Top 10 Benefits of Microsoft Teams

At the heart of every business is a conversation. Between your team, between suppliers, customers, local or global. A telephone call is good, we have been making those for a long time-since March 10th, 1876, to be precise. Interestingly, the first words spoken by Alexander Graham Bell in the worlds first telephone call, were: ‘‘Mr… Continue reading Top 10 Benefits of Microsoft Teams

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A Pothole, Outsourced IT and Microsoft remote desktop story…

As in the classic convention of fairy tale storytelling, it typically starts off with a hero or heroine performing a task and then being rewarded. The best of them usually has an insurmountable event and then some magical assistance thrown in for good measure! The Cast The Handsome Prince – Who else? The pothole played… Continue reading A Pothole, Outsourced IT and Microsoft remote desktop story…

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Everybody be cool, this is a robbery… (or how not to click on a phishing email)…

What a great film Pulp Fiction is, and that opening scene! Two thieves casually sipping coffee and discussing the good and the bad merits of robbing banks and liquor stores. As the Hawaiian shirt-clad villain says to the other, ‘‘There‘s no sense in robbing a bank. There’s no money in it’’. The method of robbing… Continue reading Everybody be cool, this is a robbery… (or how not to click on a phishing email)…

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What has the Eurovision song contest got to do with Outsourced IT?

Back in 2002, the Greek entry by Michalis Rakintzis ‘SAGAPO’ for the Eurovision song contest came 17th. I’m sure Michalis won’t mind me sharing with you just how pertinent his lyrics are. Hey (Hey, hey, hey, hey) If you wanna get my love (Love, love, love, love) If you pray for me and hope (Hope,… Continue reading What has the Eurovision song contest got to do with Outsourced IT?

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FBI reports 2020 cyber-crime surge

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The US Federal Bureau of Investigation says that more than $4 Billion was lost through cyber-attacks during 2020 by American businesses and individuals. An FBI report, using data from the FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Centre (IC3), says that 20 per cent more money was lost in 2020 than in 2019. Victims also reported more than… Continue reading FBI reports 2020 cyber-crime surge

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Virus spurs big office rethink

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Half of UK businesses expect to reduce their office space, with a third looking to cut it down by 30 per cent. PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) surveyed 258 C-Suite executives and other senior employees of the UK’s largest companies. Their proposed cuts signify a reduction of around nine million square feet of space. The pandemic appears to… Continue reading Virus spurs big office rethink

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COVID fuels online crime surge

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The UK’s National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) has stopped more online scams during the pandemic than the combined total of the previous three years. COVID and NHS-themed cyber-attacks fuelled the increase. Security experts recorded a 15-fold rise in the removal of online campaigns in 2020 compared to 2019. The findings were included in the NCSC’s… Continue reading COVID fuels online crime surge

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Jobs boost speeds fibre roll-out

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BT is set to create 7,000 new jobs to support its fibre broadband roll-out to 25 million UK premises. The company’s chief executive, Philip Jansen, said the jobs are part of plans to “build like fury across the country” to expand broadband coverage. Money from a government tax deduction will help pay for this investment.… Continue reading Jobs boost speeds fibre roll-out

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Virus fuels working revolution

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Leading companies are now looking to significantly change the working experience for employees due to the pandemic. Most recently, Salesforce announced it will let all employees work “remotely part or full-time, after the pandemic”. The software giant intends to scale-back its real estate footprint with more than 65 per cent of its workforce only coming… Continue reading Virus fuels working revolution

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Pandemic boom-time for hackers

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Cyber-crime had a boom year in 2020 as online attacks soared and ransomware earned perpetrators millions. UK businesses faced a 20 per cent rise in cybersecurity threats compared to 2019 and the first COVID-19 lockdown in March escalated hacking attempts into corporate networks. According to the internet service provider, Beaming, there were more than 686,000… Continue reading Pandemic boom-time for hackers

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Firms shun security as cyber risks soar

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Around half of the UK’s businesses had no security policies in place in 2020 – fewer than in 2019. According to a report by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS), the proportion of businesses and charities using security monitoring tools fell from 40 per cent in 2019 to 35 per cent in… Continue reading Firms shun security as cyber risks soar

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Ofcom triggers full-fibre roll-out

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UK roll-out of Fibre To The Premises (FTTP) is being accelerated by Openreach and its competitors following new Ofcom regulations. The regulations, governing the wholesale telecoms market, aim to promote competition and investment in networks which can provide gigabit speeds to and from premises. Openreach became a legally separate company from BT in 2018, with… Continue reading Ofcom triggers full-fibre roll-out

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Second-hand data storage danger

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Beware when disposing of old data storage devices because these are likely to contain confidential business or personal information. Research company Kaspersky found that 90 per cent of second-hand storage devices, such as USB sticks, contained data that could be exploited if it fell into criminal hands. Anything from banking documents and company emails to… Continue reading Second-hand data storage danger

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Video call fatigue hits home

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Videoconferencing, using tools such as Zoom, Skype or Teams, is causing many remote workers to suffer serious fatigue. As so many people resort to virtual meetings due to the COVID 19 pandemic, various research studies are highlighting the downsides of technology which has proved such a lifeline for many businesses. In a report by Microsoft… Continue reading Video call fatigue hits home

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Hackers poison US water supply

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Cyber criminals have attempted to poison a city’s water supply in the United States. The attempt sharply highlights how critically important robust cybersecurity is to avoid exposure to hackers. Someone gained access to a computer at the water facility which supplies Oldsmar City in Pinellas County, Florida. By altering the facility’s remote-control software, TeamViewer, they… Continue reading Hackers poison US water supply

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Hackers wage war on Microsoft Exchange

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Microsoft Exchange Server users are being targeted by hackers in a series of ransomware attacks affecting thousands of organisations worldwide. According to Reuters, more than 20,000 organisations have been compromised in the US with many more across the globe. The victims include the European Banking Authority which has announced that personal data may have been… Continue reading Hackers wage war on Microsoft Exchange

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Giant leap for wi-fi with 6 and 6E

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A superior wi-fi experience is now on the horizon for UK businesses after successful trials of Wi-Fi 6 and the birth of the new Wi-Fi 6E standard. Regulators in the US and the UK have this year opened up the 6GHZ spectrum. And the technology which will use it has been branded 6E by the… Continue reading Giant leap for wi-fi with 6 and 6E

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Global PC sales soar

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Global sales of personal computers (PCs) soared over the past 12 months as many more people worked from home. Market research firm Canalys reports that PC shipments reached 297 million units in 2020, up an impressive 11 per cent from 2019. IDC puts the year at 302 million shipments, up 13.1 per cent year-on-year. And… Continue reading Global PC sales soar

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Unrealistic broadband and 5G targets

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Plans to bring high-speed internet to 85 per cent of UK households by 2025 is over-ambitious. So says a Broadband and the Road to 5G report, published by parliament’s Digital, Culture, Media and Sports Committee (DCMSC). It says there is “no genuine belief” that the current goal can be met. The National Audit Office has… Continue reading Unrealistic broadband and 5G targets

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COVID fuels cybercrime surge

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The UK’s National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) has reported a surge in pandemic-related cyber attacks, with more than a quarter of all known incidents related to COVID-19. It handled 723 incidents between 1 September 2019 and 31 August 2020 – up from 658 reported in the previous 12 months. The increase in cases reflects ongoing… Continue reading COVID fuels cybercrime surge

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Time to forget passwords?

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Major technology providers are now moving towards a password-free world, but is it time for you to forget them? Steps towards a ‘password-less’ environment being taken by the likes of Google and Microsoft reflect the fact that the traditional way of protecting personal data is fundamentally unsafe. A report from Risk Based Security revealed more… Continue reading Time to forget passwords?

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Offices axed as remote working grows

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City firms may axe office space in London as the demand for remote working forces them to review how much square-footage they need. A survey by the Confederation of British Industry and professional services firm PwC has found that 74 per cent of London-based banks and insurance firms are re-assessing their office requirements. Of the… Continue reading Offices axed as remote working grows

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BA gets £20m slap for mega-breach

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British Airways (BA) has been let off a possible £183 million data breach fine due to the economic disruption caused by the coronavirus. The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) will now fine BA the smaller sum of £20 million, after taking into account appeals from the airline and also the economic fallout from the pandemic. The… Continue reading BA gets £20m slap for mega-breach

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Virus fuels ransomware surge

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Global ransomware attacks soared by 20 per cent in the first half of 2020 with 121 million incidents recorded worldwide. That’s according to research by SonicWall Capture Labs, which shows that 79.9 million targeted the US and 5.9 million in the UK. Both countries were just outside the top ten nations most affected. China and… Continue reading Virus fuels ransomware surge

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Robotics surge as virus strikes

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The scourge of coronavirus could be fundamentally changing the way businesses operate by expanding remote working and accelerating the deployment of robotics and AI. The British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) has released the results of its Coronavirus Impact Tracker, which reveals that the majority of businesses have made changes to adapt to the UK lockdown… Continue reading Robotics surge as virus strikes

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UK’s broadband ranking plummets

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British broadband speeds are now among the slowest in Europe having dropped to a lowly 47th in the world. This alarming news is revealed in new research conducted by Cable.co.uk, which indicates that the UK has fallen 13 places in an annual league table of global broadband speeds. Britain’s average broadband speed is 37.82 Mbits/sec.… Continue reading UK’s broadband ranking plummets

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COVID changes the world

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There are many signs that the COVID-19 pandemic is fundamentally changing the world we live in today. How we work, consume, enjoy entertainment and travel are all being re-assessed by governments, businesses and individuals. Some steps are totally new, and others are accelerating trends already apparent before the pandemic. As soon as countries went into… Continue reading COVID changes the world

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Cybercrime epidemic costs trillions

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The cost of cybercrime is snowballing at an alarming rate and costing organisations around the world many trillions of dollars. Four years ago, Cybersecurity Ventures – a leading researcher – predicted cybercrime would cost the world US$6 trillion a year by 2021. It’s a prediction which has been corroborated by many academics, senior government officials… Continue reading Cybercrime epidemic costs trillions

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NatWest’s banking on biometrics

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NatWest Bank is developing behavioural biometrics technology which could soon replace conventional passwords. Behavioural biometrics analyse the unique ways customers interact with their devices when making online purchases – helping to verify the identity of a payee to ensure it’s actually the cardholder who’s authorising the payment. NatWest’s roll-out of the technology starts next year… Continue reading NatWest’s banking on biometrics

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Password re-use still poses a big threat

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Millions of Microsoft users have been using log-on credentials that could be known by cybercriminals. A big part of the problem has been the re-use of passwords which has made it much easier for hackers to unlock users’ accounts. The software giant analysed a database of more than three billion leaked credentials pooled from multiple… Continue reading Password re-use still poses a big threat

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Too many IT projects fail

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Many organisations that set out to modernise their legacy IT systems never complete the process, according to new global research. A report commissioned by IT solutions and services company, Advanced, shows that different teams in a company can have conflicting priorities, and this makes any IT transformation much more challenging. Leadership teams often fail to… Continue reading Too many IT projects fail

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Tech giants suspend police sales

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Major technology companies are suspending sales of facial recognition software to US police departments until the laws concerning their appropriate use are tightened up. The decision from three tech giants came just two weeks after the death of George Floyd, which sparked a series of protests in the US, the UK and elsewhere. Amazon has… Continue reading Tech giants suspend police sales

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Flexibility bug bites UK workers

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Working from home during the pandemic has made many people reluctant to go back to their workplaces on a full-time basis despite an easing of the UK lockdown rules. Research commissioned by technology provider Okta surveyed 6,000 office workers across the UK. Just 24 per cent of respondents said they wanted to return to the… Continue reading Flexibility bug bites UK workers

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Cyber attacks soar during the pandemic

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Covid-19 is causing a surge in cybercrime as hackers use various techniques to steal data and disrupt organisations. According to analysis from an internet service provider (ISP) Beaming, UK companies experienced on average 157,000 cyber-attacks each in the first quarter of 2020. That’s the equivalent of more than one every minute. As a result, Beaming… Continue reading Cyber attacks soar during the pandemic

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Tracing app to combat the virus

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The UK government has confirmed plans for an app that will warn users if they have recently been close to someone infected with the coronavirus. The health secretary Matt Hancock says the NHS is working closely with leading tech companies on the initiative and the health service’s digital innovation unit NHSX. The unit has tested… Continue reading Tracing app to combat the virus

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Will Covid-19 transform business?

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Could Covid-19 fundamentally change the way businesses operate – prompting a permanent shift to more virtual working? There is no doubt lockdowns caused a significant drop in movement across major cities. New Yorkers were going to the grocery store 32 per cent less often at the start of the nightmare. And according to Google, London’s… Continue reading Will Covid-19 transform business?

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Zoom danger as pandemic hits

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There are growing security fears about the video-conferencing app, Zoom, as millions of people face the possibility of protracted home-working due to the coronavirus. By the end of March, most tech giants had closed offices and shifted employee communications online. Across the world, Zoom’s popularity surged to more than 200 million daily meeting participants as… Continue reading Zoom danger as pandemic hits

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Faster wi-fi set to boost productivity

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The blistering speed of new Wi-Fi 6 technology could help bring big improvements to productivity for thousands of UK businesses. Because a recent trial has shown the new wi-fi standard can support download speeds of 700Mbps in very difficult environments. The trial was conducted by the Wireless Broadband Alliance (WBA) at Mettis Aerospace’s factory in… Continue reading Faster wi-fi set to boost productivity

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Take control of cyber security

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Many UK businesses are still dangerously exposed to cyber threats because they haven’t got a robust security strategy. According to the UK government’s latest Cyber Security Breaches Survey , 32 per cent of businesses have suffered a data breach or cyber-attack in the past 12 months. While that’s lower than previous years, it still suggests… Continue reading Take control of cyber security

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State Actors pose a big threat

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British businesses need to use more effective defences against relentless attacks from state-sponsored cyber hackers. Several countries are now using digital interactions to launch attacks on individual companies as well as national infrastructures. The UK’s National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC), the US Department of Homeland Security and the FBI recently warned that Russia is a… Continue reading State Actors pose a big threat

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Dark fibre’s set to make UK shine

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Ofcom’s decision to open-up access to Openreach’s dormant unlit fibre should be a big boost for UK businesses. Communications providers who serve residential and small business customers already have access to this “dark fibre”. Now, bigger businesses will also have access to it which could cause a communications revolution for millions of customers and employees.… Continue reading Dark fibre’s set to make UK shine

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Be ready for cyber attacks

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The UK’s National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) has helped stop 658 attacks against UK organisations in 2019 – stark evidence that businesses need to be forever vigilant to defend against a persistent threat from cyber space. According to its third annual review, the NCSC has prevented 1,800 attacks since its inception in 2016. It’s also… Continue reading Be ready for cyber attacks

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Are 5G fears credible?

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Concerns about 5G have caused some UK local authorities to ban the erection of new masts to support the new technology. Brighton and Hove City Council is one of the latest. Masts were due to be installed near Hove Park, but the council decided these would create “visual clutter” and damage the area’s character. Other… Continue reading Are 5G fears credible?

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4G or not 4G?

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Many businesses are unaware that the 4G mobile connections they’re using aren’t always what they’re cracked up to be. This is because mobile network operators have been promoting Long Term Evolution (LTE) as a form of 4G, describing it as 4G LTE when LTE is actually significantly slower. Both 4G and LTE were officially classified… Continue reading 4G or not 4G?

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Fight back against fake news

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The problem of fake news is now so serious it’s the target of a new initiative by leading media channels and technology providers.

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Funding boosts vital tech sector

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A Government boost for the UK tech sector is recognition of how fundamentally important IT-related services are now for British businesses. The government’s Future Leaders Fellowships scheme will invest £78 million in 78 researchers to support their work on new scientific and technological discoveries. And a further £20 million will be allocated to University Enterprise… Continue reading Funding boosts vital tech sector

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Security fears over big data leak

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The leak of millions of fingerprints and other personal data has posed serious questions about how secure current biometrics technology is. A tool used by many organisations worldwide to provide secure access to buildings has been proved to be insecure. Researchers working for the cyber-security firm VPNMentor discovered a massive leak of data on the… Continue reading Security fears over big data leak

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Record boost for UK tech

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Britain’s tech sector has received record amounts of foreign investment so far this year – and it’s broadening the range of IT services available to UK businesses and customers. According to a report compiled by Tech Nation and Dealroom, $6.7 billion was invested in the UK up to July. That’s two billion more than the… Continue reading Record boost for UK tech

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Broadband hit by copper crime

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Theft of copper cables continues to be a problem disrupting UK businesses and affecting people’s lives. One of the most recent, in Cambridgeshire, deprived thousands of people of their broadband connections. Openreach, which provides network connections for the UK’s internet service providers, says the thefts and associated vandalism caused two outages in two weeks. Around… Continue reading Broadband hit by copper crime

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Ransomware threat soars

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Britain’s now a top target for ransomware attacks so all organisations need to be much more vigilant. The UK has suffered a 195 per cent increase in such attacks this year, compared to a 59 per cent decrease in 2018. Meanwhile, total global malware detections actually fell in 2019 after a record-breaking 2018. According to… Continue reading Ransomware threat soars

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Old bug could still bite

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Beware desk phones that enable hackers to listen in on your organisation – because there’s an old bug in many phones that could open doors to cyber criminals. New research from cyber security firm McAfee has identified that there’s still an old bug in Avaya handsets. Avaya’s the popular choice for many organisations of all… Continue reading Old bug could still bite

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Huge BA fine is scary warning

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The hefty £183m fine imposed on British Airways for losing half a million customers’ personal data shows Europe’s new data protection law has teeth. And if you don’t take care, it will bite you. BA is appealing against the fine – which amounts to 1.5 per cent of its annual turnover. But even if the… Continue reading Huge BA fine is scary warning

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Say Hello to safer network access

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Businesses are urged to start using the new Windows Hello service to make network access ultra-secure. It has been granted official certification by the authentication body FIDO and has just been launched to millions of customers worldwide. Hello uses facial recognition, fingerprint scanning and PIN numbers to verify access to your computer and the network… Continue reading Say Hello to safer network access

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Tighter law for facial recognition?

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Should British companies adopt facial recognition technology to improve security, just when tougher legislation is being called for? As businesses attempt to make their digital presence safer – to avoid attacks from hackers and to protect customers – one of the key technologies being considered is now facing serious questions. The House of Commons’ Science… Continue reading Tighter law for facial recognition?

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Samsung video stirs IoT fears

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A worrying warning from Samsung has highlighted the potential threat of cyber-attacks on devices connected to the Internet of Things (IoT). The Korean technology giant has advised customers to perform regular security checks of its smart TVs to stay safe from viruses and other cyber threats. To carry out a check Samsung advises users to… Continue reading Samsung video stirs IoT fears

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5G switch-on starts

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5G is being switched on by UK network operators – offering data transfer speeds of up to 20Gbps for mobile device users. EE launched first on 30 May and Vodafone will follow on 3 July. O2 also plans to launch this year. EE’s initially making 5G available in London, Cardiff, Edinburgh, Belfast, Birmingham and Manchester… Continue reading 5G switch-on starts

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Huawei fears pose security dilemma

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A big question mark remains about using Huawei’s 5G technology – despite the British government granting the company partial access to the UK’s mobile infrastructure. Outgoing Prime Minister Theresa May signed off on the agreement even before a full review of telecoms suppliers was completed. It means Huawei will be allowed to supply so-called “non-core”… Continue reading Huawei fears pose security dilemma

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Voice recognition data threat

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The threat to data privacy from devices that use voice recognition to answer questions, play music and activate or monitor appliances is a growing problem for UK businesses. The threat has been discussed widely in the technology press in recent weeks due to a recent attempt in the US to deter companies like Amazon and… Continue reading Voice recognition data threat

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Cyber threat to UK escalates

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The frequency of cyber-attacks on British businesses is escalating at an alarming rate according to latest research. The research, commissioned by the internet service provider Beaming, shows businesses now receive, on average, one cyber-attack every minute. That’s double the rate in the first three months of 2018. The attacks originate from more than 400,000 unique… Continue reading Cyber threat to UK escalates

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Tough new EU copyright law

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Companies that use the web for sales and marketing need to beware the new copyright directive just agreed by the European Union which comes into force in two years’ time. The directive met a lot of resistance from a number of EU countries but now it’s approved, it will have a real impact on all… Continue reading Tough new EU copyright law

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Windows 7 support ends soon

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Windows 7 users need to wake up to the reality that the operating system will no longer be supported by Microsoft after mid-January 2020. That means your business won’t receive any security patches and your technology and network will be more exposed to cyber-attacks. It’s highly likely that many small-and-medium-sized businesses across Sussex still use… Continue reading Windows 7 support ends soon

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First digital tax deadline looms

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Only a small proportion of UK businesses have signed up to make digital tax returns – even though the first mandatory deadline is just a few months away. The UK Government’s Making Tax Digital (MTD) initiative went live on 1 April. It means that all UK companies will eventually have to submit their tax returns… Continue reading First digital tax deadline looms

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Should you buy cyber insurance?

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Companies can now take out insurance to protect their business against damage from a cyber-attack. While more businesses are taking out cyber insurance, many appear sceptical about whether it would cover all the risks from what’s a constantly-changing threat. A 2018 report by Ovum for FICO revealed a rise in the number of organisations taking… Continue reading Should you buy cyber insurance?

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Men hinder women’s tech careers

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Male attitudes are still a significant barrier to women working in the UK’s technology industry. Recent research commissioned by Trainline reveals around 60 per cent of the 1,026 surveyed believe workplace culture is geared to support men more than women. More than 33 per cent of tech workers believe male attitudes have a negative effect… Continue reading Men hinder women’s tech careers

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USB-C supercharges data transfer

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New USB-C connections are becoming more widespread now but many businesses are still in the dark about why they’re so useful. They’re smaller than the well-known USB connectors we’ve all used for power supply and data transfer but they’re much more potent because the USB-C can support data-transfer speeds of up to 10 gigabits per… Continue reading USB-C supercharges data transfer

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Stop using IE warns Microsoft

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Businesses still using Internet Explorer should face the fact that Microsoft does not want them to use it anymore. Microsoft’s worldwide lead for cyber security, Chris Jackson has gone on record to explain that IE is now not supported by new web standards. While many sites accessed via IE still work fine, “developers by and… Continue reading Stop using IE warns Microsoft

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O2 to launch 5G this year

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O2’s launching 5G services this year ahead of its rivals. However, will businesses in the South East benefit? The mobile network operator has said that Belfast, Cardiff, Edinburgh and London will be the first to launch – with other areas to follow in 2020. The actual roll-out date for these urban areas has not yet… Continue reading O2 to launch 5G this year

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Good patch management’s vital

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Making sure all your company’s software is up-to-date is essential for the secure and efficient running of your business. However, proper “patch management” is often poorly practised by many organisations and for many it’s a foreign concept. While large corporations usually have sufficient resources to ensure the latest patches are applied to all systems and… Continue reading Good patch management’s vital

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Microchips for employees?

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Could embedded microchips benefit employees and their companies? It is very reminiscent of Orwell’s classic, ‘1984’ and very Big Brother. In fact, companies are already testing out the idea. UK-based BioTeq has already given 150 of its people voluntary implants whilst Sweden’s Biohax is reported to be in discussions with several legal and financial institutions.… Continue reading Microchips for employees?

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Should you send emails out of hours?

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Should you send work emails outside office hours and should you expect a swift response? With the development of versatile mobile technology, receiving an email from a manager or colleague at the weekend is much more likely because people are no longer tied to their office PC. Laptops and tablets used for work are commonplace… Continue reading Should you send emails out of hours?

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Time’s up for Windows 7

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Time is running out for businesses in Sussex to make the move to Windows 7 as it reaches its End of Life phase. So, this is definitely the right time to move to Windows 10 because it will make working with business partners and customers so much easier. According to Netmarketshare, the new operating system… Continue reading Time’s up for Windows 7

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‘Catfishing’ ID fraud is big problem

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Beware of people posing as someone else online – it’s a growing threat to individuals and businesses. The phenomenon has been known as ‘catfishing’ for the past few years. It’s when someone creates fake profiles on social media to trick people into thinking they’re somebody else. The term originates from a 2010 documentary about a… Continue reading ‘Catfishing’ ID fraud is big problem

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Microsoft edged out by Chrome

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The Microsoft Edge browser may soon be phased out in favour of one that uses the same building blocks as Google Chrome. Media reports speculate that Microsoft will soon be announcing a new browser built using the Chromium open-source project. The biggest issue for Edge has been compatibility. It simply doesn’t give web users the… Continue reading Microsoft edged out by Chrome

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Invest more in cyber security

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There’s a lack of cyber security expertise and insufficient expenditure in many organisations which makes them more vulnerable to cyber-attacks. One of the most vulnerable in the UK is the National Health Service. Research by cyber security company Redscan indicates that many NHS trusts are unable to retain the necessary skills and expertise. The average… Continue reading Invest more in cyber security

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Huawei poses security threat

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British companies are being warned to beware of the hidden threat from technology giant Huawei. The company created by a former engineer from the People’s Liberation Army, is renowned for supplying network infrastructure hardware for networks in the UK communications infrastructure. It also provides a broad range of other business and personal solutions and services,… Continue reading Huawei poses security threat

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Marriott hacking is stark warning

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The theft of up to 500 million customer records from the Marriott hotel group is a shocking reminder to everyone how vulnerable personal information is in the digital era. Many millions of people who have stayed at Marriott’s 6,700 properties in 129 countries will have unwittingly given hackers their names, dates of birth, phone numbers,… Continue reading Marriott hacking is stark warning

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Simplification cures wi-fi headaches

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Wi-fi certification has been simplified in a bid to make it easier for everyone to understand what they are buying. The move by the Wi-Fi Alliance – which is the global standards body – drops the ‘802’ coding replacing it with Wi-Fi 4, 5 and 6. The numbers denote different throughput capabilities with the 5… Continue reading Simplification cures wi-fi headaches

New processors will boost productivity

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New desktop processors from Intel will ramp-up productivity for UK companies as they can handle a heavy workload, performing multiple tasks simultaneously. The 9th Gen Intel Core processors are aimed at mainstream users, not specialists and, at launch, there are three to choose from: the i9-9900K, i7-9700K and the i5-9600K. The flagship and most expensive… Continue reading New processors will boost productivity

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Russia wages cyber war

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UK businesses need to be ever-vigilant about the threat of cyber attacks from Russian hackers. Recent attacks on government entities have been blamed on members of the ‘Fancy Bear’ group and the FBI has issued a wanted poster for seven men. All UK organisations need to take the threat seriously too, in order to avoid… Continue reading Russia wages cyber war

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Beat rail misery – stay at home

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Commuters to London from the South Coast have further rail misery ahead and should consider working from home more. With planned improvements to the Brighton main line due to start next February, the likelihood of being late for that all-important face-to-face meeting with your boss is much more likely. Many companies already have the answer:… Continue reading Beat rail misery – stay at home

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Outsourcing IT makes business sense

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Outsourcing IT can save businesses in the South East substantial sums of money every year and ensure technology and applications are always up-to-date. For small and medium-sized businesses in particular, there are a number of key advantages to moving IT to an external managed services provider (MSP). These companies are often less likely to have… Continue reading Outsourcing IT makes business sense

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Chinese spy micro-chip danger

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Be warned against buying hardware from China, it could be fitted with extra micro-chips designed to break into your organisation. The threat from technology built in China loomed large with the discovery of additional micro-processors on standard motherboards. It’s believed the problem affected around 30 US companies, including Amazon and Apple. The motherboards were also… Continue reading Chinese spy micro-chip danger

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Whiskey could boost your businesses

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The new exotically code-named 8th-generation processors from Intel are now on the market offering faster connectivity and improved power saving. What Intel dubbed Whiskey Lake and Amber Lake during the development phase are now the generation U and Y-series chips. The chips have already been included in the latest devices available from equipment manufacturers. Gary… Continue reading Whiskey could boost your businesses

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Sussex Wildlife Trust Ball

Over 200 guests attended the Sussex Wildlife Trust Wilderness Wonder Charity Fundraising Ball at The Grand Hotel Brighton on Saturday 15th September 2018. It was hosted by the lovely Michaela Strachan who has been a television presenter for various shows including Springwatch, Countryfile and the Really Wild Show. The ball was helping to raise funds… Continue reading Sussex Wildlife Trust Ball

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BA data breach is stark reminder

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A massive breach of security at British Airways, which compromised 380,000 card payments, shows that organisations of all sizes are vulnerable to cyberattacks if their security is flawed. The theft of credit card numbers, expiry dates, street and email addresses and other personal data follows hot-on-the-heels of BA’s meltdown last year. BA’s chief executive said… Continue reading BA data breach is stark reminder

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Cyber crime pays – so watch out

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Chilling new research reveals cyber criminals are outspending big businesses and posing an ever-increasing threat to UK companies. The survey commissioned by software company Carbon Black reveals that 92 per cent of all UK businesses have had their cyber defences breached within the past 12 months – and 82 per cent have experienced more attacks… Continue reading Cyber crime pays – so watch out

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Smartphone addiction is security danger

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A major security threat to UK companies is posed by our growing addiction to smartphones. A new Ofcom report shows that, on average, people check their phones every 12 minutes. This suggests they’re doing it while working – and not just in break times. In fact, a report last year from Office Team highlights that… Continue reading Smartphone addiction is security danger

Network threat from faxes

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Companies should be aware of the hidden security threat from fax machines which are an unlocked backdoor for criminals. New research from Check Point Security estimates that 300 million fax numbers are still in use. Using just a phone line, the researcher sent a fax that took full control over the printer that received it.… Continue reading Network threat from faxes

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Microsoft’s DaaS plans leaked

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Microsoft’s rumoured to be launching a new managed desktop service where customers lease a Windows 10 compatible device as well as its operating system. For some South East companies this could mean less headaches when they receive Windows 10 updates because the leased PC, laptop or tablet won’t be using any incompatible applications. In the… Continue reading Microsoft’s DaaS plans leaked

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Moving to the country? Choose wisely

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Rural businesses across the South East could benefit from a slice of the additional £45m government funding that’s now available to speed-up their broadband connections. The money will be channelled through local authorities via the Rural Payments Agency’s Rural Broadband Infrastructure Scheme. It increases the total rural broadband funding from the government to £75m. This… Continue reading Moving to the country? Choose wisely

Get ready to switch to VoIP soon

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The planned closure of ISDN and PSTN services by BT in 2025 means companies need to upgrade to IP-based voice services soon. For decades, the public switched telephone network was the only way to make voice calls. Then came the integrated services digital network (ISDN) which meant companies could lease their own private lines separate… Continue reading Get ready to switch to VoIP soon

Guard against hacktivist attacks

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Companies need to protect their people and systems against hacktivism because it can compromise their networks. Worse still, it can be a cover for cyber criminals. The term hacktivism first emerged in the mid-1990s when hacking into computer systems was employed by some activists to express political or sociological beliefs. Famously, The Cult of the… Continue reading Guard against hacktivist attacks

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IT skills shortage worsens

The scrapping of ICT courses at GCSE Level is set to exacerbate the skills shortage in IT departments and tech companies across the UK. The UK government’s decision was made back in November 2015 but only introduced in this current academic year. The decision was taken to get schools and colleges to concentrate on teaching… Continue reading IT skills shortage worsens

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