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The Future of Net Neutrality

Posted by Richard Taberner on 18 January 2018

In December 2017 the United States Federal Communications Commission (FCC) voted to repeal a set of regulations that govern what has become known as net neutrality

The decision has been seen as a victory for Internet Service Providers (ISPs), who control end user’s access to the Internet, and a defeat for campaigners of a free and fair Internet. 

The decision has the biggest impact for those living in the United States but it could affect people in the UK. To help you understand what this decision actually means and what it could mean for UK consumers and businesses we’ve put together the following overview.

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Meltdown and Spectre: What is happening?

Posted by Scott Bartlett on 10 January 2018

 

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In recent news, major CPUs have been dealing with issues known as Meltdown and Spectre. These are vulnerabilities that can allow access to sensitive memory data through software running on the same physical machine, for example, from malware accidentally downloaded by a user.

Affected systems include: all modern Intel processors, machines running WindowsWindows ServermacOS and Linux as well as 'virtualisation' platforms such as VMware and HyperV, and cloud platforms including Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Microsoft Azure. Other platforms and appliances using the affected processors, which may include network and storage systems, may also be at potential risk. The vulnerabilities are serious and, in the case of Spectre, difficult to patch or mitigate.

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Cloud Computing: The difference between IAAS, PAAS and SAAS

Posted by Duane Godwin on 20 December 2017

Cloud computing solutions offer a wide range of benefits to businesses, from lowered costs to better disaster recovery, and UK businesses are catching on. The Cloud Industry Forum (CIF) found that 88% of UK businesses are now using cloud services, which is an increase of 83% since their research first started in 2010.  But once the decision has been made to utilise cloud computing, IT managers must determine which model of cloud services to use: IaaS, PaaS, or SaaS. Most modern companies use a combination, as each offers a different type of solution, which our IT experts explain below.

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This Is How The UK Intends to Plug the Cyber Skills Gap

Posted by Scott Bartlett on 13 December 2017

Not too long ago, the country with the largest military and most advanced warfare technologies held all the cards in geopolitics.  But things have changed. Hackers are now a seriously pressing threat with their ability to meddle in national democratic elections, bring down national health services and hold companies at ransom for millions. Cyber criminals threaten the security of individuals and nations alike, as well as peace, order and rule of law. We at BTA have seen first-hand how disruptive ransomware and other cyber attacks can be to UK businesses.  It isn’t just the amount spent on regaining control of IT systems that is damaging, it is the cost of lost productivity and the liability for personal data loss as well.

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What is Enterprise Mobility Management? BTA Explains.

Posted by Ben Anin-Boateng on 24 November 2017

Enterprise mobility management (EMM) is a set of services and technologies designed to secure corporate data on employees’ mobile devices. It generally consists of a suite of: 1) mobile management systems and services that protect intellectual property, 2) specific processes that ensure the security of data, and 3) systems that integrate with a wide range of enterprise IT systems for better central control.

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5 Tips for Office 365 from the Business IT Experts

Posted by Peter Filitz on 13 November 2017

If your business hasn’t already moved to Office 365, it may be time you consider making the switch. Office 365 offer the most up-to-date versions of the applications you already know and love—Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, etc, plus it offers dozens of additional benefits from anytime-anywhere access to seamless collaboration tools. It is the essence of where IT is going: cloud-based, user-friendly and highly collaborative. 

Whether you are already using Office 356 or just thinking about signing up, here are 5 tips from our business IT experts that will help you make the most of it.

 

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Become a Presentation Pro: 5 Tips for PowerPoint 2016

Posted by Scott Bartlett on 23 October 2017

Even with all the amazing technology of recent years, most of us still find ourselves having to press the little letters on our keyboard to write manuals, proposals and other business documents. And it is boring—boring for us, and boring for all the people that have to read these text-heavy documents. So instead of writing that boring document that only a few people will want to read, why not create an exceptional presentation that lots of people will want to see?

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BTA’s Top 5 Tips for Outlook 2016

Posted by Scott Bartlett on 12 October 2017

Most of us live in Outlook. It controls our diaries, our email and to-do lists.  Without it, we would have to walk down the hall to verbally deliver messages and put a paper calendar on our wall!  Yet with each new version of Microsoft Office, dozens of new features are added that nobody but the IT manager bothers to learn. We say: better late than never. Here are our IT experts top 5 tips and tricks for Outlook 2016.

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How to Prepare for Virtual Reality in the Workplace

Posted by Duane Godwin on 27 September 2017

Virtual reality, augmented reality and mixed reality tools are coming to the workplace sooner than you think. With the launch of Apple’s iOS11 and most recent iPhones, what seemed a long way off is now in thousands of people’s pockets—today. 

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7 Free Apps You Should Get for Windows 10

Posted by Ben Anin-Boateng on 12 September 2017

There is an entire world of apps for Windows 10. Some are incredibly useful, others are fun, and a few seem to perform minor miracles (like recover deleted files from an SD card). BTA’s IT experts have distilled their favourites to seven they think you may find handy, particularly if you have a techy streak. Even without a techy streak there are bound to be a few on this list that you will want to download.

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