2nd February 2015

Does your business need a visit to the sexual health clinic?

Odd title granted, but there are striking similarities between biological viruses and computer viruses which business owners and IT managers need to make sure they are taking precautions against.

Take a look at how these compare below

Biological viruses and cyyber viruses parasitise on their host and can only replicate when inside that host.
Like a biological virus entering via the mouth or through contact a computer virus will also enter the host passively via an infected USB device or email attachment. Like a human virus causes pain, suffering and also death in some cases a virtual virus will slow down computers, lose data and completely damage the host’s hard disk drive.

Worms and viruses
There are different strains and a virus is something that when implanted can modify and spread with user interaction. A worm can spread without user interaction throughout networks and a Trojan horse is a program that makes a computer available to malicious or non-authorised users.
Either of these can be latent (like HIV) and become active after a certain period of time.

Spreading
How biological and virtual viruses spread are similar too, a worm can spread like the common flu bug but viruses spread through infected disks or email attachments much like an STD.

As with biological viruses you can protect your business through simple hygiene standards. Having good anti-virus protection is an absolute must but in today’s world of global attacks and high-profile security risks it is simply not enough. Well-configured, business-grade Firewalls plus good, secure business Policies and advice and guidance from IT professionals all helps to ensure your business stays protected..

If you’d like to find out whether your business is doing enough to protect itself please contact our team on 01494 444065 who would be happy to guide you.

20th January 2015

A more flexible way to acquire IT

Epoq IT’s asset Financing and Leasing Plans allow you to acquire the solutions you need now, with payment plans that are spread over time. With a plan that is flexible, you can make timely upgrades and additions, often without increasing your monthly repayment amount.
Leasing not only allows you to improve performance by acquiring the latest technology without tying up capital or existing lines of credit, but it also protects you against future obsolesce.

Key Benefits
Paying for technology products and solutions over time offers companies many benefits including:
• Improved Cash Flow and Instant Return on Investment
By making monthly payments over the duration of a finance agreement, businesses can spread payments over the
useful life of your equipment, rather than having to find the capital up front.
• Tax Savings
Regular, monthly payments can qualify as a trading expense and are therefore tax deductible, making the
acquisition of IT services and product more cost-effective.
• Increased Flexibility for Future Upgrades
Technology changes rapidly, and avoiding obsolesce is key to staying ahead. With leasing you can expand or upgrade
your systems as the need arises. • More Available Budget
Instead of spending lump sums on rapidly depreciating assets, you can allocate resources to where they’re needed
most giving you the freedom to invest in other areas of your business.
• Fully Flexible for All Your Technology Needs
Financing solutions can be tailored to suit your particular business requirements – whatever combination of
products and solutions you require.
• Unaffected Bank Lines
Our financing solutions have no effect on your other borrowing options.
• A Straightforward Financing Solution
Epoq IT is an Authorised Finance Partner with priority access to WestWon’s state-of-the-art online quotations
systems – ensuring businesses always get a rapid response to their finance enquiry.
There has never been a better time to upgrade your equipment with the most up to date technology, but by working
with Epoq IT, we can help you spread the cost of repayment in-line with the useful life of your
technology allowing you to upgrade to ensure you always have access to the latest technology for your business.
For a no obligation quote, or to find out more about our finance and leasing options contact our sales team on
01494 444 065.
Epoq IT’s financing options are carried out in partnership with WestWon who are members of NACFB and the FLA
(Finance and Leasing Authority), so you are guaranteed a safe and high quality service.
Our Finance Partner WestWon is a leading provider of equipment asset finance and leasing to all types of companies
in the UK, both large and small. As a WestWon Finance Partner, we have access to a wealth of
experience in leasing and provide advice on the best options for today’s fast-moving business environments.
WestWon are members of respected asset finance and leasing bodies such as the FLA and NACFB.
For more information about WestWon Tel: 01494 611 456 or see www.westwon.co.uk

15th January 2015

Epoq IT support FOUR Group and boost local economy

Two Buckinghamshire Business First Members join forces and boost the local economy

Epoq IT first came to the attentions of the FOUR Group when they won 2 awards at the 2013 Buckinghamshire Business Awards and the two would meet again several times over the next year at events organised by Buckinghamshire Business First. One of those events was a workshop to promote the benefits of entering the 2014 Buckinghamshire Business Awards, where both Gary Swanwick of Epoq IT and Paul Mott of the FOUR Group spoke.

It was soon after this that the FOUR Group decided they needed a more proactive IT partner, and turned to Epoq IT. After previously contracting this work out to a London-based company they felt they needed a company that was local to them, so this move brought business back to Buckinghamshire and kept the supply chain local.

The FOUR Group is a multi-disciplined Construction consultancy company working across the county and with some of the UK’s best known brand names. Director Nigel Grace is delighted with the link-up: “Epoq IT is a bright, young, energetic business that provides us with proactive support as opposed to the reactive service we were previously getting. With Epoq right on our doorstep it also gives us a chance to create a strong, lasting business relationship with them. This new business relationship will greatly benefit FOUR Group and our staff as it will improve our operational efficiency, reduce downtime and get us a quicker response to any IT issues that come up, something we can thank Epoq IT and Buckinghamshire Business First for.”

Gary Swanwick, Managing Director of Epoq IT, who deliver industry leading IT systems support and project solutions, was equally delighted: “Our success at the Buckinghamshire Business Awards helped raise the profile of Epoq IT in Buckinghamshire and showed that we are a company worth working with. When the FOUR Group decided they needed a fresh approach to their IT support, they came to us. We look to develop strong, long term relationships with our clients so I’m looking forward to helping the FOUR Group develop their business further over the coming years.”

12th January 2015

Christmas Gifts That Could Threaten Your Business

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Employees this Christmas who received or boughtt nice new smartphones or tablets could be presenting hackers the gift of access to your IT systems.

This is a time of year when new devices that are connected to a poorly protected network with inadequate polices risk being a target of an attack.

New devices that are used in your business could be connecting to the wireless network and then onto personal or external cloud systems that might not have protection or been tested.

2014 saw many very high profile cyber-attacks and this is set to continue into 2015 and beyond so don’t get caught out.

A few simple tips

• Be proactive, you’ll be surprised how many businesses aren’t

• Assess your BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) policy

• Look at implementing a good Mobile Device Management solution

• Set expectations with your users.

If you think your business could be at risk or you would like some advice or a second opinion please do not hesitate to call us on 01494 44065 (option 2) or email us at hello@epoq-it.co.uk

Ask about our free IT assessment
http://epoq-it.co.uk/would-your-business-benefit-from-a-new-year-it-health-check/

6th January 2015

Would Your Business Benefit from a New Year IT Health Check?

2015

Whether or not you already have an IT partner noww is the time to make sure your IT system is ready for both the opportunities and threats that 2015 will present to your business.

For a limited time Epoq IT is offering a free, no obligation assessment of your IT systems with report and consultation.

Our Network review will cover

•Patches, Anti Virus and Security – Are you fully protected?

•Internet speed analysis and potential upgrade options

•Network Performance

•Underlying and potential issues

•Warranty detail for IT equipment

•Backup assessment and business continuity or recovery options

•General technology overview – are you ready for the future?

•Full report and consultation meeting

To book your no-obligation assessment please call 01494 444065 (option 2) or email us at hello@epoq-it.co.uk

 

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