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Caroline Houlden

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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. 

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

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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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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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"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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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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Grieving at what IT could have been?

[fa icon="calendar'] Jan 25, 2019 3:27:22 PM / by Caroline Houlden

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The Kubler-Ross grief cycle is one that we often witness within organisations when their IT implementation isn't supporting the business. Here is how it often manifests and some tips for how to manage the situation in order to reduce the pain.

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"People are always the most challenging aspect of any project." Fordway's Richard Mott, Project Manager on successful project delivery at Fordway.

[fa icon="calendar'] Jan 14, 2019 2:10:07 PM / by Caroline Houlden posted in Insider, Meet the team

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So what do you do at Fordway?

I am one of three project managers at Fordway. We manage both customer and internal projects. This can be anything from a discreet WIFI, Direct Access, or infrastructure project to the phased delivery of a series of services as part of an on-boarding, or larger programme. There’s always variety.

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"I really love the can-do attitude here": Justin Hobbs, Service Desk Consultant shares his journey into IT and Fordway

[fa icon="calendar'] Dec 5, 2018 5:24:52 PM / by Caroline Houlden posted in Fordway, Meet the team

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So, Justin, what do you do at Fordway?

I’m a Service Desk Consultant. That means that I handle end-user support. I’m part of the escalation channel when we hit difficult challenges that aren’t a quick fix.
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