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SECRC strikes new collaborative and strategic partnership with ABCOM IT Solutions

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The Cyber Resilience Centre for the South East are delighted to announce a new collaborative and strategic partnership with ABCOM IT Solutions. ABCOM IT Solutions have joined The Cyber Resilience Centre for the South East (SECRC) as a member to support businesses in the South East against cybercrime. West Sussex based ABCOM IT Solutions proudly provide a full spectrum of …

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The 2024 Guide to Improving Security Posture

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This week, we gave a presentation for the Haywards Heath Business Association (HHBA) and discussed some solutions to ensure business safety. In this article and guide, we expand on the various solutions. The current landscape of cyber threats exposes all businesses to risks, regardless of their size, industry, or maturity level. Advancements in AI technology have enabled criminals to execute …

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What is Hacktivism?

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Hacktivism refers to cyber-activism, or breaking into a computer system to wage an information war for political, social, religious, or anarchistic reasons. From protests and sit-ins to doxing and distributed denial-of-service attacks, hacktivism gained new authority with the rise of optical networking in 1996. They are proven to be powerful change agents; virtual vigilantes known as hacktivists build and deploy …

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SharePoint vs. OneDrive: Best Practices for Businesses

Yann News 11 minutes

In today’s digital world, collaboration is key. To power real-time collaboration, using a platform that allows you to share files and edit documents can help your business become more productive and better utilise your team’s strengths.  Microsoft SharePoint and OneDrive can do this, but they excel in different ways. Choosing which one to use in your business and for what …

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Hacking statistics in the UK

Yann News 11 minutes

Cyber security is an increasingly critical area of concern for UK businesses as the landscape of cyber threats continues to evolve. With cyber attacks becoming more sophisticated, your business could be exposed to a variety of risks including ransomware, phishing, and data breaches. The impact of these cybercrimes on the UK economy and individual businesses can be substantial, not only financially but also in terms …

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Achieving Cost Savings Through IT Support Outsourcing in Brighton

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Achieving cost savings through IT support outsourcing in Brighton can be a smart move for businesses looking to reduce their IT costs while still maintaining high-quality support. In today’s fast-paced business world, companies need to stay competitive and agile, and IT outsourcing can provide the flexibility and lower costs they need to achieve this.   IT support outsourcing in Brighton …

Learn how to spot and avoid phishing emails, as well as report any suspicious ones.

Phishing Emails: How to Spot and Avoid Them

Yann News 16 minutes

Phishing emails are becoming increasingly common, and they can be difficult to spot. These fake emails are designed to trick you into clicking on a link, sharing personal information, or giving away your money. They often use branding from businesses or organizations you already have a connection with, such as your bank or doctor, or from companies you might be …

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Important Update: Microsoft Server 2012 Support Ending for Your Dental Practice

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If you’re a dentist practising in the UK, it’s important to stay up-to-date on changes that could affect your practice. One such change is the end of support for Microsoft Server 2012 and Server 2012 R2, which will occur on March 31, 2024. This means that after this date, you won’t receive any more updates from Software of Excellence for …

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Horizon for Microsoft Teams: A Voice Solution for Businesses

Yann eBooks & Downloadable Content, News 5 minutes

How to make and receive calls globally with Horizon for Microsoft Teams Microsoft Teams is a popular collaboration platform that allows businesses to communicate, share, and work together online. However, to enable voice calling within Teams, businesses need to either use Microsoft Calling Plans, which can be expensive and limited, or use a third-party solution that integrates with Teams. Horizon …

Introducing Microsoft 365 Copilot Webinar

Introducing Microsoft 365 Copilot

Yann AI, Events, News 2 minutes

Join us for an insightful exploration of the brand-new and remarkable AI tool, Microsoft 365 Copilot. In this webinar, we will provide a whistlestop tour of Microsoft Copilot for Office 365, highlighting its immense potential. We’ll also delve into crucial considerations tailored to your business needs. Our primary objective is to assist businesses in harnessing the power of AI within …

Tech trends are constantly evolving and in 2024, there are some exciting developments to look forward to. Stay ahead of the game by familiarizing yourself with these 10 tech trends that will shape the

Tech Trends 2024: 10 Trends to Help You Get Ahead

Yann AI, News 2 minutes

In this ebook, we will look at the trends of 2024.  Cloud and AI integration to advanced security. In the year 2024, the confluence of AI, cloud technologies, and cybersecurity all manifest with heightened prominence, fashioning a formidable digital ecosystem. In 2024, we find ourselves at the crossroads of limitless potential, armed with the knowledge that the fusion of AI, …

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Staying Ahead of Phishing Scams in 2024: A Business Guide to Cybersecurity

Yann News 10 minutes

In the modern world, there are many different types of cyber-attacks that your business will come up against. However, one of the most pervasive attacks is social engineering — the most constantly evolving threat a business can face. One of the most common social engineering attacks, phishing, has only been getting stronger with new technologies that make it easier than …

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Microsoft Copilot is Coming: The Game-Changing AI Revolution!

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Microsoft Copilot is Coming, marking a new era in AI technology. This video briefly delves into the groundbreaking features of Microsoft Copilot, exploring its potential to revolutionize various industries. We’ll discuss its applications, from enhancing productivity to reshaping the tech landscape. The immediate benefits to businesses for using Microsoft Copilot include: Enhanced Productivity: Copilot can increase employee productivity by over …

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Holiday Opening Times

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For all our Contract customers, we will be normal until 5 pm on the 22nd of December. Over the Christmas period, we will be running a reduced emergency-only service. Please call our support number if you need support at this time. We will be open as normal again on the 2nd of January. We want to take this opportunity to …

Unlocking the potential of Microsoft Copilot: 4 expert tips for proposing.

Unlocking the Potential of Microsoft Copilot: 4 Expert Tips for Prompting

Yann AI, News 11 minutes

Artificial Intelligence is a tool that can help any organisation truly unlock its full potential. Microsoft is at the forefront of pushing this technology to the next level — and Microsoft Copilot is one of its most innovative tools. Essentially designed to be your companion for your generative AI needs, Microsoft Copilot is a powerful tool that can generate high-quality …

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AI Generated news network

Yann AI, News 2 minutes

Channel 1, based in Los Angeles, is poised to be the world’s first news network to employ fully digital, AI-generated anchors. This marks a significant leap in technology integration in media and journalism. The AI anchors are designed to deliver news in various domains, including international affairs, finance, and entertainment, providing viewers with a diverse and comprehensive news experience. It …

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Service provider ABCOM IT Solutions awarded Technical Alliance status with leading UCaaS Supplier Gamma

Yann News 9 minutes

ABCOM IT Solutions has over 25+ years of industry experience in hardware, software, full IT and UCaaS solutions. Yann Davies, Managing Director, comments on what Gamma’s Technical Alliance status means for ABCOM as a business: “We are thrilled to have been accredited to the Technical Alliance Program. Customers benefit from the reassurance that they receive first-class service from highly skilled …

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Upcoming AI & Social Media Zoom webinar

Yann Events, News, Social Media 2 minutes

If you work in a business-to-business company then here’s your chance to find out some of the latest ideas and innovations in AI and Social Media to help your B2B business grow. – B2B: AI & Social Media: How B2B Are Using AI & Social Media Together? Custom GPTs – Exciting Examples for B2B Growth Prepping Before Your Prompt: How …

The complete guide to server decommissioning.

The Complete Guide to Server Decommissioning

Yann News 10 minutes

As with any piece of hardware, your servers will eventually come to the end of their lifespan. But what do you do with your server afterwards? How do you remove it from your systems and ensure everything remains stable and secure? This process is known as server decommissioning and is vital to consider whenever you take servers out of your …

Microsoft 365 Copilot provides guidance on how to get your company ready for AI adoption.

Microsoft 365 Copilot: How to get ready for AI adoption in your company

Yann AI, News 10 minutes

Here, we have the AI revolution. Businesses worldwide are incorporating AI into their operations rapidly, and with good reason—AI is incredibly versatile and powerful. Given the variety of activities AI can perform for your company, it can be difficult to know where to begin when implementing AI in your operations. Microsoft Copilot gives you access to the most potent AI …

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Microsoft Multifactor Authentication (MFA)

Yann News 4 minutes

Microsoft is enabling a stronger form of multifactor authentication beginning September 15, 2023 Whom is this aimed at? This will be aimed at companies with Microsoft Entra ID tenants. Why is Microsoft doing this? This is an urgent initiative to drive Azure AD users to transition from SMS/Voice-based Multi-factor Authentication to Microsoft Authenticator app-based MFA. These telephony-based methods of MFA …

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Why Penetration Testing is Essential: A Guide to Robust Cybersecurity

Yann News, Services 4 minutes

1. Introduction: In the dynamic realm of cybersecurity, Managed Service Providers (MSPs) are the front-line defenders for businesses. As cyber threats multiply, the protective umbrella of our service stack broadens, with penetration testing standing out as a linchpin. Here’s the rundown on its significance: 2. Unearth Vulnerabilities Before They Become Threats: Think of penetration testing as a proactive cyber drill. …

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Horizon – A cutting edge cloud phone system for better business communication

Yann News 3 minutes

Horizon Hosted is a pioneering cloud-based telephone system designed to integrate advanced telephony features into businesses of various sizes seamlessly. With its core telephony switching equipment hosted directly in the telephone exchange, Horizon Hosted offers a robust and reliable solution with a low initial financial commitment. Key Features and Benefits: Cost-Effective Solution: Ideal for small to medium-sized businesses, Horizon Hosted …

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ABCOM IT Solutions Google Review Showcase

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Hello there, We hope this message finds you well. We’re excited to share some of the positive feedback ABCOM IT Solutions has received from our esteemed customers via Google reviews. We believe these reviews will give you a clear understanding of our quality of work and the experiences we deliver. Review by Jane Gareze Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Review Date: A month …

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Elevate Your Cybersecurity Awareness: Exclusive Event by ABCOM, featuring Chris White, on September 12th

Yann News 3 minutes

We are thrilled to invite you to an enlightening event happening on September 12th, from 10 AM – 1 PM, hosted at the scenic Mid Sussex Golf Club. We have a stimulating schedule lined up, with the spotlight on an essential topic – Cybersecurity. Our keynote speaker, Chris White, is a respected Police Detective Inspector and the accomplished Head of …

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Microsoft Intune: An Overview

Yann News 3 minutes

Microsoft Intune forms part of Microsoft’s Enterprise Mobility + Security package. It’s a top-notch cloud service designed for superior mobile device and app management. As an MSP, we offer custom Microsoft Intune services to suit your business needs. These services promote productivity, enhance security, and improve the user experience. Why Choose Microsoft Intune? 1. UEM Excellence: Intune combines with other …

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Why is Windows Server 2012 R2 becoming obsolete?

Yann News 8 minutes

Microsoft Windows Server 2012 was the fifth version of the Windows Server operating system. It was released to the market in September 2012, followed by its successor, Windows Server 2012 R2, in October 2013. All Microsoft products and packages adhere to a fixed lifecycle policy. Once a product reaches its end of life, Microsoft no longer provides support or security …

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Reimagining Business Operations with Microsoft 365 Copilot: A Comprehensive Overview

Yann News 7 minutes

As Artificial Intelligence (AI) becomes an indispensable part of enterprise solutions globally, tech behemoths like Microsoft have begun integrating AI capabilities into their flagship tools and applications. A notable example is the innovative Microsoft 365 Copilot that has revolutionised Microsoft’s 365 platform like never before. This article delves into the details of Microsoft 365 Copilot, its groundbreaking features, and the …

Are you GDAP ready?

Elevate Your GDPR Compliance with ABCOM IT Solutions and GDAP

Yann Cybersecurity, News 5 minutes

At ABCOM IT Solutions, we are committed to providing comprehensive data privacy and security solutions. A key part of our offerings is the implementation of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) Data Access Protocol (GDAP). Designed to empower individuals and businesses with control over their data, GDAP aligns seamlessly with the regulations set forth by the GDPR, making it a …

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Ensuring Uninterrupted Operations: Empowering ABCOM and its Valued Clients with Robust Business Continuity

Yann News 2 minutes

In order to ensure uninterrupted business operations and provide temporary broadband connectivity to our clients, we have taken proactive measures to enhance our infrastructure. We are proud to announce the implementation of our very own Starlink satellite setup, enabling us to maintain business continuity even in remote areas with limited network coverage. This advanced technology allows us to offer reliable …

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Webroot DNS Protection

Yann News 4 minutes

DNS filtering is like having a digital bouncer for your internet connection. It helps keep you safe by blocking access to harmful or inappropriate websites before they can even reach your device. It’s like having a security guard that checks the ID of every website you want to visit and only allows the ones that are trustworthy and safe. So, …

Navigating the digital landscape discovering the top four trends in transformation.

Navigating the Digital Landscape: Discovering the Top Four Trends in Transformation

Yann AI, News 8 minutes

As the business world continues to embrace the digital future, digital transformation is gaining popularity among companies worldwide, including in the United Kingdom. After all, in a world that is increasingly digital, companies must evolve to keep up with the modern era. Multiple ways to initiate your organization’s transformation have emerged, and several key digital transformation trends have gained prominence …

Exploring the opportunities and threats in AI and cybersecurity.

AI and Cybersecurity: The Threats and Opportunities

Yann AI, News 13 minutes

In the past few months and years, one thing has become certain in the technological world — artificial intelligence (AI) is here to stay. As new AI-based technologies are developed and explored both by individuals and businesses around the world, the onslaught of AI has meant that there are a number of cybersecurity risks to now consider in the modern …

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Roadmap to Cloud Migration: A Comprehensive Guide to Planning Your IT Infrastructure Move

Yann News 7 minutes

In today’s fast-paced, digital world, businesses are increasingly recognizing the necessity to migrate their IT infrastructure to the cloud. Cloud migration offers various benefits, including scalability, cost savings, and increased security. However, the process of transferring your business’s IT infrastructure to the cloud can be difficult and scary. That’s where our detailed guide comes in. We’ll bring you through the …

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Achieve Cyber ​​Immunity

Yann News 4 minutes

The world of digital technology is evolving at lightning speed, and so are the risks! It’s time to gear up and protect your business from the relentless surge of cyber threats. Embrace the thrill of a high-performance, impenetrable computer network with our Managed Service Provider (MSP) by your side. The Importance of a Cyber Secure Network In the digital battleground, …

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The Future is Now: Benefits of Moving Your IT Infrastructure to the Cloud

Yann News 4 minutes

In today’s competitive environment, businesses must keep ahead of technology. Cloud computing is one of the most recent advances. A recent study found that 60% of small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) had moved their IT infrastructure to the cloud, with many more exploring it. In this post, we’ll explain the many benefits of moving your IT infrastructure to the cloud …

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The Ultimate Guide to Protecting Your Small Business from Cyber Threats

Yann News 11 minutes

Table of Contents An Introduction to Penetration Testing for Cybersecurity Why It’s Important for Small Businesses to Do Cyber Security Penetration Testing Different Kinds of Penetration Tests Getting Ready for the Penetration Test Putting the Cybersecurity Penetration Test into Action Analyzing the Results of the Penetration Test for Cybersecurity Fixing the Problems That Have Been Found Follow-Up After the Test …

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3 Ways OpenAI’s GPT Can Transform Your Small Business in 2023

Yann News 6 minutes

Software like OpenAI’s GPT that can process natural language has been called a game-changer for small and medium-sized businesses. Businesses could improve and grow in almost every way possible with OpenAI’s GPT. This essay will talk about the details of OpenAI’s GPT, a cutting-edge technology, and how small and medium-sized businesses can use it to their advantage.   Let’s start …

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Unlock the Untold Power of the Latest Windows for Your Local Business – What You’ve Been Missing

Yann News 6 minutes

If you’re a local business owner, you know how crucial it is to have solid technology. To keep up with the most recent software upgrades and versions, however, can be challenging given the rapid growth of technology. The confusion surrounding which Windows version their company is now running and if it is still maintained by Microsoft is one particular issue …

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Unlocking Your Company’s Full Potential with Managed IT Services

Yann News 4 minutes

In the modern business landscape, organisations face numerous challenges such as increasing costs, skill shortages, complex security requirements, and the need for effective digital transformation. However, managed IT services can help businesses overcome these obstacles and thrive in today’s competitive environment. In this article, we’ll explore how partnering with a managed IT service provider can address common business challenges and …

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The Impact of Throttling and the Consequences of “Big Switchoff”

Yann News 4 minutes

OpenReach, the UK’s largest phone and broadband network provider, is preparing for the transition from the old copper phone network (PSTN) to a new ‘Digital Voice’ alternative by 2025. However, some customers are yet to upgrade, prompting OpenReach to introduce measures to encourage action. To prompt customers to upgrade, OpenReach plans to “throttle” broadband speeds and limit phone calls. The …

How to securely integrate ChatGPT in your business's chatbot.

How to Use ChatGPT Securely in Your Business

Yann News 6 minutes

ChatGPT is a cutting-edge tool that can bring a lot of value to small and medium businesses. With its advanced language processing abilities, it can automate a range of tasks, freeing up time and resources for other important work. However, when it comes to confidential information, it’s essential to make sure that you are using ChatGPT securely. This blog post …

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ABCOM Achieves Acronis Gold Partner Accreditation

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ABCOM Achieves Acronis Gold Partner Accreditation ABCOM, a leading provider of technology solutions based in Burgess Hill, is proud to announce it has achieved the Acronis Gold Partner Accreditation. This recognition underscores ABCOM’s commitment to delivering the highest level of cybersecurity and data protection solutions to its customers. Acronis Backup and Cybersecurity Software for Businesses is a comprehensive solution that …

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The technology knowledge gap in your business.

Yann News 5 minutes

In business, as in life, there’s the saying you don’t know what you don’t know. Regarding technology in your business, I’m sure you’ve already covered things like IT support. Most businesses now adopt an outsourced “managed service” for all things to do with IT & Technology. Depending on the size of your business, there may even be an internal team …

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The State of Cybersecurity in 2023

Yann Guides, News 2 minutes

How to protect your business in the face of an ever-evolving threat landscape When looking back at 2022, it was a turbulent year, full of macroeconomic and geopolitical risk. From the war in Ukraine to rapid inflation and supply chain failures, it has been the perfect storm of interlocked risks. This has had a profound effect on cybersecurity for businesses …

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Top cyber security breaches of 2022

Yann News 9 minutes

Number 1 TwitterTwitter is facing accusations of a cover-up in regards to a massive data breach that has affected millions of users in the US and EU. Cybersecurity expert Chad Loder alerted the public to the breach on November 23, 2022, stating that it occurred no earlier than 2021 and had not been previously reported. This comes after Twitter admitted …

Learn to spot a phishing message.

Learn to spot a phishing message

Yann News 10 minutes

Phishing is a popular form of cybercrime because of how effective it is. Cybercriminals have been successful using emails, text messages, direct messages on social media or in video games, to get people to respond with their personal information. The best defense is awareness and knowing what to look for. Here are some ways to recognize a phishing email: Urgent …

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What is Microsoft Teams Voice with Direct Routing?

Yann News 4 minutes

Many businesses utilising Microsoft Teams for internal collaboration can now benefit from the ability to make and receive calls by enabling Microsoft Teams as a complete cloud-based UC solution with Enterprise-grade telephony. Give your Microsoft Teams a voice with confidence -benefit from a highly reliable, resilient architecture with Direct Routing from the UK’s No.1 SIP Trunking provider with simple provisioning, …

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Are your Microsoft 365 mailboxes backed up?

Yann News 10 minutes

In today’s business world, email is the backbone of communication. Complete365 reports that Microsoft Office 365 Email is the most popular 365 product among medium-sized companies, and Ontech claims emails contain 60% of business-critical data. No doubt, emails are incredibly important, so having a robust system for storing your email data in case of catastrophe is a good idea. In …

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PhoneLine + Simple phone line replacement service

Yann News 2 minutes

PhoneLine+ has been specifically designed to replace your traditional landline service using VoIP technology to deliver voice calls over the broadband network, all at a highly competitive price. PhoneLine+ can be accessed on a choice of devices including computers, tablets, mobile phones and IP handsets, or we can providean adaptor for your current phone, so there is no need to …

What does the future of business telephony look like?

What does the future of business telephony look like?

Yann News, Services 11 minutes

Ever since the invention of the telephone by Alexander Graham Bell in 1876, the humble telephone has been a mainstay in business life. For the majority of us in the business world, telephony is the default way to engage with clients, reach colleagues and network with other professionals in the industry. For years, our desks were kitted out with work …

Why does outsourcing IT make good business sense?.

Why does it makes good business sense to outsource your IT?

Yann News 13 minutes

Outsourcing your IT operations can help your business unlock new levels of efficiency whilst also cutting costs. Indeed, 24% of small businesses that outsource their IT cite increased efficiency as their main driver of adoption – according to Capital Counsellor. Why are so many businesses turning to IT outsourcing? What are the main benefits of letting an IT support company …

Debunking 5 Cybersecurity Myths for businesses.

5 Common Cybersecurity Myths Your Business Should Be Aware Of

Yann News 12 minutes

Thankfully, businesses are now more aware than ever of cyber threats and are starting to take cybersecurity very seriously. PwC found that nearly 64% of UK CEOs are concerned about how cyber threats could harm their ability to sell products and services. Indeed, taking into proper account your organisation’s cybersecurity is a vital part of running a modern business. This …

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The worst cyberattacks of 2022 (so far)

Yann News 14 minutes

As expected, in the first 7 months of 2022, there have been multiple major cyberattacks that have resulted in a loss of productivity, revenue or large-scale data leaks. Whilst some of the largest attacks have been in countries such as America and Ukraine, there have also been some major cyberattacks within the UK. Although these cyberattacks are the ones that …

What is NCE, the new commerce experience from Microsoft?

What is the New Commerce Experience (NCE)?

Yann News 4 minutes

So, what is the New Commerce Experience (NCE)? Microsoft has recently announced a change in how customers purchase and manage their licences through their Cloud Solution Provider (CSP) Program. Microsoft is launching the New Commerce Experience (NCE). This change will impact the way you purchase Microsoft 365 licenses. But fear not. Microsoft has launched the NCE to reduce complexity and …

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Make your business’s technology more accessible with these tools

Yann Guides, News 9 minutes

Every employee has their own set of needs and requirements, and it is the employer’s responsibility to accommodate them. This is especially true for employees with disabilities. Although businesses need to make accessibility accommodations for their building and internal processes, it is also important that technology is accessible too. Thankfully, the most widely used technology solutions have built-in tools to …

Six common challenges facing fast growing businesses.

Six common IT challenges for fast-growing businesses

Yann News 9 minutes

Extended periods of rapid growth are positive for most businesses, as it means that the business is acquiring new customers, which is driving increased revenue and better business outcomes. Whilst these periods are exciting and necessary for the longevity of a business, it also creates a host of new challenges, especially regarding IT and technology. In this article we will …

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The 2022 guide to migrating SQL Server to Microsoft Azure

Yann News, Services 10 minutes

As Microsoft SQL Server 2012 is reaching its end of life on July 12, 2022, businesses still using the service will have to upgrade their SQL server to a more recent instance or migrate to Microsoft Azure. If businesses do not upgrade or migrate, they will no longer receive essential security updates, leaving them vulnerable to cyberattacks. Whilst any server …

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ABCOM offer Microsoft 365 Expert Setup

Yann News, Services 2 minutes

The Microsoft 365 Expert Setup is our extra set of configuration settings that are applied to Microsoft 365 tenants. This is a Value Add offering to help improve the overall security of your 365 tenancy. These settings enable and then enhance the solutions made possible by the Microsoft 365 offering. This configuration includes various security and device management policies, as …

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Business broadband – A quick overview on the new broadband technologies

Yann Guides, News 1 minute

What is the difference between FTTP and SOGEA? We can help demystify what broadband service you need for your business. We match your business technological requirments with the most suitable broadband package. Our broadband solutions make us the perfect end-to-end supplier for your connectivity and communication requirements. Includiing IP telephony, video and conferencing services as well as instant messaging,

Technologies transforming the workplace.

How to make the most of the modern workplace

Yann News 11 minutes

Throughout history, the concept of an ideal workplace has constantly evolved, from the Action Offices of the ‘60s to the rise of office cubicles and the introduction of computers in the ‘90s, and the recent adoption of remote and hybrid working. Novel technologies underpinned many of these changes, and that is no different today with new technologies enabling businesses to …

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Why Cyber Essentials certification is important for SMBs

Yann News, Services 15 minutes

In recent years, it has become increasingly important for businesses to secure their IT systems to reduce the chance of falling victim to a cyberattack. In the UK alone, 39% of businesses were targeted by a cyberattack in the last 12 months. Whilst most newsworthy cyberattacks target large businesses and enterprises, it is just as common for small businesses to …

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Connectivity – Every successful business has a trusted Internet Partner

Yann News 1 minute

Today, businesses are expected to respond quickly to customer requests and want reliable, high performance connectivity solutions that can help them enhance their customer service. They also need to be ‘agile’ and see using cloud applications as a way to increase flexibility. Choose a trusted partner with a data network you can rely on to deliver great customer service and …

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The business case for SIP

Yann News 1 minute

Cloud-based call control allows you to automatically direct calls to a destination you define such as a colleague, mobile, hunt group or call queue. Combined with all the features and benefits of SIP Trunks, including call bundles and the only fraud management tool that protects you and your customers by enabling them to set spend limits, SIP Trunk Call Manager …

What is shadow IT and how can it help businesses?.

What is Shadow IT and how can businesses combat it?

Yann News 11 minutes

Shadow IT refers to information technology (IT) projects that are managed outside of, and without the knowledge of, the IT department. As companies reach to the “cloud” their enthusiasm for hasty adoption can suddenly be tempered by security, compliance, and governance concerns. Once this is reviewed and a plan of action made then adoption makes perfect sense. However it’s the shadow/ …

How can you make better use of microsoft teams?.

How to make better use of Microsoft Teams

Yann News 10 minutes

Microsoft Teams has taken the productivity world by storm. That’s because it’s so much more than just a chat app. The true power of Teams lies in its integration with the rest of Microsoft 365, and its emergence as a one-stop-shop collaboration hub. As businesses across the country have made the move to hybrid work, technology should empower employees to …

10 technology trends that will reshape businesses in 2021.

10 Technology Trends That Will Reshape Businesses In 2022

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The past two years have been a period of immense change for all businesses, regardless of size or industry. Businesses and employees alike have adapted to these changes by harnessing technology to enable productivity, collaboration, and communication. For some businesses, this was the first time they truly embraced the cloud with Microsoft Teams, cloud storage and IT systems to enable …

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VR charity donation

Yann News 4 minutes

This local charity called Extra Time is expanding across Sussex and we are proud to be their IT partner of choice. We’ve donated recently, an Oculus VR bundle and the main idea is to promote the use of educational apps in Virtual Reality. No games have been installed (lets see how long that lasts!) About The Extra Time Project The …

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What Azure Active Directory can do for your business

Yann News 9 minutes

During the 2020 pandemic, there was a shift from office-based authentication to home working. Fortunately, most of our clients had already migrated to the cloud and their phones were cloud-based. If the business was not cloud-centric, they would need access to data and if the physical server was in the office, then this posed a few problems. Data needs to …

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Ukrainian Malware Attacks: Fake Ransomware Explained and why your business must be cyber-aware

Yann News 9 minutes

Ukraine finds itself the centre of attention once more as troops from all sides gather at its borders. The Mainstream media sets about its rhetoric of subtle and persistent biases and succeeds in stoking fear and paranoia among their audiences. Western media is now focused on reporting that Russia is supposedly threatening an invasion, and that this strife between the …

What is all the fuss about passwordless authentication?

What is all the fuss about Passwordless Authentication?

Yann Guides, News 9 minutes

Poor password hygiene remains a key security weakness for many businesses. All employees know that a password should be long, complex, unique and never shared with anyone. Although this is simple in theory, in practice it can be difficult to remember a new complex password for every application or system. For this reason, it is common for employees to re-use …

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Cybersecurity for Small and Medium Businesses – Q & A time

Yann News 9 minutes

It is no surprise that the past 2 years of remote and hybrid working has significantly accelerated digital transformation for most small and medium businesses. Although the implementation of new technologies has changed the way that these businesses function, it may have also created many potential security risks. As businesses move into 2022, it is important that all small and …

Endpoint protection - what is it and how does it work.

Key challenges of endpoint security

Yann Guides, News 8 minutes

  The rise of hybrid working has forever changed how businesses must view their security posture. As employees are now working between multiple locations, the risk of data breaches, cyberattacks and network intrusion has grown exponentially. With employees working from home, it is more difficult for IT teams to ensure employees are following best practices to avoid an attack, and …

Why should businesses migrate to sharepoint online?.

Why should businesses migrate to SharePoint Online?

Yann News 7 minutes

Why businesses should migrate to SharePoint Online Microsoft SharePoint was launched 2001 and over the past   20 years has massively grown in popularity with over 200 million users relying on the product in 2020. SharePoint Online is a cloud-based content management tool that enables users to store files online for sharing and collaboration. A well-designed SharePoint site also reduces the …

2021: the year of cyber attacks.

2021.. the blockbuster year for Cyberattacks

Yann News 9 minutes

2021 has been a year of digital transformation for all businesses. The widespread adoption of remote and hybrid work has resulted in employees being more reliant than ever on technology. A consequence of this reliance on technology has been a massive rise in the frequency and severity of cyberattacks, across all industries and business sizes. Many of these attacks were …

Benefits of implementing single sign on for businesses.

Why businesses should implement Single Sign-On (SSO)

Yann News 7 minutes

Businesses typically have subscriptions to many different cloud services, everything from Microsoft 365 to Client Relationship Management software. With so many services requiring unique login credentials, employees often reuse passwords between multiple applications. This poses a significant security risk – if one cloud service suffers a data breach, cybercriminals may be able to access all other accounts with the same …

What do you do if you experience a cyber attack?

What do you do if you fall victim to a cyberattack?

Yann Guides, News 9 minutes

Between 2020 and 2021, 4 in 10 businesses and a quarter of charities reported some form of cybersecurity breach or attack. These figures are increasing year-on-year as cybercriminals innovate with new attack vectors to infiltrate businesses for profit or to steal valuable data. For a business owner, if you have not already, now is the time to invest in a …

Thinking of implementing BYOD? Some key tips on getting it right.

8 steps to successfully implement a BYOD programme

Yann Guides, News 8 minutes

As employees return to the office, many businesses will be implementing a Bring-Your-Own-Device (BYOD) programme. There are many potential benefits of introducing a BYOD programme, including substantial cost savings, convenience for employees, and flexibility in work location. However, if your programme is not well planned, it carries a significant security risk. Employees may be using an unsecured device on a …

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Top 10 Golden nuggets from Microsoft Ignite November 2021

Yann News 2 minutes

Microsoft Ignite is Microsoft’s biggest conference where the tech-giant announces new features, capabilities and innovations across their ever-expanding product portfolio. This November’s event did not disappoint with exciting announcements across AI, security, the Metaverse and more. At the virtual Ignite conference 2021, Microsoft chief Satya Nadella made exciting new announcements and innovations across artificial intelligence (AI), security, enterprise collaboration, Metaverse …

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10 tips to get the most out of Microsoft OneNote

Yann Guides, News, Tips 8 minutes

Microsoft 365 is the gift that keeps giving. There is a smorgasbord of cool apps. Notably, this feature is about OneNote. This great app is a digital notebook for legal eagles, students and everyone else. Microsoft OneNote is a digital note-taking app that is packed full of features. It is easy to use and can be organised like a real …

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Facebook WI-FI for your clients and customers.

Yann News 3 minutes

ABCOM are now rolling out Facebook Wi-Fi to help businesses attract and retain customers by providing guest Wi-Fi. Facebook Wi-Fi helps small and medium-sized businesses attract and retain customers by providing a seamless guest Wi-Fi experience. From coffee shops to event venues, customers can easily connect to the internet using their Facebook or Instagram accounts and engage with the business’ …

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What is Cyber Essentials and why does my business need it?

Yann News 11 minutes

Cyber attacks come in many shapes and sizes, but the vast majority are very basic and carried out by relatively unskilled individuals. They’re the digital equivalent of a thief trying your front door to see if it’s unlocked. Our advice is designed to prevent these attacks. All businesses will hold and access some form of data. These can include confidential …

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Cloud computing for charities

Yann News 8 minutes

The role that not-for-profit businesses play in society has evolved significantly over the years. In the past decade, the number of charities in the UK & Ireland has grown by 10,000, with many of the newer ones looking to fill gaps in the countries’ mental health and social support systems. Unfortunately, the level of public trust in charities has not …

6 ways to improve your it security now.

 6 ways to improve your IT security and avoid a ransomware attack NOW

Yann News 9 minutes

The recent ransomware attacks on the Irish Health Service show that, regardless of size or industry, any business can be targeted by cybercriminals. It can be difficult to stay up to date with all the new attack vectors and methods that hackers are using to gain access to sensitive data or lock businesses’ IT networks. However, there are policies and …

Work smarter with Microsoft Outlook tips.

Work smarter in Outlook with these tips

Yann Guides, News 10 minutes

The amount of emails sent and received around the world is growing day by day. By 2021 there are approximately 4.147 billion email users in 2021 Microsoft first released their email client known as Microsoft Internet Mail and News in 1996. Since then, Outlook has gone through many changes and is now one of the Microsoft applications that most people use …

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Hacking the Humans: close protection tips against social engineering attacks

Yann News 9 minutes

Most of us are familiar with the traditional way of hacking such as cracking passwords, hacking computers or exploiting software vulnerabilities. However, when businesses are trying to increase their security, one of the most dangerous methods is often not given enough attention, these are social engineering attacks. What is social engineering? Social engineering attacks rely on human interaction to manipulate …

Virtual desktop

Is the future of the computer experience virtual?

Yann News 8 minutes

As the UK stutters and stumbles towards a post-freedom day “full reopening”, companies across the land are still struggling with changing regulations. Peoples’ expectations also change in regards to remote work, safe workplaces as COVID continues to spread, and productivity in this new hybrid model of employment. Another significant factor many companies will have to contend with is the question …

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Whatsup with WhatsApp

Yann News, Social Media 9 minutes

WhatsApp Messenger, or simply WhatsApp, is an American freeware program owned by Facebook, Inc. It’s a cross-platform centralised messaging and voice-over-IP service package. It allows users to send text and voice messages, make voice and video calls, share images, documents, user locations, and other content. In recent years it has become very popular and is increasingly used for business communication. …

Six interesting new features of windows 11.

Get The Most Out of Windows 11

Yann News 6 minutes

6 years ago, Microsoft released Windows 10, the successor to relatively short-lived Windows 8. Microsoft has just announced the next major release of the Windows operating system, Windows 11. This release has a new user interface and aims to increase productivity and provide a seamless experience for those working both in the office and at home. We’ve compiled a list …

Time to update security updates for adobe acrobat and reader.

Adobe Acrobat and Reader threat advisory

Yann News 6 minutes

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 …

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

Yann News 8 minutes

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 …

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10 reasons why you should be using Azure Active Directory

Yann News 5 minutes

Microsoft’s Azure Active Directory (Azure AD) is a cloud-based directory and identity management service. It’s an important platform when any company wants to engage in secure cloud services and offers many security benefits. Azure AD (Now called Entra) 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 …