Back-up and disaster recovery solutions can be neglected when a company builds and develops its business strategy, with time and money often focused on solutions to drive productivity and collaboration. And for some, back-up and disaster recovery (DR) are merely buzzwords, minefields of expensive software, complex definitions and difficult implementation.But due to the recent surge in COVID-19-related cyberattacks, there is now a major need to implement strong back-up and DR solutions to keep your organisation and valuable data fully protected. As one of our client’s Head of Infrastructure said: “While back-ups and Disaster Recovery are not very exciting, they are the most important things. If you don’t get them right it doesn’t matter what else you do all day long.” – Ash Bailey, Fidelis.
Minimize your downtime to minutes: The best-case scenario is, of course, for none of your business data files or systems to be infiltrated in any way. But we don’t live in a perfect world, so data backup and disaster recovery must be built into networks and systems from the outset. If something goes wrong, as it often does, then you need to be certain that you will only be inconvenienced temporarily and not permanently handicapped.
Quick and easy accessibility: As well as having a back-up system that is secure, you also need to ensure that it can be accessed easily as soon as you need it. Using a cloud-based data backup solution means that your data is as protected as it is easy to access. Another benefit of adopting cloud-based technology is that ii can be accessed from anywhere and by all employees required to get everything back up and running again.
Get peace of mind: By choosing a solution with our world-class 24/7 support you can rest assured that you’re business is up and running despite any natural disasters or hacker attacks.
As technology continues to advance, businesses are increasingly turning to cloud computing to streamline their operations and reduce costs.
This can be seen as 75% of organisations that use cloud services indicate they have a cloud-first strategy and 70% of enterprise workloads will be in the cloud by 2024.
However, cloud technology is not only for enterprises. It is feasible for businesses of all sizes and industries to migrate to the cloud, with it being one of the most transformative projects a business will undertake.
This eBook aims to provide a comprehensive guide to migrating to the cloud, covering everything from the benefits and challenges of cloud computing to the steps involved in planning and executing a successful migration. Whether you are a small business owner or an IT professional, this eBook will give you the knowledge and tools you need to make the transition to the cloud with confidence.
Migrating to the cloud can transform the way your business operates and enable you to gain a competitive advantage, whilst future-proofing your growth. However, a poorly planned and executed migration can cause ongoing problems, increased spending, and a poor user experience. We can help you with all stages of cloud migration, as well as the ongoing support and management of your cloud resources. If you want to find out more about the services we offer, contact us today.
As more businesses look towards the cloud as the future of business infrastructure, many companies are choosing Microsoft Azure as the perfect cloud solution for their business needs — with Microsoft Azure being the second biggest cloud infrastructure services vendor in the world.
Especially for SMBs, Azure is the best option available for migrating to the cloud. The options available with Azure are the most suitable for the needs of an SMB in the modern business environment.
We believe that Azure is the best choice for any SMB looking to make use of cloud infrastructure. That’s why in this article, we’re going to go over what Azure actually is, and why you should be using it today.
Microsoft Azure is a public cloud computing platform that provides cloud solutions for companies and organisations around the world. Originally named Windows Azure, it has been providing cloud solutions since 2008 and is incredibly popular worldwide.
Azure primarily provides three kinds of services — Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS), Platform as a Service (PaaS), and Software as a Service (SaaS) — and has many integrations within the wider Microsoft ecosystem, working well with Microsoft 365.
As an SMB, making a capital investment (CAPEX) is a much larger investment, as you typically won’t expect to see a return on your investment for 3 to 5 years.
However, utilising Azure for your business’s cloud infrastructure allows you to turn that investment into operational expenditure (OPEX). This means that you can start small and scale appropriately as your business grows, without having to make a large investment that you’re stuck with for the foreseeable future.
Azure also lets you turn off anything you’re not using, allowing you to manage costs much more effectively. With a physical infrastructure, you’d still have that expenditure and the costs associated with it.
All around, Azure is the best way to help SMBs looking towards the cloud effectively budget and use their money most effectively and appropriately for the needs of their business.
As stated previously, Microsoft operates three primary services — IaaS, PaaS, and SaaS:
With access to all three of these types of services, your business has flexibility and can easily use the service that provides what you need without paying extra costs for things that you don’t.
If you wanted to be flexible with an on-prem system, you’d have to have the infrastructure to do all three of the above — which means more CAPEX and more infrastructural upkeep costs in the long term.
Security is important for any business, and utilising Azure as your cloud infrastructure solution over an on-prem system is the best way to secure your information from any malintent.
By utilising Azure for your cloud infrastructure, all of your data is stored within their servers. This means that it’s safe and that it’s not going to be open to a breach from any attacker looking to destabilise, harm, or even cripple your business.
This means that by using Azure, you can rest easy knowing that your data is in good hands and that you’re not leaving your system vulnerable to attacks.
Scaling a physical infrastructure is difficult, costly, and requires lots of planning and action to do properly, without any issues. It can be a real pain, and scaling physical infrastructure is usually only limited to scaling up.
Azure allows you to freely scale your business. This means that you can easily increase the number of resources in your system, or decrease them, with a few clicks. No added expenditure other than the service cost, and you don’t have to worry about buying new hardware.
Digital transformation is pushing forward the business industry around the world, and making companies everywhere more innovative and agile.
The benefits of digital transformation — innovation, agility, efficiency, and so many more — mean that there’s never been a better time for moving your business to the digital space.
Azure’s online, cloud-based solutions enable this and allow your business to reach new heights in today’s world.
The possibilities available with the digital world and the cloud are enabled fully by Azure. From machine learning and AI to smart analytics and data strategy, Azure is part of why industry leaders worldwide are able to keep at the forefront of pushing the envelope.
From soft drink giants PepsiCo to fuel company Shell, Microsoft Azure has fully allowed large and small companies around the world to utilise new technologies to innovate and take their businesses to new heights.
The cloud-based future is here. Companies that utilise the cloud to their advantage are the ones that are staying ahead of the curve — innovating and allowing their business to stay flexible and efficient, while also saving costs all around.
For SMBs, the benefits of cloud solutions allow you to save costs and avoid CAPEX whilst also giving you the tools you need to grow your business. Instead of having to worry about buying hardware to ensure on-prem flexibility, Azure lets you scale freely with a few clicks — as well as offering multiple services to ensure maximum coverage of your needs.
Are you looking to make the move to the cloud with Azure? Our expert team is here to help! We’ve got you covered, and will help you throughout the cloud migration process — and further.
Get in touch with us today and see how we can help!
Increasing interconnectedness has made cybersecurity knowledge essential for individuals and businesses alike.
In the United Kingdom, the Cyber Essentials scheme is a Government backed project that exists to help organisations become more aware of the modern problems of the cyber world. This is a certification that you can receive which will be able to help you protect your organisation going forward.
However, in April 2023 a new set of requirements for Cyber Essentials Certification will be introduced, with a new set of requirements necessary to be certified in Cyber Essentials. In this article, we’re going to go over these changes and how they could affect your business.
The Cyber Essentials Certification is a certification achievable in the United Kingdom.
The goal of this certification is to help educate organisations and businesses on the risks and dangers of the modern, virtual world — and to ultimately help companies protect themselves against possible cyber attacks and threats.
Created in 2014, this plan has been part of the UK government’s strategy to help organisations protect themselves from malicious threats and other virtual risks.
However, this certification is also relevant to private sector businesses as it offers a robust framework for approaching cyber security.
While the last — quite major — update was only a year before this new update, the scheme is again being updated to help keep up with new risks, threats and other new information that has become relevant within the past year.
Here’s an overview of the changes and clarifications that are made to the guidance within Cyber Essentials in 2023 —
These updates are not as large as the updates that came about in 2022, but still are part of the strategy to improve this scheme and make it even better for modern businesses to utilise to their advantage.
In fact, these changes are all based on feedback from applicants and assessors, meaning that they’re all generally quite important changes that improve the scheme significantly.
Cybersecurity is valuable, which means that it has become quite expensive. The Cyber Essentials Certification is a great way for any company — especially SMBs — to ensure that you’ve got the basics covered to protect your business, without having to spend lots on dedicated cybersecurity personnel.
This certification takes you through the basics of cybersecurity and helps sure that you stay protected from the majority of the attacks that you’d otherwise face. This is why it’s crucial to ensure that you at least use this scheme to ensure that you have the basics covered.
A transaction has two involved parties, and any business wants to make sure that the other party is trustworthy and comfortable to work with.
This certification shows that your company not only takes security seriously but also has the knowledge required to take steps to protect itself (and therefore your customers and prospects).
With this, you can build better relationships and have customers and prospects rely on you more confidently, ultimately resulting in better business opportunities for your organisation — which could be the stepping stone to the pinnacle of success for your company.
As mentioned previously, the UK government will allow businesses to work with them if they have the Cyber Essentials Certification.
This is also true for contracted work from the government. The government handles a lot of sensitive data and information, so not investing time and effort into this certification could be a complete hindrance to your business’s chances of working with the UK government.
Whether big or small, a government contract is a huge deal for a large number of companies across the United Kingdom. This means that failing to do such an important prerequisite for this can have large consequences for even bidding for government contracts, let alone obtaining one.
Cybersecurity is essential in the modern day and age, and so doing anything to help your business face the risks and dangers of the modern virtual world is important to the long-term success of your organisation.
The Cyber Essentials Certification is the best way to learn all the essentials that you need to know when it comes to cybersecurity and is a must-have for any British company looking to ensure that their company prospers in the future. These changes truly help the scheme become better and more informative for every applicant.
If you’re looking to get started with cybersecurity and look into Cyber Essentials, why not contact us today? We’re here to help you through the whole process. Get in touch now!
While the internet has many benefits for modern businesses, there are also some issues to be aware of within the online space. With this, it’s vital to be aware of the malicious actions that a bad-faith actor can take to, at worst, damage your company.
Emails are one of the most vulnerable points at which your company could be in danger. With many different attacks and vulnerabilities involving social engineering, even a simple click on a link within an email could cause tons of damage. But, some methods are more dangerous than others.
In this article, we’re going to go over the difference between spam emails and phishing emails, and how you can protect your business from them.
Spam email (or junk mail) is a type of email that is quite common online. In fact, you probably have at least some spam within your email ‘Spam’ folder right now.
These kinds of emails are simply just a form of mass marketing, that is used to advertise a service (whether it be a legitimate service or a scam) for sale to a large number of people with ease.
Email spammers tend to acquire their victims’ email addresses from a wide range of sources and constantly bulk-send advertisements to their list of emails, not caring about who’s on there.
Commonly, you’ll see spam emails advertising adult websites, gambling websites, and insurance websites. These are usually scams, though it’s incredibly easy to tell that these emails are spam and will be put into your email client’s spam folder automatically so you don’t have to manually delete them.
However, even newsletters and other opt-in emails from legitimate places are seen as spam. Generally, spam is just unwanted/unsolicited emails, and there’s nothing inherently malicious about another email saying that there’s a sale at a clothes shop — even if they can be annoying.
Phishing is much more dangerous and malicious, however…
A phishing email is an email that is designed to intentionally deceive the recipient into giving access to an account or service. This social engineering scam is one of the most dangerous online attacks, as it takes advantage of unsuspecting or vulnerable people first and foremost.
Unlike low-effort spam mail, these emails are designed to trick unsuspecting victims into handing over sensitive information such as passwords, bank information, and even administrative access to a business system in the worst case.
The key to phishing scams is that they look legitimate at first glance, and are designed to trigger the recipient to panic. They’ll often say something like “Your account has withdrawn £1294.90” and look deceptively similar to an email from a bank — in the example of a bank phishing scam — and will redirect you to a fake login portal to try to get you to enter your bank login.
These emails are easy to spot to the trained eye — as we’ll go over further on — but even those who are experts can be tricked. For example, famous cybersecurity expert and scam exposer Jim Browning fell victim to a very realistic-looking phishing attack that temporarily restricted access to his whole YouTube channel.
This video is his recounting of the scam, and is a great example of the types of high-level phishing attacks that you may encounter:
With these attacks becoming harder to spot every day, it’s important to educate yourself on how to stop them. To do so, you need to know the key differences between general spam and phishing.
Otherwise, there isn’t much of a difference between the two, as phishing is generally considered to be a type of spam email. However, while spam is usually annoying and harmless, phishing is deadly and dangerous.
There are several steps that your business can take to protect itself from spam and (more importantly) phishing.
Phishing attacks will often have some telltale signs that will be able to signal to you that they’re coming from a malicious source.
Generally, when using your judgement, be suspicious of any email you receive in general. Make sure to do the correct research before taking action.
It’s great that you know the signs. But, if your employees don’t, they could fall victim to an attack without knowing.
By ensuring that everyone is prepared and knowledgeable about the risks of phishing, you protect your company.
Even with all of this, humans make mistakes. Sometimes, you’ll click a bad link by accident. Ensuring that there are systems in place for this is important.
With the looming threat of phishing and spam being a serious consideration for any business, knowing how to protect yourself is vital for the success of any business. Knowing the key risk factors and threats that could put your business in danger is important, as acknowledging these risks is the best way to stop them.
Are you looking to implement securities and strengthen your company’s vulnerability against social engineering attacks? Get in touch with us today! Our experts are here to help, and can easily make sure that your company has every base covered.
Whether it’s simply to take calls on the go or to send and receive important information while away from the desk, mobile devices are part of every business’s workflow — and are part of the transition into the hyperconnected, technological future.
These powerful devices have significant challenges for any business, however. These challenges are incredibly common, but need to be addressed anyway — some of these issues can be high-level vulnerabilities if left unchecked.
In this article, we’re going to explore these issues — and explain how your organisation can solve these challenges with ease.
By nature, mobile devices can be a risk for any company. This is because of the inherent use of mobile devices to take information outside of the workplace’s system and infrastructure — this can potentially lead to a breach of important information.
This is why it’s crucial to develop thorough security measures to ensure that mobile devices are safe:
Shadow IT is the use of an application or software that’s unauthorised for use within your organisation, and that’s been installed on a device. This can be a major security issue for any company, as it ushers in the ability to install harmful software onto work devices.
Using your MDM solution, blacklist non-essential applications to ensure that no malicious applications are installed onto devices that could be vulnerabilities for your organisation. After all, your institution’s mobile devices should only have work-essential apps on them.
Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) programs allow employees to use their own devices at work. While this has productivity benefits, it also comes with a host of challenges of its own:
However, implementing hard restrictions on your employees’ personal devices with MDM software isn’t a good thing either. Instead, utilising an MDM solution that can distinguish different rules between work-issued devices and BYOD devices is a great way to ensure that this isn’t an issue.
For example, Microsoft Intune allows you to implement on-premises functionalities of your security network to your BYOD program, meaning that you can implement security features throughout your company’s BYOD setup without having to worry about over-restricting your employees’ use of their devices.
Software can — and often will — have vulnerabilities that need to be patched by the developers. This is a vulnerability that isn’t exactly in your control, but it’s vital that you ensure to install patches and fixes as soon as they become available for your organisation.
It can be easy to delay or forget to install patches throughout your organisation, but this is crucial to patch up any vulnerabilities and exploits within the software that you’re using.
Using MDM software to manage and deploy patches throughout your organisation means that you can easily stop powerful vulnerabilities from being exploited. If you don’t make sure to keep on top of this, you’re putting your organisation at risk.
Mobile devices are incredibly vulnerable to being misplaced or stolen, which has a few consequences for your organisation:
Internal data breaches are becoming more and more common with the implementation of mobile devices into the business infrastructure. Network access control will mitigate this, and minimise the risk of an internal breach.
The most commonly used control technique is the principle of least privilege (PoLP). This is ensuring that people only have access to the data that they need to be able to work, restricting unrequired access throughout your organisation. With this, you can ensure that data is only available to those who need it.
Privileged access management (PAM) will also help ensure that you can outline the restrictions and authorisations for each unique device on your network. This means that you can ensure that only the devices that are authorised to access said data can access it, instantaneously blocking other connections.
Mobile devices can create some of the worst vulnerabilities and challenges for modern businesses. Ensuring that your organisation is prepared and equipped to deal with these challenges will save significant amounts of time and mitigate stress and strain on your business’s resources and IT infrastructure for the long term.
By implementing the aforementioned security and management solutions that are necessary for your network, and ensuring that the importance of compliance is emphasised throughout your team, the struggles and challenges of utilising mobile devices throughout your organisation will be greatly reduced.
Are you looking to help improve your organisation’s security posture? Get in touch with us today, and see how we can help!
As modern companies look towards the cloud as the future of their business infrastructure, cloud migration is one of the biggest prospects and challenges for any modern organisation.
There’s a lot to consider for any business looking to migrate to the cloud. However, there are several steps that you can take to ensure that your business’ cloud migration strategy is successful.
We believe that the cloud is the future of all business infrastructure. That’s why in this article, we’re going to take you through the nine best steps to ensure success when undertaking cloud migration.
Your business purpose is the reason that your company was originally founded. It sets you apart from other companies and ensures that your company remains on task to achieve what it was created to do.
Ensuring that your business purpose is well-defined when migrating to the cloud ensures that none of the essence of your company is lost when making the move over. It allows you to ensure that your business is still focused on the core tenets it was founded on, even with a new infrastructure.
Understanding why your company wants to move over to the cloud and having a clear vision of what you expect to achieve post-migration is vital to ensuring that the process is successful and beneficial to your company in the long term.
By identifying your specific goals and objectives, your company can know exactly what it wants to achieve. That way, you can ensure that you’re making the right decisions to carry out your vision.
Setting measurable objectives will also help you measure the success of your migration strategy — tracking key performance indicators (KPIs) in the measurable areas that you expect to improve performance in when migrating to the cloud will help you ensure that the process is beneficial for your company and successful.
There are many cloud providers that are available for your company, and choosing the right one may seem tough. The best way of knowing what you need is by getting in touch with a migration provider — like ourselves.
We’ll be able to guide you through the whole process and ensure that your business achieves exactly what you desire from migrating to the cloud, whilst also providing support throughout the process and afterwards.
There’s no need to worry about going through the process alone, as we’re here to help guide you through and ensure that everything is on the right track.
There are four types of cloud environments that are generally available for businesses to choose from:
There are also three deployment models to choose from:
With so many options, finding the right choice for your business is easy! Just get in touch with us, and we’ll be able to walk you through the best steps for your organisation.
The next step is knowing how you’ll migrate over to the cloud. This is crucial, as it will define the process that your business will undertake.
Doing so will require evaluation and planning, but there are a number of options that you can take here. Your cloud partner will be able to help you work out which migration method is best for your organisation and help you evaluate and plan thoroughly to ensure that the process is successful.
Your data migration plan is essential to being able to migrate effectively. This is essentially deciding how your data will be migrated, and there’s a host of different options to choose from, some of which include:
Once all of these things are decided, you can undertake your migration plan and finally migrate your infrastructure to the cloud.
Ensuring to follow these steps is crucial, as your migration may be unsuccessful if you don’t strictly adhere to the plan and objectives that you’ve laid out.
After having migrated your business to the cloud, test your cloud deployment against your migration objectives and KPIs. Ensure that the benefits that you expected from the migration are what the migration is actually achieving, and adjust accordingly if not.
Even after this, continuing to test and adjust as your business moves forward is important for the longevity of your institution’s success. As you move forward, you can optimise parts of your business to ensure that your costs are low and your security posture is strong.
Moving over to the cloud can be a tedious and difficult process for any organisation, but a solid plan and a helping hand can help take the strain of the process away. If you’re looking to move over to the cloud, we’re here to help.
Our expert team will be able to guide you through the whole process of cloud migration, and act as your partner — to ensure that your migration is successful. From your migration strategy to the minutiae of your cloud environment, model, and deployment method, our team has your back.
Get in touch today and see how we can help.
As the world moves forward, business intelligence (BI) becomes more important for helping your business keep up with modern necessities and trends. BI can help you track important business metrics and take your business to the next level.
Business intelligence unlocks a whole new dimension for your business to thrive within, so taking advantage of BI is essential for any business looking to thrive in the modern world.
We believe that BI is one of the most important parts of any modern business. That’s why in this article, we’re going to take a look at the importance of business intelligence, and how it can help your business thrive.
Business Intelligence (BI) is the term for the technologies and strategies that companies use to track and analyse their business metrics and turn them into actionable insights to inform business decisions.
These key metrics are turned into insights by tools such as Power BI and can be used to analyse trends and patterns and to make key business decisions with the intelligence to ensure that you won’t be making an incorrect choice for the health of your business.
BI is one of the most important aspects of any modern business — utilising a tool like PowerBI to ensure that your business is able to know how to move forward with a strategy successfully is a vital tool for ensured success.
Analytics such as the ones provided by BI are important for any business, as they allow you to ensure that your business’ key decisions will be successful.
For example, telecommunications provider T-Mobile uses Microsoft Power BI to refine its data quality and use data visualisation to be able to create informed decisions going forward.
With their use of Power BI, T-Mobile can accurately and effectively communicate and report key metrics and data, meaning that data analysis and data reports became both more efficient and effective.
Using the automation tools within Power BI, T-Mobile was able to ensure that the whole reporting process was even more streamlined. With simple but powerful automation, a tool like Power BI can take your BI capabilities to the next level.
BI uses trends and patterns to create insights for your business and regarding your customers. This lets your business make informed key decisions based on the data you have, which is the key way to ensure that your decisions are successful.
The insight visualisation within a tool such as Microsoft Power BI makes this process much easier too. Being able to visualise data will help you analyse and process it better, making your decision-making process much more refined.
This can be useful for any company, as data is key to ensuring that your business knows which steps to take to thrive going forward.
Analysing data and finding trends manually can take time and can easily be missed. BI simplifies the whole process and makes it more efficient for your organisation, as trends and insights are made apparent within a matter of seconds.
Not only does this remove the work that is needed to generate the insights and analysis manually, but it also makes data available as soon as it is needed. This means that the data is accessible without delay, and work can be done much more quickly and efficiently.
Data analysis is important even if not using BI, however not all insights are actionable. BI removes the risk of wasting time with unactionable data by providing insights that are both actionable and have a great impact.
Actionable insights can be a struggle for a lot of companies not using BI. The insights and reporting provided by a tool like PowerBI can be a game changer for any business that is struggling to take action to help their business thrive, as the data analysis options provided by BI mean that you can make more informed decisions.
Data is a very powerful tool and can be used to tell a story and influence key decisions and opinions anywhere. However, to use data in this fashion, it needs to be easy to understand. After all, who’s going to care about your data if they don’t understand it?
Microsoft’s Power BI’s data visualisation features make your data beautiful, and easy to understand and process. From graphs to charts, Power BI can showcase your data and show off the best parts of it.
Using automation, BI is able to self-report information and data with ease. This means that you don’t have to dedicate time and resources to ensure that data is reported correctly and efficiently throughout your organisation.
Without BI, reporting can be strenuous for your organisation whilst also being incorrect and incomplete. BI removes all human error and bias, meaning that you can easily access the correct information whenever you need it.
BI is an important tool in any modern business’s arsenal and is a great way to ensure the success of your organisation’s strategies and plans going forward. Data is crucial to ensuring that you make the right business decisions and avoid wasting time and resources on a strategy that may not be correct for your business.
Utilising a tool like Microsoft Power BI is a great way to take advantage of automation capabilities whilst ensuring that you have access to the best data analysis tools available. There’s no better way to ensure that your company’s data is used effectively whilst also simplifying the whole reporting process.
Ready to get started with implementing BI into your organisation? Get in touch with us today, and see how we can help!
In the modern business landscape, it can seem difficult to know which technologies are the best to enable your company to prosper. However, Microsoft Enterprise Mobility + Security (EM+S) is one of the most essential suites for any modern business.
With its many security features and included tools, EM+S is one of the best packages to be able to help secure your business in the day-to-day aspects of your institution. Its seamless integrations with Microsoft Windows means that EM+S is a must-have tool for any organisation.
In this article, we’re going to go over the ins and outs of Microsoft EM+S for your company. We’ll also take a look at how you can implement EM+S and its key features and benefits.
Microsoft Enterprise Mobile + Security (EM+S) is a suite of tools that consists of five different software tools —
All five of these tools are great for any company, as they protect organisations from any security breaches and malicious forces that want to possibly gain access to secure and sensitive files and data for any number of means.
This means that with EM+S, you’re getting four high-quality tools that all work well together in a package. Furthermore, each of these tools is built to work seamlessly with the Azure and Windows platforms. So, if you’re already using an infrastructure based on Azure or Windows — EM+S might be even more essential for you.
As stated previously, Azure Active Directory is an identity management tool that uses single-sign-on (SSO) to secure your institution. Instead of having to remember a password for each different application that your organisation uses — and therefore an additional breach point — SSO means that you can use one login portal to access all the tools that you need.
Plus, you can use AD to enable the use of other identification factors throughout your company (such as biometrics or a one-time code). With this, you eliminate the need of using passwords — a less secure factor of authentication than biometrics or multi-device authentication.
With Azure Rights Management, you can easily make sure that only those who are authorised to access sensitive data can access it. Using Azure RM, you can block people based on their viewing location, date, identification, employment status, and much more.
This eliminates the risk of data getting into the hands of unauthorised individuals and reduces that vulnerability when working outside of the premises — as is usually the case for remote workers.
The protection of information and data is crucial for any institution. EM+S helps keep your data secure with its ability to limit unauthorised access to your data and its access controls for your files.
Using its labelling and classification capabilities, Azure Information Protection helps you keep your organisation safe from any breaches by letting you classify your data so it’s protected from certain parameters.
All of the tools included allow you to take an ‘identity-driven’ security approach, with Microsoft Advanced Threat Analytics. This tool analyses access by users to raise the alarm when something looks suspicious.
Microsoft Enterprise M+S is a great tool for any business’s arsenal. Instead of having to micromanage IT and security throughout your whole organisation, M+S gives you security tools to empower your company’s security posture. The five tools included are some of the best security tools Microsoft has available, and are essential for any modern business — let alone those already running on Microsoft services.
If you’re looking to implement Microsoft Enterprise Mobility + Security in your business, we’re here to help. Our dedicated expert team will get you up and running in no time and will be there to support you every step of the way. We also provide round-the-clock support, to ensure that we’re there when you need us.
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Cyberattacks can be incredibly damaging for any company. Even a small-scale attack can cripple certain parts of your organisation, let alone a larger attack that might throw your company into a crisis.
Recovering from a cyberattack can take anywhere from a few weeks to months – and this all depends on how well you prepare your business against threats online.
In this article, we’re going to go over the steps to take to recover from a cyberattack. Even if you’ve not well versed in digital security, familiarising yourself with these steps could be the difference between recovering quickly or not at all.
No matter how much you know about cybersecurity, a trusted advisor will be the best person to consult about moving forward from a cyberattack.
A trusted advisor is a professional organisation who understands cybersecurity at a higher level and can help you take steps to move forward. They can also help strengthen your security vulnerabilities to ensure the same doesn’t occur in the future. Trusted advisors like ourselves can also provide other services for your company.
Getting in touch with a provider who can help your organisation move forward and help you protect yourself from dangerous cyberattacks is a great way to make sure that your business isn’t crippled in the future by an incident.
We’re here to help! Contact us if you want to take the first step to move past a cybersecurity incident.
A Cyber Incident Response Plan is a document that outlines what a business or organisation should do in the event of a cyber incident. They are crucial to any business, especially with the rising threat of cybercrime and an attack being possible at any moment.
A basic Cyber Incident Response Plan should contain:
Ensuring that this plan not only exists but is regularly kept up to date is crucial to any business’s immediate success post-cyber-incident.
A business continuity plan (BCP) is a prevention and recovery system that helps mitigate risks and threats to a company. Any company should have a plan in place to ensure that they’re protected and have the plan to recover from any major incident within their institution.
Ensuring to follow this plan includes training colleagues, employees, and staff on the importance of the plan and how it should be undertaken. This way, everyone knows exactly what they need to be doing and all confusion in the stressful situation is eliminated.
At this point, you’ll want to start restoring your data and infrastructure to get your company back to the point where it was before the attack. With this, you’ll want to restore data from any backups and archives you have access to.
This is why it’s imperative that you back up your company’s data regularly. In the event of a catastrophe, having an isolated backup that’s accessible with ease to restore your organisation’s data is one of the best ways to ensure that you can get your company back up and running as fast as possible.
Ensure that there are no remaining vulnerabilities before recovering your data, to ensure that you don’t leave access for a possible future breach. Ensuring that you’re doing everything safely is essential, to remove any possible future risks.
Any attack is a learning opportunity for your institution. To ensure a breach or attack doesn’t happen in the future, analysing the attack and noting the vulnerabilities and possible causes of the breach is key.
Ensure that this is an honest and clear process. There is no point in covering up mistakes and flaws, as improving on these is the only way to stop a future breach. Learning from any mistakes and vulnerabilities is the best way to ensure that your company is protected going forward, as it allows you to patch up those vulnerabilities and ensure that there are checks and balances to protect the organisation.
Cyberattacks can be incredibly damaging to your business’s infrastructure, but there’s always a way forward. Ensuring to follow these steps to help your company get back to its best shape is vital, and will be the difference between a company that stumbles and a company that doesn’t when faced with such adversity.
Having a helping hand along the way can be one of the most important things to ensure that your company has the support and infrastructure to be protected from the dangers of the modern business environment. We’re here to help, and to ensure that your company can be both protected and provided with the best possible services to help you thrive going forward.
Whether you’re looking to take steps to recover from a cyberattack or to improve your future security against a potential breach, get in touch with us today! We’re a trusted advisor, and can help you patch up any vulnerabilities that could be cause for concern.
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Technology is one of the essential parts of the modern business world. As companies look to become more powerful and efficient and unlock their full potential, technological advancements are one of the best ways for them to hit the next level.
With this, businesses implement new technological solutions to enhance and augment their business. This has allowed them to keep up with the rapidly changing needs of the corporate world, and streamline their institution to keep them both efficient and powerful.
In this article, we’re going to explore five different ways that technology can lower your overall business expenditure, while also enabling you to unlock your full potential with ease.
Cloud computing is one of the essential new technologies that is slowly becoming part of the backbone of the business world. With 60% of the world’s corporate data being stored in the cloud, there’s no question that companies worldwide are looking to the cloud as the future.
Moving your infrastructure to a cloud-based system, as opposed to an on-prem one, has many benefits for your expenditure. Instead of having to break the bank on server hardware and running costs, a cloud-based system will eliminate those steep fees. Instead, all you’d have to pay is the cloud service cost.
Automation is key to the day-to-day success of every business. By introducing automation to your company’s key processes, you can easily ensure that the key, mundane, everyday tasks of your organisation are completed without error.
Automating these tasks will let your employees focus on the more important tasks within your company, as completing these small but important functions can otherwise take minutes and hours out of each employee’s day.
The cost of error can be incredibly high, especially in the most vital parts of your organisation. That’s why automating these processes is crucial to ensure that no errors are made in any part of your organisation’s workflow.
Automation can also speed up vital tasks within your organisation whilst ensuring they get completed with accuracy, uniformity, and without the risk of human error. For example, the American Red Cross utilises Microsoft Power Automate to digitise the process for First Aid and CPR instructors to order supplies.
By doing so, their First Aid and CPR instructors can ensure they can access the supplies they need without any problems or cause for delay or error. You can utilise this in your own organisation to increase accuracy and ensure that your employees work smarter and more efficiently.
As the world moves online, the need for physical paper for communication and documentation lessens. Instead of using the archaic mail service and ‘wet’ signatures, email, eSignatures, and Unified Communications platforms such as Microsoft Teams will help save money and boost your organisation’s workflow.
Paper accrues lots of costs for any company. Having to buy it is already a cost, let alone the costs associated with printing and sending it. In fact, moving online and ushering out paper for your business could save your company money on not only paper costs but ink and toner costs, printer maintenance and running costs, and energy costs all around.
Unified Communications also allow you to get work done much more quickly and efficiently when collaborating with others. After all, time is money — and your employees might be wasting hours in the week switching between different communication platforms or even sending out physical mail.
This is where an application like Microsoft Teams comes in. Everything you’ll need to communicate with teammates and external recipients is in one application. There’s no need to waste time switching between applications at all.
Consolidating your licenses through Microsoft 365 is a great way to cut your licensing costs by over 60% and help reduce feature redundancy throughout your organisation. By consolidating your licenses, you can easily make sure that you’re only paying for what you need to be for your company to thrive.
Taking advantage of this feature will ensure that you’re not wasting money on feature sets that parts of your business — or your organisation as a whole — won’t require. This money can be used elsewhere to augment your company through other means, without having to dedicate money to IT licensing costs.
Hiring in-house IT staff can be incredibly expensive. Working with a service provider to outsource your IT team and resources can save lots of money whilst also preserving the quality and level of service throughout your organisation’s IT infrastructure.
By outsourcing your IT support, you not only remove the need to hire an in-house IT team but also have access to expert service at all hours of the day. A service provider will be there for you in any case, and you can count that the provider supporting you is knowledgeable and able to fix any problems much more quickly and efficiently than on-prem IT staff
Technology is rapidly changing the business industry. As companies are finding better and more cost-effective solutions to unlock their business’s full potential, there’s no reason your organisation shouldn’t be a step ahead of the rest.
By implementing some or all of these solutions, you’ll be able to ensure that your company is as cost-efficient as possible. Instead of wasting money on solutions that are just going to haemorrhage more important money from your business in the long term, these solutions are easily implemented and are a solid way to ensure your business prospers in the long term.
If you’re looking to start implementing these solutions in your business, look nowhere else. We’ll be able to give you a helping hand and guide you through the whole process. Our expert team is here to ensure that your business gets the best support possible to enable it to thrive.
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