Cyber Security; Myth or Necessity?

Cyber security: A highly recognisable phrase being passed around the business world currently, and for good reason. Hopefully I’m not the first one to introduce you to cyber security.  Most companies recognise that digital security is important for the safety of their computers, programs and confidential data but they can forget, or are unaware, that the risk of not having a multi-device security strategy is becomingly increasingly dangerous and could jeopardise the overall survival of their business.

Did you know that 60% of small businesses suffered from a cyber-breach in the year leading up to October 2014? – The Guardian, 2015

Despite this, it seems that security can still be an afterthought for many, despite that hackers are looking for the least protected system to randomly hit. Consider it this way: would you own a home with no home insurance; have a car with no car insurance? If something is so vital that you wish to protect it at all costs, then cyber security should be a major element in your business strategy.

The increase of cyber threats is evidently down to continuously advancing technology across the world. For example, the captive movement of ‘The Internet of Things’ whereby data is exchanged through multiple connections and devices. This is a necessary part of our modern lives, enabling consumers to use phones when out and about; to control actions in our home; to connect our multiple devices for a seamless experience between technologies, the ideology being to make our lives easier and hassle-free. This increase in technology, for both consumers and businesses alike, causes an increase in opportunities for hackers to attack companies so needs to be at the forefront of everyone’s minds.

Where would I look? What should I invest in? Questions that immediately spring to mind. McAfee Multi Access is a great way to solve your cyber security problems as it is a comprehensive solution protecting up to 5 devices, with 1 license including PCs, Macs, tablets, and smartphones. It has great business features including the ability for the device user to wipe or locate a lost/stolen phone and also guards against viruses. Visit McAfee.

Another solution involves securing the flow of files within the business through Box. The online portal gives you full control over who can access company files and also encrypts data both in transit and at rest, ensuring that your information is always secure. Visit Box.

Thirdly, the mobile device management suite, MaaS360 from IBM, has unrivalled security benefits. It can help businesses easily manage devices whilst keeping apps and data secure by enforcing authentication and copy and paste restrictions. Visit MaaS.

These are a few options available to businesses everywhere, but if you have any concerns relating to your business security strategy and would like some advice, feel free to call our Trusted Digital Advisors on 0800 064 64 64.

Start today – put your worries to rest and protect your business.

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Business Tech Trends of 2017

 

As we enter 2017 it’s clear that digital technology will continue to flood businesses across the UK, transforming the way enterprises work. Here are some of the latest tech developments due to take off.

1. Migration to the Cloud

“Cloud-first strategies” have been building momentum throughout recent years, and are
due to propel during 2017 across more and more business enterprises,
according to Forbes. The strategy recommends that businesses of all sizes fully migrate their systems to the cloud in order to take full advantage of enhanced capacity and streamlined operations. Cloud based systems are hosted online and therefore free up your voipoffice infrastructure. With communications being the cornerstone to business, these systems are a good place to start by converging a data connection with voice lines through a VoIP or SIP Trunk solution. The CEO of Broadsuite Inc. adds “I believe cloud-first is key to keeping your company agile”. 

2. Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality

Augmented reality (AR) is lesser known tech which overlaps virtual graphics with real-world scenery. 2017 could see more businesses utilising AR to enhance corporate presentations by bringing the content to life thereby captivating the audience. More recently, virtual reality (VR) headsets for Smartphone gaming apps have become extremely popular amongst consumers with more sophisticated and advanced models currently in production. This could lead to a transformation of internal training, with roll vrplays becoming immersive, as well as the rise of virtual meetings between suppliers and their clients. Many VR headsets can now be purchased alongside Smartphone mobile devices – could this be the future of your business?

3. Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence

Artificial intelligence (AI) involves teaching a machine to learn so it can interpret incoming stimuli, then complete actions/make changes. A prime example is Siri for iOS (iPhone) – it understands your words well enough, through speech recognition, to make an intelligent decision about whether to load a related image, webpage or app. Thoughtworks state this year “we will see businesses use machine intelligent insights to deliver more engaging experiences to customers, and provide better service.” Service improving AI is already out there in the form of intelligent apps. The revolutionary Inkwrx platform lets customers complete business forms on a tablet with a stylus pen. The app tabletuses handwriting recognition to autofill the form with computer text, before the company employee sends the form back to the office within 10 minutes, rather than the average 3 day processing time, allowing their request to be completed immediately for dramatically improved customer service.

4. Blockchain

Blockchain is a virtual ledger which records data in sequential blocks along a data chain. They’ve been used previously for online currency exchanges, called Bitcoins, as the blockchain creates an extremely secure transaction history which cannot be tampered bitcoinwith by coders. This future could see this technology being used to protect data of all kinds, such as medical records, identity management or retail transactions. Although, Gartner adds that this is in Beta stage of production and won’t be fully ready until nearer 2020.

5. Internet of Things

Of late, there has been a huge trend towards interconnected devices which can communicate between themselves through an internet connection. Fitness watches, digital cars and smart thermostats are all IoT products which continue to be on the rise. In terms of business, Gartner experts believe that in future years, “every organisation will have some mix of five digital technology platforms: information systems, customer experience, analytics and intelligence, the Internet of Things and business ecosystems”. Companies are already improving processes and productivity with apps such as Box whichiot allows staff to co-edit files in real-time with their customers as a collaborative method of creating the client’s perfect end product. Because it’s built for business, Box takes secure cloud storage to the next level and really demonstrates how the IOT can enhance any business.

Much of these trends will see a huge increase this year, but some will completely saturate the business market by 2020. Researching your digital business options now will allow you to get ahead of the competition, so that the more efficient processes are deeply ingrained into your business strategy way before other organisations have even began to consider the idea.

For guidance on how you can digitise your business, speak to Welcomm’s Digital Expert, Corran, on 0800 064 64 64.

Or visit www.welcomm.co.uk.

Ref: http://www.forbes.com, http://www.techradar.com, http://www.gartner.co.uk.

Roaming made simpler.

From November 8th, O2 are improving their roaming bolt ons to give overseas workers the opportunity to use data with voice calls and text messaging, at no extra cost.

Travelling to Europe

If your staff regularly travel within the EU then the O2 Travel bolt on will enable them to ‘roam like home’. It’s free to add to your account and will give the user 120 minutes, 120 texts and 50MB per day for just £1.66+Vat.

Travelling out of Europe

For those travelling further afield, the new Rest of World bolton, to replace O2’s Worldwide bolt ons, will offer your staff more flexibility. Instead of only receiving data, the new Rest of World bolt ons will include:

  • 87 destinations
  • Calls and texts
  • Higher data allowances

24 Hour Rest of World – for £7.50+Vat per day, the user will receive up to 200 minutes, 200 texts and 500MB of data.*

30 Day Rest of World – for £99+Vat per month, the user will receive up to 5000 minutes, 5000 texts and 5GB of data.*

The bolt ons cost nothing to apply to your account and will automatically activate when you start using your phone for voice, text or data when you’re abroad.

Want to hear more about Welcomm’s o2 packages and roaming offers? Call us on 0800 064 64 64 or alternatively, send us an email here.
*Allowances differ according to which world zone you are travelling within.

Written by Keegan Stanton

Apple iPhone 7 and 7Plus

revolution

Apple have succeeded in bringing innovation to the Smartphone once again.

The headphone jack has been removed and replaced with wireless AirPods or a lightningiph7 connector. It contains the most powerful chip in a Smartphone, ever. The iPhone 7Plus also has two telephoto cameras on the rear to prevent distortion and shrinking, as well as a wide angle lens on the front for the perfect selfie. Both models have the most advanced Apple cameras to date. Improved battery life, colour display and roaming LTE are just some of the other features which make this model a market leader.

  • 5 colours available: Black, Jet Black, Silver, Gold, Rose Gold
  • 32GB, 128GB or 256GB

    ear-pods

    Wireless AirPods for staff on the go

  • 4.7″ or 5.5″ display
  • Dust and splash proof up to 1 metre for 30 minutes
  • Stereo speakers at both ends of the handset
  • Hands free earphones (AirPods), subject to purchase
  • Pressure sensitive home button, not a physical button
  • 12MP rear camera, 7MP front facing camera
  • Upgraded processor and graphics
  • Improved battery life

Help your business to succeed in this connected world. Use Apps to access email, files, images and more. iOS for business fully integrates with the world’s leading business digital applications, such as Box, Office365 and MaaS360 for secure mobile device management.

Want to purchase this latest device on an extremely competitively business tariff? Give Welcomm a call on 0800 064 64 64. Or alternatively, contact us here.

Written by Keegan Stanton