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How can businesses adapt to meet growing demand for flexible working? standard

The workplace as we know it is at a crossroads. Organisations are facing challenges from their employee’s attitudes to traditional working roles. Businesses are needing to adapt in order to keep up with modern working environments. The changes in technology have bread a new generation for the workplace meaning that the workforce demands flexibility. Access to the internet has had a huge impact on the ability to work remotely as well as smart phones, devices, project management and collaboration tools have changed the way we can communicate with co-workers. Now business leaders need to start measuring productivity on output, not by hours worked. Organisations are discovering new opportunities that could not only benefit the business but employees as well. The ...

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7th August – Weekly Cyber Security Roundup standard

All over the country it would seem that businesses and governments alike, are seeking out the cost and operational benefits of moving over to VoIP telephony and cloud based computing. The reality however, is that the security of these services is forever under scrutiny, with stories of high profile hacks filling the front pages of newspapers, the world over. VoIP (telephony over an IP network such as the internet) allows you to make a call directly from a computer, a VoIP phone, a traditional telephone connected to a special adapter or a PBX system. The VoIP service uses a signalling protocol known as a Session Initiation Protocol (SIP) in order to function. Although VoIP is seemingly far more advantageous than ...

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31st July – Weekly Cyber Security Roundup standard

This week, there is an emphasis on business owners investing the right amount of time and resources into the security of the companies; trying to be self sufficient can have both positive and negative impacts, depending on the company’s situation.   Bosses wasting more than 3-weeks a year on do-it-yourself IT A study by Altodigital has showed that bosses of SME’s are in fact wasting more than three weeks of their own time each year by attempting to manage their IT rather than outsourcing it.   It’s Time to Change How We Think About SSL/TLS “We’ve seen a rising tide of hacks in recent years, occurring in part because most businesses have no clue how to smartly manage their certificate ...

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17th July – Weekly Cyber Security Roundup standard

In what is deemed by many as a U-turn by the government on an encryption ban; UK minister Ed Vaizey has dismissed media reports, whilst also promising that cyber-security remains a ‘priority’ in Whitehall. Keeping with the Government theme… It’s been a bad week for politicians as an MEP on the “We Love Wi-Fi” campaign gets her Facebook account hacked and a Lib Dem peer gets a VoIP call intercepted and recorded whilst in the comfort of his hotel room.     How SIP Trunking Will Extend Your VoIP Telephony and UC Capabilities Internet telephony is now becoming the go-to communications platform for businesses around the globe. With VoIP leading the way, businesses are now taking collaboration and productivity to ...

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Come on ISDN, your time is up standard

BT announced earlier this year that they plan to migrate all their voice customers away from traditional telecoms, essentially switching off the PSTN and ISDN networks. BT Group CEO, Gavin Patterson, stated in a webcast that by 2025 all their voice customers will be using IP Voice. This is not unexpected; ISDN is old, whilst cutting edge in the 1980’s the old circuit switched technology cannot keep up with the modern world. BT have had this change on their roadmap for some time, transforming their network into an IP voice and data network by implementing their 21st Century Network (at some considerable cost no doubt) the next logical step for them to take is to retire the old one. In ...

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26th June – Weekly Cyber Security Roundup link

With a £34 billion per year cost to British businesses and hundreds, if not thousands of attacks reported every single day from the Ministry of Defence, it is clear that cybercrime is “one of the biggest threats that we face in the world today”. The roll out of an entirely digitised telephone network from BT further raises the question of whether or not businesses have the security in place, should they be subject to a cyber-attack. “Virtual threat teams” in fight against cybercrime. The National Crime Agency is building closer relationships with security firms in its attempt to curb attacks and help map cyber-crime throughout Britain. Are British Businesses investing enough in the fight against cybercrime? Revenue, reputation, brand ...

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