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Why we need to trust GDPR

Tuesday, 12 December 2017 by

By Brian Cowan Trust GDPR. Trust anything that comes out of the EU?  I can hear the Eurosceptics out there cringing at the thought.  The implementation of GDPR for May 25th 2018 has crept up on many. Now, having read the scare stories about large fines and other recriminations, panic is setting in. Lost in

Intel CPU vulnerabilities highlighted

Wednesday, 22 November 2017 by

By Brian Cowan In May 2017 Intel made public that security vulnerabilities had been discovered in some of their server and desktop processors.  This week has seen a further announcement that highlighted the scale of the problem. Intel CPU Advisory INTEL-SA-00075 Released at the beginning of May and updated later the same month, this advisory

  Keytech Managed Solutions won the prestigious Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce, SME of the Year at the Wigan Business Awards. The trophy was presented to Managing Director, Steve Critchley and some of the team, at the Wigan Business Awards ceremony held on Friday 17th November at the DW Stadium. The award, sponsored by Wigan

By Brian Cowan   A full audience at the DW Stadium in Wigan for the Keytech GDPR seminar on Friday 10th November This seminar featuring speakers from Keytech, Stephensons Solicitors LLP and Attain Digital attracted an audience of more than 50 business people from the North West. It was intended to stimulate discussion with the

How to achieve GDPR Readiness

Friday, 27 October 2017 by

By Brian Cowan During the last 12 months EU GDPR has been a hot topic in blogs, seminars and board rooms around the world.  Yes, I did say around the world. Global impact of GDPR readiness Organisations across the globe that wish to continue trading with the EU have been assessing their requirements and taking

Windows Server 6-monthly update surprise

Thursday, 19 October 2017 by

By Brian Cowan The six-monthly update cycle for Windows Server 2016 started this week and contained a major surprise. If you are planning a hyper-convergence project using Storage Spaces Direct is is not there any more. Storage Spaces Direct Storage Spaces Direct allows directly connected SSD, SAS and SATA drives to be used to deliver

By Brian Cowan Back in 2014 the Supermarket chain Morrisons had the records of 100,000 staff stolen by an employee.  This personal data was later published on the internet.  In 2015, the culprit who was working for them as an auditor was jailed. Data theft – at what cost? For the thief the cost is

SCv3000 Storage launch from Dell EMC

Thursday, 12 October 2017 by

By Brian Cowan This recently released addition to the Dell EMC storage portfolio provides a function rich, scalable entry point into the SC storage range that scales up to 1PB (or 2PB with 4MB page sizes).  Whilst providing a greats storage platform in its own right, it also offers extra life for those with Dell

Major DNS Security upgrade delayed

Monday, 02 October 2017 by

By Brian Cowan Major security enhancements to the way that the Domain Name System (DNS) is protected have been delayed because many ISPs and large internet users are not ready for them.  A new method of securing DNS records, that was due to roll out on October 11th, has been delayed. Background For the non-IT

Hurricane or just a load of hot air

Friday, 29 September 2017 by

By Brian Cowan In case you hadn’t noticed, its another weekend. However, if you read some of the press, the weekend weather is about to wreak chaos.   we are entering the cold, wet and windy autumn (as opposed to the warm, wet and windy summer) and its time to think about the risks to IT