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Don’t worry about compliance – Handle it instead

Law, Accountancy, Finance – these sectors are renowned for continual compliance and regulation. When it comes to data I think local businesses still adopt the opinion that it won’t happen to them. Data exists in a minefield of traps just waiting to be exploited either externally by Cyber crime or unintentionally internally by human error. As we’ve all seen, life changing events mean working from different locations and on different devices and not all of these devices are properly managed or even owned by the business. Get ahead of the curve, to make sense of it all get in touch with one of our consultants. Get the report.

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Claim Your I.T Grant

Expedite and take control of your economic recovery and empower your team to have the latest technology to get your business back on track with a small to medium sized business grant of between £1,000 and £5,000. You can use the grant for new equipment, technology and specialist advice to help your business recover faster.

The technology grant has a funding pool of £20 million for all UK businesses which is segregated into regions, so the funds will go fast.

To help businesses recover from the Coronavirus pandemic AnyTech Solutions is using the grant so businesses can access specialist professional IT advice, and to purchase new equipment to adapt, or adopt, new technology in order to continue to deliver business activity or diversify.

Follow this link Dorset Growth Hub to make your claim to funding.

 

COVID-19 and the tactics being used to defraud us

There has never been a time where protecting ourselves from internet fraud has been so imperitive. We are doing what we can to make protection as affordable as possible during this time.

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TBN Member to Member

Meeting at the TBN networking group Chris, MD ExpertHR Solutions and I, Chris Palmer, MD AnyTech Solutions began early talks about all things IT. Chris’s agenda ranged from increasing the level of the company security, building a cloud based client area, migrating to a robust commercial email system and a new look fresh website.

From AnyTechs’ perspective the relationship had clear benefits as we were looking at outsourcing our HR services. Since moving all of our HR requirements we have found that Chris’s advice has been clear, thourough and invaluable – his knowledge is simply immense – the complete professional.

After advanced discussions we built a plan for Expert HR that included onboarding all of the company devices into our IT management system, this system provides us with vital insights into the health of hardware – thus allowing us to be one step ahead of the next outage.

One of our first tasks was to migrate Chris onto a cloud based email system – Exchange along with Microsoft 365 backup. This system provides seemless always in sync, email, contacts, calendars and tasks across all devices.

As Chris says “Not only has this made transfer of personal data more secure, it is quicker too and means we no longer have to carry heavy and expensive laptops to Clients as our IPADS are permanently synched, fantastic.”

Once migrated onto the Exchange platform we configured additional levels of security at source, Anti-Spam, Anti Phishing and Anti Spoofing rules.

Chris’s wanted a fresh and modern look for his shop front, he wanted a new website but didnt neccessarily want to spend thousands doing so. We provided Chris with some ideas, ranging in look and feel and swiftly settled on one design route. We’ve empowered Chris with the ability to update his web content and have shown him how to do it.

You can see the working site here in all its glory and subtle animation and fades: http://experthrsolutions.co.uk/

We hope you agree that it communicates what can be quite a complicated subject with ease. Next steps will be to commence SEO optimisation so that ExpertHR benefit from more traffic via the internet – to date not something that has been required.

One of the core must haves for Chris was the ability to have a secure accessible anywhere portal for him to be able to share documents and updates with his customers. We built a portal where Chris can select who has access to what – right down to individual files. Again we taught him how to use it.

Nowadays its become almost vital to be all things to all customers all of the time. In theory this is not always possible but the more strings you have to your bow increases your compatibility with your clients, thus their experience of working with your business is the best it can possibly be.

At AnyTech we have a raft of skills inhouse that range from IT right through to website design and build services. Not to mention CCTV, VOIP, Hardware & Software Sales, Cloud virtual servers, Disaster Recovery services, Data Recovery services, Cloud backup and much more. You could say we are the small business one stop shop! Why not give us a call on 01202 460279 to see how we can help you or grab Chris at your next TBN meeting.

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Do Macs get viruses?

There’s an age-old belief in the tech world that Macs don’t get malware. At AnyTech Solutions we know that isn’t true – Mac security firms uncovered new threats specifically targeted at Macs in June 2019, and notable instances of Mac malware have been uncovered in the past. But is it true that Macs are less vulnerable than Windows PCs?

Macs have a lot of built-in features that can be powerful tools in the fight against malware. These features come with every Mac by default, so is there really a need to install third-party antivirus software on your computer? 

The belief that Macs are fairly resilient to malware is somewhat true. Windows PCs make up roughly 90% of the market, making them a much more attractive target to malware makers.

And Macs really do have some stellar built-in tools that protect you right off the bat. All Apple apps are sandboxed, meaning they can only do what they’re meant to do, without being able to access critical system infrastructure and settings.

But there are gaps in the armor that protect Mac users’ systems. Apple’s layer of security relies on adding quarantine tags to suspicious or outright malicious software, and this then prompts the warning dialogue you see when you try to open them.

“The nature of sandboxing on MacOS actually restricts antivirus software.”

What about the new security features in MacOS Catalina, launched recently. Apple says apps will require your permission before accessing your documents, desktop files, iCloud Drive and external drives, plus it’s promising greater security thanks to a dedicated system volume for the operating system.

However, the top experts still don’t believe these go far enough. Gatekeeper still won’t perform a signature check on non-quarantined apps on launch, meaning a malicious actor could tamper with a legitimate app and it would still be permitted to run on MacOS.

“By default, for example, [an antivirus app] cannot get access to most of the files on the hard drive. Even if you grant access to the entire hard drive, many of those files cannot be removed by an App Store app. This means App Store antivirus is less likely to be able to detect all threats and is also less likely to be able to remove all threats.”

Relying purely on Apple’s systems isn’t enough. For example, while Gatekeeper can block apps that originate from third-party or untrusted developers, it can easily be bypassed by the user with a couple of clicks.

While Gatekeeper gives you plenty of warning that ignoring its checks is a bad idea, it still lets you do it with relative ease.

The obvious conclusion seems to be that you should install antivirus software on your Mac, we recommend and supply ESET along with free installation which we perform remotely. But as we noted above, there are some important caveats, and it’s certainly not the only precaution you should take.

GDPR Promises to Forever Change How Data Gets Managed

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If your company manages data – in particular personal details, you need to be aware of changes in legislation that may affact your business and prepare methods and practices for securing data handling.

Given the rise of both Donald Trump and Theresa May, there’s never been more focus on regulations in recent memory. But the regulation that is starting to loom largest in the minds of business executives emanates from Brussels rather than Washington or London.

In a little over a year, the European Union is gearing up to implement its General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) that requires all personal data collected by companies operating within the EU to be centrally managed under the auspices of a chief data protection officer—and regularly audited. Any security breach pertaining to any of that data must also be reported immediately.

But the GDPR doesn’t just stop there. It requires companies to gain explicit permission from individuals to use their personal data and honor all requests to be forgotten, which requires an organization to erase whatever data it may have pertaining to that individual.

Potential fines for violating any of these provisions are downright draconian. Based on the severity and number of violations, a company can be fined up to 20 million Euros or four percent of their annual revenue depending on which sum is greater.

Why businesses are worried about GDPR

A recent survey of businesses operating in Europe conducted by Osterman Research on behalf of CipherCloud, a provider of compliance monitoring tools, finds that only a little of over a quarter of respondents are confident they have the processes in place to manage data in a way that meets the requirements stipulated by the GDPR. Given the fact that those rules are set to go into effect by May of 2018, it’s little wonder that many organizations are starting to panic.

Historically, not many organizations would receive anything approaching a Good Housekeeping seal of approval when it comes to managing data. They typically have multiple copies of the same data strewn across the business. To make matters worse, much of that data consists of personally identifiable information (PII) data that winds up being accessed via any number of mobile computing devices that can easily go missing. Right now, the probability that most organisations will lose control over some portion of that data for one reason or another is exceedingly high.

How can we help you?

Naturally, a large percentage of the businesses affected by GDPR are going to be looking to IT service providers to help them get their data sorted out. We can assist from implementing data management best practices and data encryption to setting up reporting tools and regularly conducting audits. Many organizations are likely to conclude that it’s both simpler and safer to rely on a managed service provider to perform these tasks on their behalf.

GDPR requirements go well beyond, for example, simply being able to recover data in the event it goes missing. Most of the organisations seeking external GDPR help will be looking for providers capable of delivering a comprehensive suite of data management and protection services. If you want to start preparing for the change or simply want to discuss your current data management or lack of please get in touch with us on 01202 460279.