Andrew Atthowe

Your IT system is ageing quickly. Here’s how to keep it at maximum health for longer

Are you familiar with the concept of dog years?

They say the first year of a puppy’s life is the equivalent of 15 human years. And your dog ages the equivalent of five to nine human years every calendar year.

Just as an older dog needs to be taken to the vets more regularly, so too must older IT systems get specialist attention and have more preventative work done.

Technology is improving at such a speed that older hardware and software can quickly fall behind. It’s not as dramatic as it used to be – when things would just stop working – but there are underlying risks of running an old setup that you must be aware of.

In fact, if your system hasn’t been significantly reviewed in the last three years or longer, then it’s highly likely that your staff ’s productivity is at risk – and so is your data. The older your setup, the greater the data security risks.

We’ve written a new guide explaining this, with five signs that your current IT setup is older than you think. I’ve written it in human, not geek!

Sign up here to get the guide sent straight to you:

Uber data hack is a reminder criminals are targeting your business. Today

Does anyone rob banks any more?

It just seems such an old fashioned way for criminals to make money. When you consider that last year Uber gave some hackers $100,000 not to use the data they’d just stolen from the giant taxi company.

Uber’s recent admission that it had personal details of 57 million customers and drivers stolen is major news. Yet there will be other hacks reported in the months ahead.

Earlier in the year the NHS was held hostage by hackers, causing more than 6,900 appointments – including some operations – to be cancelled.

Data theft has become big business. Either stealing it. Or locking it and charging a fee for its release.

What is the cloud?

[vc_row type=”in_container” scene_position=”center” text_color=”dark” text_align=”left” overlay_strength=”0.3″][vc_column column_padding=”no-extra-padding” column_padding_position=”all” background_color_opacity=”1″ background_hover_color_opacity=”1″ width=”1/1″][vc_video link=”″][vc_column_text]

What is the cloud?

You’ve probably heard of the cloud. You certainly use it every day without realising it.

What does GDPR mean to My Business? – Part 2

Indubitably, we all now know that GDPR will apply from 25 May 2018. This long-awaited fact is no longer a threat now because majority of the companies have prepped themselves for the change or are in the process of amendment with the change.

As we discussed in our last blog the key points to get the organization compliant with the GDPR, the scope goes much wider than it. The most significant change in GDPR is direct obligations on data processors. Besides obligations, some important rights are also enforced on data processors along with potentially hefty fines, if failed to abide the rules.

What does GDPR Mean to My Business? – Part 1

[vc_row type=”in_container” scene_position=”center” text_color=”dark” text_align=”left” overlay_strength=”0.3″][vc_column column_padding=”no-extra-padding” column_padding_position=”all” background_color_opacity=”1″ background_hover_color_opacity=”1″ width=”1/1″][vc_column_text]General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) has become quite a buzzword in 2017. With its enforcement on May 25, 2018, many businesses have started preparing themselves for the change. But, the most obvious question that strikes everyone mind is: “What does GDPR mean for me and my business?”


How do I Make My Business GDPR Compliant?

To maintain data security and privacy, on 25th May 2018, a legislation designed GDPR to protect data from getting breached. The law made it mandatory for organizations worldwide to abide by “privacy by design” feature which is an important security strategy aiming to protect confidential data from hackers.

But the question arises here – how can businesses ensure they are compliant with GDPR and what steps do they need to take in order to do so? If you are also wondering the same for making your business GDPR compliant, here are the steps that you will need to follow –

IT Security

Encryption and eDiscovery – Integral Part of IT Security!

No business can put securing data or encryption on the back burner. We are into the world, where everything is connected to the  cloud, thus putting us at a risk of getting hacked. After all, data breached into the wrong hands can cause devastating consequences for the organisation.

Putting individuals and organisations on red alert and making them take necessary steps will help safeguard their data and network secure, both now and for the future. The proven and most effective method of handling the security breach problem is ENCRYPTION.

Protect your Business from Ransomware attack

How to Protect Your Business from Ransomware Attack?

The Internet was hit by the biggest ever ransomware attack on the fateful day of May 12, 2017. The damage was mainly in Europe and in just a few hours the infection spread to over 200,000 machines. From small to large, all organizations were crippled by the attack that included Ukrainian institutions and banks, and even the radiation monitoring system at Chernobyl. This attack was very fast and used a new previously unseen technique. It rendered the entire networks unusable in a very short span of time. The attack then asked for a ransom which even if paid, did not result in getting your files back. The bigger worry is not just the increasing scale of these attacks or how successful they are but how quickly they can be evolved and improved so each attack is more challenging to block than the previous.