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
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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).
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
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’.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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).
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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.