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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:

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.

Foration's Tips and Predictions for Compliant IT in 2017

As we approach the end of a year of dramatic change, attention turns to the future. To look at the coming year and what it may hold in store for IT services. Particular attention will be in relation to IT compliance. The need for systems and organisations to operate on the right side of the regulations in an era of data protection and cyber-threats will be more acute than ever.

Is your business and customer data better kept on-site?

Take the marketing hype at face value and you’d be forgiven for thinking that Cloud Data Storage is the “magic solution” for all your data needs. So how much of this is true?

A startup looking to build its infrastructure from scratch or a larger company with an increasingly mobile workforce are just two of the types of business for whom the Cloud might have considerable advantages. But what if your existing on-site provision has served you well so far and you just need an extra boost in capacity? As for your clients, why needlessly provoke security concerns by shifting data off-site if the current way of doing things has worked so far?

3 surprising reasons for encrypting your hard drive

Encryption can be a valuable tool in your data security arsenal, delivering a range of benefits to both individual computers and corporate networks alike. Encryption as a concept has existed for millennia. With the use of codes and cyphers to keep messages hidden used as far back as ancient Egypt, Greece and Rome.

Your 5 steps checklist for faster recovery from a data security breach

Statistics from earlier this year give a picture of how long it takes for UK businesses to recover from a disruptive security breach. A third said it took up to a full day for operational recovery to occur, while a small yet still significant minority said it took considerably longer.

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