Opportunities and Challenges of An Interconnected World

May 4th, 2021

The coronavirus pandemic has shifted our world so quickly that it’s sometimes hard to remember what life was like before, even though it’s only been about 18 months since COVID-19 first swept the globe. Many of the changes it has wrought have been extremely tough – people have lost loved ones and entire industries and economies have suffered. On the positive side, challenges always foster innovation and we’re seeing that in action as people and businesses rise to the occasion and develop new ways of communicating, working and solving problems.

5 Red Flags of Phishing Emails: Think Before You Click

April 22nd, 2021

A single click can be the difference between maintaining data security and suffering massive financial losses. From the moment just one employee takes the bait in a phishing email, your business is vulnerable to data breaches and extensive downtime. Cybercriminals are getting ever more enterprising, so it’s important to know what you should look out for.

Quickly spot the red flags and put phishing emails where they belong:

The Difference Between an MSP and an MSSP

April 12th, 2021

I’ve recently joined Numata as Cybersecurity Product Manager as the company is working to expand its cybersecurity offering to meet the increasing needs for these services. One of the questions I’ve been asked is what the difference is between MSPs and MSSPs.

In a nutshell, Numata has developed a reputation for being a trusted Managed Services Provider (MSP). As cyber risks have increased, another type of organisation has developed called a Managed Security Service Provider (MSSP). Rather than focusing on offering outsourced IT services, MSSPs focus solely on cybersecurity solutions for clients.

Cybersecurity Awareness Training – An Investment Every Business Should Make

March 31st, 2021

Cyber risk is something that every business should be thinking about in 2021. Almost all businesses work at least partially online in this day and age, and many have prioritised digital transformation as the world becomes more connected and digitally focused. While technology offers many wonderful benefits, it also comes with risk, which is why businesses should be implementing cybersecurity awareness training, not just as a once-off measure, but an ongoing programme.

People Are Your Best Defence Against Cyber Attacks

March 22nd, 2021

It may seem counterintuitive, but technology is not the only important tool for preventing your IT system from attack; people are. This is because people are often easier to manipulate than protected IT infrastructure, and humans can quickly become the weakest point in a system. One study found that 48% of people were willing to give up their password information in exchange for something as simple as a chocolate bar. This means that it’s important for SMEs not to overlook cybersecurity awareness training as part of their security measures.

Is Your Business GDPR Ready?

March 8th, 2021

The EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), which came into effect in May 2018, is the most significant change in the digital world since the turn of the millennium and has affected businesses on a global scale. Essentially, the GDPR comprises a set of laws designed to control the handling of consumers’ personal data. Adherence to the requirements of the GDPR is compulsory, with stiff penalties imposed for non-compliance.

POPI Compliance and IT Security for Your SME

March 1st, 2021

The 30 June 2021 deadline for ensuring your business is compliant with the Protection of Personal Information Act (POPI) is fast approaching. Is your business ready? And, importantly, are you protected against the cybersecurity and data risks associated with running a business in 2021?

4 Advantages of Managed IT Over In-House IT

February 24th, 2021

It’s tempting to hire an in-house IT technician to take care of your network and set them up with a cosy office just down the hall, but is it the right decision for your business? If you’re like most businesses, you’re always on the lookout for ways to save money while improving results. Sometimes this means expanding your staff to include a team of tech specialists at your beck and call, but this can often be an unnecessary expense that leaves you with highly paid employees twiddling their thumbs all day. For SMEs who are looking for the best of both worlds, we recommend Managed IT services.