Tag Archive: IT

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…

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…

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…

I’ve got the power. Have you?

Last night, much of Huntingdon area suffered a power cut due to a fault on a high voltage cable. Today, BT’s broadband network has failed yet again in the North East of England! These, and other such incidents, happen on an irregular basis but have the potential to severely disrupt any business that: is dependent…

Choose your Cloud supplier carefully, really carefully

If you transfer your Business to the Cloud, you’d better be sure they know what they’re doing A lot of business are considering moving some or all of their Information Systems to hosted environments in the Cloud. This has a lot of attractions: The start-up costs are a lot less than having your own hardware…

Know who can access your data

Do you outsource your IT support? Read on Are you in a regulated industry or do you hold any information that can be classed as being confidential? Have you outsourced your IT support? Then you have a critical question to answer. Has your IT support company signed a Non Disclosure Agreement that binds them to…

Tip – Choose your Backup system with care

Not all backup systems are created equally, make sure yours is fit for purpose Backup systems seem like pretty boring things to most people. Sure, the people understand the need to protect their data and they have taken the step of backing up their data; but why should they care about what sort of backup…

Ensure your Business Continuity Plan is accessible when you need it

It’s no good having an emergency plan that isn’t accessible in an emergency For the purposes of this week’s tip, I’m making the assumption that you produced a plan, or series of plans, for your organisation. If you haven’t, why not take a look at my simple 10-step Plan for creating your own Business Continuity…

Business Continuity vs IT Service Continuity – who’s right?

Investing in IT Service Continuity without first undertaking a Business Impact Analysis risks wasting money I’ve written this post to rebuff the actions of a number of IT product and service companies who promote their wares under the banner “Business Continuity”. To my mind, and that of ITIL (Information Technology Infrastructure Library – a UK…

Do you own a Smartphone? Don’t expose yourself!

Going for the latest and greatest smartphone does come with its risks. Slack attention to security could expose you to data theft and cyber attack. A recent report (PDF) from McAfee contains an important warning to business owners. McAfee report a rapid increase in “targeted attacks, increases in sophistication and increases in the number of…

Tag Archive: IT

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…

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…

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…

I’ve got the power. Have you?

Last night, much of Huntingdon area suffered a power cut due to a fault on a high voltage cable. Today, BT’s broadband network has failed yet again in the North East of England! These, and other such incidents, happen on an irregular basis but have the potential to severely disrupt any business that: is dependent…

Choose your Cloud supplier carefully, really carefully

If you transfer your Business to the Cloud, you’d better be sure they know what they’re doing A lot of business are considering moving some or all of their Information Systems to hosted environments in the Cloud. This has a lot of attractions: The start-up costs are a lot less than having your own hardware…

Know who can access your data

Do you outsource your IT support? Read on Are you in a regulated industry or do you hold any information that can be classed as being confidential? Have you outsourced your IT support? Then you have a critical question to answer. Has your IT support company signed a Non Disclosure Agreement that binds them to…

Tip – Choose your Backup system with care

Not all backup systems are created equally, make sure yours is fit for purpose Backup systems seem like pretty boring things to most people. Sure, the people understand the need to protect their data and they have taken the step of backing up their data; but why should they care about what sort of backup…

Ensure your Business Continuity Plan is accessible when you need it

It’s no good having an emergency plan that isn’t accessible in an emergency For the purposes of this week’s tip, I’m making the assumption that you produced a plan, or series of plans, for your organisation. If you haven’t, why not take a look at my simple 10-step Plan for creating your own Business Continuity…

Business Continuity vs IT Service Continuity – who’s right?

Investing in IT Service Continuity without first undertaking a Business Impact Analysis risks wasting money I’ve written this post to rebuff the actions of a number of IT product and service companies who promote their wares under the banner “Business Continuity”. To my mind, and that of ITIL (Information Technology Infrastructure Library – a UK…

Do you own a Smartphone? Don’t expose yourself!

Going for the latest and greatest smartphone does come with its risks. Slack attention to security could expose you to data theft and cyber attack. A recent report (PDF) from McAfee contains an important warning to business owners. McAfee report a rapid increase in “targeted attacks, increases in sophistication and increases in the number of…