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13/04
2018
Businesses yearn for network visibility
Posted by Matt Needs on 13/04 at 10:00 AM Cloud services, Data networks, IT services, Security,
IT manager reviewing the network

Recent statistics have found that UK IT managers are feeling out of the loop when it comes to visibility of their networks and applications, especially when it comes to cloud services. According to Network Communications News, IDE Group polled 100 IT managers at UK companies of...

06/04
2018
Further education colleges need to seek an internet connectivity alternative
Posted by Simon Dunstan on 06/04 at 10:00 AM Education, Internet connectivity, IT services, Security, SIP, Telephone systems, Web filtering, Wi-Fi,
Janet replacement services

Government funding cuts mean internet connectivity and IT services currently provided to English further education (FE) colleges on the Janet network will need to be paid for as of August next year. Announced last month, these cuts will cost colleges thousands of pounds every year...

29/03
2018
Beat the criminals - understand dial-through fraud and spoofing
Posted by James Shenstone on 29/03 at 10:00 AM Dial through fraud, Security,
Shock of dial through fraud

The Easter holidays could provide rich pickings for dial-through fraud gangs with most businesses closed for the four-day break, but there is also a growing threat to businesses while they are open. We have often used this blog to highlight the threat of dial-through fraud whereby...

23/02
2018
Does your local area network stand the test of time?
Posted by Yvonne Dennis on 23/02 at 10:00 AM Internet connectivity, IT services, Security,
Engineer at LAN cabinet

The local area network (LAN) is generally a neglected part of any business’s IT infrastructure, which is bizarre when you consider its importance. Every time we send a document to a shared printer, we are using the LAN. This is a very simplistic viewpoint but the one most people...

06/02
2018
Why all the fuss about end of life IT and communications systems?
Posted by Caroline Moore on 06/02 at 10:00 AM Cloud services, Data networks, IT services, Security,
software update

A recent report in CRN magazine has revealed the majority of local councils are running their computers and laptops on Windows 7 – an operating system that is due to go end of life in less than two years’ time. The report made me draw a sharp intake of breath as although I would...

30/01
2018
Use web filtering in schools to help tackle cyber bullying and trolling
Posted by Elaine Bellamy on 30/01 at 10:00 AM Education, Security, Web filtering,
school boy upset with cyber bullying

In 2017, ChildLine counselled 4,541 children about online bullying compared to 2,410 in 2011/12. This significant increase can be attributed to the number of internet-enabled devices available to children and teenagers offering them quick access to social media.  A voluntary code...

26/01
2018
How could Spectre and Meltdown affect your business?
Posted by Colin Woods on 26/01 at 10:00 AM IT services, Security,
processor

The recent announcements regarding a design flaw in central processing units (CPU) within computers has sent businesses, PC manufactures and software publishers into a security spin. The two major vulnerabilities aren’t your normal software bugs which steal memory or data, but rather...

12/01
2018
Keeping sensitive information secure using Office 365
Posted by Chris Wheeler on 12/01 at 10:00 AM Office 365, Security,
Office 365 security image

With new guidelines and rules being introduced to protect sensitive information when used for business purposes, many are wondering how much time and cost needs to be invested to achieve the most secure, robust and fine-free approach possible. Most security-driven vendors will...

22/12
2017
Latest botnet exploits vulnerabilities on routers and devices
Posted by Ash Khagram on 22/12 at 10:00 AM Security, Wi-Fi,
Botnet image

Hackers use any means necessary to cause havoc to businesses and users across the internet. The latest hack is called Satori which is silently scouring the internet and hijacking routers to use them to initiate DDoS attacks against specific websites.The Satori botnet, named after a...

08/12
2017
Office 365 extends Advanced Threat Protection for cloud collaboration services
Posted by Chris Wheeler on 08/12 at 10:00 AM Security,
Microsoft security

Microsoft have unveiled their updated Office 365 Advanced Threat Protection (ATP) which already helps businesses identify and resolve cyber threats such as malware, viruses, malicious URLs within Exchange Online, but now protects businesses against other cyber security threats within...

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