may wonder whether cybercriminals on the dark web are even interested in small- to medium-sized businesses, but recent insights show that small businesses are being targeted these days because they don’t invest as much in cybersecurity as large corporations, meaning they provide an easy payday for criminals.

Microsoft 365 – Name that icon

October 22nd, 2021

Until 2020, many companies hadn’t given much thought to cybersecurity beyond assuming their IT departments would sort out an effective firewall. However, with the move to more remote or hybrid working, cybersecurity has been bumped up the agenda, especially as businesses take note of other organisations falling prey to malware attacks.

Threat hunting – what you need to know

October 7th, 2021

Until 2020, many companies hadn’t given much thought to cybersecurity beyond assuming their IT departments would sort out an effective firewall. However, with the move to more remote or hybrid working, cybersecurity has been bumped up the agenda, especially as businesses take note of other organisations falling prey to malware attacks.

Have you discovered the full potential of Microsoft Teams?

September 14th, 2021

Microsoft Teams offers you everything you need to chat, call and collaborate in a one-stop-shop, user-friendly interface essential to your business. Whether you are running your SME or working from home, Teams will keep you connected with your colleagues in a format that will make teamwork a breeze.

Microsoft 365 – Why all the fuss?

September 7th, 2021

Microsoft 365, previously known as Office 365, is a comprehensive suite of cloud-based products that gives you access to all the familiar Microsoft productivity apps along with a variety of collaboration platforms and tools. It has been around for a few years, but with the swift global shift to remote working in 2020, it’s really come into its own over the last 18 months.

How much will a data breach really cost my company?

August 27th, 2021

IBM has just released its 2021 Cost of a Data Breach Report, which shows a significant increase in the costs related to data breaches as a result of more people working remotely amidst the COIVD-19 pandemic. The report also shows the impact of data breaches on company costs even where remote working wasn’t a factor. The average total cost of a data breach increased by nearly 10% to $4.24 million, the highest recorded in the 17 years that the report has been tracking these figures.

Business IT – balancing price and value

August 17th, 2021

Every business has to be sensitive to costs, but focusing only on finding a lower rate is not necessarily the best way to ensure you get the best value.
Value goes beyond price – it’s about weighing the benefits against the cost. Sometimes that’s hard to do, however.

What you need to know about DMARC and your domain

August 12th, 2021

DMARC stands for Domain-based Message Authentication, Reporting and Conformance. It’s a technical standard that helps to protect email senders and recipients from advanced threats that could cause an email data breach. DMARC email security lets the owner of the domain specify their authentication practices, as well as what actions should be taken if an email fails authentication. It also allows mail recipients to flag emails that fail authentication.