As an Account Manager here at Virtual IT, a London based, IT support company offering a unique, fully-managed outsourced IT services, I speak to many clients on a daily basis. One of the questions I get asked with ever increasing regularity revolves around when or if the company owner/s should replace a users’ desktop or notebook computer.
Security is never far from the top of the agenda and a couple of stories that caught my eye recently brought this into focus.
Firstly – Associated Press (AP) who recently had their Twitter account hacked. The hacker then tweeted that there had been an explosion at the White House and that President Obama had been injured. This was rectified reasonably quickly but not before the US stock market took a dive based on this misinformation. AP managed to regain control of their twitter account in fairly short order, and I’m sure you’ll be pleased to know that the stock market also recovered, and the world didn’t implode on itself in the mass panic. The only real lasting effect of this as far as I can see was a significant amount of egg on the collective face of AP.
With the arrival of all the new faster and larger hard drives over the last few years, many businesses have allowed their data to grow at a rapid rate with the view that the amount of storage can be expanded quite easily with the addition of a few new 1TB hard drives.
Business Continuity is one of those often bandied around terms. However, not many people understand it fully. There are many facets to Business Continuity and, contrary to popular belief, the IT elements of it are relatively few compared to the bigger picture of business operations.
After the childlike enthusiasm emanating around the office on the Surface RT’s launch back in October last year, things have gone a little flat. We knew it was a really good form factor that declared itself as a genuine productivity tool; it just needed to be able to run some core applications such as Outlook, Sage, and our CRM client. Being able to bind it to a domain would also mean that the fundamental compromise of using a tablet to date would be removed.