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Three-step approach to cybersecurity.?

In July, the National Cybersecurity Center of Excellence hosted a virtual workshop for industry experts to discuss practical approaches to preventing and recovering from ransomware and other cyberattacks.

Mark Simos, Lead Cybersecurity Architect at Cybersecurity Solutions Group offers three simple steps for small businesses who might be struggling with where to start:

Read the full article.

Don’t forget to back up your data!?

Imagine logging on tomorrow and every document, database and file in your organisation being encrypted. Now think of the consequences of not being able to recover that data…

You can never be 100% protected from ransomware (that’s a fact) so securing your Microsoft 365 environment is crucial – and backing up your data is critical. Once an organisation has been hacked, having good backups can make the difference between that company continuing to operate or going bust.

If you’re not backing up your data effectively, we urge you to start now!

For more tips on how to secure your Microsoft 365 environment, check out our latest white paper From minnows to whale sharks: why securing Microsoft 365 should be a top priority for all businesses.

Scoring high for security with Microsoft Secure Score.?

Recognising the sudden growth in cyberattacks, Microsoft developed a benchmarking system to help companies reduce their risk of attack.

Secure Score marks organisations out of 100 for various security elements including Identity and Access Management, devices, data, apps and infrastructure. With a score for each element and an overall score, you can watch your business moving up the ranks as security posture improves. Warning, it can become mildly addictive.

If you’d like to find out more about Microsoft Secure Score and how it can help businesses of every size, check out our latest white paper From minnows to whale sharks: why securing Microsoft 365 should be a top priority for all businesses.

Protecting small businesses against big threats.?

Microsoft 365 offers an incredible service for little investment. Tools like Teams made remote-working during lockdown not only possible, but seamless.

However, if you’re able to access your company’s data from anywhere on the planet – cybercriminals can also try to access your environment, from anywhere on the planet…

And that’s where Identity and Access Management comes in. Over the past few years, Gartner has ranked Microsoft as a leader in five different areas of security, including Identity and Access Management. And they really know what they’re talking about!

More information about securing your Microsoft 365 environment can be found in our latest white paper From minnows to whale sharks: why securing Microsoft 365 should be a top priority for all businesses.

How hackers have adapted to target the big and the small.?

It used to take tremendous effort and skill for hackers to hack… but cyber criminals, like everyone else, have had to adapt. And they really have.

As a terrifying example, login credentials for organisations are now traded online for only a few pounds each. Cybercriminals operating illegal ‘Ransomware as a Service’ businesses help run the whole attack, including providing the decryption methods and handling the ransom payment, for a share of the profits.

And even with all that going on, low-level cybercriminals can now easily perform ransomware attacks, meaning smaller companies with less security are very much in the crosshairs.

You can read our full white paper: ‘From minnows to whale sharks: why securing Microsoft 365 should be a top priority for all businesses‘.

As cybercriminals cast their net wider, no business is safe.?

In our latest white paper, we look at why securing Microsoft 365 should be a top priority for all businesses. In the UK alone an average of three companies fall victim to a cyberattack – every day.

And, as we all know, it’s hard enough trying to run a business as it is – without the worry that your company could be the victim of a ransomware attack. Although once only a concern for large corporations, cybercriminals have now cast their nets wider; hauling in businesses of every size.

You can read the full white paper, right here: ‘From minnows to whale sharks: why securing Microsoft 365 should be a top priority for all businesses‘.

Microsoft set deadline for 365 services upgrade.?

Microsoft customers running older versions of Outlook have until 1st November 2021 to upgrade – which we all know will feel like next week! Customers who miss the deadline will lose access to all Microsoft and Office 365 services.

After November 1, 2021, only Outlook 2013 Service Pack 1 (with latest fixes) and later will be able to connect to Microsoft 365 services. It’s worth noting here that Outlook 2007, 2010, and Office 2013 versions earlier than 15.0.4971.1000 aren’t supported now…just in case anyone’s still using them!

It’s important to stay on top of tech upgrades:

Find out more on the Microsoft Community Blog.


Discover IT that enables, empowers, enriches, evolves.?

We kick all consultancy projects off with a discovery session…you don’t know what you don’t know, and neither do we. So we have to fix that first. And the benefits of getting IT right? Well…

• IT with a purpose
• competitive advantage
• cost reduction
• risk minimisation
• measurement and accountability

If IT were to stay still, frozen in time, then continually assessing its performance and usefulness wouldn’t be necessary. But, it doesn’t, and it is.

There’s no point trying to shortcut the ‘getting to know you’ phase of any relationship (as Geoff in accounts will no doubt tell you). It’ll only cost more, take longer and be more painful.

Think of the discovery phase as you and us, working together to make sure your IT strategy and deployment is compatible with your overall business objectives. IT that enables, empowers, enriches, evolves. That’s the dream. If only all relationships were that life affirming… Poor Geoff.

Find out more about the discovery phase or book a call.

Solving challenges through collaboration, cutting edge tech and crazy hard work.?

Solving business challenges is our thing. And our starting place and mainstay for any cloud consulting project is security because, ultimately, identity and access management should be at the heart of any sound IT strategy.

Imagine storing your 20 carat diamonds in a bank vault with the door left wide open and a big sign saying “20 carat diamond stored here in a bank vault with the door left wide open.” You get the point.

Our consultancy service includes:

Head over here to find out more about how we can help improve your security posture. Or book a call.

Personal device security for remote working.?

A report by Crowdstrike found that 60% of respondents are using personal devices while working remotely. If members of your team accessing your apps and services from their own personal devices, you’ll be pleased to hear that there are steps that can be taken to reduce the security threat to your business 📱 💻

💪 🙅‍♂️ Device Protect by Azured is a beast of a fully-managed device protection solution with tusks made from Microsoft Defender for Endpoint and jaws of crazy mutant Heuristic AV. It will rip the head off worms and impale trojans without a second glance. And let’s face it. We’ve all had enough of viruses.

👉 Find out more about Azured Device Protect

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