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They say that every cloud has a silver lining. Motorists in Melbourne, Australia agree. The now infamous WannaCry malware took out 55 speed cameras back in early June.  As a result, the local police cancelled 590 speeding and red-light fines.   Malware infiltration It is believed that the infection was inadvertently introduced by a maintenance

Who is safe these days?

Friday, 23 June 2017 by

Organisations are working towards making their information and staff safe by progressing through the Cyber Essentials program. Meanwhile, the government operations behind it are in the naughty corner. According to an article in The Register on Wednesday 21st June, the operation administering the Cyber Essentials program were hacked. The caused the loss of information.  Ironically, the

Getting the most from ISO 27001

Wednesday, 21 June 2017 by

As IT Managers look for reliable suppliers to help with their data management, ISO 27001 inevitably comes into the conversation.  Finding a compliant IT provider is easy but not advisable. What is ISO 27001? ISO 27001 is an internationally recognised specification for an information security management system (ISMS). An ISMS is a framework of policies

Cyber criminals attack Linux too

Tuesday, 20 June 2017 by

The publicity around recent cyber attacks might lead to the thought that it’s a Microsoft Windows targeted problem. However, news from South Korea blows that out of the water as a hosting company has just forked out $1m in Bitcoin to have their files released after an 8 day outage.  The operating systems affected were

Hosting needs a detailed approach

Monday, 19 June 2017 by

Who would be an IT Manager? According to a report in The Record (16th June), some staff at the UK Government Digital Service have not been paid.  Why? This organisation, responsible for transforming government IT, recently switched over to a new payroll system that uses shared service centre hosting.   Who’s hosting services are they?

GDPR planning for May 2018

Thursday, 15 June 2017 by

Summer holidays are almost here, followed by the Autumn busy period and the lead up to Christmas. Consequently, while all of that is happening the clock is ticking towards the introduction of the European Union General Data Protection Regulation (EU GDPR). The new regulations take effect in May 2018, hence organisations need to prepare for

The boundaries between backup, business continuity and disaster recovery protection were clearly defined. Each could be described as follows: Backup protection – a copy used to recover lost files, folders or systems. Originally these were held on tape and then disk to disk. Business continuity protection – facilities that allowed a failed IT service to

Compco Fire Systems are specialists in Fire Engineering, providing market leading solutions to protect organisations and people from the risks of fire. When they had an IT emergency they contacted Keytech for help. Keytech received a request from Compco Fire Systems to assist with the recovery of their Microsoft Exchange E-mail service. It had suffered a

Beware of the Fireball

Thursday, 08 June 2017 by

The NHS outages made everyone focus on Ransomware protection.  However, there are other threats out there that should not be overlooked. Fireball is a threat that is already established across the globe, including thousands of PC’s in the UK.   What is Fireball It is basically a browser hijacker that can reside dormant on a

Backup and Business Continuity

Wednesday, 07 June 2017 by

Is your Backup strategy up to date? If the answer to this is yes, congratulations. However, if your backup strategy is three months old the answer is inevitably no.  With the threat of cyber attack attack now added to the requirements for backup and recovery, being able to guarantee backup integrity is essential.  Backup monitoring

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