Organisations still approaching ransomware in the wrong way

18 July 2018

Sandra Bell, head of resilience consulting, Sungard Availability Services

It’s now been over a year since organisations across the globe, including a third of NHS trusts, fell victim to a crippling ransomware attack.

In the fallout, a picture began to form of a whole host of organisations setting themselves up for failure in the face of an attack of this scale by their inability to action a number of basic cyber resilience recommendations.

In fact, being resilient in the face of ransomware is fairly straightforward if you are prepared.

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How to address organisational power continuity planning

18 July 2018

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Jason Koffler, MD, Critical Power Supplies

Critical Power Supplies is an independent installer of UPS systems and generators. MD Jason Koffler says the Oxfordshire-based multi-brand supplier, has more than 25 years’ experience of successfully delivering power solutions, project management and support. 

He says Critical Power provides a range of services to various clients ranging from corporate users to individual customers. These services start with consultation, site surveys and power analysis before progressing to design specification, drawings, and in-house project delivery.

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Is it time for the UK government to regulate the IoT?

14 June 2018

Marco Hogewoning, senior external relations officer, RIPE NCC

Marco Hogewoning, senior external relations officer, RIPE NCC

The IoT is here to stay and will only keep growing in size.

While IHS Market expects the number of connected devices worldwide to  increase by 12 per cent on average annually, reaching 125 billion by 2030 globally, Intel is more ambitious and predicts there will be 200 billion by 2020.

Regardless of whose research you go with, the stats remain big.

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Solving the IoT growth dilemma with passive optical LAN

14 June 2018

Alan Bertsch, chairman, Association for Passive Optical LAN

Alan Bertsch, chairman, Association for Passive Optical LAN

The number of connected Internet of Things (IoT) devices worldwide is expected to increase by 12 percent on average annually, reaching 125 billion by 2030 according the IHS Markit. 

If the prediction comes true, it would equate to approximately 15 device connections for every person currently on the planet. However, these numbers are not surprising if you consider the limitless number of applications that IoT can deliver. 

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Uniting the business and employees with shadow IT

14 June 2018

Michael Papadopoulos, chief architect, digital problem solving, Arthur D. Little

Michael Papadopoulos, chief architect, Arthur D. Little

Keeping pace with today’s rapidly evolving business landscape requires organisations to recognise that technology innovation can no longer be the preserve of a single business department. 

It can get controversial when internal users find their own systems to use for business purposes, outside of IT’s knowledge or control – a practice known as ‘shadow IT’.

IT departments complain that using shadow IT creates inconsistencies, inefficiencies and security risks, as well as adding extra costs to the business. However, end users often credit shadow IT as central to driving innovation, business transformation and increased productivity. 

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