Archive for category: News Articles

  • 12 days of Christmas – Keeping you safe online

    To help you keep safe this Christmas with all those online purchases, we thought this check list may help keep you safe online! 1. Don’t Transfer Money Always pay for items you buy online by card on a secure payment page, by cheque or by cash, in person. However desperate you are to secure an item, never transfer money into the seller’s account, as you may never see the goods or your money ever again. 2. Check that Payment Pages are Secure Before you enter your card details on a payment page,make sure it is secure by checking that the address starts with ‘https’ (the ‘s’ stands for ‘secure’)and there’s […]

  • Don’t just install a firewall!

    Don’t just install a firewall!

      We all hear the news, Shellshock, Heart Bleed, Crypto Locker and more, but we have a firewall installed right – so why worry? I guess if your first response is, “we don’t have or don’t need a firewall”, then you have already started down the path of a network compromise at some point in time.  It doesn’t matter how big or small our companies are, we need to at least have something at the perimeter of our network.  It needs to handle Deep Packet Inspection and really Application Control – we need the ability to monitor what information is traveling around our network and what it is trying to […]

  • Obtaining that illusive upload speed

    Obtaining that illusive upload speed

      The move to the cloud has forced us to take a closer look at our connections out to the internet. A good download is one thing, but upload has become the crucial definer – why? If you have your documents located in the cloud, could be on OneDrive, Dropbox, SkyDrive, Sharepoint etc, then getting hold of them is easy. You click to download and within a few minutes your file is accessible locally. What happens once you have made your changes? The typical upload speed is around 800Kb/s – on average much less than 10% of your upload.  As a result your upload takes over 10 times longer. This […]

  • The Third Party Hack

    The Third Party Hack

    If you are worried about the security of your network, you may have read these headlines …. Hackers recently broke into payment systems at several northwestern U.S. restaurants and food service companies via a remote access account belonging to one of their vendors. …. Authorities may have finally pinpointed the source of the massive Target security breach that allowed hackers to swipe the credit and debit card information of up to 40 million customers. So who’s the culprit? One extremely unfortunate HVAC maintenance man. But you may not have thought they could relate to you.  Often we spend so much time focussing on stopping people getting in to our network, that we […]

  • Anti Virus is Dead !

    Well you may have read the news from Symantec – Antivirus “is dead,” says Brian Dye, Symantec’s senior vice president for information security. “We don’t think of antivirus as a moneymaker in any way.” Have they only just realised?  The border of your network is the first point of call, by the time it has got through that and to your users computers, most of the battle is lost.  The facts point to desktop anti-virus only stopping around 45% of viruses and with the advent of “Zero Day” attacks we are at a place where an hourly update to a virus signature is too long.  It can take some companies […]


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