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Is Cyber Security enough to protect your business?

Is Cyber Security enough to protect your business?

Everyone’s heard of Cyber Security. Breaches of security create great headlines, especially when personal information is involved. Cyber crime is the new frontier with the perpetrators seeking information that has a value to be exploited for financial or political gain. The typical reaction is to deploy technology tools to protect against known external and internal threats, or the threats that the Cyber Security sector is telling you about. It’s a great way to sell stuff.

But, is Cyber Security the whole picture? What about Information Security? What’s the difference between the two?

 

Cyber Security vs. Information Security

Cyber Security focuses on protecting and recovering hardware, networks, devices and applications. It is a technology solution to protect your technology assets.

Information Security, on the other hand, is a more comprehensive approach to protecting your data and assets. It does involve software tools (that’s the cyber piece) but focuses on all the other areas where threats exist. It starts by identifying all of your information assets and considers the confidentiality, availability and integrity of these assets. In addition to the technology assets like network, hardware, applications, databases and devices; information assets include things such as personnel, buildings and office spaces, and suppliers. Each of these can present just as big, if not a bigger risk to your business if not properly considered. These assets may be subject to different threats. Think about paper-based assets, they may contain confidential information. Are they left lying around the office or disposed of without due thought to the risks?

Information Security enables you to consider the risks to all your information assets no matter where they are or what they are being used for. It is an approach that helps determine the right tools or other measures to provide the appropriate protection. You will know where your information assets are and your users will be aware of the threats that could be targeting them or your organisation so that you can put measures in place to reduce the risk.

6 steps to improving your Information Security

ISO 27001 is an Information Security standard. It requires a great deal of effort to achieve certification and it’s not for everyone. There are some steps you can take without embracing the whole thing that will greatly improve your security.

  1. Identify all of your information assets
  2. Categorise them
  3. Assess the risk to each category, remembering confidentiality, integrity and availability
  4. Apply measures to appropriately protect the assets. This will include Cyber Security tools, policies and procedures
  5. Make sure all of your staff are aware of the risks and how you are mitigating them
  6. Periodically review

Cyber Security is a necessary part of our lives and protects our businesses from criminal activity enabled by the internet. But solely relying on Cyber Security tools may leave a chink in your armour. An Information Security approach will help you have a better understanding of your business and identify and patch vulnerabilities you will uncover in the process.

Find out more about Information Security or get in touch with us. Our team are more than happy to answer any of your questions surrounding Cyber Security or Information Security.

We’re excited to announce the launch of our new website!

We’re excited to announce the launch of our new website!

We’ve been focusing on managing our client’s IT and technology and have ignored our own website. So we decided it needed a bit of TLC!

We have redesigned it with you, the user at mind and we hope you enjoy the new experience.

Our thoughts behind the website changes

Find what you’re looking for in seconds: We streamlined our menus and ensured our educational collateral, case studies and news articles are easy for you to find.

See our full offering quickly and easily: No one has time to read pages and pages of content to find out what we do, so we’ve created 6 key service pages to display our whole package quickly and clearly. Check out our Information Security Service page that drills down into our Information Security offering.

View the work we’ve done, first-hand: We’ve displayed our case studies for everyone to see, so you can see the ways we’ve transformed businesses just like yours and how the changes have helped them thrive.

Let us answer your questions: We’ve made it easier for you to book a consultation with an experienced Account Manager to answer any questions you have before making a decision.

The future’s bright

We’ll continue to expand our website to include more educational resources and case studies so you can trust and learn from us as your go-to technology advice provider.

Stay connected with us on social media and follow us on LinkedIn or Twitter.

We hope you like our new look and feel, and we’d love to hear what you think! If you have any questions or feedback, please get in touch.

What could Brexit mean for your business?

What could Brexit mean for your business?

Regardless of how you voted in 2016 you are probably sick and tired of the ongoing Brexit saga and the ever increasing political machinations as the exit date draws closer. There are a lot of seasoned, clever and well informed pundits opining on the likely outcome and the impact on both the UK and Europe. So far be it for me to try and second guess the big picture but it is worth providing you with a view from On Line’s perspective.

Brexit and Technology

Many of the large IT vendors and manufacturers are headquartered outside the UK, a good number in the US. The currency fluctuations caused by the uncertainty around Brexit have already seen price increases as these businesses seek to stabilise their revenue from the UK. Cynics might say that this is opportunism but it is happening. Price rises are likely to be a feature in the technology sector post Brexit. Much of the IT infrastructure purchased for business is manufactured outside the UK. Additional tariffs, recession and uncertainty in the currency markets will have an impact.

We are also seeing a large number of the technology giants setting up bases in Ireland, in what is likely to be the last English speaking country in Europe. A good few UK businesses are also taking this step to hedge their bets. It is difficult to see what impact this will have on the technology market in the UK other than lower job creation.

If the doomsayers are to be believed there are also likely to be delays in importing goods into the UK. Just in time supply chains could suffer disruption. Some of the IT distribution businesses are undertaking contingency planning that will include ensuring they have enough stock for the channel. It is clearly not as critical as medicine or food but in a worst case scenario there may be shortages of some devices. We will update you.

Recessions are cyclical and occur roughly every 10 years as the economy corrects from the excesses of the good times. The financial crisis started in 2007/8 and was deeper and longer than anything in my memory so we are about due another. Unfortunately the next one will be self-inflicted but, like the last, London will trade through it and it will be the provinces that feel the real pain. On Line Computing will be open for business as usual.

Update:

Following the vote in the House of Commons on Tuesday 15th January, it does now appear that a no deal Brexit is more likely in March. On Line Computing is speaking to its suppliers to see if there is any material impact that everyone should be aware of.

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year!

We hope you all had a lovely Christmas break. If you joined us for our Christmas Champagne tour of London, we hope you enjoyed it as much as we did!

For those who couldn’t make it this time, we hope you can join us at our next event. Be the first to know about our upcoming events by joining our guestlist.

Our annual Christmas party

We treated our clients to a Champagne filled tour of London on a double-decker party bus – complete with lights, music and a complimentary bar, which everyone was really happy about!

We’ve loved working with all of our clients in 2018 and would like to thank everyone for their continued business.

We look forward to working together in 2019!

How does paying more to an IT outsourcer save you money?

How does paying more to an IT outsourcer save you money?

When businesses first consider outsourcing IT, they are struck by two realisations. First, the cost of a comprehensive support contract is not as much as they had feared. Second, the price is still slightly more than hiring a full-time member of staff.

But as with so many business decisions, price is not the only factor to consider. Far more important are the additional benefits that the investment in outsourced IT will bring. Once these factors are considered, you will discover that paying more to an outsourcer really will save you money

1. Access to a team of experts

Employing a full-time member of staff to assist with IT issues is actually something of a gamble. As well as asking one person to take control of running your IT systems, you also expect them to help define the technology strategy for the whole business.

Spread too thin, your IT engineer will need to cut corners, implementing temporary workarounds that become permanent solutions because they lack the time and resources to develop a “proper” fix. Eventually they become a jack of all trades, managing your systems with a reasonable understanding, but never reaching true “expert” status in anything.

Choosing an outsourcing partner gives you access to a dedicated team of experts, each with their own specialism. These experts will have a much deeper understanding of your systems and how they interact. So you get a complete IT team for slightly more than employing one on-site engineer would cost.

Expertise and experience is also directly related to speed to resolution. With their in-depth knowledge, a team of outsourced experts can solve problems more quickly, reducing costly productivity loss when IT problems are encountered.

2. More informed IT investment

If your IT support demands are particularly heavy, a single member of technical staff will struggle to stay on top of new developments in the industry. They simply do not have enough time to evaluate technologies and how they can be applied to making your own business processes more efficient.

Partnering with an IT outsourcer, your business gains access to their collective knowledge of industry best practice principles and how they can be applied to your own infrastructure. Your partner will be able to guide you through the available options and suggest new technologies that will improve efficiency and reduce costs elsewhere. And because they have a deep understanding of your systems and

business goals, an IT outsourcing partner will only ever specify solutions that are fully compatible with your environment – which means you avoid wasting cash on IT investments that won’t deliver the benefits you need.

3. Improved IT compliance

As well as helping your business stay on top of new industry developments, an outsourcing partner will also make sure your systems are compliant with relevant legislation – like the Data Protection Act 1998. You can read more about why this is so important in our blog post Outsourcing and compliance – a primer .

Using an outsourcer frees up your team to focus on their core responsibilities, ensuring that resources are directed for maximum productivity and efficiency. You also greatly reduce the risk of experiencing a data breach which can carry fines of up to £500,000 – a massive potential cost saving.

Significant secondary savings

IT outsourcing is not an insurance policy. An insurance policy is only used when something goes wrong, but an IT outsourcing agreement is actually a partnership. Both you and your outsourcer have a vested interest in building and maintaining an IT platform for success. In effect, they become an extension of your own organisation.

The promise of easy access to several IT experts with the insight and experience to build a future-proof IT strategy is more than worth the small additional cost of an outsourcing agreement.

To learn more specifics about the cost savings available through IT outsourcing, please get in touch