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IT Security

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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Secondary school students urged to rise to design challenge

Thursday 17 January 2019

Lesley Gulliver and Darren Evans – experienced design thinkers from brand consultancy The Engine Room – visited students at Salendine Nook High School this week, in a bid to prevent the ‘death of design’ from the UK curriculum. 280 year eight students gathered to hear the challenge set by the local design experts – four weeks to design something that will help people live a healthier lifestyle in 2019. Whether it’s an app, a cookery book, wearable tech or a promotional video, the design and technology (D&T) students have been urged to think big and not be held back by the misconception that it might not be possible. The challenge marks a new collaboration between The Engine Room and the secondary school’s D&T teaching cohort, who are equally passionate about preserving the imagination and creative problem-solving skills of young people. They’re big believers in the fact that whilst design was once a ‘top of the pile’ subject, it is increasingly being dropped in favour of seemingly more ‘academic’ subjects, in schools throughout the UK. The challenge therefore marks the start of a drive to get students, parents, teachers and employers thinking about the power of design. “We’re not saying everyone needs to grow up aspiring to be a designer, by job title,” explains The Engine Room’s founder Darren Evans. “But design thinking fits in EVERYWHERE. It encourages a collaborative, iterative and human-centred approach to tackling challenges that simply isn’t taught in other subjects. “So, whilst I applaud the country’s commitment to raising STEM subject performance, I desperately don’t want this to be to the detriment of students being able to study design too. So, what better way to hopefully inspire them, than explaining the opportunities that design can create for them, just before they’re due to make their GCSE subject choices.” “We’ve a challenge on our hands to banish misconceptions,” continues Salendine Nook’s D&T head of department Andy Loadman. “D&T is not ‘woodworking’ or home economics anymore. It’s a subject that centres on teamwork. There’s never a wrong answer. We encourage our students to conceptualise, create, test, learn, and re-think, together. This will see them learn life skills that apply to varied careers ranging from engineering through to the public health service. “We’ve got some uber-bright students within the school and having only spoken to them briefly about this challenge before The Engine Room’s visit, it was such a joy to see how excited they were by the prospect of experimenting with their creativity. This is exactly why I became a teacher in this subject.” Darren Evans and Principal Mr Christian will decide on the winner of the challenge in four weeks’ time. The victor will go on to receive a bespoke purple pencil, which mimics the prize awarded to winners of the UK’s iconic D&AD (Design and Art Direction) awards – only in Salendine Nook colours rather than the infamous yellow! “I’d like to hope this could become an annual, multi-school contest,” added teacher Nicky James. “This could be the start of a really exciting design hive for young people, which puts design firmly back on the curriculum map!”
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Free design thinking workshops urge Yorkshire SMEs to think what could be

Thursday 10 January 2019

A fully-funded workshop is being held on Wednesday 6 February, to help businesses in the Leeds City Region use design thinking to tackle complex commercial problems and stay ahead of the game. With 20 places available, the one-day Design For Growth masterclass will empower business leaders to utilise design thinking methodologies, to transform their approach to planning, ideas generation, strategy and customer service. Aimed at firms who want to trigger significant organisational change with a human-centred approach to innovation, the workshop is the brainchild of design collective What Could Be. This team of four creative minds – with more than 110 years’ combined experience – is made up of Jonathan Ball, David Townson, Darren Evans and Lesley Gulliver. Whilst the design thinking movement is not new, What Could Be has been at the forefront since 2010. In that time, the team has helped start ups, SMEs, large corporates and public sector organisations across the country widen their design focus to instigate change, innovation and bottom line impact. But now their focus is on supporting local firms as they prepare for what could be the toughest year of the past decade. “Our world is changing, and fast,” explains Jonathan Ball. “So savvy businesses are looking for new ways to deliver products and services in order to reap a competitive advantage. “We’re not trying to turn people into designers and the challenges that delegates may face won’t necessarily be overtly design related. But we are trying to demystify the discipline, especially to people who may consider it quite ‘fluffy’. “Utilising techniques originating from design practice, we’ll show how a practical, creative approach to problem-solving can be applied to a range of contexts. Our one-day immersion workshop will provide intensive training, with guidance on how to apply the discipline to delegates’ current organisational challenges. Everyone will get to use a toolkit of methods, resources and frameworks to enable them to further their design-led innovation with colleagues or clients.” When asked who the workshop is aimed at, Jonathan added: “We hope to welcome anyone in business with real organisational challenges to address.” Design For Growth will take place at York Mills, Mirfield, from 10:00-16:00 on Wednesday 6 February. Pre-application is essential, and two hours follow up coaching will also be provided. Search for 'design thinking for business growth tickets' to book.
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Yorkshire agency to aid successful young entrepreneur

Wednesday 19 December 2018

Digital creative agency The Bigger Boat has announced that Daniel Fisher-Jones is the victor of its recent competition to win mentoring support in creating a brand identity for his business, Liverpool Audio Network (LAN). The scheme was launched at The University of Huddersfield – and supported by its Enterprise Team – where staff members from The Bigger Boat, including account and design directors, provided a one-hour workshop to a cohort of third year undergraduate students currently undertaking the Enterprise Placement Year (EPY) programme. Covering the key elements of branding, the interactive tutorial provided advice on the most important factors to consider when establishing a brand identity – including the dos and don’ts of the process and inspiration for the entrepreneurs – to assist them in successfully turning their initial design ideas into actions. The attendees were invited to complete a brand essence review, for the chance to secure ongoing free brand identity development – which could equate to £5,000 of assistance – from The Bigger Boat. As the chosen winner, Daniel has already taken part in a further workshop at the team’s Mirfield offices, and will now receive help with the creation of a complete design concept for his company, plus further support for the next three months. Commenting on the win, Daniel said: “Being chosen by The Bigger Boat not only surprised me but it has also given me a wonderful opportunity to vitally rethink my organisation's brand identity, which is now over a year old. As my venture has developed since its launch, a rebrand – to resonate with the business’ future – couldn’t have come at a better time. And the passion and expertise that The Bigger Boat has shown is invaluable.” Doug Main, creative director at The Bigger Boat added: “The level of talent on the day was astounding and we certainly had a tough decision to make. Daniel stood out as an exceptional candidate, with a great brain for business and a drive to succeed. We’re all looking forward to working with him on his venture. “It’s really important to us to give something back to the next generation of entrepreneurs, and working alongside The Enterprise Team at the university has enabled us to hopefully inspire – and help – up and coming businesses. The EPY allows students to spend an academic year researching, planning and starting their own business, and provides in-house support – via The Enterprise Team – to develop ideas, attend relevant skills and networking workshops, and access hot-desk facilities in the university’s start-up incubator, The Duke of York Young Entrepreneur Centre. Providing his thoughts, Philip Clegg, Head of Enterprise and Entrepreneurship, said: “Although the EPY is now in its 14th year, we constantly review and improve the programme based on the student’s own experience and feedback. Collaborating with The Bigger Boat has enabled the cohort to hear from a fantastic local company and helped to inform their thinking around their own brand development at an early stage. “We are extremely grateful to Doug and his team for the support and advice offered and we look forward to developing our relationship with them further as one of our ‘Friends of the Enterprise Team’.” The Bigger Boat provides an array of services – including SEO, website design and development, and paid search – to a wide range of clients. Established in 2010, the 13-strong team recently received a Digital Impact award for its rebrand of client Little Tikes’ website.
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Vapour rings in new partnership with telecoms brand

Friday 14 December 2018

Cloud technology specialist Vapour has secured a new partnership with Bolton-headquartered telephony brand Telesis. With long-standing relationships with communication giants including Vodafone, EE, O2 and Panasonic – plus 30 years’ experience – Telesis is no stranger to the voice sector. Having once focused solely on the delivery of telecoms solutions, recent business acquisitions have widened the scope of services offered to clients. But the Lancashire team did not have a dedicated cloud hosting provision – until now. The new partnership will see Telesis become a reseller of Vapour’s Sanctm product suite. With access to robust servers hosted in Vapour’s UK data centres – as well as highly-secure backup and storage services – it is hoped the collaboration could boost Telesis turnover by up to 20% over the next three years. The move will also see Vapour expand its presence in Lancashire, particularly on the M61 corridor. Commenting on the partnership, Telesis’ managing director Christian Bleakley said: “The technology sector is becoming increasingly crowded with suppliers vying for customers’ attention, which can make it difficult for organisations to know where to turn. We’ve worked hard to build a solid reputation in the telecoms market but when it came to client requests for wider digital transformation support, this was a gap we couldn’t previously plug. “The relationship with Vapour – a ‘best in breed’ organisation within this complex field – will allow us to expand on our service offering to existing customers, whilst enhancing our proposition for new prospects. We’re very excited to see how this unfolds in 2019 and beyond.” Telesis will also plug into Vapour’s marketing automation engine, which will allow the team to communicate with and nurture new business opportunities. Vapour’s CEO Tim Mercer adds: “We’ve spoken extensively, throughout 2018, about our partnership strategy and the importance of collaboration in the channel. We’re big believers in concentrating on our own niche and fostering partnerships with other organisations to leverage expertise in their key areas. This approach benefits our business and our partners’ – plus clients are delighted that they have access to more in-depth knowledge and advice from people who really know what they’re talking about!”
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New Chief Operating Officer for cloud tech specialist

Friday 14 December 2018

West Yorkshire digital transformation specialist Vapour Cloud has appointed a new Chief Operating Officer with more than 20 years’ experience in the technology space. Andrew Nash has joined the Elland-based business following a year of 51% growth, and will play a key role in a further 50% revenue uplift in 2019. Having ‘fallen into’ technology during his college years – admittedly by accident – Andrew soon got the bug for all things innovation. The business offered him a permanent role as a PC configuration engineer and two decades later he was still with Avaya, having progressed to the position of Global Services & Support Director. He then became Managing Director of unified data and voice communications firm SBL Group, where he spent over two years of his career, before joining the Vapour team. Now he will be responsible for spearheading further innovation throughout Vapour’s cloud portfolio, especially within the voice and video product suite. Commenting on Andrew’s appointment, CEO Tim Mercer said: “We’re as much about people as we are about tech, and Andy’s skill-set fulfils both strands of our ethos perfectly. Digital transformation has evolved from being a buzzword that few people understand, to a powerful source of value creation for businesses. And with Andy’s help we’ll empower more clients and develop more people, as the next few years unfold.” Andrew added: “Everyone loves communicating and it’s been a privilege to work for companies that make this possible, throughout my career. I’ve loved being on board with cutting-edge firms that have constantly been at the forefront of the latest tech advancements, and Vapour is no different. They spot an opportunity and whatever boundary they promise to break, they do. That means my role is very exciting indeed. Tim values collaboration and I look forward to having a big part in ‘what’s next’ at Vapour. “2018 has been the year when conversation surrounding things like AI, the IoT, video and 5G has really ramped up. 2019 will be about knitting all of these opportunities together so that they’re understood and within reach of companies irrespective of their size and sector. We’re constantly crafting new ways of delivering voice and I believe that this has been the key to our vast expansion so far. The next 12 months though, could be massive.” Vapour Cloud is a private equity backed business founded in 2013. The company – which specialises in cloud voice, video, connectivity, security and storage – is on track to breakeven in March.
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Huddersfield Tech Firm Announces Pilot Programme to Give the Gift of Connectivity

Friday 23 November 2018

Tech company yboo to launch a new programme helping children get connected to online educational resources. Technology firm, yboo, has announced an educational pilot programme commencing in Honley High school to enhance educational opportunities and bridge the nations digital skills gap by gifting children with the resources to stay connected. In 2018, 1 in 10 households still have no access to the internet with affordability being cited as the main factor (according to the ONS Internet Access – Households and Individuals 2018 report) and as online studying at all levels is growing to become the main educational resource, it is correct to question whether having access to the internet is a right. As Megan Markle recently stated in her most recent royal tour speech, “Everyone should be afforded the opportunity to receive the education they want, but more importantly the education they have the right to receive”. yboo strongly believes that in an era where google scholar is used as the main research tool as opposed to books, connection to the internet at home is VITAL for educational development. With this in mind, yboo have launched the Give the Gift of Connectivity programme in Honley High school with plans to branching out nationwide in 2019. yboo will donate laptops and Huawei MiFi routers which will allow a child to connect to the internet off campus. yboo, which provides a free app to monitor a user's mobile phone signal strength where they work live, work and hang out, has utilised their technology to identify GiffGaff as having the strongest signal strength in the area of the pilot school, resulting in GiffGaff SIM cards being installed in the MiFi devices. The school will be able to loan the devices to children throughout the school year who require access to connectivity. The aim of the programme is to enhance a pupil’s learning experience and increase their confidence in the use of technology. yboo also encourages safe internet usage and will also support the school with technical setup and safeguarding. Mrs Lord, Deputy Head at Honley High School said; “We understand the importance of connectivity and safe online access for students in completing their work in today’s society. We’re delighted to have the opportunity, working with yboo, of obtaining a bookable resource, that will allow students to safely access a world of information to help them complete online research and project work”. Commenting on the pilot programme, yboo’s Campaign Manager, Keely Robinson, said: “yboo is deeply rooted in providing children with the same opportunities that those in our company have. Without access to online resources and the opportunity to develop digital skills, our company wouldn’t even exist. We need to support the next generation in helping them gain the skills required to provide them with a successful future whilst addressing the much talked about digital skills gap. We want children to have the opportunity to become to the next Founder of a big tech company”. To involve your school or if you are interested in supporting the project, contact Keely Robinson via email kr@yboo.co.uk
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A New Home for the Printasys team!

Friday 23 November 2018

Recently we made the decision to find somewhere to set up our base and create a space that allowed us to meet clients, connect with other local businesses and introduce them to CFH Docmail. It was important for us to have a base in the heart of our local town of Huddersfield so we could ensure we feed back into the local economy. We found a perfect solution that allows us the flexibility to meet clients and book out space when we need it. We are excited to announce that our new base is at the excellent 3M Buckley Innovation Centre and we couldn't be happier with our decision as we share the building with over 40 other businesses! We are also very pleased to be connected directly with the University of Huddersfield and we have had the chance to meet many of the academic team and students. We really look forward to working with them on projects in the future. Are you local or in the area? It would be great to see anyone who wants to learn more about what we do, or just to have a coffee and a chat. Let us know and we can book a time that works best for you! Get in touch: brian@printasys.co.uk or john@printasys.co.uk
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yboo Announces World First with Signal Strength Feature

Friday 02 November 2018

In a ground breaking move, Huddersfield-based tech firm, yboo, has announced a new signal strength feature update to its money-saving app as it seeks to transform the way consumers shop for the best mobile phone deals. yboo is the first globally to recommend the best mobile phone deals based not only on price but signal strength based on where consumers live, work and hang out. With no need to register, estimate usage or work out which network gives you the best coverage, yboo is making choosing the right mobile deal easy for millions of consumers in the UK. The money-saving app is giving both consumers and mobile networks the single version of truth about the best deal, which might not necessarily be the cheapest. While operator coverage maps might indicate covering a particular geographic area, they do not measure signal strength and quality of service at a device (smartphone) level. yboo’s technology can report on a comprehensive range of information, such as a users’ physical location and signal strength change. Once a user installs the yboo app onto their mobile, with no need for registration, it collects anonymous data about the signal strength quality in areas the user visits, including in-building coverage, which is then aggregated against other users with the app then making unique recommendations based on these results. The app update will also support the yboo #insightsfromoutside Portal release that provides mobile operators with the ability to understand network blackspots, target yboo consumers with unique offers and create products that increase connections and ultimately compete more effectively with other providers. Commenting on the latest developments, founder and CEO of yboo, Martyn Gould said: “We’re obsessed with delivering real value at yboo, and understanding service quality and signal strength means that the right deal for you might not be the cheapest. We’re working with mobile operators to make things better but until every network provides every user with service level agreements and service credits, things are unlikely to improve without our help.” yboo will be exhibiting their latest product functionality at MVNO Europe taking place in London, from the 6th to the 8th November. To gain access to yboo’s Insight Portal visit https://yboo-b2b-test-portal-v2-1.herokuapp.com/
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Ambitious Yorkshire Tech Firm Expands with Six New Recruits

Friday 12 October 2018

Huddersfield-based tech firm, yboo, has recruited six new staff as the company continues its ambitious growth strategy to bring the money saving app to 60m smartphone users in the UK. Loren Birkett, Keely Robinson, Josh Hoyle, Helen Cullinane, Mike Constantinou and Phil Kershaw all join the firm to raise the profile of yboo in the UK and launch a range of new features within the app to help Consumers understand more and get the right mobile deal for them. New features include detailed signal strength measurements where users live, work and hang out and rewards for sharing yboo or switching networks via yboo. Loren, a graduate of Huddersfield University, joins as Social Media Manager and will be delivering campaigns to ensure yboo is able to listen to and understand what Consumers want and need. This will drive the launch of new yboo products in Q1 of 2019. Keely, a graduate of Cardiff Metropolitan University, joins as Affinity and Affiliate Campaign Manager. Keely will be focussing on delivering yboo Social Responsibility activity including working with schools to ensure families without broadband have access to yboo mobile broadband devices. Josh joins as Project Developer, leading a website redesign and yboo outreach to Consumers raising the profile of the yboo brand both Nationally and Internationally as yboo moves into new markets and new verticals. While Helen, who has 20 years’ experience in the telecoms industry, joins as Head of Delivery. Helen will be responsible for implementing a governance structure and ensuring people, processes and technology come together elegantly to support yboo growth. Mike and Phil are talented developers with a passion for solving real problems using cutting-edge technology to process and understand millions of events and bring real value to Consumers and Mobile Operators alike. Founder and CEO Martyn Gould said of yboo’s new recruits: “I’m absolutely delighted to welcome Loren, Keely, Josh, Helen, Mike and Phil to the yboo team. Each person brings something different, new skills and new views. We now have a great blend of experience and talented youth as yboo continues its rapid ascendancy. yboo is the only product that recommends on price and service quality saving the average Consumer £156/year with zero effort. We compare 300,000 deals across the whole of the UK market in seconds giving Consumers real benefit and matching them to the best deal based on their unique usage pattern and behaviour. The firm continues to recruit for additional staff to support its future development strategy which includes the delivery of an insight portal launching in early November. The portal will provide anonymised data to enable mobile network operators to fix blackspots in network coverage and build dynamic products to bring better value to the Consumers they wish to target. For more information visit www.yboo.co.uk or follow on twitter @yboouk
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New cloud partnership for Servers Plus and Vapour

Friday 05 October 2018

Castleford-headquartered Target Components Ltd has today announced a new partnership with fellow Yorkshire brand Vapour Cloud, as the company gears up for further growth. For over 20 years, the £30m turnover business – that is a Microsoft, Hewlett Packard, Fujitsu and Lenovo partner – has supplied hardware and software to resellers throughout the UK. Keen to offer customers an even more rounded solution, it will now provide new cloud services through its enterprise division Servers Plus, to strengthen the company’s portfolio. The partnership allows Target to deliver a wide range of cloud and hybrid services alongside the extensive range of hardware, and offer clients a solution fully tailored to suit their needs. Commenting on the new partnership, Servers Plus Commercial Director Jago Packer said: “There are significant advantages associated with the cloud, especially around security and disaster recovery. However, we feel the real beauty is the flexibility it offers our customers – the ability to scale up or down as required and pay for what you need, when you need it. “As a fully managed service, cloud can take the headache out of IT infrastructure. It was essential to us that we partnered with someone with the best possible cloud network, and after an extensive review we’re delighted to have selected Vapour Cloud.” Based in Elland and backed by over £4m of equity investment, Vapour Cloud operates from four data centres across the UK. “We chose Vapour because they are experts in cloud computing, knowledgeable and trustworthy,” continues Jago. “Plus their private network (MPLS) ensures Target are offering customers a secure solution which is compliant to the latest GDPR regulations, and fully managed with 99.99% uptime – factors that are imperative in a partner who is going to support our clients.” Vapour’s CEO Tim Mercer added: “We’re delighted to partner with Target and Servers Plus. They have an extensive customer base of over 2,000 IT resellers across the UK, a reputation in the channel that is second to none, and crucially – like us – they are an extremely customer-focused business. “What impressed us most was their hunger to help their customers’ businesses grow, and we’re big believers in this collaborative approach to mutual success. We have evidenced how partnerships can add bottom line value to our business, our partners’ organisations and their clients alike. For example, we’ve generated £4m revenue for an existing partner over the past two years, so watch this space for what I’m sure will be a very exciting journey for Target & Servers Plus customers.”
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