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Attention Office 365 Business users – genuinely useful new apps!

July 20th, 2017|Productivity|

Microsoft do have a habit of adding a succession of relatively mediocre new applications to their office 365 suite. Often these are reinvented version of exciting features or an app that has been freely available elsewhere being merged with Office 365. However, starting with the recent release of Outlook Customer Manager some genuinely useful features are [...]

How To Fly Into Disaster Without A Plan!

July 19th, 2017|Business Continuity|

Last month BA suffered an ‘IT problem’ that caused chaos around the world and resulted in flights being grounded. Depending on who you believe, the fallout is expected to cost BA between £80 and £100 million. Again, depending on who you believe, the problem was caused by a power outage. It is quite staggering that [...]

MiFID II – 6 months to go – Are you ready?

July 5th, 2017|Compliance|

MiFID II The MiFID (Markets in Financial Instruments Directive) is the EU legislation which applies to financial services firms involved in investment services and activities. The original legislation was applied in the UK in November 2007 and was intended to result in a more transparent and balanced marketplace across the EU. MiFID II, [...]

A Social Engineering Tale – You’re Getting Scammed, Buddy!

November 25th, 2016|Security and Threats|

Talking to my clients on a daily basis, it seems that many of them still think cyber crime only ever happens to somebody else! However, the reality is that cyber crime is now more profitable than the illegal drug trade. This is partly because entry into a life of cyber crime is a lot easier and less [...]

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Cyber Fraud – Two of the Biggest Scams Uncovered

November 22nd, 2016|Business Continuity, Security and Threats, Tips and Advice|

Here is the low down on two of the most common ransomware scams that you need to know about. The pay rise/redundancy scam Cyber criminals create an email that looks similar to that of a director. For example, joe.bloggs@acme.co.uk is changed to joe.bloggs@acme.com. Sometimes the email is also 'spoofed' so that it appears in your inbox as [...]

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Key People To Connect With During A Major IT Incident

November 17th, 2016|Business Continuity, Security and Threats|

When a major IT incident occurs, disaster recovery and business continuity plans come into their own.  With a cool head CEOs, CIOs, IT directors and other key people can do a lot towards limiting damage to the business, exposure to threats, and managing the outcome of the IT incident. As part of disaster planning it [...]

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The internet of things and fat cats…where’s the link?

October 21st, 2016|Technology News|

Most of us in the IT industry are constantly being reminded that the 'Internet of Things' is the next big thing.  It is a concept that is somewhat perplexing for us IT people and no doubt more confusing for the wider public.  We explored what the term means in a recent blog article essentially it is a [...]

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Failing To Plan, Is Planning To Fail: Disaster Recovery And BCP

October 17th, 2016|Business Continuity, Security and Threats|

What kind of business protection do you have in place? Public liability insurance, business premises and assets insurance, professional indemnity insurance? No doubt your business has a host of insurance policies, but what about your information technology – what’s protecting that? When something goes wrong - whether it’s a natural disaster such as flood or [...]

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Join Team Pro Drive in the Kelly’s Cross Country Challenge!

October 5th, 2016|Company News|

Pro Drive will be joining in at the Kelly's Cross Country Challenge on Sunday 16th October, located in the beautiful grounds of Loseley Park - the home of our offices. There are plenty of options from walks, children’s races all the way through to a half marathon for the energetic amongst us.  Please come along and join [...]

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