“I must, I must, I must improve IT!” – Top 5 New IT Considerations

1. Get going with GDPR

On 25 May 2018 most processing of personal data by organisations will have to comply with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). Currently, the UK relies on the Data Protection Act 1998, which was enacted following the 1995 EU Data Protection Directive, but this will be superseded by the new legislation. It introduces tougher fines for non-compliance and breaches, and gives people more say over what companies can do with their data. It also makes data protection rules more or less identical throughout the EU.

Our account managers will be talking to all customers about their GDPR preparations but you can find out more from the Information Commissioner’s Office.

2. Reinforce your Human Firewall

FACT: The cyber thieves are getting smarter at finding ways to steal your information. However it seems like the smarter they get they more complacent we seem to become. When it comes to cyber security there is simply no room for complacency. Hardware and software protection such as Supreme Systems’ ANPS service can only go so far in protecting your IT environment. It is also essential that we all have processes in place that govern the human element in the fight against cyber crime. Our cyber crime seminars have been well received in terms of highlighting some common dos and don’ts. We are looking at more ways to help you reinforce the “human firewall” so watch this space!

3. If all fails…DR?

A recent Gartner survey showed that over 50% of UK businesses have no provision for Disaster Recovery. Statistics such as this are puzzling particularly as most businesses understand the importance of protecting against the unexpected. We all have insurance to protect our buildings, contents, employees and the work we do so why not get protection for your IT systems?

Disaster Recovery in our opinion is “insurance” for your IT, in fact most insurance companies that provide cyber security cover will insist on some sort of disaster recovery plan and system that safeguards your business critical systems. Our DR solution provides a complete bare metal restore (i.e. everything restored “as is”) with a range of restore points. To find out more give Julian a call on 0121 309 0126 for more information.

4. Switch to VOIP and save, save, save!

VOIP has come a long way since the dark days of poor call quality, yet take up in the UK is still not to the levels seen in America. Which is surprising considering businesses stand to save up to 60% on call costs. We are fans of VOIP ourselves and as a 3CX partner we are able to recommend one of the best VOIP solutions in the industry. To find out more give Julian a call on 0121 309 0126 for more information.

5. Time for an upgrade?

Manufacturers recommend a refresh cycle of every 3 – 5 years but not all businesses adhere to this. We have seen 10 year old PCs and servers, bought 15 years ago, that are still in production and these will no doubt cause productivity bottlenecks. We understand that upgrades can be costly so why not spread the cost with HAAS?

HAAS stands for Hardware As A Service and it allows businesses to lease IT Hardware perpetually. It is great for businesses as it reduces capital expenditure and affords for better IT budgeting. Next month our newsletter will focus on the benefits of HAAS but get in touch now if you would like to know more.

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