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December 2018’s IT Security Briefing

Welcome to December’s issue of our IT Security Briefing. This month you can find out about: How to spot a phishing email; The top-clicked phishing email subjects; Microsoft support ending for 2008 servers; Marriott International’s data breach.   We hope you enjoy this issue, if there is anything you would like us to cover in […]
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Support for Windows Server 2008 and SQL Server 2008 Ending

  Be prepared! Microsoft will officially end its support for SQL Server 2008/R2 on 9th July 2019 and Windows Server 2008/R2 on 14th January 2020. Please get in touch with your Account Manager to discuss migration and upgrade to a new server
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Marriott International Data Breach November 2018

  You may have seen in the news that the records of 500 million customers of the hotel group Marriott International have been involved in a data breach. The hotel chain said the guest reservation database of its Starwood division had been compromised by an unauthorised party. To read more about the breach on the […]
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Top Clicked Phishing Email Subject Lines of the Last Quarter

  Security awareness training provider KnowBe4 have released their findings of the top-clicked phishing email subjects for the last quarter. The below are actual emails which users have received and reported to their IT departments as suspicious. You have a new encrypted message IT: Syncing Error – Returned incoming messages HR: Contact information FedEx: Sorry […]
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How to Spot a Phishing Email, with Three Easy Clues

  This is an example of the phishing emails we see every day. It is a real email that was sent to one of our generic email addresses. We have highlighted below some of the clues that show it isn’t an email from who it claims. It is trying to tempt us to a webpage […]
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Opening Hours Over the Festive Season 2018

Here are our office opening times for the 2018 festive season: Friday 21st December : 8am until 1pm (it’s our Christmas party!) Monday 24th December : 8am until 3pm Tuesday 25th December : CLOSED – Merry Christmas! Wednesday 26th December : CLOSED Thursday 27th December : 9am until 1pm Friday 28th December : 9am until […]
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November 2018’s IT Security Briefing

Welcome to November’s issue of our IT Security Briefing. This month you can find out about: How often you should backup your data; Backup and Disaster Recovery plans; The huge amount of phishing attacks already in 2018; The NCSC’s Weekly Threat Report.   We hope you enjoy this issue, if there is anything you would […]
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137 Million Phishing Attacks in Just One Quarter of 2018

  Kaspersky Lab has reported that there have been 137 million phishing attempts on their customers around the world in the third quarter of 2018, a 28% increase compared to the second quarter! Kaspersky have also revealed the increase in phishing over the past few years. In 2016, their system blocked 154 million phishing attempts, […]
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Do you have a Backup and Disaster Recovery (BDR) Plan?

  A BDR plan combines data backup and disaster solutions to minimise data loss and get your business back on track quickly in the event of a cyber-attack or human error. Any downtime can have a significant impact on your business and it is a mistake to think that your business would not be attacked […]
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Backup Early, Backup Often

  We’ve covered the 3-2-1 backup rule many times before, but it is crucial that you backup on a regular basis. One of the questions we get asked regularly is how often should I backup? The answer, unfortunately, varies and it depends on the work you are doing and what you are backing up. How […]
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