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In the Cloud game Azure is the new game changer, it was Amazon Web Services solo run for a while but Microsoft with Windows Azure is determine to close the gap. Azure offers IaaS (Infrastructure as a Service) and Paas (Platform as a Service), basically unmanaged and managed services. You can choose to host all your services on Azure Cloud’s or choose a Hybrid option (your private datacenter+Azure public cloud)   The biggest selling point is the advantages for developers, Microsoft...

With a world of non stop advancing technologies comes non stop security threats and you have a duty to your clients , customers and staff to protect the information you hold on them. whatever your business size you have this duty and you can not ignore that. Not one week passes that we do not hear of the a massive security breach.   In the past, hackers were most likely, highly skilled programmers who understood the details of...

Malware & Exploits, What you need to know   Today’s cyber threat landscape is driven by an array of attack techniques that grow constantly in both diversity and sophistication. To the average person, the often bizarre and cryptic names given to most attacks offer little about the attack’s nature. However, it’s a fair assumption that not all cyber attacks are created equal; there are several different techniques and vectors to consider, for starters. Regardless whether or not you are technically versed when it...

According to a major new survey from the Irish Computer Society, IRISH companies are suffering data breaches in record numbers. The survey, conducted among IT administrators in 256 Irish-based companies, reveals that more than half of Irish firms have experienced a data breach in the last 12 months, with 22pc suffering multiple breaches. The incidence of data breaches is sharply up on the previous 12 months, where just 43pc reported a breach.   One in three Irish company IT managers...

What is Ransomware Ransomware is a type of malware which restricts access to the computer system that it infects and demands a ransom paid to the creator of the malware in order for the restriction to be removed. Some forms of ransomware encrypt files on the system’s hard drive, while some may lock the system and display messages intended to trick or coax the user into paying a fee. Ransomware typically propagates via web browsing or downloading an infected file or email attachment. In many cases the...

Real-Time Business Intelligence For many business leaders, getting an accurate view of the business can be challenging. Many departments using different systems to store information with none of these systems talking to one another. From the top level to the front line, effective decision-making is compromised without reliable, timely data. Our Real-Time Business Intelligence solution provides the power of built-in, real-time dashboards, reporting and analyzing across your organisation. Given you true value-added insight to identify issues, to see...

Would you buy a product that only works only 50% of the time? Many Irish companies have relied on traditional anti-virus products for years, some continue to renew the same solution year upon year, without ever stopping to think that maybe they should look to see if this renewal is money well spent. A recent Gartner study found that 44 per cent of companies protected by traditional anti-virus had been infected by malware. This report only confirms what Brian...

Internet Browsing – The danger of  drive-by downloads A drive-by download refers to the unintentional download of a virus or malicious software (malware) onto your computer or mobile device. Now, just opening a compromised web page could allow dangerous code to install on your device. Gone are the days when you had to click to “accept” a download or install a software update in order to become infected. You just need to visit or “drive by” a web page,...

Every day we are being warned of a new Email scam, today we are bring you this one and the latest one hitting Ireland, this seems to come from the IRS complaints service, the IRS (Internal Revenue Service) or the Department of Justice is a legitimate U.S. organization, however this emails do not come from the IRS instead they use an email address similar, or one that is created to look like like IRS. It contains an attachment...

Here are some things you need to be aware of when going online. 1. Copyright is important The World Wide Web contains a vast array of content of all kind, such as music, images, video, text and so on, that may fall under copyright rules. Internet content is easy to access, nevertheless, there are rules and laws that do not allow using someone’s content without permission.   2. Be careful when receiving e-mails from unknown sources Have you received an e-mail from an...