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19/06
2018
Hackers and data breaches…they can affect any business or organisation
Posted by Andy Connolly on 19/06 at 10:00 AM Large enterprises, SMEs, Cyber security,
Data breach cyber attacks

It is easy to fall into the trap of thinking hackers are only going to be interested in big businesses or organisations. The same can be said of data breaches, but I urge you not to be caught out as a number of recent news stories will prove. Last weekend, reports were published...

14/06
2018
Summer holiday telephone fraud warning to schools
Posted by Andy Connolly on 14/06 at 11:20 AM Education,
Teacher looking stressed due to fraud

With the summer holidays fast approaching, I want to warn schools about the risk of fraudsters using the long break as the perfect time to infiltrate school telephone systems to run up costly bills.  Generally, most active at night or on weekends, fraudsters could view the summer...

12/06
2018
UK businesses slowly leading the way against ransomware
Posted by Caroline Moore on 12/06 at 10:00 AM IT services, Security,

I found a recent article on NS Tech interesting reading. The headline seemed rather negative in that it highlighted just how many UK businesses would be prepared to pay a ransom rather than invest in cyber security. While one in five may seem a lot, four in five did not take that...

08/06
2018
What is the alternative to a Centrex telephone system?
Posted by Joe Kavanagh on 08/06 at 10:45 AM Education,
Class room

In some areas of the UK, schools are still using Centrex telephone systems provided by their local county council or authority. Historically, these were very appealing systems provided for a fixed monthly price per user and sometimes even free of charge, and they enabled schools...

05/06
2018
Holding onto an ageing telephone system
Posted by Khaled El-Din on 05/06 at 10:00 AM Cloud hosted telephone systems, Telephone systems, Unified communications,

This short video from Khaled El-Din succinctly summarises why holding onto an ageing telephone system is not advisable. While ‘sweating the asset’ may seem like a good option, often your support contact may cost you more and parts may be impossible to get hold of. Meanwhile,...

01/06
2018
Is broadband fit for purpose?
Posted by Khaled El-Din on 01/06 at 10:00 AM Internet connectivity,

With more and more businesses turning to hosted telephone systems as the cost-effective, flexible alternative to on-premise digital solutions, we explore why some businesses are experiencing a poor service. More often than not, it's not the telephone system but the connectivity that...

29/05
2018
The trouble with MATs…when it comes to IT and communications
Posted by Joe Kavanagh on 29/05 at 10:00 AM Education,
school IT

As schools join or form multi academy trusts (MATs) to share educational expertise, many of them will also hope to gain enhanced support and better access to more resources.  Improving teaching and learning standards is always as the forefront of senior management and governors’...

22/05
2018
Colleges need to take responsibility for their own cyber security
Posted by Colin Woods on 22/05 at 10:00 AM Education, Security,
Security Blackboard

With cyber-attacks on colleges on the rise, the Department of Education has called on them to take responsibility for their own security. Most colleges rely on cyber security provided by not-for-profit company, Jisc, which provides IT services and internet connectivity through the...

18/05
2018
Ransomware is not a game!
Posted by Elaine Bellamy on 18/05 at 10:00 AM Disaster recovery, Security, Web filtering,
Ransomware attack on laptop

Ransomware has become one of the top cyber threats across the globe including the WannaCry attack on the NHS and the NotPetya assault on computer systems at Eastern European power stations. With hackers stealing millions of pounds in untraceable bitcoin from small hairdressers to...

16/05
2018
Information at our fingertips
Posted by Caroline Moore on 16/05 at 10:00 AM Data centre, Disaster recovery, Internet connectivity,

As we look forward to Exeter Chiefs' Premiership semi-final against Newcastle Falcons this weekend, we reflect on how always-available data forms a part of the team’s working week.In this video, Gareth Steenson describes how all their on-field activity is catalogued into video...

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