Category Archives: Information Security

Who has access to your systems?

Do you change system passwords when an IT person leaves? If not, why not? An article in today’s Register highlights the need to have a Leavers’ policy within all organisations and for that policy to be enforced. The article relates a recent court case where an ex-employee logged into his previous employer’s computer network and…

I get knocked down, but I get up again!

Knowing that you can restore your website quickly brings enormous peace of mind and keeps you in business When did you last have to restore a functioning website? Thanks to an unwanted guest last night, I had to perform a full restore of my website this morning. You may have noticed a somewhat changed look…

Don’t lose your treasured memories

Care for your business data as if it were your treasured family memories Loss of your business information could be as painful as losing all those digital photos and videos you have of your children and family. Make sure they are safely backed up or archived. Do you take as much care over the protection…

Distinguish between short term backups and long term archives

Backup systems are not the right place to store data for long periods of time There is a lot of confusion in the business community when it comes to protecting data. The problem is that few businesses understand the difference between short term backups and long term archives. This confusion has arisen because backup has…

Are people really your most precious asset?

People may be important in your business: just make sure they aren’t also your greatest source of risk. It has become a bit of a cliche that people are the most precious asset in a business; but that doesn’t make it any less true. However, it is also the case that people can be the…

Backup with Business Continuity in mind

Designing backup systems after assessing Business Continuity requirements results in better data protection and shorter business interruption This case Study Shows how adopting a “Business Continuity” approach to data backup improved the data protection regime for a small professional firm Business Continuity UK examined and re-organised the firm’s backup regime having first examined the Business…

Tip – Don’t leave the door open

Fire doors and walls are there to protect you – make sure you keep them closed. What sort of door do I mean? A physical door as in for example a fire door? Or do I mean a virtual door like your Internet connection? Doors exist to block a hole. They block the hole for…

Do you vet your staff and challenge visitors?

I am a fan of “New Tricks” on the BBC. It’s well scripted, and acted by professionals. Last night’s episode was on computer fraud and hacking. A key character was a member of the Met Police’s E-Crimes unit. He appeared in a scene and just waltzed in to the office and started working. Nobody checked…

Don’t let your life’s data go up in flames with your shed

Storing your backup off-site is akin to not putting all your eggs in one basket There was a sad story on the BBC news this evening that caught my attention. The item concerned how the author and panelist Francis Wheen has lost the “manuscript” to his latest book when his garden “shed” went up in…

Change your password before you change girlfriends

This was the playful headline to an item I heard on the BBC World Service recently. The point being made was that you should never tell anybody your passwords; not even your girlfriend. If, however, you have told your girlfriend one of your passwords, and you then cease to be friends, make sure you change…

Category Archives: Information Security

Who has access to your systems?

Do you change system passwords when an IT person leaves? If not, why not? An article in today’s Register highlights the need to have a Leavers’ policy within all organisations and for that policy to be enforced. The article relates a recent court case where an ex-employee logged into his previous employer’s computer network and…

I get knocked down, but I get up again!

Knowing that you can restore your website quickly brings enormous peace of mind and keeps you in business When did you last have to restore a functioning website? Thanks to an unwanted guest last night, I had to perform a full restore of my website this morning. You may have noticed a somewhat changed look…

Don’t lose your treasured memories

Care for your business data as if it were your treasured family memories Loss of your business information could be as painful as losing all those digital photos and videos you have of your children and family. Make sure they are safely backed up or archived. Do you take as much care over the protection…

Distinguish between short term backups and long term archives

Backup systems are not the right place to store data for long periods of time There is a lot of confusion in the business community when it comes to protecting data. The problem is that few businesses understand the difference between short term backups and long term archives. This confusion has arisen because backup has…

Are people really your most precious asset?

People may be important in your business: just make sure they aren’t also your greatest source of risk. It has become a bit of a cliche that people are the most precious asset in a business; but that doesn’t make it any less true. However, it is also the case that people can be the…

Backup with Business Continuity in mind

Designing backup systems after assessing Business Continuity requirements results in better data protection and shorter business interruption This case Study Shows how adopting a “Business Continuity” approach to data backup improved the data protection regime for a small professional firm Business Continuity UK examined and re-organised the firm’s backup regime having first examined the Business…

Tip – Don’t leave the door open

Fire doors and walls are there to protect you – make sure you keep them closed. What sort of door do I mean? A physical door as in for example a fire door? Or do I mean a virtual door like your Internet connection? Doors exist to block a hole. They block the hole for…

Do you vet your staff and challenge visitors?

I am a fan of “New Tricks” on the BBC. It’s well scripted, and acted by professionals. Last night’s episode was on computer fraud and hacking. A key character was a member of the Met Police’s E-Crimes unit. He appeared in a scene and just waltzed in to the office and started working. Nobody checked…

Don’t let your life’s data go up in flames with your shed

Storing your backup off-site is akin to not putting all your eggs in one basket There was a sad story on the BBC news this evening that caught my attention. The item concerned how the author and panelist Francis Wheen has lost the “manuscript” to his latest book when his garden “shed” went up in…

Change your password before you change girlfriends

This was the playful headline to an item I heard on the BBC World Service recently. The point being made was that you should never tell anybody your passwords; not even your girlfriend. If, however, you have told your girlfriend one of your passwords, and you then cease to be friends, make sure you change…

Category Archives: Information Security

Who has access to your systems?

Do you change system passwords when an IT person leaves? If not, why not? An article in today’s Register highlights the need to have a Leavers’ policy within all organisations and for that policy to be enforced. The article relates a recent court case where an ex-employee logged into his previous employer’s computer network and…

I get knocked down, but I get up again!

Knowing that you can restore your website quickly brings enormous peace of mind and keeps you in business When did you last have to restore a functioning website? Thanks to an unwanted guest last night, I had to perform a full restore of my website this morning. You may have noticed a somewhat changed look…

Don’t lose your treasured memories

Care for your business data as if it were your treasured family memories Loss of your business information could be as painful as losing all those digital photos and videos you have of your children and family. Make sure they are safely backed up or archived. Do you take as much care over the protection…

Distinguish between short term backups and long term archives

Backup systems are not the right place to store data for long periods of time There is a lot of confusion in the business community when it comes to protecting data. The problem is that few businesses understand the difference between short term backups and long term archives. This confusion has arisen because backup has…

Are people really your most precious asset?

People may be important in your business: just make sure they aren’t also your greatest source of risk. It has become a bit of a cliche that people are the most precious asset in a business; but that doesn’t make it any less true. However, it is also the case that people can be the…

Backup with Business Continuity in mind

Designing backup systems after assessing Business Continuity requirements results in better data protection and shorter business interruption This case Study Shows how adopting a “Business Continuity” approach to data backup improved the data protection regime for a small professional firm Business Continuity UK examined and re-organised the firm’s backup regime having first examined the Business…

Tip – Don’t leave the door open

Fire doors and walls are there to protect you – make sure you keep them closed. What sort of door do I mean? A physical door as in for example a fire door? Or do I mean a virtual door like your Internet connection? Doors exist to block a hole. They block the hole for…

Do you vet your staff and challenge visitors?

I am a fan of “New Tricks” on the BBC. It’s well scripted, and acted by professionals. Last night’s episode was on computer fraud and hacking. A key character was a member of the Met Police’s E-Crimes unit. He appeared in a scene and just waltzed in to the office and started working. Nobody checked…

Don’t let your life’s data go up in flames with your shed

Storing your backup off-site is akin to not putting all your eggs in one basket There was a sad story on the BBC news this evening that caught my attention. The item concerned how the author and panelist Francis Wheen has lost the “manuscript” to his latest book when his garden “shed” went up in…

Change your password before you change girlfriends

This was the playful headline to an item I heard on the BBC World Service recently. The point being made was that you should never tell anybody your passwords; not even your girlfriend. If, however, you have told your girlfriend one of your passwords, and you then cease to be friends, make sure you change…