Generally used by self employed, co-working spaces could be useful to businesses as well.
Co-working has seen a marked rise in the UK in recent years, contributing to a boom in flexible working that individuals - in particular freelancers and entrepreneurs - have taken advantage of. Spaces for co-working are becoming commonplace all across the UK as the pace of flexible working is making a mark on the economy, and flexible workspace operators are reaping the rewards of the development in working patterns.Read More »
The face of tax is changing. Under the Making Tax Digital programme, the government is aiming to drag the UK’s tax system into the modern age, making it more effective, more efficient and easier to use. The full transformation is expected to happen before 2020, but there are some important deadlines for businesses before that date – one of which is coming in April 2019.
Why bother remembering passswords if you don't have to.
If the many data breaches experienced by firms large and small in recent years has taught us anything, it’s that there are still people out there who think that setting their password as their birthdate - or, worse still, ‘password’ - is a good idea. Indeed, ‘password123’ was found in a security audit of West Australian government to be the security choice of over 1,400 government officials.Read More »
How a no-deal could impact on your IT
Brexit. In case you hadn’t noticed, it’s happening and it’s coming round pretty quickly. There’s no escaping the fact that Brexit is going to impact on various areas of business, with recent warnings from Bank of England governor Mark Carney on how a no-deal Brexit could have serious implications for the economy.Read More »
What’s okay today may not be so tomorrow.
It Still Works… three words that anyone working in IT services will have heard at some point. It’s a perfectly valid objection to buying new technology: the existing solutions are functioning perfectly well, so why replace them? In other words, if it ain't broke... Also, keeping what you’ve got will save you money and make sure you get maximum value for money.Read More »
Research shows majority of employees don’t have necessary skills for their roles.
Organisations are facing a digital skills shortfall as employees are lacking in the skills needed for their jobs. Analysts at research firm Gartner have revealed a study that shows just a fifth of employees have the necessary skills for their current and future roles, with 70% of employees having not mastered the skills for their jobs today. Furthermore, 64% of managers don’t believe that their employees are able to keep up with future skill needs, while two-thirds of business leaders worry that if their organisation doesn’t become digitalised by 2020, it will no longer be competitive.Read More »
It's simple and affordable for all businesses.
This week, we’ve had several reminders of just how important cyber security is. Like any business, our email inboxes receive tons of spam every day, the majority of which goes straight to our junk email folders, but over the past few days we’ve seen a substantial increase in a type of attack that is unlikely to be stopped by basic email filtering: display name attacks.Read More »
Security and reliability, plus new features expected
Next month will see a major update for Windows 10 users. How do we know this is coming in October? Because Microsoft has cunningly labelled it the October 2018 Update. While we don’t yet know the exact date, rumours are suggesting that it could very well be upon us at some point during the first half of the month.Read More »
Good news if your upgrade plans are lagging behind.
If your business is still running Windows 7, you’ll probably know that extended support for it is set to end on 14th January 2020, after which there will be no more security updates. At least, that was the case until Microsoft announced Windows 7 ESU (Extended Security Updates), which will now mean users will be covered until January 2023 – but only if they’re willing to pay and only if they meet certain criteria.Read More »
Technology is more than a necessary evil.
Was British Airways cutting IT costs in the months before a major data breach that saw 380,000 payment cards comprised? According to a memo leaked on the Register, BA was planning to outsource its cyber security to IBM - a move that was possibly motivated by financial reasons.Read More »
Trials across three cities
West Midlands. Home of Spaghetti Junction, some half-decent football teams, Edgbaston cricket ground and, of course, the birthplace of Ozzy Osborne.Read More »
Say bye bye to passwords?
For a company of Google’s size, it seems appropriate for it to have a product called Titan. Released just a few days ago, Google Titan is a hardware-based authentication device that enables users to log into computers and accounts simply by plugging in a USB key and pressing a button. But how does Google Titan work, is it safe, and what makes it different from existing products that do the same thing? (Note: this article is intended as a broad overview rather than a deep dive into the workings of security protocols.)Read More »
Bank boss says bye-bye
Paul Pester, CEO of TSB, has resigned. Anyone who’s been following the (mis)fortunes of the bank over the last few months won’t be too surprised, perhaps, but having clung to his position for so long following the now infamous IT meltdown that left millions of customers without online banking access, what finally persuaded him to fall on his sword?Read More »