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Managing transformational change

Investing in technology is high on the agenda in every boardroom, due to the increased need to improve security, address the regulatory pressures of GDPR, and create flexibility for an ever-changing workforce.

Crimeware as a Service - What you need to know to protect your company

Many years ago, hacking and cybercrime was often the work of skilled individuals - typically programmers and software engineers working in their own time to create the tools they needed to breach security systems.

While these attacks were often successful due to the lack of public awareness about cybercrime, they were limited in scale due being perpetrated by individuals or small groups. Today, headlines around the world have drawn attention to the fact that cyber attacks have grown in their size and scope, with thousands of private users and businesses being targeted every day by criminals attempting to disrupt services and steal data.

Security Orchestration for Improved Incident Response

Managing incident response is an important task for any IT or security manager, making a plan of action for staff to follow in the event of cyber attacks or security breaches and using the tools at your disposal to mitigate any risks. To assist with this sort of planning, two main approaches and technologies have emerged - autonomous incident response and security orchestration.

4 ways IT consultants can help your small business

For small businesses, managing IT systems can often be a delicate balance of time and budgets, with many new and growing companies unable to commit to hiring their own large team of IT managers and support staff.

But from new website launches to regular system maintenance, there are many IT jobs that need the skills of an IT professional and aren’t things that you can easily handle yourself. To help their companies with IT tasks without a full-time team on staff, many business owners make use of IT consultants - often part time or freelance experts who can be brought in to help with specific tasks or projects.

Does compliant IT mean you need compliant IT support?

With multiple high-profile cases of hacking, data leaks and security breaches making headlines, IT managers face tough and often expensive choices to ensure that data is stored correctly, permissions are set, and the correct laws are enforced. However, compliance within your IT systems is only half the battle. Compliant IT support teams are just as important for keeping data and systems protected from breaches or loss. Below, Foration identifies several ways that your support team can help in the fight to keep your data and systems secure.

Jargon-Buster: Foration's glossary of IT Compliance terms

With high-profile cases of cybercrime and data leaking on the rise, now more than ever it’s important to ensure that your business and users are keeping up with the latest in IT and security compliance rules.

From keeping your user data safe to complying with governmental data storage requirements, having strict guidelines in place is essential for ensuring the smooth running of your organisation and for preventing mistakes.

With a lot of talk of compliance and security online these days, however, it’s easy to get confused by all the terms and jargon being used in the industry. To help clear things up, whether you’re an IT business support manager or a curious novice, here is our glossary of the key IT compliance terms:

The complete IT relocation checklist

Whether you’re moving to a new office across town or just switching floors in your current building, relocating your IT infrastructure proves an enormous task. From safely packing and handling hardware to mitigating the risk of data loss en route, there’s a lot to consider to ensure business continuity before you unplug and make the move.

To help your IT migration go as smoothly as possible, here’s a checklist for you to follow - covering the whole process from start to finish.

4 ways to improve your Office 365 Secure Score

With high-profile cases of hacking making headlines around the world, more and more businesses are taking cyber security seriously and are stepping up their efforts to protect their assets and data.

To help Office 365 users in particular ensure the security of their organisations, Microsoft released Secure Score to the public in early 2017 - an analytics platform that assesses a company’s current security measures and suggests any possible improvements that could be made.

Will widespread AI adoption change the way we support our IT systems?

Once the preserve of sci-fi writers everywhere, the prospect of welcoming artificial intelligence into our everyday lives is no longer a surprising or far-fetched idea for many of us.

From voice-controlled assistants like Siri and Alexa, to automated phone systems, marketing platforms and the long-awaited arrival of driverless cars, AI is already in use around us - and its reach is only set to grow in the coming years.

BYOD isn't your only IT compliance challenge

A combination of changing business culture, the rapid evolution of technology and the tightening of regulation means that maintaining IT compliance in the eyes of bodies such as the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) is a full-time consideration. For many companies, the challenge of compliance is brought into sharp focus by the adoption, in whole or part, of a Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) culture within the organisation.

While BYOD policies have fairly well documented cost, productivity, and practicality benefits, it also poses very real challenges to data security, protection, and your overall compliance.

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