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What are the benefits of hiring an IT Director?

What are the benefits of hiring an IT Director?

What are the benefits of hiring an IT Director?

How important is IT to your company?

Consider for just a few moments the importance of computer systems to your company’s success.  Here’s a few specific questions to help you weigh it up:

  • If your IT stops working, how quickly is the pain felt?
    • How quickly can you recover if things do go wrong?
  • Are you confident you are aware of relevant technological solutions which could help you be more successful?
    • Sell more?
    • Understand your customers / potential customers better?
    • Supply your goods / services more productively and cost effectively?
  • Is technology a propeller or an anchor in your business?
    • Are you investing in the right technology?
    • Are you making the most out of the technology you have already bought?
    • Are you getting value for money from your IT spend?
  • Are you confident that your company is well protected from cyber crime?

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The leaver: gone – but too often forgotten

The leaver: gone – but too often forgotten

The leaver: gone – but too often forgotten

You’ve had the farewell drinks. You’ve signed the ‘Good luck’ card and wished your soon to be former colleague well in their new role.

It’s unlikely the next thing you do is tell them to keep a spare set of keys for their company car and pop back any time they like to have a spin.

No one would dream of being this lax with their physical assets when an employee leaves their company

It is astonishing how many firms are not similarly vigilant when it comes to their digital assets. For example, do you know how many of your former employees still have login details for your main corporate Wi-Fi network? If not, it is a cyber equivalent of having a pool of unauthorised key holders for the company car fleet. There could be little to prevent those past colleagues standing outside the building and having a quick surf to see what they can find. If they feel aggrieved over the circumstances of their departure, that risk may be increased. Read More

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What should be included in a business continuity plan?

What should be included in a business continuity plan?

What should be included in a business continuity plan?

Unpalatable, but predictable

You’ll be glad to know this isn’t another Coronavirus article. Businesses have been faced with severe threats to their survival long before anyone had heard of COVID-19 – floods, fires and other localised disruptions are not new. Pandemics do remind us however that unpalatable events can and will happen.

COVID-19 is unusual in recent history because its consequences for business have been so severe and so widely felt. And it brings into sharp focus the relationship between likelihood and impact. Once in a lifetime events are, by definition, very rare. But when they do strike the pain can be relatively high. We may be less able, or perhaps less willing (sometimes with justifiable good reason), to prepare. And – yes – let’s be honest – that justification may be that reducing the risk is prohibitively expensive and we decide therefore that it is a risk worth taking. Read More

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I’m unhappy with my IT support. What should I do?

I’m unhappy with my IT support. What should I do?

I’m unhappy with my IT support. What should I do?

In this article I explain what to do if you outsource your IT support to a third party and things aren’t going as well as they should be.

I don’t know what to ask, let alone understand the answers!

I’ve got an admission to make – IT used to be my least favourite thing at work. It all started from the shock of being given responsibility for the IT function in a very large manufacturing plant. My politics degree hadn’t covered servers, firewalls and networks. I had managerial experience but felt very uncomfortable wearing my new hat. I didn’t know what questions to ask; I wouldn’t have understood the answers even if I did. Read More

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EasylifeIT™ Data Protection Audit

EasylifeIT™ Data Protection Audit

Data Protection Audit

THE STORM HAS PASSED – RIGHT?

“GDPR – thank goodness that is over! I got fed up with e-mails asking for my consent and inviting me to read privacy notices.”
Relief seems to have been a common reaction to the arrival of the UK’s third generation of data protection laws. After months of media attention and a good deal of confusion, everything seemingly went quiet.

You could be forgiven for thinking the storm had passed. Time to start the clean-up operation and cleanse the inbox of all those GDPR related messages from May you never opened. It all blew over and nothing really happened. It was just like the Millennium Bug. Not quite… Read More

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