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Businesses are aware of Ransomware since the two major attacks ‘WannaCry and NotPetya’ that took place in 2017. Businesses now need to know how to reduce the risk of falling victim and the best protection to keep their business safe. Ransomware is something that is never going away. These type of attacks are becoming more…

Small to medium-sized businesses (SMBs) are often less prepared to deal with security threats than larger businesses. In 2016, over 50% of companies experienced a ransomware incident in the UK. According to 1000 IT service providers; the lack of cybersecurity awareness amongst employees is a leading cause of a successful attack. It has been shown…

Businesses today use IT systems in a number of different ways. IT systems are fundamental to the commercial success of every business. Yet so many businesses are cynical about investing time and money into a strategic IT plan. Today we are going to explain the impact of not having an IT strategy in place, why…

Many businesses around the world have suffered a ransomware attack and had their data encrypted. Protecting sensitive data is vital to all businesses, trying to avoid identity theft and protect privacy is key. Businesses lose confidential information, documents and even pictures every day due to their data not being backed up. Some have even paid…

Over the past 2 months, we have seen two major ransomware attacks ‘WannaCry and NotPetya’ that have affected thousands of businesses around the world. You or any business for that matter is at risk of being a victim of a ransomware attack, whether you have a computer or mobile phone, a hacker could target you….

As yet another Global cyber-attack takes hold of businesses. Customers and local businesses are warned by Taylor Made  that it’s actually employees who pose the greatest cyber threat. Yesterday a new virus hit computers across the globe, freezing users’ machines and demanding a ransom to unlock it. Nigel Taylor, managing director of Taylor Made, says…

UK businesses are adopting the Cloud. Nigel Taylor, founder and chairman of Taylor Made warns that rash decisions and quick moves can lead to disaster. Here, he talks to ComparetheCloud.net about why switching to the Cloud is a journey and to ensure your business makes a smooth transition. About the Cloud According to a recent…

20 employees are aiming to climb three of the UK’s biggest peaks in 24 hours for Wessex Cancer Trust. The Three Peaks Challenge will take place in September where the team will climb Ben Nevis, Scaffel Pike and Snowdon. They will battle tiredness, blisters and aching legs as they scale some of the UK’s most…

You’ve probably heard all the talk about Office 365 and no doubt read the “Top 10 reasons why Microsoft Office 365 rocks”. You may have even taken a look at all the tools and features and now you are wondering if Office 365 really is the solution for your business – well the answer is…

If you Google ransomware, the cyber attack in which hackers commandeer a company’s data until a ransom is paid, the resulting headlines and statistics will all point to the same conclusion: the malware has become the most prominent, global threat to business cybersecurity today. As data is the nucleus of today’s businesses, ransomware has the…

It’s happened… What now? The worst has happened and you’ve fallen victim to the recent global ransomware attacks that has rendered your information inaccessible… What do you do now? •Firstly, don’t panic. The nature of the cyber attack is to render information inaccessible by encrypting or obscuring the data, once the process has started the…

As an avid sports fan that happens to work in the technology industry, I have always tried to find similarities between the two. Not only to satisfy my own personal interests but sport can be such an emotive topic for so many people. A strategy to be ‘on-target’ In this instance I am going to…

Cyber security for obvious reasons is an extremely hot topic at the moment. With the recent surge of scam emails we are warning all businesses to be extra vigilant. Our IT experts have seen an increase in the prevalence of emails purporting to be from delivery companies but are in fact weapons of being used…

Four undeniable reasons to care about business continuity and disaster recover. As a proactive business, you know that a solid business continuity and disaster recovery plan  is essential. Why would anyone ever put a business at rick to downtime or data loss when prevetion is so easy? While some negligent businesses fail to give BCDR…

Despite how essential technology is within the work place many companies still relegate their IT systems to the bottom of the priority list. This outdated approach is apparent when an IT strategy hasn’t been devised by the business and IT leaders. A lack of communication and coordination between the IT leader and the different departments…

The business world is certainly a different place compared to what it looked like maybe ten years ago. Advancements in technology have led to more efficient ways of working. This allows businesses to become more responsive and proactive to both internal and external challenges. Whilst more employees are working longer hours than they were two…

Many businesses believe that there are only two options available – you either outsource your IT or keep it in-house, but this simply isn’t the case. Many companies provide a tailored solution that consists of a combination of the two. The level of integration and support is decided on a case by case basis, dependent…

Public, private, or hybrid cloud computing is becoming an increasingly integral part of many companies’ business and technology strategy. According to a recent survey commissioned by the Cloud Industry Forum more than four in five UK organisations have formally adopted at least one cloud service. Today 84% of companies have either hosted or cloud based…

To make one point clear, indicators of compromise (IOCs) are not threat intelligence. IOCs are a valuable source of data, but threat intelligence is the tangible information that forms the basis for your actions, based on the context in which the data originates. IOCs on their own are just one facet of what makes up…

Winter has arrived, the kids are leaving school and everyone is flat out with Christmas shopping. It’s that time of year where offices are a constant revolving door of staff going on and returning from breaks. It’s more than likely that people will forget to finish or hand over a task that they are responsible…

Time-to-detect is the period of time between when your data is compromised and when the threat is detected. Even with this brief definition it’s clear as to why the success of your data security relies on this window of opportunity to be as narrow as it possibly can. Cyber threats are becoming more and more…

Winter and the festive season are almost upon us, and businesses are thinking seriously about remote working. This is in preparation for the very real possibility of snowy days and bad weather. We want to be clear about how businesses can reap the rewards of switching to the Cloud. Flexible and remote working have long…

The cybersecurity landscape is awash with threat. Despite this, there’s still some common behaviours within business that’s having a detrimental effect on data security. It is making it easier for cyber attackers to compromise their systems. You need to review your current operations strategy and general mindset in order to safeguard your business’ sensitive or…

New figures show that cyber crime cost £11 billion last year, we are urging businesses and individuals to be scam-savvy. Cyber criminals are becoming clever in the way they target their victims. Simple steps can be taken to protect data. Figures from Get Safe Online showed that victims of cyber crime in the UK lost…

Ransomware. It’s not new by any means, it’s evolved exponentially over the last few years and dominates the malware market. Fun fact – Ransomware is now the most profitable malware type in history. Businesses are extremely vulnerable, both the enterprise and individual user. Ransomware operators are finding innovative ways to exploit companies and generate revenue….

Data breaches are practically inevitable. 91% of businesses are vulnerable to an attack, whilst 61% of businesses have experienced one or more attacks previously. While you may not be able to prevent one, to protect your operational outputs you can certainly prepare and have a disaster recovery plan in place should you encounter a data…

72% of businesses don’t have the right operational infrastructure or necessary processes in place to detect and respond to an IT data breach. Suffering a data security attack costs businesses millions annually, but it’s not just the financials that you need to have on your radar. From the same survey, 68% of businesses cited that…

Outsourcing your IT management or keeping it in-house isn’t a decision to make lightly. It all depends on what is right for your business. Both have their advantages but it’s important you know what to expect before you commit to doing it. Given the increasing cyber security threats dominating the industry, protecting your business’ data…

The trend of digital data – information garnered through computers – is rising at a rapid rate, with our current storage capacities expected to increase 10 fold by 2020. In just 30 minutes, the internet, with all of its connected devices (personal computers, smartphones etc), will generate the same amount of digital data equal to…

Technology isn’t slowing down. Your business will always be facing new trends and challenges to overcome, testing the flexibility and efficiency of your business operations. According to recent data, the demand for managed IT service providers is rising, given the ever changing complexities of IT systems and cyber security threats; 69% of SMBs are now…

The world we live in is becoming more and more integrated and digitised with people being more reliant upon technology to function in everyday operations. However there’s concern amongst IT professionals that the more technology brought into the remits of a business, the more vulnerable we become to IT security threats. Let’s revisit the past,…

Gartner predicted that in 2016 95% of security failures would either be the customer’s fault or more worryingly, the fault of poor internal data protection policies. Whether it’s the consequence of a disloyal employee or an accidental misuse of technology, it’s critical to have procedures in place should your company fall victim to an internal…

The summer season, despite its hedonistic appeal, can present business continuity problems for organisations. Summer holidays are in abundance, sickness rises due to allergies and shockingly, overall workplace productivity decreases by 20%. Business operations need to manage this tumultuous period but without micromanaging, banning privileges or restricting annual leave. Centralising your IT policy to your…

Since the emergence of remote working in the cloud, organisations are still tip toeing around the idea of bringing such technologies into the workplace with one reason being – which is a very valid one – the potential security risks. And you’d be in your right to factor in these concerns when making operational decisions….

The cloud is almost irresistible. Modern business operations are rapidly moving towards technology dependent infrastructures where agility is at the core of the strategy. Forrester Research recently predicted that the cloud market will reach $191 billion by 2020. Early adoption of new enabling technologies can be an important manoeuvre to outflank your competitors and get…

Two core technologies will have reached the end of their useful life according to Microsoft – both of these within 15 months of each other. Microsoft ceased support for Windows XP last year on 8th April, yet over 18% of users are still running this outdated operating system. This has left many businesses open to…

According to a study conducted by O2, only 23% of workers are taking advantage of the government’s flexible working legislation, so what is holding people back? The government announced new legislation surrounding flexible working practices last June, meaning any employee has the right to request to work from home or operate on an agile basis….

Collaboration has always been a crucial part of business. It drives innovation, increases workplace efficiency and facilities effective communication. This isn’t exactly news though. For some time now, smart businesses have been taking steps to adopt agile working practices and shift away from traditional workplace models that have limited the scope for effective collaboration with…

From the growing popularity of agile working practices in smart businesses, to the profound impact millennials are having on workplace culture, it’s clear that modern business is changing, quickly. And much of this change is the result of technology. Technology that has brought forth new, exciting potential for collaboration. See, collaboration is vital. It allows…

With a global digital economy that accounted for 22% of the entire world’s economy in 2015, it’s clear that technology is redefining the world of business. The business world has always taken a proactive approach to adopting new technologies – something reinforced by predictions that 25% of the world’s economy will become digital by 2020….

Every so often the business world latches on to a trend tipped to revolutionise everything as we know it. Sometimes these trends sink from our memories as quickly as they appear, but sometimes these predictions are correct – the rise of social media in marketing is a case in point. Another example that is rapidly…

Gazing into the crystal ball of business and trying to predict the future is complex. There are many factors to consider when trying to get the mists to clear. However, what is universally agreed is, whatever the workplace of the future looks like, it will be enabled through technology. When business leaders were asked what…

In the recent Global Risks Report by the highly respected World Economic Forum (WEF), business leaders across the world were asked to list the biggest threats facing business over the next decade. Cyberattacks were viewed as the single greatest business risk in North America, with global business leaders extremely concerned. They’re concerned because they know…

Whether it’s TalkTalk’s high-profile loss of almost 157,000 customer details in late 2015 or the 4000 data breaches in just three years at UK councils, cyber attacks and data breaches are becoming increasingly prevalent. And this is a problem. It’s a problem because the modern business world is driven by data. It’s a problem because…

Phishing email attacks are not a new thing they have been around for years. However our technical teams have recently seen a considerable increase in the frequency of these type of attacks. In addition, more recently these attacks have been preceded by coordinated social engineering to make them even more effective at trapping victims. So…

It’s no secret that Law Firms have been facing challenges for the past few years. Fortunately, we are now experiencing recovery, giving Law Firms a new-found confidence and optimism. In troubled times, investing in your IT infrastructure has not been your highest priority. However, with the EU introducing fines of up to 4% of revenue…

The mobile revolution is not just another buzzword to be banded around by marketing and technology giants to promote new investments – it is real, and it is changing the way law firms do business. Ready or not, the mobile technology revolution is here. Courtesy of the rising accessibility, popularity and capabilities of smartphones and…

As a leading professional IT service provider, Taylor Made Computer Solutions are all too aware of the importance of ensuring IT infrastructures are not only able to support business, but enable business growth. What’s more, when considering the legal sector, the importance of investment in your IT infrastructure becomes even more pronounced – this blog…

Relatively recently, the general consensus amongst law firms was such that both the outsourcing of IT solutions and migration of data services to the cloud were seen as too inherently risky. This attitude was also strengthened by what many law firms deemed the potential consequences of relinquishing control to managed IT providers. Summarising this sentiment…

Whilst the protection of confidential data within businesses should always be considered an absolute priority, there are few industries where this need for vigilance is quite as pronounced as it is within the world of law. However, this is just one of many reasons that well-equipped IT infrastructure is essential to ensuring your firm thrives….

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