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Sustaining Network Security

Sustaining Network Security

Network Security – Making IT work Sustaining Network Security is fundamental to protecting your business. Many organisations will purchase a Firewall but fail to regularly patch (that is, update) their systems and this in turn creates vulnerabilities that cyber-criminals take advantage of. Many smaller businesses and charities naturally cannot afford annual penetration tests and monthly review of their IT Estates in order to confirm that everything is functional. This is despite 33% of new malware (Malicious Software) being file-less, and

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Good Information Security

What is good Information Security? Information Security is a very broad term, it accounts for the security of any information system that an organisation uses – ranging from smoke-signals to quantum computers. Good information security is flexible and works to classify information so that you can satisfy particular security requirements – such as data integrity over a secure line. This is best demonstrated by how governments classify information and how to treat it. To follow on from the example of

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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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