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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.

What is "Microsoft Teams" for Office 365?

We’ve recently witnessed the rollout of Microsoft Teams - a new chat-based collaboration tool, fully integrated within the Office ecosystem. But as you’ll have noticed, work-focused chat tools are hardly a new phenomenon - so why does this offering deserve special attention? We put Microsoft Teams under the spotlight…

What WannCry taught us about the true nature of cyber threats

Once again, cyber security is front-page news. Dubbed WannaCry, the ransomware attack unleashed earlier this month has affected an estimated 200,000 (and counting) computers across the globe. The NHS, Scottish Power, Renault, O2 and the China National Petroleum Corporation are just a handful of the organisations affected.

Significant though the attack was, it wasn’t exactly surprising - and nor should it be thought of as a once-in-a-blue-moon event.

Once and for all! Is the Cloud secure?

Cyber-breaches, hacking, and other online attacks on our technology and IT systems is a part of everyday life. Barely a day goes by without report of an organisation, corporation, or institution being brought to its knees by a malicious attack. And when it has impact on those institutions that ‘really’ matter to us, as we’ve seen with the NHS ransomware attacks, we all sit up, take notice, and ponder just how safe we all are, when operating in an online environment.

How to get Cybersecurity buy-in from the C-Suite

Cyber-threats are one of the great risks to businesses of all sizes, across all locations. And this risk is going to increase ever more so as we head into the heart of 2017. Indeed, along with the uncertainty over Brexit, cyber-crime is seen as one of THE biggest threats facing UK business this year.

And yet, despite both recognition that the risk is real, the recent high profile attacks at Tesco Bank, Yahoo and others suggest that too many business leaders are not giving the threat the serious levels of consideration that it warrants. As perhaps highlighted by the fact that almost three-quarters of SME leaders admitted that they had no adequate cover in place to protect against a breach of their system.

How to build trust with your clients in the new age of data regulation?

Businesses and professional services providers are busy getting to grips with the implications of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) - and the new framework it provides.

It’s easy to view compliance as a purely internal matter; essentially a process of joining the dots to keep on the right side of the regulator. But this mindset misses the whole purpose of the new data regime: to increase consumer confidence in the digital marketplace - i.e. to enable your clients to share their data with you, safe in the knowledge that it will be safe.

What are "Zero day leaks" and how can you protect against them?

As awareness about the many dangers and potentially devastating effects posed by cyber-attack increases, so many of the different names, phrases and terminologies gain greater prominence in the public lexicon. With malware, denial of service, ransomware and hacking all breaking out from the tech pages into mainstream consciousness thanks to some extremely high-profile incidences in recent years.

Data protection: Do I need a dedicated officer?

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is due to come into force in little over a year’s time (25 May 2018). Among the many changes ushered in, GDPR introduces a new governance requirement: the duty on the part of certain organisations to appoint a data protection officer (DPO).

Will your organisation fall under this new requirement? Read on to find out…

Checklist: Is your company prepared for GDPR?

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) comes into force in a little over a year from now, May 25th 2018, with new compliance regulations concerning the protection of personal data.

Essentially an update on regulations already in place under the data protection act, the GDPR is being transposed into law across all member states of the European Union (EU). And, despite the triggering of Article 50, and the withdrawal of the UK from the EU, this is still a directive that UK companies will need to adhere to; as Britain will remain under full EU law until the separation is complete (so, at least another 2 years).

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