Discover the advantages of Managed IT Services with UKTI and Netshield

On the 22nd October 2013, Netshield will be holding an informative seminar tailored for Trade Associations to discuss the advantages of Managed IT Services for the sector, at the British Embassy in Brussels.

Netshield will be working with UK Trade & Investment (UKTI) in Belgium to host a seminar that is aimed at representatives of trade associations and sector federations, who are seeking to reduce the stress of IT Management and improve productivity. It will take place on the 22nd October 2013, at the prestigious British Embassy in Brussels from 9.30 – 13.00 (Central European Time).

Richard Carty, Commercial Director of Netshield commented ‘Netshield has been exporting IT services to Europe for just over 18 months now and Brussels is where our European office is based. By working with a number of Chambers and Associations within this time, we have built a good understanding of the needs and issues the sector face when it comes to IT. This seminar will be an opportunity to show the audience how a Managed IT service can help reduce the stress of IT and improve efficiency’

‘We are also delighted that the British Ambassador Jonathan Brenton, Sam Rowe, communications consultant working with AGEP association management and Glenn Vaughan, Chief Executive at the British Chamber of Commerce of Belgium will be able to join us at the event’ added Richard Carty.

For more information or to register for the event please go to http://goo.gl/5ZYXdz

Corporate BYOD: The Benefits and Risks

One in four devices used for work are now either smartphones or tablets, and on average, an individual carries or has access to at least three devices. It is not surprising that the ability to work anywhere and anytime has led to the growth of ‘Bring Your Own Device’ (BYOD) – part of the broader consumerization of IT trend – where employees are using personally-owned devices for business purposes.

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‘1 in 4 devices used for work are now mobile devices’

BYOD can provide a number of benefits to organizations of any size: enabling a mobile workforce, improving productivity, reducing costs, etc. It offers employees flexibility, providing them the ability to have a work-life balance that is personalized. Although the BYOD trend brings benefits, it also has corporate security implications.

IT departments often perceive personal devices as a corporate risk, because it is a foreign object to the IT infrastructure, with an unknown history, unknown level of security measures and no control over the level of access.

Corporations can take the stance of prohibiting personal devices, but it would not solve the issue, as employees are often undeterred by security policies and access corporate data anyway, which means it will be unmonitored and even more of a security threat to the IT network.

It has been predicted that by 2018, 70% of professionals will conduct their work on personal devices. Companies need to embrace the trend by taking a structured approach to BYOD with detailed policies in place. A non-structured approach can potentially weaken a company’s data security barrier, cause compliance issues and increase vulnerability to cyber crimes.

Corporations also need to assess the benefits and tailor the policies to the company culture and regulatory requirements. For example, IBM adopted a BYOD policy, but they banned the use of Dropbox, a cloud storage provider, and Siri, Apple’s personal assistant service, due to security concerns.

BYOD policies need to be carefully considered and implemented. Employees must be educated about the importance of data security and incident reporting; procedures must be in place if a device containing business data is lost or stolen, as it can have huge data security implications. Data security needs to be built into the corporate culture.

Protection from data breaches need to be considered when implementing BYOD, like having a mobile management system in place that would allow an IT administrator to carry out tasks such as enforcing corporate security policies or wiping the device if it was lost or stolen. Ensuring devices have authentication processes and encryption is also advisable.

BYOD and the mobile workforce trends are set to grow, despite the security concerns. If BYOD deployment is executed with a structured approach, with sufficient policies and security measures in place and employees are educated on the importance of data security, corporations will benefit from BYOD in the long term.

If you require more information on BYOD implementation and security please contact us. This article originally appeared in the April 2013 issue of AmCham Connect.

Have you retired your Windows XP and upgrade to Window 7?

Last year we saw the launch of Window 8 and it completely changed the traditional interface of a Microsoft Operating System, like removing the start menu. There was also an announcement from Microsoft that the support for Windows XP will end in April 2014 after 13 years of service. So, you will not be able to receive any further updates/patches which could lead to the systems being less secure.

In recent research it has shown businesses who are looking to upgrade their systems now they will overwhelmingly choose Windows 7 over Windows 8 or Vista. It is the obvious choice because it is stable, secure, easy to use and compatible with a wide range of applications. The user experience also has a remarkably similar interface to XP which is helpful for less tech-savvy members of the team whereas, in Window 8 you will be faced with a board tiles on the homepage.

Here are our 7 advantages of Windows 7

1.Everything just seems easier
You’ll take to Windows 7 like a duck to water. Built-in troubleshooters help you fix printing issues, connect to networks and use multimedia and much more.

2. Get better security built-in.
It has a ‘Windows Defender’ built-in to boost the security of your computer against spyware and unwanted software. Alerts are simpler and easier to take action on. And Windows 7 also supports fingerprint readers to unlock your computer or device!

3. Have all your files instantly at hand.
Windows XP was a real workhorse, but Windows 7 works even harder. With an easy to use search bar, all your files and documents are instantly available when you need them.

4. Organise your wireless connections.
Windows 7 automatically remembers all your wireless connections so you’ll only need to set them up once.

5. Hassle-free backups.
Backups can be a pain, which is why Windows 7 has improved XP’s great ‘System Restore’ feature so it can now also backup automatically.

6. There’s no need to abandon older applications.
Continue to use your old applications because most of them (even though they were designed for Windows XP) will run perfectly with Windows 7 too.

7. Extend the life of your existing PC.
It’s what’s inside that counts and the same is true for your PC. You don’t need to upgrade your computer hardware to enjoy a faster and more efficient computer especially when the benefits of Windows 7 are just a click away.

However, there are positives of the Window 8 operating system too like speedy boot time, dynamic desktop, improve search function and Windows live syncing. But the differentiating feature is ‘Windows To Go’ as it offer users convenience allowing users to make a copy of their operating system complete with their settings, wallpapers files and even applications into a USB thumb drive.  So once you plug it into another computer with Windows 8, everything looks just like your desktop!!

But, the decision is yours.

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