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The Benefits of a Circular Economy

Posted by Richard Taberner on 17 May 2018
  • Producing a new smartphone takes as much energy as recharging and operating a smartphone for an entire decade.

How can our economy run in the long term when it is dependent on taking a material out of the ground, making something out of it and ultimately throwing it away? There has to be a better way.

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7 ways to get a high quality wireless network

Posted by Darron Millar on 30 April 2018

A high quality wireless network can make your business more agile and efficient, so it’s vital to make sure a fast and reliable network covers your offices. Wireless network technology is in a state of constant change. The market is always evolving to provide better security, routing, management and support for network teams.

Here are 7 tips for best practice wireless network set-up and maintenance:

  1. Plan for optimal coverage

Figure out where your wireless network should be located to make sure your signal reaches every part of the building. You’ll almost certainly need to locate access points in different areas to allow flexibility. Your wireless controller will coordinate how the multiple access points transmit the signal. Your objective should be to use the minimum amount of access points but get the maximum amount of wireless coverage throughout.

 

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What's the best way to manage your passwords?

Posted by Richard Taberner on 19 April 2018

Password management best practice

The Facebook and Cambridge Analytica scandal and the 87 million accounts affected by privacy violation have made data privacy and cyber security headline news around the world.  For all the users affected, the first step to securing their personal information is to change their passwords immediately.

As a business, secure password management and password best practice is essential. Passwords can protect your website, software programs and business networks. Passwords keep your business safe from unauthorised entry by ex-employees, curious intruders and, of course, hackers.

So how often should you change passwords? Should you always use a different password for every system and site? How complicated do passwords need to be?  Should you use a password manager? And how important is multi-factor authentication? 

We offer some tips to ensuring password management best practice for your business.

 

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8 Ways to improve your cyber security

Posted by Darron Millar on 29 March 2018

Keep your business safe

Following on from BTA’s recent Cyber Essentials Plus Certification, we’d like to offer some guidance on how to improve your own cyber security.

A few things of note:

  • The cyber security industry is growing
  • More malware is being launched than ever before: 230,000 new malware samples appear every day according to the latest statistics
  • More resources are being deployed to counter cyber attacks, with global spending on cyber security products and services predicted to exceed $1 trillion over the next five years
  • It has been predicted that cybercrime will cost the world $6 trillion annually by 2021.
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Get prepared for GDPR

Posted by Richard Taberner on 20 March 2018

What is the GDPR?

Following on from our September blog, here is a recap about the upcoming General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

The GDPR comes into force on 25th May 2018. It is not a new regulation but instead a required evolution to the existing Data Protection Act. It gives additional protection for individuals and their data, providing greater transparency and control over where their data is saved and how it’s used. The UK’s data regulation regulator, the Information Commissioners Office (ICO), gives guidance on what the new law means for organisations and how they can become compliant.

 

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What is Blockchain technology and how does it work?

Posted by Darron Millar on 28 February 2018

Blockchains could be the most important technological innovation since the Internet itself. Facilitating transactions between organisations and people requires trust. Every day we pay invoices or buy goods and services with debit or credit cards, issued by a bank or credit card company that guarantees these payments. These middlemen are appointed, regulated and audited by governments, providing us with a peace of mind that many of us take for granted.

But what if you could arrange these transactions using technology, providing you with the same guarantees as a regulated bank, but without the middleman? This is what blockchain does. More than that, it provides a mechanism to do business without knowing your counter party or their reputation. In a digital space, the only thing that matters is the number.

 

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Cloud Computing: Feel the fear and do it anyway?

Posted by Richard Taberner on 22 February 2018

Cloud computing can make any business more responsive and efficient, but many businesses fear the cloud, citing issues surrounding data protection, security and compatibility. This guide will cut through the hype.  Are the fears justified? And more importantly do the pros of Cloud computing outweigh the cons?

What is cloud computing?

Cloud computing describes the use of networks of remote servers – usually accessed over the Internet – to store, manage, and process data. Simply put, it’s computing based on the Internet. Whereas in the past, businesses would run applications or programs from software downloaded on a physical computer or server in their building, cloud computing allows businesses access to the same kinds of applications via the Internet.

While cloud computing is undoubtedly beneficial for most businesses, it is not without its perceived downsides.

 

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Data Storage for SMEs: What you need to know

Posted by Darron Millar on 31 January 2018

According to a 2017 Fujitsu study among senior finance professionals in small and medium sized businesses (SMEs) data storage requirements are predicted to double over the next four years.

The study also revealed that this rapid data growth is a huge concern for 76% of businesses that fear it will lead to escalating data storage and management costs.

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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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