cybersecurity

I’m “only” from Staffordshire – the cybersecurity delusion

Tasha Horton Cybersecurity

As IT security specialists in Staffordshire when we broach the subject of cybersecurity we very often hear the same excuse. “Oh, but we’re only from Staffordshire, we’re not in danger.” Does that sound anything like you? Unfortunately, that’s a wide-reaching and damaging delusion. We have a tendency to feel that other, bigger, farther away businesses in say London will be …

The 12 days of cybersecurity

The 12 days of cybersecurity (Christmas)

Tasha Horton Cybersecurity

Christmas is almost here, and we don’t want to drag the mood down with a depressing blog about cybersecurity so we thought we’d dress it up in a Christmas song to make it a bit more fun. Now we’re not poets or musicians so bear with our badly worded, non-rhyming take on the 12 days of Christmas. 12 “gifts” hackers …

techology: phone on wooden table with white screen and black text that says hello

Technology to revolutionise your small business

Tasha Horton Hardware, Software

The changes in technology over the last 20 years have been astounding. We’ve made the leap from brick phones to smartphones, in-house servers to Cloud, remote control to voice control. The leaps have been astronomical if you haven’t already seen technology revolutionising your business you will. Small businesses, in particular, are slow to catch onto the new technological trends, but …

Which source of funding for manufacturing is right for your business?

Tasha Horton Advice

Following on from our article about ‘Where to go for small business support’, we also wanted to highlight the funding opportunities available to manufacturing businesses. While running a manufacturing business comes with its own unique challenges, like any business a steady stream of cash is necessary to keep it afloat. As a result, it’s essential to have a tight grip …

A Dark Web. A spiders web in some long grass surrounded by darkness

Are your passwords on the Dark Web?

Tasha Horton Cybersecurity

The Dark Web The Dark Web is the corrupt underbelly of the Web, it’s the seedy, murky side you wouldn’t ever visit. You need specialist software to even access it and you wouldn’t want to go there. Its where illegal proceedings occur, and cybercriminals hang out. As a respected business owner you wouldn’t go there so are probably wondering why …

cyber essentials on computer

Why should I be Cyber Essentials Compliant?

Tasha Horton Cybersecurity

What exactly is Cyber Essentials? The governments National Cyber Security Centre put together Cyber Essentials in 2013. It came about to address the calls for standardisation of expectations for cybersecurity in business. The aim of Cyber Essentials is not only to protect your business from cyber-attacks but to reassure your customers and stakeholders that you’ve implemented the most important and …

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Cybersecurity jargon buster

Tasha Horton Cybersecurity, Hardware, Software

You’ve probably heard a lot about cybersecurity lately. Since the major cyber-attack on the NHS, there seems to have been an outpouring of publicised cyber-attacks on large and small businesses alike. Just in the last few weeks Superdrug, British Airways and Bristol Airport have all been hit with some form of cyber-attack. Although it can be scary to hear about …

Individualism

Me vs You. The rise of individualism in the workplace

Tasha Horton Advice, People

Consider for a minute the global East and West. When you compare the two side by side a number of defining and opposite characteristics probably flash through your mind – some stereotypical some perhaps not. But when it comes to core guiding principles there is a stark contrast. The East typically draws on a collectivist culture that values the group over the individual. Whereas the West draws on an individualistic …

What to do in a serious data breach

Paul Webster Advice, Cybersecurity

In today’s computerised world, serious data breaches are becoming all too common. It’s becoming a case of “if” not “when” as cyber-attacks sky rocket. Over the past few years, many organisations have fallen victim to these lapses in security; including public institutions like the NHS. It’s essential to know what to do should the worst happen, so here are a …

Keeping productive in the summer heat

Tasha Horton Advice

The UK is currently experiencing one of the longest and hottest heatwaves in recent memory. There hasn’t been any real rain for weeks and people have forgotten what jumpers look like. In conditions like these, it’s easy to lose concentration and let your business get away from you. This is especially true when people need to take a much-deserved break. With …

IT support leads to business growth

IT support – so much more than computers, tech and security.

Tasha Horton Hardware, Prompt PC, Software

Running a business takes a lot of hard work, dedication and difficult decision making. Your priorities, primarily business growth, mean that unfortunately, things can sometimes fall by the wayside. One of those things is often IT support. It’s easy to forget about computers, tech and security especially if you’re yet to face a cyber threat. However, a little-known fact is …

How does B2B Marketing differ from B2C?

Paul Webster Advice

When most people think about marketing, the first thing that pops into their mind is probably B2C (Business to Consumer) marketing. The sort of thing you’d find in most everyday transactions, like buying something for yourself online or on the high street. But B2B (Business to Business) transactions are some of the most important in the business world. So, what’s …

Man dressed in lots of different career outfits

Why all the fuss about careers is misleading

Tasha Horton People

The concept of a career has plagued generations for centuries. We all seem to have this obsession with finding the perfect “career”. It has to be something we love, it has to have progression opportunities, it has to be long term. With all this criteria it’s easy to see how people could become overwhelmed particularly in this limited job market. …

World cup pitch

What can we learn from the success of the England World Cup team?

Tasha Horton People

Unless you’ve been living under a rock you’ve probably heard about the England football teams success at the World Cup. Although they sadly didn’t bring football home they made a heroic effort, not only winning a penalty shootout but against all odds giving England fans hope and pride in their home team again. So after years of pretty dismal football …

How to save money by making the move to green

Tasha Horton Advice

Environmental protection is now one of the biggest issues on the planet. What was once a concern for activists and non-government organisations is now something that every business needs to address. But being more environmentally friendly isn’t just a PR stunt. It can put your business on the path to true sustainability, meaning that you can protect your business for …

Getting to grips with some more business jargon

Tasha Horton Advice, People

Business jargon is everywhere these days (so much so that we’ve already written a blog on the subject). Sometimes it can be difficult to wrap your head around what it all means. Well we’ve got you covered. Here are some more examples of business jargon that are taking the corporate world by storm: Armchair general An armchair general is someone …

Business man playing hard avoiding work

To work hard, you have to play hard!

Tasha Horton Advice

We’re all familiar with the phrase “work hard, play hard” its become a bit of a cliché, a joke, something you’d say casually, but not something we ever actually put a lot of serious thought to. But behind that one silly phrase sits a lot of truth. Our new workplace culture The instantaneous and all-encompassing nature of our workplace has …