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Data Backup No Longer Simple

Data backup used to be much simpler; it happened locally and was always stored on a single device. Today, data backup occurs across multiple devices and platforms. In the event of an outage or breach, restoring any data from the company’s infrastructure in 2019 is considerably more complex. Today’s technology allows Small Medium Business (SMB) to protect and restore individual user data from physical and digital platforms. This ensures that even in the event of an incident, SMBs will still have control and continuity. In what is an...

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BEC Attacks

BEC attacks - heard of them? One of the most prominent cybersecurity threats to SME business today is BEC attacks. Business Email Compromise (BEC) attacks are a successful method for bad actors to trick end users into exposing sensitive assets and other information. As is the case with many other tactics employed by hackers, BEC attacks heavily focus on individual end users. How do you protect yourself against them? As the name “Business Email Compromise” hints, BEC happens when an attacker hijacks an email account and attempts to...

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Data Backup

Protect the data you need to thrive No matter which industry you operate in, data is at the heart of your business and that data is growing at an exponential rate. The IDC estimates that by 2025, 175 zettabytes of data will be created each year. To give you an idea of how large a zettabyte is, it is equal to: – one thousand exabytes (the data held by Google is estimated to be around 15EB) – one million petabytes (1PB is equal to 500 billion pages of standard typed text) – one billion terabytes (1TB could hold 310,000 photos) – one...

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Synchronized Security

With 83% of IT managers agreeing that cyber threats are getting harder to stop, it’s time to move from single point products to an inter- connected cybersecurity system. Synchronized Security enables your cybersecurity products to work together as a semi-automated, proactive system. It allows you uncover unknown threats, analyze incidents in real time, and respond automatically to threats. Call us to find out more. We’ll explore: How Synchronized Security works What clients say about Synchronized Security (sneak preview: over 80%...

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The Dangers Lurking In SMB Networks

The most significant risks to SMB's don’t always come from threats with catchy names like Wanna Cry. Instead, the biggest threats can come from sources with names that are often more mundane like “Paula in Accounting” or “Dave in Purchasing.” That’s because the most acute cybersecurity risk in any organization comes from within. Yes, hackers can do their thing and need to be monitored, but Paula in accounting can be even more menacing. Paula or Dave don’t need to be bad people. Chances are they’re just opening that video of cute...

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Cloud Security Myth Busted

When speaking with business owners I’m often told they want to move their data into the cloud because it will be more secure than on-premise. Unfortunately, simply migrating to cloud storage does not always meet security expectations. Let’s use emails in the cloud as an example. Here are a couple of questions: Have you moved your exchange into the cloud? Are your emails being back up? If so do you know who is backing up you emails? What would happen if a ransomware virus encrypts / locks your emails? Did you know Microsoft’s email...

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NBN Copper Cut Off

The roll out of the National Broadband Network (NBN) is gaining momentum, with over 6 million homes and businesses now able to connect to the network via a mix of technologies. Alarmingly though, only slightly more than half that number of buildings have actually been connected. In other words, about 50% of occupants who could be using the NBN are not doing so. This gap is likely to widen as the 2020 rollout completion date approaches. Perhaps even more concerning is the fact that recent research from finder.com.au revealed that 58%...

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IT Support – Review before you renew

  You should always consider your options. Reviewing your existing IT and telecommunications agreements are an example where before simply renewing them, you could save your business money and improve productivity. How simple is it to do this? 1: Decide what you want Write down some of the pros and cons of your existing service. Think of where you’d like it to improve, how much more or less you’d like to spend, and look over the key info of your existing agreement to set a benchmark. 2: Negotiating Once you know what you want,...

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Notifiable Data Breach Laws

  Notifiable Data Breach Laws Unless you have been living under a rock, by now you should have heard all about the new laws regarding reporting data breaches that went into effect back on February 22nd. This will probably change the way you do business going forward so what are some of the basics you need to be aware of? What changes? Organisations that hold personal information will be required to: 1. Take reasonable steps to secure this information. 2. Notify individuals whose information is involved in a data breach that is...

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Firewalls – Are you really protected?

  Does your firewall really work? Something that your IT people may not be telling you, or they simply may not know, is the very real fact that for many SME businesses, firewalls are not the trusted enforcer they once were. Not all firewalls are created equal and if you haven't looked at this portion of your IT system recently your firewall may not be up to scratch exposing your business to unacceptable risks. The next-generation firewall was essentially born out of a necessity to provide much needed visibility and control over...

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Combating the rise of cyber extortion

  Ransomware continues to be a vicious worldwide cyber threat, and with new strains created every day, there are no signs it will slow down. The potential to fall victim to cyber extortion is high, with no business, industry, device, or operating system safe from ransomware. The good news is everyone can be prepared for it. Many small business owners fall into the trap of thinking, “Why would they target me?”. In reality, SMEs are more likely to pay moderate ransoms, as they are less likely to have adequate protection....

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Tech trends Small and Medium size businesses need to be aware of in 2018

Tech trends Small and Medium size businesses need to be aware of in 2018 At this time of year, the heading reflects the most common question I’m asked by small and medium business owners (SME) – and rightly so for a SME.  Being aware of technology advancements could help your business realise 2018 as your best year yet. While it seems a relatively simple topic – it’s actually an ever-evolving discussion as technology means so many different things to different people and different industries. So, let’s keep focused on 101 business...

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Why updating your server could fix a lot of problems

Why updating your server could fix a lot of problems You’ve probably heard your IT Provider advise you that your server should be replaced every 3-5 years, which seems pretty frequent, right? But trust us, there’s a method to this madness. Did you know that the cost of server support increases on an average of 200% when it’s more than 5 years old? This is simply because when a server’s old, it’s slow, and no matter how good your IT Provider is, your server is more inclined to fail – leading to complications like downtime, network...

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What is Phishing?

Phishing is a way for hackers to gain protected information, tricking people into giving away bank credentials, social security numbers, passwords, and more. That’s why phishing emails are considered a main vehicle for identity theft. They look legitimate, and most people don’t realize it’s a scam until it’s too late. Phishing can be categorized in two different ways: When it comes to phishing, the user is both the strongest defense and the weakest link. Hardware and software can only go so far to protect your systems, but if the...

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How to strengthen the weak links in your IT security

How to strengthen the weak links in your IT security" Shadow IT is the term used to describe IT systems that are built and used within businesses without explicit business approval. An example is an individual employee signing up for a cloud-based app without going through an approval process first. Why is this a problem? Relatively few organisations are able to track the cloud services that their employees purchase and use. When employees by-pass corporate IT policies, they unintentionally put their company data under threat. These...

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The 4 main benefits of IT outsourcing

Subscriber, "The 4 Main Benefits of IT Outsourcing" The number of SME business owners opting for outsourced IT services continues to show a dramatic increase in number, not only because it reduces headaches for them, but also because of the monstrous increase in cyber security threats within this year alone. Unless you're an IT specialist business, setting up or extending out your own IT services department makes little business sense. Here’s why and the 4 main benefits of IT Outsourcing: 1) Reduce and Control Costing Outsourcing...

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The Benefits of Virtualisation in 2017

The relationship between computer hardware and software can be frustrating. Both require the other to function properly, but both also require individual attention. Virtualisation makes this relationship far more flexible, and we’ve got a rundown on a few of the best examples. More technology uptime Virtualisation vendors use lots of fancy names for the features of their technology, but behind all the technobabble are a number of revolutionary concepts. Take “fault tolerance” for example. When you use Virtualisation to pool multiple...

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The five red flags that show you’re spending too much on IT

The world of IT is developing at a rapid pace. It can be difficult for CFOs and business owners to know if they’re spending the right amount on their tech or if they’re being taken for a ride. In this article, we’ll highlight not only how to ensure that you’re not overspending on your IT, but that you’re choosing the right IT for your company. Here are a five red flags that show you’re spending too much on IT operating costs: 1. You don’t know what your IT requirements are to begin with The most effective way to unnecessarily...

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Fight Cybercrime – How to help fix the issue, that 80% of all data breaches are a result of human error

Companies of all sizes are being hit by cyber-criminals and their data is being held for ransom. I talk with company owners and IT people everyday who say ‘it won’t happen to me’. Unfortunately the chances of being hit are dramatically increasing every day (I’m not a betting man facts are facts). Why is this happening? Without access to your data, your company cannot operate making your data more valuable to you than to anyone else. That is why hackers are after your data: so they can sell it back to you. They want to hold your...

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Why Do Systems Crash?

No matter how solid your IT strategy, how meticulously you manage your networking resources or how proactive you might be in addressing issues, system failures happen. What separates the men from the boys isn’t so much an organisation’s ability to prevent system failures from presenting, but their ability to quickly identify and rectify the source of the problem before it escalates and has the chance to impact productivity. One of the principal challenges in maintaining IT infrastructure is trying to predict what might fail – and...

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