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How to transform your workforce in one easy step

how to transform your workforce in one easy stepTechnology is rapidly changing the way that we work. From industry giants to young and hungry start-ups, modern devices, programs, tools, systems and support is enabling businesses to thrive in an ever-changing market place.

One of the biggest changes has come in the form of not only how we work but also the way we work. While many businesses have traditionally operated out of office-style set ups, following the usual 9-5, Monday to Friday shift patterns, over the past decade a radical shift has begun to take place.

4 reasons for start-ups to outsource IT support

4 reasons for start-ups to outsource it supportOutsourcing is common place in the business world. Take a look at some of the biggest Fortune 500 companies like IBM and Siemens, both of whom benefit from the knowledge and expertise of other businesses to help them maintain their high standards of operation. However, outsourcing isn’t and shouldn’t be restricted to only those businesses who have already established themselves. Here are a few reasons why start-ups should also consider outsourcing certain duties such as IT support.

Cost
One of the key reasons for start-ups to outsource specific tasks such as IT support is their size. Start ups are typically keen to maintain a small and lean workforce in order to grow. This means that bringing on board their own IT specialist and paying their annual salary can needlessly bloat costs. It often makes more sense to rely on a support company who can provide assistance as and when they are needed.

Microsoft releases enhanced protections for ransomware aimed at small businesses

blog 45 - microsoft releases enhanced protections for ransomware aimed at small businessesIn the face of growing danger from cyber threats such as ransomware and phishing, Microsoft have released an upgraded set of features for their Microsoft 365 business edition in the hopes of safeguarding small businesses.

Microsoft has said that Microsoft 365 Business will now include sophisticated scanning of attachments and AI-powered analysis to uncover and destroy malicious messages. The updates also include automatic checking of links in emails and full device protection to prevent devices from accessing ransomware and other suspicious web locations.

British businesses warned to stay vigilant in the face of Ransomware attacks

british businesses warned to stay vigilant in the face of ransomware attacksA new report from security watchdog SonicWall has confirmed that the threat of Ransomware is greater than ever in the UK and that British businesses in particular should sit up and take note, with over 38 attacks every day on UK based companies and organisations.

What is Ransomware?

Ransomware is a form of malware which locks away a victim’s files and then requests payment to have them returned. Ransoms are paid through a digital currency such as Bitcoin, which allows for highly encrypted and anonymous transactions. While a ransomware attack can be a nuisance for individual computer users, for businesses the repercussions can be far greater. A loss of sensitive data, particularly that of clients and customers can lead to serious damage to reputation and financial losses. In order to protect themselves from Ransomware, businesses should work closely with IT security specialists to ensure that systems are updated with the latest software, patches and firewalls and that they have access to offline backups of their data should the worst happen, and they fall victim to a ransomware attack.

Nearly half of all global login attempts are made by hackers

nearly half of all global login attempts are made by hackersThe content delivery network Akamai has claimed that 43% of all online login attempts are performed by cyber criminals attempting to compromise accounts of businesses and corporations.

A recent report from Akamai has revealed that almost half of all online log in attempts are “malicious”. In its report ‘Q4 2017 State of the Internet/Security report’ the company provided research that claims an overwhelming number of log in requests are “attempts to log in to an account using password guessing software or account details gathered from elsewhere on the internet. However, other sources such as The Register have suggested the real figure could be even higher.

Apple confirms security flaw in almost all its products

ecl blog 42Tech giant Apple has confirmed two major bugs found across almost all of it’s devices including iPhones, Macbook Pro’s, iMac Pro’s, Macbook’s, iMacs and iPad devices.

Apple has said the two issues known as “spectre” and “meltdown” are believed to affect “nearly all computing devices and operating systems” with only the Apple watches believed to be immune.

Meltdown is said to affect Intel processors, which are commonly found in Macs. It could in theory allow malicious software or hackers to overcome the system’s security protection to send or see specific application data. Spectre, on the other hand, is a bug that affects not only Intel but also ARM and AMD systems and processors found in iOS devices. This could make devices vulnerable by making it easier to access highly valuable information such as passwords, data and communications previously protected by encryption.

Keyloggers found on HP laptops

ECL blog 41Recently we wrote about the dangers of keyloggers, a dangerous piece of software that can track everything you type in to your keyboard.

The seriousness of the threat posted by keyloggers has been highlighted today in a report by security researcher Michael Myng. The report, which can be viewed here, found that hidden keylogger software was pre-installed on the systems of hundreds of HP laptop models.

According to the report, as many as 460 models of HP laptops had been found to contain keyloggers including EliteBook, ProBook, Pavillion and Envy ranges dating back to 2012.