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We frequently release articles relating to the IT industry and how it may affect you. Stay up to date and be confident that you are always informed of the latest developments in the industry.

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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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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Total Data Protection – 3 Lines of Defence – A Must Have for Every Business

Total data protection is no longer just backing up files. Today it’s a multi-faceted approach that includes training, managed networks, ransomware detection and SaaS protection as well as data recovery. Threats come in all shapes and sizes, unless you have an unlimited budget you really need a company like us to help you survive. The recent WannaCry ransomware attack infected over 200,000 systems in over 150 countries. Microsoft referred to the attack as a wake-up call and a reminder for users to apply the most recent security...

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The World Suffers from WannaCry Ransomware

I think the heading says it all – potentially it could leave you crying. I hope that by now most of you have heard of the largest mass Ransomware attack observed in history, which occurred just last weekend. If not here are some simple facts: What is Ransomware? Is a form of malware that locks access to user files by encrypting them so no-one can access and then demands money to release the files. Catch - even if you pay the ransom history shows there is no way to be certain your files will be released or demands will not escalate...

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Cloud YES or NO? – What’s the alternative?

Most businesses are facing a maze of decisions when defining or redefining their cloud strategy. Constant change is a phrase that associates well with the digital era. Almost every business is continually in evaluation mode as they are driven by cloud and mobile initiatives to explore new technologies. Often calls of ‘Cloud First’ or ‘Cloud Always’ mandates are driven by a corporate executive who sometimes (not always) are just pushing it because everyone else is... The market is flooded with offerings - all claiming to be the best...

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Microsoft’s Big Push – Windows 7 in Death Throes

As the saying goes: Out with the old, in with the new. That’s exactly what Microsoft is encouraging Windows 7 users to do as soon as possible. It’s been reported that Windows 7 in 2017 is so outdated that patches are unable to secure it anymore. Maybe it’s the nostalgic qualities that make it hard for users to take the leap. But sentiments aside, Windows 10 is the way to go. Windows 7 was given extended support in 2015. And with that, Microsoft warned its users that this outdated version would drive up operating costs due to...

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Want to take action and get some quick wins? Make it easy, skip the sales call

Successful leaders realise that the “tools” required to help leverage their product or service are key to a successful organisation. While there are many tools that can help, possibly the main tool generating the most return on investment is technology. This is also where there are quick wins can be found. Why is this so? Utilising technology as a powerful business tool you gain the ability: To automate within the business Improve communication (internally, externally) Information flow (research, deliver, present) Ultimately impact...

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Which country has the unwelcome honour of being number one ‘worldwide’ for cyber security breaches

Yes you guessed it... Despite being a mature member of the global economy, Australia has the unwelcome honour of being the number one country “worldwide” for increases in cyber security breaches. Yep that's Number 1 in the world! Incidences of cyber-security breaches within Australia were the highest worldwide over the past 12 months, representing an increase of 109 per cent. According to local data from PwC’s The Global State of Information Security Survey 2016, the dramatic increase dwarfed a comparative 38.5 per cent increase in...

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Are you concerned that your IT partner is no longer meeting the needs of your business

Assess and Compare: If so, do what many other clients did in 2016 and act now by assessing and comparing what you are receiving currently, to what Tech Precision can offer you every day. Keeping Your Business Switch On: It’s all about providing you with simplified and superior technology solutions that exceed your expectations and add value to your business. We’d love the opportunity to meet with you and discuss how we may help you with your IT requirements. People: It’s taken that our team are highly skilled personnel, have...

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