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Written By Priscila Bernardes Mar 30, 2016 9:30:00 AM

IT security

Security and the SMB's: How can you protect yourself?

Many small to medium businesses are embracing the move to the cloud, quickly finding themselves with hybrid environments which combine on-premise technology with online services. But what are the implications for security? How can you be sure that company information is secure and that hackers aren’t getting into your company?

Firstly, accept that information security is a very real and ongoing risk. It is a simple fact of life; 1.1 billion personal and sensitive records were compromised in 2014 across 3,014 incidents. There’s no shortage of statistics and data available to show the extent of the problem.

It sounds awfully frightening and, with attackers using automated approaches to constantly probe for weaknesses, the possibility of experiencing a breach is very real.

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Written By Priscila Bernardes Jan 26, 2016 9:30:00 AM

IT security Digital Transformation

Malware: Don't become a victim

As useful as the internet is, it is also the means by which criminals can attack your business, either to disrupt operations, or for their financial gain. Information security is everyone’s business: employees, managers and business owners. It is necessary to take reasonable precautions to secure individual devices, the network and all other IT infrastructure against threats which continually evolve and which, if they take hold, can have nasty effects on productivity, reputation and the bottom line.

But just what is malware? 

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Written By Priscila Bernardes Dec 22, 2015 9:30:00 AM

efficiency IT security

Can your business survive a disaster?

While humans love predictability, the world we live in is decidedly erratic. The unexpected can always happen – and when it does, can your business resume operations rapidly?

The reality is that most small to medium businesses have rudimentary disaster recovery (DR) plans in place, if any at all. More than that, those plans are probably never tested. Admit it – the reality is that despite living in the Shaky Isles, where a flood or a slip is known to happen regularly, you probably haven’t given DR any thought at all.

Now is a good time to change that.

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Written By Priscila Bernardes Nov 10, 2015 9:30:00 AM

Cloud Computing IT security

What's a data centre (and why they are so important today)

Ten years ago, data centres were the preserve of big companies with lots of money. These days, data centres are relevant to just about everyone, from the average Joe in the street, to small and medium sized business. And yes, they are still just as important to those big companies.

Data centres are secure facilities which provide the ideal environment for computer equipment to live in. They are, in effect, earthquake-proof concrete bunkers, with controlled access, redundant power supplies (typically consisting of connections from multiple electricity providers, a bank of Uninterruptible Power Supply batteries and a diesel generator), air conditioning, water cooling and fire suppression systems. They are marvels of civil, mechanical and, because they consume enormous quantities of power, electrical engineering.

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