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You need to protect your information, as you would any other valuable business asset. Get tips on securing your IT systems and learn about potential consequences of cyber attacks.


IT security – why bother?
 

The Data Protection Act says that appropriate technical and organisational measures shall be taken against unauthorised or unlawful processing of personal data and against accidental loss or destruction of, or damage to, personal data. Breaches of data protection legislation could lead to your business incurring a fine,  up to £500,000 in serious cases.

The reputation of your business could also be damaged if inadequate security contributes to high profile incidents of data loss or theft. However, there are measures that you can put in place to prevent security breaches or limit the damage if they do occur.

Assess the risks to your business
 

Before you can establish what level of security is right for your business you will need to review the personal data you hold and assess the risks to that data. You should consider all processes involved as you collect, store, use and dispose of personal data. Consider how valuable, sensitive or confidential the information is and what damage or distress could be caused to individuals if there was a security breach. With a clear view of the risks you can begin to choose the security measures that are appropriate for your needs. The next step is to begin putting them in place.​​

Some organisations do not have adequate levels of protection because they are not correctly using the security they already have, and are not always able to spot when there is a problem. You need to make sure that all your employees are aware of their roles and responsibilities and that they are clear about when action needs to be taken. You should also consider what actions you should put into place should you suffer a data breach.

Take the time to review what personal data you currently have and the means of protection you have in place. Make sure you are compliant with any industry guidance or legal requirements. Document the controls you have in place and identify where you need to make improvements. Once any improvements are in place, continue to monitor the controls and make adjustments where necessary.

Consider the risks for each type of personal data you hold and how you would manage a data breach. This way you can reduce the impact if the worst was to happen.

You should also have an acceptable-use policy and training materials for staff so that they know their data protection responsibilities.

Get a security expert to review your systems.This will highlight where your security vulnerabilities are and how best to address them.

Don’t forget about backups of your data. Backups should be made regularly, kept secure and properly deleted when no longer required.

Take a layered approach to security
 

There is no single product that will provide a 100% guarantee of security for your business. The key to effective security is to have a layered approach, combining a number of different tools and techniques. if one layer were to fail then others are in place to catch the threat.

Employee awareness and training

Employees at all levels need to be aware of what their roles and responsibilities are. Train your staff to recognise threats such as phishing emails and other malware.

Intrusion defence

You need to be able to stop breaches happening before they penetrate deep into your network, for example by using a well configured firewall.

Access controls

Restrict access to your system to users and sources you trust. Each user must have their own username and password. A brute force password attack is a common method of attack, perhaps even by casual users trying to access your Wi-Fi so you need to enforce strong passwords, limit the number of failed login attempts and enforce regular password changes. Passwords or other access should be cancelled immediately a staff member leaves the organisation or is absent for long periods.

Physical security

Equipment containing personal data could be stolen in a break-in. You should ensure that personal data on your systems is protected against these threats. Your servers should be in a separate room with added protection. Back-up devices should not be left unattended and should be locked away when not in use.

Segmentation

You can prevent or limit the severity of data breaches by separating and limiting access between your network components. For example, your web server should be separate from your main file server. This means that if your website was compromised the attacker would not have direct access to your central data store.

Policies

A policy will enable you to make sure you address the risks in a consistent manner. Well written policies should integrate well with business processes.

Device Maintenance

Remove unused software and services from your devices. Older versions of some widespread software have well documented security vulnerabilities. If you don’t use it, then it is much easier to remove it than try to keep it up-to-date. Make sure you have changed any default passwords used by software or hardware, these are well known by attackers.

Internet banking

Always access internet banking by typing the bank's address into your web browser.

Never visit a website from an email link to enter personal details.

If in doubt:

Contact the bank seperately on an advertised number
Check your bank's website for safety tips
Check your bank statement thoroughly
Look for a locked padlock or unbroken key symbol in the bottom right of your browser window before accessing the bank site - the beginning of the bank's internet address will change from 'http' to 'https' when a secure connection is made
Don't leave your computer unattended when logged in to internet banking
Wipe your hard drive before you dispose of an old computer
Always have a disaster recovery plan in place and updated

Secure your IT on the move
 

You need to ensure that the same level of security is applied to personal data on devices being used away from the office. Many data breaches arise from the theft or loss of a device (eg. laptop, mobile phone or USB drive) but you should also consider the security surrounding data you might send by email or post. You can take steps to reduce the effects of the theft by ensuring that personal data is either not on the device in the first place or that it has been appropriately secured so that it cannot be accessed.

Encryption is a means of ensuring that data can only be accessed by authorised users. Typically, a password is required to ‘unlock’ the data. Full disk encryption means that the all data on the computer is encrypted. File encryption means that individual files can be encrypted.

Your encryption password should be a mix of upper and lowercase, numbers and special characters (i.e. #, &, !) and be kept a secret. Some software offers password protection to stop people making changes to the data but this may not stop a thief reading the data.

Make sure you know exactly what protection you are applying to your data. Some mobile devices support a remote disable or wipe facility. This allows you to send a signal to a lost or stolen device to locate it and, if necessary, securely delete all data. – Your devices will need to be pre-registered with a service like this.

Only transfer personal data to mobile devices if you actually need it and remove it when you have finished.

Stay on the alert
 

Computer equipment and software needs regular maintenance to keep it running smoothly and to fix any security vulnerabilities. Security software such as antivirus and anti-malware needs regular updates in order to continue to provide adequate protection.

Make sure any security software you have is switched-on and monitoring the files it should be. Keep your software up-to-date by checking regularly for updates and applying them. Most software can be set to update automatically. If your system is a few years old, you should review the protection you have in place to make sure that it is still adequate. You should also keep your knowledge of threats up-to-date by reading security bulletins or newsletters from organisations relevant to your business. You should also let your staff know about possible threats to your organisation. This could include alerting employees to the risks involved in posting information relating to your business activities on social networks or ensuring they know how to recognise phishing emails.

Cyber criminals or malware can attack your systems and go unnoticed for a long time. Many people only find out they have been attacked when it is too late even though the warning signs were there. Check your security software messages, access control logs and other reporting systems you have in place regularly. Make sure you can check what software or services are running on your network. Make sure you can identify if there is something there which should not be. Run regular vulnerability scans and penetration tests to scan your systems for known vulnerabilities – make sure you address any vulnerabilities identified.

Minimise your data
 

The Data Protection Act says that personal data should be accurate, up to date and kept for no longer than is necessary. Over time you may have collected large amounts of personal data. Some of this data may be out-of-date and inaccurate or no longer useful.

Decide if you still need the data. If you do, is it stored in the right place? – If you have data you need to keep for archive purposes but don’t need to access regularly, move it to a more secure location. This will help prevent unauthorised access. If you have data you really no longer need, you should delete it. This should be in line with your data retention and disposal policies. You might need specialist software or assistance to do this securely.

Cyber Security for Small Businesses
 

This guidance explains the threat from cyber attack and shows how you can protect your business. It includes advice on:

  • using strong passwords
  • updating software
  • providing simple staff awareness and training
  • managing risk
  • using the Cyber Essentials scheme to protect against common online threats

The advice will help you to protect your:

  • business information
  • cash flow
  • customers
  • reputation

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Huddersfield-based money-saving firm to expand to Australia

Thursday 06 September 2018

Technology firm, yboo, are looking to launch their SIM Only deal comparison app in Australia in 2019 as their plans for global expansion continue. The company, founded in 2016 by Martyn Gould and Paul Doyle, is building a team in Australia in conjunction with the Department of International Trade, and are currently assessing the market with an anticipated launch of early 2019. yboo is an app which aims to prevent mobile phone users in the UK from overpaying by monitoring the consumer’s usage and suggesting the best SIM Only deals for them. yboo are seeding a market from the UK using advanced software to engage with and poll Australian consumers. The company has identified Australia as a potential opportunity because of its unique geography, which causes a lot of issues with mobile coverage due to the sheer bulk and scarcity of the land. Martyn Gould, yboo’s Founder, commented on the expansion plans: “We’re building the value and reach of yboo as we take our unique offering to hundreds of millions of consumers across the globe. So far, the expansion has gone really smooth, and the DIT have been particularly supportive.” “We’ve always been determined to solve problems for the 60million consumers in the UK and the hundreds of millions of consumers all over the world. "There is little competition in the Australian marketplace which means that consumers overpay for mobile services by hundreds of dollars every year. We are empowering consumers to make the decision to expand in Australia for us – which is a pretty unique approach.”
Posted by KC Communications
Innovation and Disruption tech event set to return to Leeds

Thursday 02 August 2018

Leeds has once again been chosen as the venue for the Innovation and Disruption event which first took the tech sector by storm in 2017. The showcase hit the headlines last year, for shaking up the space with its evening-only programme of game-changing technology for business leaders. And it will return to Aspire in the city centre, for the second time, on 18 October 16:00-20:00. The event is the brainchild of Elland-headquartered digital transformation specialist Vapour Cloud. With title sponsorship from multinational technology giant Avaya, it once again promises to combine hands-on encounters with next generation tech and cutting-edge talks from some of the industry’s most exciting brands in the north. AI guru Stuart Shearman (IMC) will discuss how artificial intelligence is leveraging new levels of performance in the workplace; Dan Riley (Spearhead) will be demonstrating some of the most exciting and immersive VR experiences currently available; and Vapour’s CEO Tim Mercer will also take to the stage, with a never-publicly-seen look at an innovation set to transform patient experience and access to care within the health service. Keynote speaker for Innovation and Disruption 2018 is ex Special Forces Officer Wayne Hoyle – a recipient of two commendations from the Queen and an extreme leader who has gone on to walk unsupported to the Geographic North Pole, established a new route on the North Face of Kilimanjaro, and helped raise millions for charity in the process. He will speak to the senior audience about leadership challenges, and the opportunity to instil a team dynamic in even the most difficult situations, with a perhaps unsurprising nod to the role that tech can play. Commenting on the event’s return for 2018, founder Tim Mercer said: “We took a risk when we launched Innovation and Disruption last year. We picked a great venue and aimed high in the brands we wanted to be there. But the risk paid off with 180 senior decision makers from the north coming to explore how tech could further transform their organisations and their people. “This year our plans are bolder still. We’ve space for 300 attendees, but sign ups to date mean we’re already at a third of capacity with three months still to go.” Keen for this to be more than just a networking opportunity, Tim concluded: “Of course we want to put like-minded people in touch with each other – our region is becoming one of the most dynamic places in the UK because of its commitment to tech development, so it’s important that we keep building new connections. “But I think that away from crowded exhibition halls and stuffy conferences, we need more opportunities to get ‘hands on’ with technology and talk about pushing the realms of what’s possible. It’s only then that digital transformation feels a lot more achievable than organisations perhaps first thought.” Entry to the event is free, but pre-registration is heavily advised via Eventbrite.
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York businesses set to get to grips with Google

Tuesday 31 July 2018

Google is coming to York to help small businesses from across the region learn crucial skills for the digital age. The free ‘Getting to Grips with Google’ event will take place at the City of York Council West Offices on Thursday 23 August from 8.30am till 4.30pm. The event is being delivered by the Digital Knowledge Exchange, part of the government-backed Digital Enterprise business support programme, which helps eligible, growth-focused businesses, based in the Leeds city region to scale up and achieve digital transformation through access to funding and free learning opportunities such as workshops, masterclasses, digital conferences, digital audits and one to one mentoring support. At the ‘Getting to Grips with Google’ event, experts from Google’s Digital Garage will deliver a session on ‘Knowing your business data’ with attendees learning how to set up analytics, define business goals and discover insights through reporting. Anj Handa, founder of Inspiring Women Changemakers, a dynamic movement of women leading social change, will share her story of how she has been able to generate leads and forge new business relationships from all over the world by implementing the google and search engine optimisation techniques. Anj Handa said: “The knowledge I have received from being part of the Digital Enterprise programme has allowed my website to rank number one on Google for 'women changemakers'. It has also led to new speaking opportunities in Paris this September. “I’ve even had an invitation from last year's Mother Theresa International Award winner, and an Australia-based movement '1 Million Women' got in touch to ask about my young changemaker leadership programme, Inspiring Global Citizens. “This wouldn’t have been possible without the invaluable support from Digital Enterprise. Any small businesses that want to increase their profile and visibility should definitely attend this Google event.” Attendees will also hear about some announcements from Google’s recent conference and have the opportunity to learn some tips and tricks that will help their small businesses to succeed. The event will also look at how to maximise the Google toolkit, YouTube, Video Marketing, Google Adwords and Search Engine Optimisation (SEO). Beth Hewitt, Project Manager for the Digital Knowledge Exchange, said: “Our one day ‘Getting to Grips with Google’ event is a great way for businesses to take time out of the office to learn something new which could have a real impact on their future success. We have a number of experts on hand including those from Google’s Digital Garage, who will help attendees understand how Google can help their business. There is nothing like hearing from someone who has put these ideas into practice, and Anj Handa’s story will reveal just how successful they can be.” Ian Gillies, Leader of the City of York Council, responsible for Finance and Performance, said: “I would encourage small businesses across the region to take advantage of this opportunity to find out more about the great range of tools that Google offers and how using the full toolkit effectively can really boost a small business”. Chief Executive at the City of York Council, Mary Weastell, will be delivering an introduction to all of our SME attendees, sharing York’s digital strategy and the importance of SME’s within the city of York. For more information on these events and to register with the Digital Knowledge Exchange visit www.digitalenterprise.co.uk/digital-knowledge/events/ or contact the team on 0113 426 0535 or email kanta@digitalenterprise.co.uk Getting to Grips with Google takes place on: Thursday 23rd August, 8:30 am - 4:45 pm City of York Council, West Offices, Station Rise, York, YO1 6GA
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Tech Scale-Up Appoints KC Communications to Support Growth

Monday 16 July 2018

yboo, the mobile app firm, has appointed Huddersfield based agency, KC Communications to handle their PR requirements following a successful pitch to support yboo’s ambitious growth plans. yboo, which stands for ‘you’re better off on’ is a mobile app available on iPhone and Android which monitors consumer mobile phone usage and recommends the best SIM only deals, based on price and signal strength. It also allows users to gain access to exclusive discounts, offers and codes. The app enables UK consumers to save, on average, £156 per year on their mobile phone bill. yboo also provide a second unique product which allows Mobile Operators to understand more about Consumer behaviour via Big Data profiling. KC Communications will be responsible for developing both yboo’s traditional and stunt-PR strategy and implementing it to raise the profile of the money-saving app in both the UK and overseas markets. Commenting on the appointment, KC Communications founder, Katrina Cliffe said, “We’re absolutely delighted to have been appointed by yboo and having the opportunity to demonstrate the extent of our capabilities. yboo is an exciting business and has the potential to be one of the world’s leading apps.’ Martyn Gould founder and CEO of yboo, added, “We’re really pleased to be working with KC Communications to deliver our Consumer and Big Data growth plans in the UK and Internationally. We chose KC due to their proven capability but also due to their positive attitude and values/ambition which align with our own”
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Vapour Cloud becomes approved Avaya partner

Thursday 21 June 2018

West Yorkshire-headquartered tech specialist Vapour Cloud has become only the sixth organisation in the UK to achieve approved Avaya Cloud Solutions partner status through BT Wholesale. BT, one of the world’s leading providers of communications services and solutions, approached Vapour to deliver its cloud-based omnichannel solutions to British businesses, having seen the firm’s ability to supply another complex industry product – Storm. With a robust technology roadmap plus a growing presence within the IT and telecoms space, Vapour colleagues also had to complete multiple exams to prove the team’s knowledge of Avaya’s portfolio. Now the partner accreditation expands the breadth of Vapour’s unified communications (UC) offering, whilst helping Avaya to further penetrate the voice market. Vapour can recommend and implement Avaya Contact Centre Select (ACCS), for example – a multichannel solution that can be fully integrated with Avaya’s IP Office platform. An increasingly popular choice for growing businesses that want to harness the potential of unified communications, ACCS powers call handling, email, instant messaging, conferencing, SMS and video conversation. The result is an improved customer experience – using the channel that most suits them – plus workforce flexibility, as the cloud-based product can be used on any device irrespective of location. Commenting on the new official relationship, Vapour’s CEO Tim Mercer said: “Many organisations are starting to realise that on-premise telephony systems are holding them back, so they’re beginning to explore the world that we have operated in for the last five years. Avaya’s cloud-first strategy means they are one of the hottest names in the space, and interest ACCS is vast. “Enquiries for ACCS go via BT Wholesale who will recommend an approved Avaya partner that they think is suitable for the job. I’m delighted that we’ve succeeded in the rigorous process to achieve this prestigious status.” Driven by the latest WebRTC, Avaya’s cloud-based UC offering is very attractive to Vapour – an organisation renowned for its specialism in real-time communication technologies. “ACCS sits extremely well amongst the other products within our H?llr suite of voice solutions,” continued Tim. “It facilitates flexible working, is easy to deploy with no hardware or software installation required, and with multiple options available it can satisfy the needs of varied small to midsize organisations. “We’ve already specified the solution as part of some of our most exciting upcoming projects and I look forward to seeing the relationship unfold. The partner status could add up to £250,000 to our business by the end of this year alone.” Elaborating on Vapour’s approved partner achievement, Vincent Sivori, BT Wholesale Sector Sales Manager said: “We have to identify businesses who would be a good partner for the re-selling of Avaya services that we supply. From working with the Vapour Cloud team we very quickly realised that with their excellent cloud skills and strong service focus, they will offer a compelling proposition to the market. It is exciting times and working hand in hand with Vapour we will support their clients’ move to cloud.”
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Yorkshire cloud tech firm Vapour commences acquisition trail

Wednesday 23 May 2018

Yorkshire-headquartered technology specialist Vapour Cloud has today announced its hunt to acquire at least two IT and communications businesses, as it prepares for growth of up to 80% in 2018. With an estimated £10m to spend over the coming year, CEO Tim Mercer is most imminently on the lookout to buy a Northern IT support firm with Microsoft partner status. Of specific interest is a skill-set in the public cloud – particularly Azure and AWS (Amazon Web Services) – to complement Vapour’s private cloud offering. A traditional voice company – particularly a PBX (Private Branch Exchange) or mobile supplier – is also being sought. With the voice industry now cloud-first, Vapour’s objective is to acquire a large customer base that needs to migrate from an on-premise to cloud offering – the company’s own speciality. Already aiming to become a £12m business by 2020 – on the basis of organic growth alone – the goal is to accelerate Vapour’s expansion with these logical business procurements. “We mark our fifth year in business this July, so as we look ahead to what the board is trying to achieve going forward, a buy and build strategy is a natural progression for the organisation,” said Tim. “We’ve established a 96% net recurring revenue rate to date, so our business development model is easy to maintain. We had a 64% seed of growth in 2017, and hope to realise 65-80% by the end of this year. “There are a number of well-established operators in this sector – dozens of which started out as lifestyle businesses – but many are not cloud-first,” Tim continued. “Of course, some are rising to the challenge and quickly adapting their offering to satisfy clients’ modern business needs. But cloud is an entirely different world. We therefore hope that by acquiring two – or more – of these such companies, we can successfully build on the legacy the current owners will leave behind, whilst supplying their customers with the next generation products and services they’re looking for.” When asked why the focus is on acquiring businesses in the North, Tim concluded: “We are of course considering investments irrespective of geography. But the vibrancy of activity in the North is undeniable, and the synergies associated with augmenting our already reputable skill-set in the region will be vast. “We’re passionate about flexible working too, so the more engineers, technical experts and customer service advisors we have in the North, the easier it will be to develop a larger, more diverse and engaged workforce.” Based in Halifax, West Yorkshire, Vapour specialises in cloud secure voice, connectivity and storage solutions, and is currently a 32-strong team. The business has attracted £4m of private equity investment to date.
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Making your mobile technology work for you

Monday 14 May 2018

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New Apple IT repair centre opens in Huddersfield

Friday 11 May 2018

Check out our new Huddersfield service centre. Castlegate Huddersfield. This is who we are and this is what we do. HAD-IT Limited & HAD-IT (Huddersfield) Ltd incorporating HAD-COPY and HAD-PRINT Specialise in the Service and Support of Apple Products including Macs, iPads and iPhones etc. Our Apple Certified Engineers offer repairs from a simple Screen Replacement to Hard Drive Issues, Upgrades, Tuition and Training at very competitive prices. We also Supply and Support a full range of State of the Art Technology Colour and Mono Copier/Printers from simple Desktop to Large Format and Feature Rich Multifunction Machines with Full System Document Production all with a variety of Service, Maintenance and Support Contracts. In addition, our Printing Division offers a complete Graphic Design and High-Quality Printing Service to AO Size.
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Friday 11 May 2018

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Friday 11 May 2018

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