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Lancaster-headquartered tech firm, Q2Q IT, has provided technical support to aid the establishment of a new office in the heart of Clitheroe town centre, as rural land and property specialists Armitstead Barnett continues to expand its presence in the North West.

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The cloud has been a rather popular topic of conversation in the corporate world recently – with 88% of UK businesses reported to have adopted a cloud-based approach to their systems. Therefore, it’s no wonder the industry is continuing to see a spike in the amount of organisations weighing up the pros and cons of this virtual technology – but do the benefits really outnumber the drawbacks?

For SME’s looking for an answer to this burning question, you might like to read on…

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Now, the topic of cyber-security – and the importance of it – is nothing new to the business scene. But despite SMEs knowing that effective defence mechanisms are crucial to help protect against cyber-attacks and hacking attempts, many still don’t have the optimum level of protection for their business.

And, with two thirds of SMEs – or 67% – being more concerned about cyber-threats now than they were 12 months ago, it goes without saying that it’s worth investing the time and effort into safeguarding your systems from a dreaded hacking or data breach situation.

While anti-virus software plays a key role in preventing pesky attacks from happening, unfortunately this alone will not conserve your SME’s cyber-safety – there’s a lot more to it than that…

So, if you do one thing this month, ensure your cyber-security is as strong as it can possibly be. We’ve put a few steps together to help you along the way!

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For as long as I can remember, the Q2Q blog has focused on all-things-technical – which is good, considering we are IT specialists. However, in my role as organisational development director, I believe there’s so much more to the successful IT equation than just the industry knowledge.

Understanding people and their business goals plays a huge part in solving the whole puzzle. And, while there is no getting away from the fact that IT support is a fast-paced world – and staying ahead of the curve is key – in a service-led industry it’s impossible to truly plan from one week to the next, as you can’t predict which of your customers will encounter issues and when. 

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As a business owner, keeping your employees safe online sounds like it should be easy, but with the increasingly sophisticated hacking tactics of cyber-criminals, this sadly isn’t the truth – in most cases at least.

Despite the majority of threats originating from outside an organisation, all too often actual cyber-security incidents emerge due to the actions of someone much closer to the office – an employee.

There’s no hiding from the fact that 2018 was replete with cyber-attacks and data theft – with at least one breach appearing in the news each month, and it’s important to be aware that sadly, this trend is likely to continue in a similar vein throughout 2019.

In fact, it was only last week that one of the biggest data breaches in history was recorded – with 772 million email addresses and 22 million passwords having been leaked at once. So, how can SMEs ensure their staff – and systems – remain safe? Well, if you’re unsure, the following tips are a useful place to start…

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So, it may be a new year, but unfortunately that doesn’t mean that all 2018’s cyber-problems have disappeared in a puff of smoke. In fact, there’s lots of noise in the media regarding how 2019 is set to be an even bigger year for the ever-evolving technology landscape – with an increasing focus on cyber-security, ransomware and remote working.

With this in mind, what are the real IT issues and security trends that SME owners across the country should be keeping their eyes peeled for?

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At the start of a new year, there are resolutions flying around left, right and centre – all focusing on how to self-improve and make life better. Rarely are these pledges stuck to, with many people falling off the wagon just weeks in, but we’re here to help!

Now, we can’t help companies with their personal resolutions, but we can help with any business-related goals – particularly if they involve IT.

Our newly-launched blog series – ‘If you do one thing this month…’ – is aimed at helping SME owners cut through the seemingly endless list of to-dos, and hone in on one key area that will help with the smoother running of your day-to-day workings. Sounds good, right?

So, to kickstart 2019, we’re talking about mastering the IT basics – because if your foundations aren’t right, your IT infrastructure is sure to crumble at the smallest knock…

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Over half of SME owners count internet issues as one of their biggest bugbears heading into 2019. Phishing emails from overseas ‘billionaires’ meanwhile, still tops the list of the strangest mailbox scams from the past 12 months. 

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Thursday, 13 December 2018 09:00

How to avoid a CryptoLocker attack

Given that between 60% and 90% of organisations fail after a security breach or data loss – and with plenty in the news about CryptoLocker attacks and GDPR fines – it’s never been more important for SME owners to make sure sensitive company data is stored somewhere safe.

By protecting your data, you’ll not only minimise the level of damage if you were to become the victim of a cyber-attack, but also enable rapid recovery in the event of a power outage or natural disaster, for example.

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 For SME owners, cyber-security is usually right at the top of your support shopping list. Never has this been more apparent than in recent months – where reports of data breaches and ransomware attacks have hit the UK headlines.

In August, the government issued a warning after people had received emails purporting to originate within the Ministry of Defence, attempting to make contact or seeking money. It’s exactly this kind of social engineering which cyber-criminals are employing, in order to hook their victims.

By playing to the public’s trust of those in senior positions, SME’s need to be savvy to a new breed of attacker – those which are relying on the ‘Colonel Effect’.

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