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Caroline Houlden

Caroline Houlden

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5 tips to help you roll-out remote working without the headaches.

[fa icon="calendar'] Mar 19, 2020 9:22:50 AM / by Caroline Houlden

With the immense pressure for organisations to get remote working services up and working many SaaS providers are offering free trials which are very tempting. Whilst these services may seem to offer a convenient short-term fix, they could have implications for your governance and compliance.

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How to realise the business benefits of public cloud in Azure.

[fa icon="calendar'] Feb 26, 2020 4:21:55 PM / by Caroline Houlden posted in Azure

As enterprise adoption of public cloud increases, accessing the resources and expertise to handle architecture design, security and operations can be daunting. Once live, many organisations experience problems and discover that they aren’t making the cost-savings they anticipated or experience issues such as latency. Optimising cloud post-migration can be complex and costly, so it is crucial  to take time to plan and architect for the desired outcome.

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In security, attack is the best form of defence

[fa icon="calendar'] Feb 19, 2020 10:25:45 AM / by Caroline Houlden posted in Cloud Security

The recent ransomware attack on Travelex is a salutary reminder of the constant security threat we all face. While we don’t know whether or not a ransom was paid in this case, it’s widely understood that some organisations have been willing to pay several times to have their data restored.

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Three things to remember on your cloud journey

[fa icon="calendar'] Oct 10, 2019 12:26:12 PM / by Caroline Houlden posted in Strategy

Businesses are under more pressure than ever before to harness digital technologies to deliver competitive advantage and growth. The drive for lower costs, faster services, rapid and continuous improvement are just some of the benefits expected from cloud transformation projects and IT investment.

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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

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. 

Find out how you can benchmark your IT security

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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

 

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, Azure

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. Learn how to rehost and refactor for the cloud.

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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, Strategy



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

Image by Gerhard Bögner from Pixabay

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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"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

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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