With so much in the press about hacking, if you do fall victim to a Cyber attack how do you know if you've been 'hacked' and how can you protect yourself?
Today everything is on subscription, both in your personal life and in business. From your Spotify and Netflix accounts through to your Xero accounting software and Microsoft products, so why are your computers the only item in your accounts that causes significant dips in your cashflow?
It’s time to move away from the traditional model of having to invest significant amounts every few years to upgrade your computers! This model is seriously flawed and outdated, and often the reason that businesses put up with old, slow devices that aren’t fit for purpose.
What if you could spread the cost of upgrading, for less than you pay for your office to be cleaned each day, and ensure that your team is always equipped with the latest hardware?
Spreading the cost allows you to better manage your cashflow and avoid surprises throughout the year. The other upside from a financial perspective is that you are able to create a realistic budget as the spend is fixed and transparent. The regular, planned upgrades of the hardware mean that you avoid downtime due to devices that are no longer running at optimal speed.
Research conducted by Warranty Master found that employees using old slow hardware reduces productivity by approximately 5.5 days a year. This is not an insignificant amount of time and the frustration that is felt by the employees can affect how they feel about their job each day.
I recently binge watched the widely talked about Netflix original series “You”, a psychological thriller following a New York bookstore manager called Joe who becomes obsessed with a customer (Guinevere Beck, referred to as Beck) and begins stalking her.
Artificial Intelligence (AI) I is buzzword that everyone is using. Day-to-day items are becoming smarter and people are buying products that seemingly make their life easier. Hive helps you control your heating, Alexa makes purchases based on voice command, you can monitor food in the oven when out and adjust temperatures, your front door can be keyless, your doorbell is connected to your mobile phone, pet owners can have a live-feed to their pets all day, the list goes on!
I recently attended the DattoCon18 event in Barcelona. It was a huge event over three days and offered a range of learning opportunities, as well as the chance to network with business leaders in the industry from around the globe. I heard from several speakers on all areas of business management and the keynotes were so inspiring, I can see why so many people attend both the European and US events.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.