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Creating a Cyber Security Culture That Works

[fa icon="calendar'] Jun 5, 2019 11:37:33 AM / by Caroline Houlden posted in Security, Cloud Security

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With new cyber threats constantly emerging, we’re often asked for advice on how to stay one step ahead of the hackers and cyber criminals. A good first step is to review your organisation’s cyber security against five key controls set out in the National Cyber Security Centre’s Cyber Essentials scheme (see our recent blog), and it’s also vital to ensure that everyone in your organisation is prepared in case the worst happens. 

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Five steps to enterprise security

[fa icon="calendar'] May 22, 2019 2:51:39 PM / by Caroline Houlden posted in Security, Ransomeware, incident response, CISO, Security, Ransomware, Cloud Security

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If you were looking for help to improve your business’s cyber security, a good place to start would be the UK’s National Cyber Security Centre, part of GCHQ, whose role is to keep the country secure against cyber attacks. So when they provide free advice, you’d expect most businesses to be rushing to implement it. However, you’d be wrong. The NCSC has developed a security tool to help organisations protect themselves against the most common cyber threats, but although it’s been available for almost five years, less than ten per cent of UK businesses have implemented it.

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Successful Migration to Azure

[fa icon="calendar'] May 13, 2019 3:09:12 PM / by Caroline Houlden posted in Insider, cloud, enterprise cloud, IT Transformation, Cloud migration

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Azure can bring the benefits of productivity, agility and decreased costs to your organisation, but like many things, realising the dream relies upon the preparation before you take the leap.

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Hybrid cloud: tackling the finger-pointing when something goes wrong

[fa icon="calendar'] Apr 11, 2019 5:31:14 PM / by Richard Blanford posted in Fordway Managed Services, Disaster Recovery, IT Strategy, Cloud Monitoring

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If your organisation is using a mix of cloud services from different providers, how are you going to ensure delivery of the agreed service levels? Human nature being what it is, if a problem occurs, each supplier will typically claim that “it’s not my fault”, so you need a quick, effective way of finding out exactly where the problem lies. Ideally this should use information independent of that provided by the cloud supplier.

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5 Security and Compliance takeaways for enabling secure digital transformation

[fa icon="calendar'] Apr 4, 2019 10:42:55 AM / by Caroline Houlden posted in Insider, GDPR, Security, IT Strategy, Cloud Security, IT Transformation, Fordway

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You want to innovate. To transform your organisation with new services and help achieve the top-line. Security and compliance can seem like endless red tape and bureaucracy that simply get in the way.

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Time to kick off your data spring clean

[fa icon="calendar'] Mar 26, 2019 3:33:35 PM / by Caroline Houlden posted in GDPR, Data Protection

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This time last year we were all bustling around ensuring that we were following best practice in preparation for GDPR. As with any compliance exercise it is always good to review what exists and test your assumptions. And whilst you may be hoping that Brexit may change everything, the UK 2018 Data Protection Act enshrines the key principles of GDPR and therefore very little has changed for UK Business.

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Far from being a burden, compliance can help increase revenue…here’s why

[fa icon="calendar'] Mar 14, 2019 11:48:39 AM / by Neville Armstrong

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Compliance is often thought of as a burden – little more than a tick-box exercise to ensure your organisation meets regulatory and legislative standards. However, that’s looking at it the wrong way. What it actually provides is a statement of your organisational values and is an investment in future growth. It’s a vital part of ensuring that your organisation moves in the desired direction and can enable you to create added value for your business.

Want to learn more? Come along to our Security and Compliance event on 3rd  April 2019 in London

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"Technology is my passion even at home." Fordway's Shilpa Bhesaniya, Service Desk Analyst on life on site supporting the BFK Crossrail project.

[fa icon="calendar'] Mar 7, 2019 4:39:25 PM / by Caroline Houlden posted in Insider, Meet the team

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So Shilpa how long have you been at Fordway?

I’ve been at Fordway for over two years now. I’m part of the on-site team that supports the BFK Crossrail project. I do 1st and 2nd line support here on site.

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Do we still need backups?

[fa icon="calendar'] Feb 28, 2019 9:03:10 AM / by Drew Markham posted in Disaster Recovery, cloud first, enterprise cloud

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Backups are a business essential. They give us the reassurance that, if one day something goes badly wrong, we’ll have our critical business information backed up and ready to retrieve. But they take a lot of time and resource. That’s partly because data size and composition of varying formats keeps increasing; plus, in spite of deduplication, a lot of legacy data remains, especially on old media where it’s not easily recoverable.
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For the record, those IT services won't document themselves!

[fa icon="calendar'] Feb 15, 2019 3:24:46 PM / by Caroline Houlden posted in Insider, legacy, IT Strategy, technology, ITIL

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Most organisations spend a lot of money buying the right IT tools and services to support their business but how visible is the investment?

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