You might want to go faster, but it'll cost you.
It’s been several months since the UK’s fifth-generation mobile network launched, offering speeds well in excess of its predecessor. Most phone manufacturers have released a 5G handset, and all the major mobile networks have started offering access to 5G services. But just because something is available, it doesn’t necessarily mean you should buy it. In fact, there several reasons why you shouldn’t upgrade to a 5G phone – at least not for now.
Before we get into that, what are the big advantages of 5G?Read More »
How the nation's main telecoms company works with businesses.
Last week, the Labour Party announced a pledge to create a nationalised broadband service. Some applauded the other idea, while others ridiculed it. We’re not going to debate the merits of that plan here, but it did get us thinking about how we got to where we are today, in terms of the UK’s current telecoms infrastructure. Almost all phone and broadband lines in Britain are owned by one company: Openreach, a division of BT. How did that come to be, and is it actually good for consumers and businesses?Read More »
Current regulations are undeniably broken.
Right-to-repair laws, which dictate that manufacturers make goods that are easier to fix, benefit consumers and help reduce waste. But there aren’t enough of them, and they’re far too restricted in their scope.Read More »
So far, the courts say yes, but that could change.
If one of your employees stole all the personal data held by your business and then sold it on the dark web, should you be held responsible for their actions?
On the face of it, you might expect the answer to be a resounding ‘no’, but it’s not that simple. Organisations that process data have a legal duty to protect it, and they can be fined significant sums by the Information Commissioner’s Office if they let it fall into the wrong hands.Read More »
Why not just give up and see what happens.
We’ve said it before, and we’ll say it again: no cyber security is 100% effective. Anyone who claims otherwise is lying, misinformed or guilty of substantial hubris. The truth is that any form of defence can theoretically be breached. So why bother at all? What is the point of having cyber security if it doesn’t guarantee your safety?Read More »
No team should be an island.
The idea of information silos is simple: they occur when different departments within a business do not communicate effectively with each other, resulting in information essentially becoming trapped in one place. It’s a concept that has been around for decades, and although silos are more likely to affect large organisations, they can also be a problem for SMEs. Here, we’ll be looking at how silos manifest themselves, why they’re bad for business and how to deal with them.Read More »
Security experts suggest worrying about something else.
One of the big challenges of cyber security is that it’s often reactive. Hackers find new ways to crack into systems, and then security companies come up with ways to stop them. When the hackers find previously undiscovered vulnerabilities in software, these are known as zero-day exploits, and they’re often regarded as a major threat to cyber security. But according to security firm Tenable, zero-day exploits are overhyped and aren’t the real problem.Read More »
Hackers could be using your IT systems for profit, and you would never know.
Has your business fallen victim to cryptojacking? This relatively new form of cyber crime is often subtle and hard to detect, and it can affect just about any device with an internet connection. So what is cryptojacking, and what does it mean for businesses?Read More »
Legal shenanigans from legal shysters.
The idea of patents is simple: to protect the work of inventors (including inventions and designs created by companies), so other people can’t simply copy it with impunity. Unfortunately, the application of this simple idea is not quite so straightforward, and it isn’t helped by a growing number of ‘patent trolls’ – businesses set up with the sole intention of taking legal action over patent infringement.Read More »
It's not just your own defences you should be concerned about.
Taking care of your own cyber security should be your priority, but breaches suffered anywhere in your supply chain can cause your business problems.
As the metaphysical poet John Donne once wrote, "No man is an island". The same can be said for businesses. Whether your organisation is a huge multinational, a one-man band or anything between, it doesn’t function in isolation; at some point, you have to rely on other businesses.Read More »