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Making this one mistake with your network could destroy your business

A lot of businesses wait until something breaks before they fix it. And even then, they may take a “patchwork” approach to fixing the problem. They are reactive rather than proactive. Sometimes taking a reactive approach is fine, but other times, and depending on the circumstances, it can lead to even bigger problems. When it comes to network security, for example, being reactive to problems can be downright dangerous. It’s not just hackers you have to worry about. There are power outages, data loss, equipment failure and more. In...

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3 critical cyber security protections EVERY business must have in place NOW to avoid being Hacked

Five years ago, you might have had state-of-the-art security protecting your business and network. You had the latest malware protection, highly rated firewalls and a great data backup plan. Maybe you even had a handbook on how to address cyberthreats. You were set. But then you forgot to do one crucial thing: you didn’t stay up-to-date with your IT security policy. This is a trap countless businesses fall into. They invest in great cyber security once. Five years ago, this was fantastic. The problem is that cyberthreats are...

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The BIG mistake companies make with their IT Security

If you’re like many businesses today, there’s a good chance you’ve made this one mistake with your IT security: you don’t budget for it. Or if you do budget for it, it’s not enough to really protect your business. Time and time again, business owners decide NOT to invest in IT services. Instead, they go it alone or skip it completely. Or they might approach an IT services company and ask, “What do you charge for your services?” They don’t ask, “What will I get for my money?” or “How can you meet the needs of my company?” This is a...

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How are your competitors using cloud computing?

Cloud Computing, Cloud Solutions, Cloud Services or just Cloud – it doesn’t matter the name you use to describe IT services in the cloud - the important thing to understand is that businesses of all shapes and sizes have been and are adopting cloud solutions to help drive business growth. As a business owner, how and if you choose to leverage the cloud requires careful consideration. Which cloud services will be the right fit for your business, providing the most bang for buck? How will you manage the migration to the cloud, and how...

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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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Videoconferencing – The key to a successful remote workforce

Videoconferencing has become an essential component of a business's arsenal. With an increasingly remote workforce, multiple offices, distant clients and overseas suppliers the need for effective communication remains one of the hidden keys to unlocking success. Being able to communicate your message to staff, clients, prospects, suppliers, investors – in real-time – is absolutely critical in today's complicated fast moving world. We’ve all heard of videoconferencing, which is a live connection between people in separate locations...

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IT Security Training to strengthen the weak links in your business

Lack of IT Security Training often leads to Shadow IT, which refers to the use of information technology systems, devices, software, applications, and services without explicit IT department approval. It has grown exponentially in recent years with the adoption of cloud-based applications and services. An example is an individual employee signing up for a cloud-based app on a work device without going through an approval process first.   Lack of IT Security Training is a problem As technologies advance so do the capabilities of...

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IT Security – 4 common myths

While it is up to the IT department and technology vendors to implement IT Security practices, an organisation needs to have a safety first culture. With proper training, communication, and leadership support a company can help mitigate their risk by increasing employee awareness and understanding around cybersecurity. Ultimately the business owners are responsible for protecting their data and they have the most to lose in the event of a successful cyber attack. Here a 4 common IT Security myths.   Myth #1: We're too small to...

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IT outsourcing – The 4 main benefits

IT Outsourcing has been on the rise, not only because it reduces headaches for business owners, but also because of the monstrous increase in cyber security threats in recent times. Unless you’re an IT specialist business, setting up or extending out your own IT services department makes little business sense. The 4 main benefits of IT Outsourcing:   1) IT Outsourcing allows business owners to reduce and control costing Outsourcing your IT services to a dependable partner allows you to control expenditure with a set amount each...

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Disaster Recovery Plans

Entrepreneurs and small businesses, especially ones that are fairly new, often don’t think about making plans to recover in case of a disaster. However, it is the smallest businesses that often have the fewest resources to fall back on in case of disaster. Why does this happen? 1: It’s not on an entrepreneur’s radar – The challenges and hurdles of starting out are what drive small business owners. The excitement that comes with getting a new client or releasing a new product are what motivates them. To be honest, things like...

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Managed Service Provider (MSP) – 4 tips for choosing the right one

A Managed Service Provider (MSP) is becoming increasingly instrumental in the business technology landscape today. Accounting firms, law firms, professional services organizations – small businesses in every shape, scope and market – are turning to Managed Service Providers (MSPs) for IT security, data management, 24/7 system monitoring and a variety of business IT services. A Managed Service Provider is an IT protector, facilitator and sherpa all rolled into one – a provider of IT services designed to help a business operate more...

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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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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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