Adobe Acrobat and Reader threat advisory

Cybersecurity Threat Advisory: Recent Security Updates for Adobe Acrobat and Reader THREAT UPDATE Critical security updates for many Adobe products have recently been released for both Mac OS and Windows. These updates are extremely important as they could lead to potential machine and network compromise. The most popular Adobe products, Acrobat and Reader, have particularly critical vulnerabilities. We recommend applying …

Project Management Style Explained

The art of project management has taken on a new and improved form in the digital age. But managing a project, no matter the size, is still at its core a lesson in skills placement, time diligence, effective use of collaboration, and iterative learning. The modern project manager needs to consider, above all else, the people, before structuring or building …

3 takeaways from a modern data hack that hits closer to home

In May of this year, a company in the USA paid $4.4 million dollars in bitcoin to release their company from the clutches of a ransomware attack. At the time, this attack was just one of the 303 million (on average) ransomware attacks that happen a year globally. A drop in the ransomware ocean, it seemed. The ransom paid wasn’t …

How to make the new hybrid workplace work more effectively..

How to make the new hybrid workplace work  moreeffectively Introduction A recent study has shown that 70% of employees are wanting flexible work options to continue once restrictions ease, and 65% are craving more in-person time with their teams. This combination of statistics show that business leaders would be wise to listen to employees and start planning for a hybrid …

How do you know if you’ve been compromised by Malware?

Malware is frighteningly efficient. It’s ubiquitousness, and rise, in the age of edge tech, IoT and cryptomining is a sign of bad faith actors understanding they only have to breach you once to undo years of hard work. And as recent data breaches and ransomware attacks have shown, the results can be incredibly damaging for you, your partners and your …

Passwordless Authentication

With 4 in 10 UK businesses reporting security breaches in the last 12 months it can be difficult to keep up with the best methods of protecting your business and its data. One of the ‘easiest’ methods of keeping hackers out are long, complex passwords. Although this is simple in theory, in practice it can be difficult to remember a …

Obligations As An Employer For Remote & Hybrid Working

With a complete easing of UK lockdown on the near horizon, many employers and employees alike are considering how – and more precisely where – work will be conducted post-COVID. Some businesses will undoubtedly require a full return to the workplace but many more are planning for remote working to continue, or for a hybrid of the two to become …

Why unified messaging is important in Teams

Microsoft Teams recently hit the milestone of 145 million active users, with much of the focus being on its ability to power effective remote collaboration. Teams, however, can be considered to have another dimension: its unified messaging (UM) technology. Teams brings individual and group messaging, video calling, conferencing, and enterprise telephony together. For many businesses, it has proven incredibly effective, …

Feeling Remote Working Fatigue? 5 Ways How To Reduce It

Well before March 2020, our company had been busy setting up our supported customers with functional remote workers. The ability to roll out hosted phones and Teams platforms already showed a more agile way of working.  When the lockdown occurred we were ready to quickly transition clients to fully work from home. A year later, the shine of remote working …

Understanding a ransomware attack

What is a ransomware attack and how often do they happen? Ransomware is not a new security threat. In fact, the first was orchestrated in 1989, with its proceeds allegedly going to charity. In the past five years, however, ransomware has hit headlines across the globe. Attacks, experts say, are becoming more sophisticated, more harmful, and more frequent. In its …

10 reasons why you should be using Azure Active Directory

What’s all the fuss? Microsoft’s Azure Active Directory (Azure AD) is a cloud-based directory and identity management service. Its anb impiortant platform when a company whants to engage Cloud services and offers many security benefits. Azure AD includes:  multi-factor authentication, device registration, self-service password management, auditing, security monitoring and alerting. This product is cost-effective and easy to use. Azure AD …

5 steps to planning an Automate project

According to a 2017 study by SnapLogic, 90% of employees are burdened with boring, repetitive tasks throughout their workday. McKinsey, meanwhile, estimates that 40% of workers spend at least 25% of their working week on repetitive tasks. Power Automate is a Microsoft-developed tool to fully automate such tasks and let employees focus on the parts of their job they enjoy. …

5 things we think will happen with cloud in 2021

The pandemic has created a challenging and threatening environment for businesses over the last year. Perhaps a silver lining to a bleak 2020 was that many teams were forced to modernise their IT practices in order to remain buoyant. With mass adoption of cloud solutions to enable flexible working, and an unprecedented surge in AI and machine learning, it feels …

How to make a successful cloud migration

The cloud provides businesses with the opportunity to improve operations, agility, security, cost efficiency and flexibility. It is important, however, to remember that unless you can successfully migrate to the cloud and then leverage the benefits, the opportunity may remain untapped. A cloud migration that is performed inefficiently or incorrectly won’t net the return on interest that organisations are looking …

Call Recording, is it important?

The importance of call recording for key industries When you think of call recording, you might think of a robot telling you that everything you say will be saved for later use. For some, it’s an annoyance, but most likely don’t think twice. For those employees working in call centres, financial, or legal services, however, you’ll know that call recording …

OneDrive Hacks – From Novice To Pro!

With over 38 million subscribers to Microsoft 365, and in excess of half a billion worldwide using its free applications and services, Microsoft knows a thing or two when it comes to delivering secure, efficient and versatile software. But there is one element of its Microsoft 365 package that is frequently overlooked by users, and that’s the ubiquitous and immensely …

5 lessons learnt from 2020 security breaches

It’s an undoubted fact that the global pandemic of 2020/21 will leave businesses operating in a vastly different landscape to just twelve months ago, with many making considerable alterations to the way in which they function. One such adjustment will be the urgent need for greater vigilance when it comes to cyberthreats; something that affects businesses and organisations both large …

Microsoft Power Apps are helping businesses break down remote collaboration barriers

While Microsoft 365 is more or less a ‘household’ name, fewer people have heard of Microsoft Power Apps. The lesser-known Microsoft solution can be used in conjunction with Microsoft’s more popular business solutions to provide some serious benefits to businesses working remotely and in offices. Microsoft Power Apps is part of a larger suite of apps, services, analytics platforms, and …

Employee wellbeing – A key consideration for future tech adoption

Even before Covid-19 disrupted our everyday working lives, employee wellness programmes were growing in importance in businesses of all shapes and sizes. And with good reason. Statistics from the UK’s Health & Safety Executive show that in 2019/20, pre-pandemic, there were an estimated 828,000 workers affected by work-related stress, resulting in an approximate 17.9 million working days missed. That’s a …

The forecast for 2021?

Its already March 2021.. Here are some of our key predictions for cloud in the rest of 2021 The pandemic has created a challenging and threatening environment for businesses over the last year. Perhaps a silver lining to a bleak 2020 was that many teams were forced to modernise their IT practices in order to remain buoyant. With mass adoption …

Introducing Microsoft Mesh

At the recent Microsoft Ignite conference, the company’s Alex Kipman unveiled a new hologram-based mixed-reality communication platform called Microsoft Mesh. This new blend of technology is potentially game changing.  It  will allow people in different physical locations to join a shared virtual environment. Using 3D capture technology a process Microsoft call “holoportation” . This will create a live hologram of …

Tools to Help You Stay Safe in a Brave New Cyber World

People across the world are beginning to realize just how vital cybersecurity is. As more people start talking and thinking about cyber risk, that number will keep growing. Due to Corona virus many business IT networks were uprooted and scattered to remote landscape. From the office we decamped and went to work from homes. The security for home broadband and …

Tax data blues

If you use QuickBooks for your company’s finances, you may want to be careful. Threat actors are using malware to export your QuickBooks data and post it on the Internet, where anyone can misuse it as much as they want. Here’s what you need to know to stay safe: ✔️ Make sure you’re limiting your QuickBooks administrator user access as …

Tips for helping children (and adults) stay safe online at home

During the last year of lockdown, working from home has brought several internet-related issues into sharp focus, not least how to keep ourselves and our children safe online. Even when lockdown ends and children head back to school, internet usage is likely to remain at an all-time high. ONS data published in March 2020 (just prior to the pandemic’s first …

Cyber Security Check List

In 2015, a research team at Lancaster University concluded that 99% of cyber risks could be avoided through following a set of simple security measures. These measures, or controls, make up the basis of the government’s standard for security certification, called Cyber Essentials. As a business owner its important to have a working knowledge of Cyber security as this directly …

Hackers try to poison water in Florida

Hackers broke into the IT systems controlling a water treatment facility in Florida on Friday the 5th of February. The hacker began to change the levels of sodium hydroxide that is released into the water. Sheriff Bob Gaultier stated “the hacker changed the concentration of sodium hydroxide from about 100 parts per million to 11,100 ppm. This is a life-threatening …

Microsoft Viva – Va Va voom

Microsoft has announced the launch of their employee experience platform, Microsoft Viva. Delivered through Microsoft Teams, Microsoft Viva incorporates a number of third-party solutions and is designed to help businesses create a “thriving culture with engaged employees and inspiring leaders,” (Microsoft). Microsoft Viva is designed to support four key areas of employee engagement – connecting and collaborating with colleagues, supporting …

How secure is your charity?

Non-profits: how to do cyber-security the right way Non-profit businesses can hold valuable data making them an enticing target for hackers. Though modern security solutions exist to help protect them, budgetary constraints and lack of knowledge can make charities more vulnerable than other businesses. While it’s difficult to discern the true number, due to lack of reporting, a GOV UK …

Hiring remote workers: your onboarding checklist

Working from home is a phenomenon that is becoming more commonplace. Businesses and employees have realised the benefits of a flexible work environment, and economic uncertainty will see companies less willing to shell out for pricey office space. But starting a new job remotely can be scary and intimidating. New starters don’t have their co-workers around them for support and …

Do you know how hackers attack?

Cybercrime is very real and the threat is eve- increasing. It is, pretty much, the Wild West out there! Almost half of UK businesses suffered an attack in the past year, with many experiencing cybersecurity-related issues at least once a week. Most employees are likely to have had some kind of security training, standard procedure for the majority of businesses now, …

Press Release: ABCOM IT Solutions Expands Cybersecurity Practice with New AI Powered Partnership

ABCOM IT Solutions Expands Cybersecurity Practice with New AI Powered Partnership Today, ABCOM IT solutions, a Sussex based managed IT service provider, announced a strategic partnership with SKOUT Cybersecurity to better secure clients and further bolster their cyber-as-a-service practice. SKOUT is a globally recognized cybersecurity company that partners with select IT providers to deliver their services. ABCOM IT Solutions has …

Highly Commended

We are proud to have “Highly Commended” added to our list of accolades this week! This was part of the Mid-Sussex Applauds awards event. In the category Business in the Community Award winner – Recognising a business which supports or makes a positive contribution to benefit and enhance community life. Thankyou to the Mid Sussex Voluntary Action (MVSA) for nominating …

Protect your business in a COVID-19 digital world

The COVID-19 pandemic has changed our daily routines, so we have adapted the way we work. With that we have increased our reliance on technology. Many of us have been working remotely, relying heavily on IT and cloud solutions to stay connected as we move forward into a new landscape. As we spend more time online, it is key to …

What software can help simplify GDPR?

In a nutshell, Microsoft 365 can help simplify GDPR, but you may need the assistance of experienced Microsoft technicians to help achieve and maintain that compliance. This guide serves as a simple overview of how Microsoft can simplify GDPR for your business. What software can help simplify GDPR

Mac OS Security

Whether you use windows or Mac its important to keep the system running securely with all the latest updates and patches applied. Some simple regular tasks can keep your operating system running at optimum. Some general best practices are: Try to Keep your system always up-to-date, both the underlying macOS and any installed software. Prevent unattended physical access to the device from …

The Resurrection of Hacktivism

The effects of COVID-19 and political warfare have been rife with cyberattacks. From phishing emails offering tax refunds to doxxing medical sites, the widespread attacks have been seen across the world. But what about the other side of these negative attempts at stolen data? Along with the hacks for personal financial gain, recent events have also brought along a resurgence …

Zoom security Tips from ABCOM

We are all using video conferencing more than ever than before. Connecting to our colleagues, clients and suppliers through broadband is the new norm. However, like any software utilised within your business,  it is wise to take precautions. Ensuring good password protocols and software updates are maintained and kept up to date, are super important considerations. Depending on your business …

Protecting your business from cyberattacks post-COVID-19

Following the most recent government announcement further relaxing the lockdown measures in the UK, thousands of businesses are re-opening and returning to offices. But, with so many businesses getting their systems back up and running at full capacity again, the risk of cyberattacks could be just as high as when the COVID-19 pandemic first began. Interviewed by businessleader.co.uk, David Hough, …

How to get the most out of your Microsoft Teams meetings

Since the global pandemic first forced companies to transition to remote working, the number of Microsoft Teams virtual meetings taking place has increased exponentially. Microsoft Teams has seen a whopping 134% increase in daily active users since March; proof indeed that businesses have adapted quickly to this sudden online era and are relying heavily on virtual meeting and collaboration software …