The Demise of XP & the Do’s and Don’ts of Backup

The support has now officially ended for the popular operating system Window XP. Businesses who are still running on Windows XP will need to consider moving to a supported operating system such as Windows 7 or 8 because, without new updates and support it will make systems more vulnerable to malicious attacks.

Whether you choose Windows 7 or 8 you have to think about data backup and about how to migrate your data across to the new operating system.

Click on the image below to see Richard Carty from Netshield discussing the do’s and don’ts of backing-up your valuable data on BizToBizTV.

Data Backup, Windows XP, Netshield, Richard Carty

RIP Windows XP, but what next. Richard Carty of Netshield explains some of the do’s and don’ts of backing up your precious data.

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Data Loss – It could happen to you…

Businesses are reliant on data to be operational but, what happens if suddenly all your data is gone or if some of it is missing?
Businesses are reliant on data to be operational but, what happens if suddenly all your data is gone or if some of it is missing? What is your data backup plan?

Data Backup – Why is it Important to Carry Out?

Corporations often rely heavily on data to be operational but, what happens if suddenly the data is gone, compromised or corrupted? Would the business be able to resume operations quickly? According to the Strategic Research Institute, companies who are unable to resume processes within 10 days in event of a disaster are unlikely to survive more than a year!

By securely backing-up business data and applications it could aid the survival of a company if there was a issue because it provides contingency – a backup could be the saviour of a data disaster.

Data loss can occur due to a number of reasons like the business being a victim of cybercrime, human errors, data corruption, hardware failures and even natural disasters. By having data backup in place it would help lower the potential negative impact on the business due to data loss related issues.

As data incidences cannot be predicted corporations must schedule regular backup’s. The term ‘regular’ is dependent on the type of data that is being backup up. For example for data files that are used and amended everyday, it should be backed-up every day.

It is great to carry out backup procedures and schedule it regularly but, it is another story as to whether the backup has actually worked – it has been found that companies that tested tape backup sources found discrepancies or failures in the data 77% of the time.

So, good practice would be to regularly check whether the data is correctly stored, especially when using traditional tape backup. If you are currently in the process of choosing a backup solution, a ‘Cloud Backup’ solution is said to be more reliable and accurate compared to traditional tape. For more information on Data Backup and Recovery Services that Netshield offers please contact us today.

Netshield Wins at the Golden Bridge Export Award

On the 15th November 2012 the Netshield team attended the glamorous Golden Bridge Export awards 2012 gala awards ceremony and on the next day we came back to Netshield headquarters with the Best Newcomer Export award!

In its 16th year, the Golden Bridge Export Awards was an initiative born from the Belgian-Luxembourg Chamber of Commerce in Great Britain and this year saw the British Chamber of Commerce in Belgium, in collaboration with UK Trade and Investment awarding for the first time, the best exporters from the UK to Belgium.

The event took place at the glamorous and attractive Belgian-Luxembourg Chamber of Commerce club house and the ceremony was full of entertainment and glitz, with musical performances and fine dining.

Richard Carty, Joint Founder and Commercial Director of Netshield said: “We’re delighted to be recognised for making a very real and positive contribution to the UK’s export drive. We are extremely proud to have been considered for this award alongside esteemed finalists Ramsden International, Supergroup and University of Kent”.

“Netshield took the decision to export its specialist managed IT services two years ago and has found the Belgian market to be very receptive to its state-of-the-art quality service offer. We are all thrilled to be recognised with the coveted Best Newcomer award that firmly establishes Netshield as a key UK exporter of quality services and outstanding successes in the Belgian market”.

We will certainly continue to ‘Fly the Flag for UK in Brussels’ and thank you to all those that has provided us with continuous support.

Business of Cybercrime Part 1: With everything turning digital, why not crime as well?

Cybercrime is on the increase as we generate more and more digital data on a daily basis, this is especially the case within organisations. It was found in government reports cybercrime cost the UK economy £27billion pounds where £21billion was cost to businesses. They describe cybercrime as ‘any illegal activity that uses a computer or the internet as its primary means of commission to include any activity that uses a computer as a storage device’; as the Cabinet Office suggest ‘Technology has enable old crimes to be committed in a new and subtle way’.

Typical examples of business cybercrime:-

  • Information Theft
  • Extortion
  • Corporation Identity Theft
  • Reputation Attacks

Data is an organisations key asset and we generate more everyday whether it is from a simple email or the creation of a new contract – data is invaluable and in the wrong hands things can take a nasty turn.

For example: In May 2012 ‘Hackers Blackmail Belgian Bank with Threats to publish their Customer Data’. The company experienced a data breach, where the hackers claimed to have captured login credentials and tables with online loan applications holding details such as full names, job descriptions, contact information and income figures. Hackers demanded payments of around US$197000 and they would not publish the data. According to the hackers the data was stored unprotected and unencrypted on the servers. Luckily for the company, hackers did not follow through with the threat.’ – Source: CIO.com  

This case is classical example of a business being victims of information theft and being extorted for their security vulnerabilities. Would you be able to predict what it would cost the business if a cybercrime incident occurred? What if your IT infrastructure is hacked, data is stolen and the Information Commission Office imposes a hefty fine? What if a hacker decides to ruin your company reputation?

Cybercrime affects different businesses in different ways and it is unpredictable; so, when it comes to cybercrime precautionary measures are necessary in order to decrease the risk of becoming a victim.