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Scott Bartlett

Scott is BTA's founding partner and resident IT Networking Wizard.

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Meltdown and Spectre: What is happening?

Posted by Scott Bartlett on 10 January 2018

 

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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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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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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IT Managers: This Is How You Can Influence Overall Business Strategy

Posted by Scott Bartlett on 27 July 2017

It wasn’t that long ago that the head of IT didn’t have an office. Instead, he usually sat in a room in a remote part of the building, filled with IT equipment. He didn’t attend management meetings, and no one paid much attention to him unless something went wrong. His role was to keep the computers and phones working, and not much else.

Today however, things are different. Technology plays a vital role in overall business strategy. Modern companies have transformed the role of the ‘IT guy’ to a senior-level Chief Technology Officer (CTO) or Chief Information Officer (CIO), who is consulted on almost every major business decision. It is understood that intelligent use of IT and digital technology will lead to better products and services, more efficient delivery of them, and a more productive way to sell them.

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Reduce Your Company’s Carbon Footprint with These 5 IT Tips

Posted by Scott Bartlett on 29 June 2017

The sun is shining, the weather is sweet. Make you want to move… to more environmentally friendly IT.

The Bob Marley song may not go exactly like that, but with sweet summer weather finally here, we hope you are reminded that protecting our planet is something we all need to do. Luckily making some greener IT choices doesn’t have to be difficult or expensive. Here are 5 technology changes you can make this summer that will reduce your organisation’s carbon footprint and lower costs. 

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Mainstream Businesses Look at Adopting Blockchain Tech

Posted by Scott Bartlett on 12 June 2017

The blockchain is unquestionably an ingenious invention – the brainchild of a person (or group of people) known as Satoshi Nakamoto. But what has been a way of facilitating transactions within a dark world of illicit activities, is now being looked at by conventional businesses. Companies like Toyota, UnitedHealth Group and Fidelity are exploring blockchain technologies as a way of streamlining operations and cutting costs. By doing so they are giving legitimacy to the space, and motivation for other companies to investigate blockchain options as well.

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WannaCry Cyber Attack: What Happened

Posted by Scott Bartlett on 17 May 2017

The WannaCry Cyber Attack has made worldwide news over the past few days. And as a Managed Service Provider with expertise in IT security, we have received a lot of questions about the details of the attack and what businesses can do to protect themselves. Below is our WannaCry cheat sheet, providing a quick overview of what happened.

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Alert: Large Google Docs Phishing Scam Affects 1 Million Users

Posted by Scott Bartlett on 04 May 2017

Approximately one million people have had their Gmail account accessed by a phishing scam involving a Google Docs email yesterday.

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Look out Slack! Microsoft Formally Launches Teams

Posted by Scott Bartlett on 06 April 2017

A quick little chat message vs. writing an email: which would you rather do? Most of us would rather send a chat message, especially if the messaging platform was particularly easy to use and capable enough to truly facilitate real-time collaboration with colleagues.

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