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Top 7 Reasons Why IT Support is Critical for Business

IT Support is critical

No organisation today can function without technology. Gone is the traditional office environment and with it, the tons of paperwork, adding machines, airmail envelopes, and the trusty old landline. Even in-person meetings and physical reporting for work have become optional. What has become indispensable in the modern workplace instead, is the assortment of IT devices—servers, desktops, laptops, connectivity devices, smartphones, etc., as well as IT services and applications for every business process.

An enterprise’s IT hardware and software components however are only as good as their capacity to function effectively, and the users’ collective ability to utilise them. Consider the potential loss of opportunity for instance, if an ecommerce website experienced downtime for even a few hours. Or think about the employees’ wasted time if they are unable to use their PCs or access their work applications due to some technical issue. This is where the value of IT support is most apparent.

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Digital Transformation: 5 Common Pitfalls and How to Avoid Them

Digital Transformation

Undergoing a digital transformation (DX) has been a top business objective for many organisations over the last decade. With the availability of a wide range of technological tools and processes these days, it’s only natural for companies to want to leverage these tools to promote business growth. Despite the efforts, investment, and time that enterprises channel into a digital strategy however, the reality is that a good portion of digital transformation projects fail.

There are many factors that can contribute to DX failure. In this post, we discuss the 5 key reasons why success could be out of reach, and how you can counter these challenges so your company can forge a better path. But first what is digital transformation?

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What is Automated Incident Response? 6 Ways It Can Benefit Your Business

Automated Incident Response

Threats to organisations continue to grow according to a report by Netherlands-based Surfshark. Based on the VPN company’s findings, 108.9 million accounts experienced data breaches in the 3rd of 2022—a whopping 70% surge on a quarter-by-quarter basis.

The continuing rise in successful attacks despite the availability of tools that can help monitor incoming threats may be attributed to the lack of cybersecurity incident management. This means that security alerts that could have effectively warned against impending risks were left unattended, leaving enterprises vulnerable.

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9 Useful Tactics for Your Cloud Cost Optimisation Strategy

Cloud Optimisation Strategy

Now that most organisations are all caught up and aboard the cloud computing train, the focus has now shifted to discovering and unlocking the promised value of the cloud. While the cloud’s elasticity and agility have provided enterprise-grade IT infrastructure to smaller businesses without incurring heavy capital expenditures, it has also led to significant waste of resources and difficulty in controlling cloud spending.

A McKinsey Digital article reveals that a whopping 80% of companies find it challenging to manage cloud spend. Further, the Anodot 2022 State of Cloud Cost survey reports that 49% of businesses struggle with cloud costs. This scenario is certainly not what enterprises anticipated when they decided to embark on the cloud journey. Fortunately, there’s a sound approach to managing costs so you can maximise your cloud solutions; it’s called cloud cost optimisation.

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8 Tips for Choosing the Right Firewall for Your Business

Choosing the Right Firewall

For years now, firewalls have been considered as one of the critical pieces of an organisation’s IT security infrastructure. The importance of firewall security has become even more apparent as the world further advances into digital technologies, and this is why firewalls are evolving in features and functionality and its market is growing at a fast pace.

In this blog post, we discuss the important considerations to keep in mind when choosing a firewall for your enterprise. But to start with, it’s best to refresh our basic knowledge.

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Why Cloud Cost Optimisation is Now a Necessity

Why Cloud Cost Optimisation is Now a Necessity

If your organisation has migrated to the cloud, then good for you. Depending on the extent of your utilisation of cloud solutions, you would have already saved your business valuable time, manpower, and money. As enterprises may discover at some point, however, there are also some challenges to embracing cloud computing. One of these is to understand exactly where your cloud spend is going. To avoid inefficiency and wastefulness, it’s important to use cloud resources in the right way by applying cloud cost optimisation.

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What are Thin Clients and When Would You Need Them?

What are Thin Clients

The rise of virtual computing environments and the constant challenge to lower operating costs have spurred the demand for thin clients. From its current 2022 valuation of USD 1.19 billion, the global thin client market is expected to reach USD 1.32 billion by 2030, or an annual growth rate of 2.8%.

What has further aided the increased usage of thin clients is the advancement of technologies such as faster broadband networks, more powerful servers, cheaper storage, and a host of cloud solutions to cater to the enterprise’s every need. In this blog post, we discuss what a thin client is, what its advantages are, and the use cases that would make it better over the PC.

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6 Reasons Why You Should Improve Your Cloud Security

Cloud Security

As we head further into the digital era, the need for cyber security has never been more apparent. Organisations are moving many of their business applications and data into the cloud, making the cloud a prime target for cyber criminals and threat actors. If you’re not yet paying extra attention to your cloud security, then it’s high time you did.

Cloud Security Defined

Cloud Security Defined

Cloud security is a discipline of cybersecurity that focuses primarily on protecting the cloud. Also referred to as cloud computing security, it is the collection of security policies, guidelines, procedures and technologies designed to work together to secure cloud-based applications and systems.

Enterprises of all sizes are now paying more attention to cloud security with the increased reliance on a cloud environment. Not only are business data, customer information, and other valuable data assets being entrusted to cloud storage, but the ‘attack surface’ of cyber threats has also significantly expanded with employees using a variety of smart devices as they work from anywhere.

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What is Evasive Malware and How Big a Threat is It?

what is evasive malware

How do you eliminate a threat if you don’t know it’s there? Threat actors are increasingly incorporating evasive tactics into their malware, and traditional cyber security solutions are having a hard time detecting them. The moment you realise you’ve been attacked by an evasive malware, your systems would have long been compromised.

It’s important to know your adversary and understand how they operate in order to formulate appropriate countermeasures. That’s why we’re publishing this blog post. We hope to educate you about evasive malware, what they are, what level of threat they pose, what evasive tactics they employ, and what you can do to prevent them from taking hold of your systems.

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How the Pandemic and Its Aftermath Boosts the Case for VDI

Virtual desktop infrastructure

The adoption of remote work has never been as rushed as in the last couple of years, fueled by the global crisis that was COVID-19 and the movement limitations it brought about. Amidst all the adjustments that businesses have had to make to cope with the situation, Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) and related cloud solutions paved the way in helping organisations successfully shift to a remote workforce.

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