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How To Promote Security In The Workforce

Published by Igor Varnava, September  16, 2015

Online security and the constant threat of cyber attacks are rarely out of the headlines these days – indeed, we manage to make up half our blog on the topic! But it’s for good reason. Security is a topmost concern for business, and without it, you are leaving yourself very vulnerable to all manner of attacks

 

Don’t Cut Your Data Losses – Prevent Them With Data Centralization

Published by Igor Varnava, September  15, 2015

Long gone are the days of over-stacked filing cabinets and physical libraries stuffed with reams and reams of paperwork. These days, all of a company’s data is stored on pieces of computerized hardware either somewhere in the depths of the office building, or otherwise in large data centers as provided by cloud services

 

Singe Sign-on: Improving Security In the Cloud

Published by Igor Varnava, September  2, 2015

Once upon a time, back in the days when there was hardly a cloud in the digital sky, the average user of computers only ever had to ‘sign-in’ once per day – and this was largely for the purposes of accessing a Windows environment. However, in the modern world of all-things-internet, with cloud computing and mobile devices abound, the average user now has to ‘sign-in’ to probably anything between 5 and 50 online applications or web sites every single day.

 

Eternal Darkness – What Happens To Stolen Data When It Enters The Dark Web

Published by Igor Varnava, August  11, 2015

According to Computer Rescue Ltd., “the average time it takes for a company to detect a data breach is 205 days.”

That is a frightfully long time. Just think how much damage could be done by then. In fact, if it’s taken the best part of 5 months for a company to realise that some of its data has been stolen, then one would imagine that it would hardly be worth the bother of trying to retrieve or fix anything after this period, for the damage would have surely already been done.

 

The Big Hole In The Big Data Talent Pool

Published by Igor Varnava, August  5, 2015

Big data is a hot topic in the world of tech – for all sorts of reasons.

Largely, there is much excitement continuing to brew surrounding the subject. Not least because of some of the online tools that are now available, which mean that even SMEs can access at least some of the benefits that big data offers.

 

Migrating From PBX To VoIP? Here’s What You Need

Published by Igor Varnava, July  28, 2015

If you’ve taken the decision to migrate from your old PBX system to VoIP, you will undoubtedly have done so with two kinds of savings in mind.

Firstly, savings your bills – using a VoIP means that you will be utilizing the internet to connect calls, which will cut out cabling costs and call charges, since you will of course, in this day and age, already have an internet connection

Making Big Sense From Big Data

Published by Igor Varnava, July  21, 2015

Big data has been the buzzword of the internet since about 2012. But, if truth be told, it’s time that we all got over that cynicism.Big data is more than just a buzzword – it’s now a common term (indeed, it’s no longer necessary to capitalize the words ‘Big Data’ – it has become commoditized enough that ‘big data’ will do just fine).

 

“Password”, “123456”, “YourName” – Improving Security With Password Managers

Published by Igor Varnava, July  15, 2015

There was once a time when all you needed to do was remember your email login password and you could be described as a top-notch password manager yourself. Not so anymore. With today’s business and even personal world taking place almost entirely online, we find ourselves having to remember sometimes literally dozens of passwords.

 

DropSoft? MicroBox? SoftBox? MicroDrop? – Understanding The Marriage of Microsoft Office 365 and Dropbox

Published by Igor Varnava, June  19, 2015

 

The partnership began in November last year, but it wasn’t until April 2015 that Microsoft and Dropbox announced that users can now add their Dropbox cloud storage accounts to the online version of Microsoft Office, Office 365.

So what does this mean for users? I think it’s simplest to let the Dropbox blog explain, before I take you on a walkthrough of how to enable the integration to make the most of this new partnership

 

 

Not A Minute To Lose: How Downtime Costs With each Second That Ticks By

Published by Igor Varnava, June  5, 2015

The ultimate goal of all organizations is to achieve 100% uptime for all of their IT and networking services, both for the business itself as well as its customers. 100% means 100%. 24 hours a day. 7 days a week. 52 weeks a year.

This is the ‘goal’, though perhaps a fairer and more realistic way to describe this would be the ‘dream’.

 

Reviving The Intranet

Published by Igor Varnava, May  28, 2015

Intranets are not dead.

Despite a lot of consensus online to the contrary, I would like to hereby put it to you that intranets are not dead, and in fact can be the number one thriving resource of great companies, large and small, if only they’d choose to focus on making theirs great – or even investing in one at all.

 

Private, Public and Hybrid Clouds – What’s The Difference?

Published by Igor Varnava, May  15, 2015

Cloud computing has taken off in a big way. Practically all of us reap the benefits of it on a personal use level – whether that’s from using email or Dropbox or Google Docs or what have you – but in the business world, more and more we’re turning our eyes to the cloudy sky to help us perform an increasing amount of our day to day business processes.

Liability: The Hidden Complexity In The Cloud

Published by Igor Varnava, May  6, 2015

Some clouds are darker than others. There’s no question that we need them for the sake of the environment that we now live in, but hidden deep in the dark depths of those condensed clusters floating above us up there in cyberspace, there is monsoon potential for catastrophic downpours of all sorts of liability issues that can leave a company drowning in its own data legalities.

 

 

The Basics Of Unified Communications

Published by Igor Varnava, April 30, 2015

Unified Communications (UC) is a term that is used to describe a technology that allows for the streamlining of all communications that a company or individual might use – that is, telephone, text, email, instant messaging, video calls, faxes, voicemail, etc.

 

Migrating To The Cloud? Top 5 Mistakes To Avoid At All Costs

Published by Igor Varnava, April 29, 2015

All over the globe, clouds are puffing up into plump storage repositories as more and more (and more and more) companies worldwide are turning to cloud computing for their business needs. According to Verizon’s State of the Market: Enterprise Cloud 2014 Report, already 65% of enterprises are in the cloud.

 

LANs, Protocols and IP Addressing: A Guide To Network Communications

Published by Igor Varnava, April 20, 2015

People seem to have this idea that IT is far too complicated for them to understand. In fact, I wouldn’t be surprised if you asked the average Jo on the street what would they rather have a go at, setting up a firewall or a round of brain surgery, then they’d be inclined to opt for the former.

 

Devising An IT Security Strategy

Published by Igor Varnava, April 13, 2015

The stakes are high for any company who houses sensitive information on their IT infrastructure. And these days that means most businesses.

Targeted attacks are on the rise, and, after what happened last year with the likes of JPMorgan Chase and Sony pictures, there seems to be no limit to the size and scale of a company that are potential targets.

 

4 Questions You Should Ask Your Managed Services Provider

Published by Igor Varnava, April 10, 2015

Choosing the right managed services provider (MSP) for your business needs can be one of the toughest decisions you might have to take as a business owner. We have all at some point or another signed up for a service that promised it could deliver X,Y and Z, only to find out upon delivery of the service that only X and Y were covered in the plan and that Z is going to cost us extra.

 

Why Migrate to  Office  365 or Google Apps email

Published by Igor Varnava, March 27, 2015

Outsourcing any element of your business essentially boils down to the same thing – the less you have to worry about in-house, the more time that you will create for yourself to focus on the more important matters of growing your business.

Office 365 Vs. Google Apps

Published by Igor Varnava, March 23, 2015

Nearly all of us learned how to type using Microsoft Word. Then we learned how to do spreadsheets with Excel. And when finally schoolteachers across the world replaced their over-head projectors with PowerPoint presentations, it seemed like Microsoft had the whole office suite game sewn up. And, to a large extent, that’s very true. I’m writing this out right now using Microsoft Word for Mac. Sure, I occasionally make use of Google Docs and Google Drive, but the for the most part I nearly always default back to Word.

 

Big Data For The Small Business

Published by Igor Varnava, March 19, 2015

There can be no doubts any longer that big data is here. Whereas once – perhaps only a couple of years ago – the term was generally perceived to be nothing more than a new buzzword that would soon enough fade away almost as quietly as it had arisen, it has in fact stood the test of time and is now everywhere we look.

 

How Your Business Can Save Thousands With Managed Services

Published by Igor Varnava, March 18, 2015

Deciding whether or not to outsource any element of your business nearly
always, in the end, boils down to a question of costs. Whether that’s the cost of
your time, resources, staff or hard cash, the question is essentially the same –
will my business feel the benefits if I outsource a segment of its workload?
In an attempt to answer this with regards to managed services, there are many
things to bear in mind – so let’s take a look at what they are, and then we’ll delve
a little deeper into each item

 

The Top 3 Features That Every Intranet Needs

Published by Igor Varnava, March 16, 2015

There is no end to features that it is possible for an intranet to have – and there are some that I’ve seen that must have nearly all of them. However, as you might expect, what is most often the case is that only a mere handful of these features and functions actually ever end up getting used.

 

Making The Most Out Of Cloud File-Sharing

Published by Igor Varnava, March 4, 2015

A business’s ability to access, protect and share its data amongst its employees can be seriously limited if it tries to do everything in-house with only minimal on-site technology resources. This is where cloud storage comes in.

 

Spam-proofing Your Website Forms

Published by Igor Varnava, February 25, 2015

Preventing spam on your website, email or blog can at times feel like a full time job in itself. Bots are relentless, diminutive little beings, and so is the case for spammers in general.

 

Why Your Company Will Benefit From A VPN

Published by Igor Varnava, February 13, 2015

From a security standpoint, VPNs (Virtual Private Networks) are a no-brainer. The whole world is connected these days, we are reliant on the internet for practically every part of our lives – but so much of it is still a digital jungle, where hackers can very easily sneak into vulnerable networks from anywhere and wreak as much havoc and steal as much sensitive data as they like.

 

BYOD and MDM: What Does It Mean For Your Business?

Published by Igor Varnava, February 6, 2015

Smartphones are now the mobile device of choice for millions of consumers around the globe. It began back in 2007 when iPhones first came to market, and thusly changed the way that people think about phones forever. They transformed the way people communicate, access the internet, shop and work. Now, smartphones have long ushered in what has become known as a consumerization of IT, meaning that the once corporate issued devices have largely been shoved aside for work purposes, and instead have been replaced by those that employees prefer using, are more familiar with, and in a lot of cases actually own themselves.

 

Protecting Your Business from Increasingly Sophisticated Malware

Published by Igor Varnava, February 3, 2015

According to TrendLabs 2Q 2014 Security Roundup, events such as the data breaches that we saw in the first half of last year “strongly indicate that organizations need to start adopting a more strategic approach to protect digital information” this year. This includes protecting sensitive data such as intellectual property, but is also important for protecting customer data. An Identity Theft Resource Center study carried out last year found that more than 10bn personal records had been exposed in the first half of 2014 and “the majority of the breaches occurred in the business sector.”

 

The Benefits Of VoIP Systems

Published by Igor Varnava, January 30, 2015

Office phone systems have undergone somewhat of a revolution over recent years. When once upon a time it was the analogue PBX (private branch exchange) that dominated office phone systems around the globe, now, more and more, the most common system that you will find in place is VoIP (Voice over Internet Protocol).

 

The Benefits Of Outsourcing Helpdesk Support

January 16th, 2015, Published by Igor Varnava

The costs in both time and resources when it comes to running your company’s helpdesk can very quickly start to mount, and pretty soon it can become quite an uneconomic venture. Outsourcing is a great solution to combat this. It can solve several IT management problems right from the outset, instantly reducing costs and providing a very quick route to a more streamlined mobility management structure.

 

How to Set Up Servers with Amazon Web Services

January 8th, 2015, Published by Igor Varnava

Amazon Web Services (AWS) has been around for nearly a decade now. It began in 2006 by offering IT infrastructure services to businesses – what’s now most commonly referred to as cloud computing. It’s no secret that cloud computing has literally skyrocketed in popularity and usage over the past few years (the last two particularly), and this is largely due to the massive savings on infrastructure expenses than can be incurred through smart utilization.

Loading Up Your Anti-Malware Arsenal For The New Year

January 5th, 2015, Published by Igor Varnava

2014 was wrought with headlines concerning the ever-increasing threat of malware. Massive data breaches the world over brought businesses to a standstill time and time again. Indeed, a study by Osterman Research Inc. which surveyed 157 companies found that 74% of organizations have had malware infiltrate their corporate network through web surfing over the past 12 months.

 

Managed Security In The Cloud

December 29th, 2014, Published by Igor Varnava

Information security is a global challenge, and risk management of resources and data is constantly changing. Protecting your business against vulnerabilities is of utmost importance at both the network and application layer. One solution that managed security services can offer is in providing a cloud backup service for all of your important business information, data and intelligence. With cloud backup, you can always be sure that you will be able to recover all of your system should malware, hacking or other security disaster ever strike

5 Ways to Boost Security with Managed Services

December  9, 2014, Published by Igor Varnava

For a lot of SMBs, improving security will be an utmost priority. But, without the expertise in-house to manage such an initiative, this can actually prove to be one of the hardest challenges in the business plan. The demands of daily business can of course be very draining on time resources, and the more business you do, the more information there is to protect on your IT systems. The result is an accumulation of security problems that a lot of SMBs find that they neither have the time nor the skills to manage effectively themselves.

 

The Small Business Guide to Managed Services

December 1, 2014, Published by Igor Varnava

As a small business, you might not necessarily have the means to have your own in-house IT team. As such, the decision whether or not to utilize a managed IT service as part your business strategy might be something that you’re facing right now. This is a positive step for SMBs, as it means that their IT is often looked after better than it is in house as service providers tend to offer a more rounded, complete, service.  Read more

 

Panic Free IT with Managed Services

November 29,  2014, Published by Igor Varnava

For smaller businesses it used to be the case that when the network went down, or workstation problems occurred, it was time to call out the local IT support company. Sometimes, the business in question had a basic contract in place which meant that they had the right to pay for hardware only and a monthly cost, or that call-out costs were reduced. Remote management did exist, but for the most part the tools that were available meant that it was out of reach cost-wise to all but the big players.