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The Cost of Downtime

The Cost of Downtime

The Significant Cost of Downtime Any business owner who has experienced system downtime knows that it costs money, ruins the flow of your business operation during that period and altogether removes your mo-jo. Downtime has real monetary costs, be it a failure to prevent ransomware or a infrastructure failing to run a service that is critical for your teams to function. When it comes to avoiding downtime there is only one thing which can really help: effective planning. If your

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Preventing Ransomware

Consistently Preventing Ransomware Many IT Security experts use a certain turn of phrase and we echo it: they only need to be lucky once, we need to be lucky all the time. How do you retain your luck and prevent IT Security incidents from resulting in damage to your organisation? The challenge of ransomware has continued to be a problem since the start of 2020, and is part of an over-arching trend of cyber-criminals and other organised crime using blackmail

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GameDev – Making Stable Mobile Games

Where stability makes success Anything a GameDev makes is fundamentally built using software, and orchestrating the suite of software necessary to make a game is no small task. As a GameDev you may make tabletop games, or multiplatform software – your mobile game may implement Augmented Reality so it has roots both within and without the Metaverse (the ‘virtual world’). This still requires stable systems that work consistently and quickly for users. Tools are good but implementation is always a

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Securing against Supply Chain attacks

What is a Supply Chain attack? A Supply Chain attack is one which targets an individual or organisation through a supplier. This could for example be a phishing attack against a less-secure supplier to garner information about you – the ultimate target. There are simple ways to orchestrate an attack like this actually, through the use of Open Source Intelligence: OSINT. The Defence Security Exhibition International has a publicly available presentation from an expert which runs through the subject in

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GameDev – Choosing an Engine

What do you want from a Game Engine? What Game Engine you choose to deploy and develop on is critical to the success – or failure – of your game. Because the Game Engine is the foundation of the rest of your assets, code and combined work of your studio, it is critical to look long and hard at this from the beginning. It may not be the most alluring part of an adventure, but the right shoes and socks

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IT for small business: finding value

Cost effective IT for small business Small enterprise often have tight budgets but need to be able scale quickly when it comes to capabilities – this includes sustaining cashflow, staffing levels, and operational efficacy for IT systems. As a proud member of the FSB we have a deep awareness that small business don’t want a sales-pitch, they want a service delivered to their standard. You also abhor an unexpected cost – a supplier who acts like it isn’t ‘their problem’

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Why portable media can by an IT Security risk

Use of portable media is an IT Security risk The Humble USB is something which can be handed out to you simply by walking around an events space or a city centre. It allows you to move data around feely using an open standard, USB 2.0 or USB 3.0. Some USBs even follow the USB-C standard which is akin to a lightning cable. All of these can hold data, which means they can take sensitive data out of your IT

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Securing Financial Services firms

Reliable ways to secure Financial Services firms Financial Services is a heavily regulated industry, alongside general legal requirements for Data Loss Prevention, Financial Services firms have additional Anti-Money Laundering requirements. Aside from regulation Financial Services firms are often the target of complex cyberattacks on account of how money is naturally exchanged through the sector. This can range from broad-brush attacks that affect systems such as Terminal Servers, to Spoofing campaigns where your business’ reputation is used to extract money from your

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IT Security and Building Resilient Infrastructure

How does resilience impact IT Security? Without resilience in an IT Estate your business can quickly find itself ceasing particular activities because of events outside of your control. For example, if you only purchase a single model of a laptop-computer for your whole organisation there is a good chance that certain drivers will cause instability in it over its lifespan. Most organisations keep laptops for three years, and driver updates often occur every few months – but often there are

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What Managed IT Services cost Small Business

Managed IT Services obfuscate costs As an IT Consultancy we at Hayachi Services reject the concept of Managed IT Services. We often work with Managed Service Providers (MSPs) to help them retain clients, and the churn of clients that many MSPs have is typical of the sector. As a small business you need two things from your IT Estate to ensure you can grow: stability and reliable service. This is more oft than not the opposite of what a Managed Service

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