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.

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/

27th November 2014

Thinking Cloud?

If you are thinking of moving to the cloud or are not happy with your current cloud solution then read on..

We have teamed up with a leading cloud provider to offer your business an office in the Cloud, giving you total freedom to work anywhere, anyhow and at any time.

Desktops and business applications delivered through a cloud-based web interface

Meet the challenges of remote offices, mobile workers and support Bring Your Own Device(BYOD).

Our VMware View-based Virtual (or Hosted) Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) delivers all your desktop services and data direct from our cloud, enabling your workforce to access business application anywhere at any time

*Reduce the Total Cost of Ownership of your IT infrastructure.

*Integrate your other business applications, such as finance software and CRM packages, or our cloud email solutions

*Hosted in our secure data centre infrastructure.

*Simple and transparent billing model – per user per month.

Industry leading Hosted Desktop platform

VMware is one of the world’s leading suppliers of virtualisation and remote desktop solutions, offering the highest performing and most scalable platforms, capable of handling the most resource –intensive business critical applications.

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Unified workspace and great user experience

Access your desktop from any device with the VMware Horizon View Client installed. No specialised training is required with the familiar Windows interface.

Contact us today for a no-obligation chat about your requirements or a demo.
Call our team on 01494 444065 (option 2) or complete the contact form and we’ll call you.

13th November 2014

Patch Management is no longer an option

Patch management is a critical part of maintaining the security of your systems and network.

If your business is connected to the internet it’s a case of when and not if that you will suffer a security incident of some description in today’s world.

Just how bad yoour business is affected will come down to its IT infrastructure and policies and a major part of this is patch management.

The era of the ‘internet of things’ is gathering pace so this isn’t even just relevant for computers these days but fridges, vending machines, smart meters. You name it they will need patching.

Attackers have got faster at breaching systems, and an unpatched network is like leaving your back door open in an undesirable neighbourhood.

Good patch management is now an essential part of any IT function, it allows you to push out tested patches to server and workstation operating systems and also third party applications and plugging any security holes. You can also quickly deploy patches in emergency situations.

Patch management is now as important as having a good Anti-Virus solution.

Symantec released an interesting safety notice based on a patch this week

Issue: Vulnerabilities in OLE could allow remote code execution

Solution: Patch your systems today, Microsoft Security Bulletin MS140-064

Workaround: Be wary when opening email attachments and avoid clicking unknown links
in emails. Avoid downloading Office files from websites or through file
shares.

Epoq IT managed service packages are designed with the future in mind, our Gold and Platinum packages include full patch management giving you peace of mind that your systems won’t be exploited by malicious attacks or infections easily.

To find out more please call our team on 01494 444065 (option 2) or email us at hello@epoq-it.co.uk

7th November 2014

Is your business ready for the now?

“Every business will be transformed by digital revolution, regardless of size or industry” Dido Harding, CEO of Talk Talk

Over the next 3-5 years the digital revolution is going to gather an incredible pace, is your business ready for this or even aware of what this means.
You are probably already aware of how reliant your business already is on technology but are you prepared for the rapidly changing IT landscape and both the opportunities and threats this presents.

Three simple questions might help you asses where you are:

1. Are you aware of your recovery time objective in the event of a disaster to minimise costly downtime?

2. Do you have an IT strategy that you review regularly to ensure your business is enabled by technology for growth and keeping up with the competition?

3. Are you aware of new technologies for your business and sectors and also the threats from cyber criminals and disruptive technologies?
If you have answered no to any of the above questions it’s time to think about your IT function and whether it’s a true partnership aligned with your business needs.

We’d like to offer a free consultation on your technology requirements where we will happily bring new ideas to the table for your business that you can use, either at your premises or we can supply the coffee and biscuits at ours.

 

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