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Government sets the bar for cyber attacks

Posted April 2019

Due to the increased number of cyber attacks, and consequently ensure that good practices in information security take place, the UK government Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (DBIS), introduced a government-endorsed scheme called Cyber Essentials.

Cyber Essentials was developed back in 2014 in collaboration with industry partners such as the Information Security Forum, the Information Assurance for Small and Medium Enterprise Consortium (IASME) and the British Standards Institution. Due to the significant rise in these attacks in the last few years, especially for SMEs, security is more topical than ever.

The mandatory scheme was introduced to ensure the protection of sensitive data by ensuring companies follow a basic level of due diligence on how data is used and secured to avoid it being compromised.

Companies that have the Cyber Essentials trust badge are showing their compliance and dedication to cybersecurity which aims to build trust and confidence amongst clients.  It is also a useful standard for companies to check for when working with potential partners when data is involved.

The PC Support Group is an IT provider with the Cyber Essentials trust badge.

To find out more, visit https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/cyber-essentials-scheme-overview

New Business Tax Law Comes into Effect

Posted April 2019

New government legislation for businesses taking revenues above £85,000 launches today.

Making Tax Digital (MTD) means that you won’t be able to keep and submit manual records after April 2019. Instead, HMRC will only accept VAT returns using compatible software that supports Making Tax Digital for VAT such as Xero.

According to KPMG, 98% of VAT registered businesses already file VAT returns electronically; however, the new legislation involves significant changes to existing processes including implementing new accounting software.

Worryingly, two-thirds of businesses say they still need more support and advice about exactly what they need to do. For more information visit https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/making-tax-digital

The PC Support Group Receives Global and UK Awards as a Top Performing MSP

Posted February 2019

The PC Support Group has been recognised as a top performing MSP in the recent Cloudtango awards 2019.

Cloudtango, the global MSP directory has been publishing these awards since 2015. The awards are released annually and recognize MSPs around the world who bring cutting-edge approaches to providing managed services to their customers.

These independent awards nominated by the sector are based on customer reviews and testimonials, turnover and growth trends.

Phil Bird, managing director, The PC support Group said:

“We are honoured to have been recognised by Cloudtango as a leading MSP performer.”

Phil continues:

“To get the industry approval means we must be doing something right and we are delighted to have been awarded both an UK as well as a global award by the industry sector.  It is a great feeling to see that our awards success in 2018 is continuing into 2019.”

To find out more about the UK Cloudtango awards, visit www.cloudtango.org/topMSPs/UK/

The PC Support Group attains Workplace Wellbeing Charter

Posted February 2019

Multi-award-winning IT provider, The PC Support Group has been re-accredited the Workplace Wellbeing Charter for 2019.

In accordance with the Charter assessment criteria, The PC Support Group underwent a rigourous process including 1-2-1 interviews with selected staff members.

The Workplace Wellbeing Charter is an accreditation standard that is built on best practice, the latest research and business sense.

Suzanne Wootton, consultant at Health at Work Consultancy Services said:

” Achieving the Workplace Wellbeing Charter shows The PC Support Group is forward thinking in cascading wellbeing practices throughout the organisation and demonstrate this commitment. This accreditation marks The PC Support Group as an employer of choice, and we congratulate all at the organisation for their efforts in being awarded the Workplace Wellbeing Charter. “

How concerned are you about cyber-attacks on your business and what can you do about it?

Posted February 2019

According to a study by insurance company Zurich, 1 in 6 of UK SMEs have suffered at least one cyber security breach or attack in the last 12 months and this is on the increase. They also found that of those that were affected, 21% reported that it cost them over £10,000 and 11% said that it cost more than £50,000.

Multi-award-winning IT provider, The PC Support Group together with HR specialist, HPC and Downtown In Business will be holding a free Cyber Security power panel in Manchester on:

Date: Tuesday 26th March

Time: 12-2pm (lunch & refreshments provided)

Location: Manchester

Venue: Orega King Street

This event is essential for business owners and directors and will take the format of an informal discussion for 30 businesses only based in Manchester where we will discuss the latest cyber security threats, how it can impact your business and what action can be taken to keep your business safe.

This event is perfect for you if you’re:

  • A business owner or director in Manchester with over 20 employees (one place per company)
  • Worried about the security of your business but don’t know what to do
  • Looking to introduce a cyber security strategy but don’t know where to start
  • Wanting to know what policies to implement to protect your business

To enquire about a place for this non-technical but highly informative discussion, please contact helen.roughley@pcsupportgroup.com  Places will be given on a first come first served basis.

 

 

 

Google+ will soon be no more

Posted February 2019

Google mentioned last year that it would be closing its Google+ platform this year after 5 years.

The search giant that developed its social media platform, Google+ as competition to the Facebook social media platform announced that from 2nd April, the platform will no longer exist.  The reason given was that the platform had not quite taken off and due to low usage and the challenges involved it was not viable to keep the social network up and running.

As of today (Monday 4th February), you won’t be able to create new pages, profiles or groups and from 2nd April all content will start to be deleted.

 

 

 

 

Government launches £70 million project against cyber attacks

Posted January 2019

The Government has announced a project for the UK to become a world leader in eradicating cyber threats, to coincide with Data Privacy Day 2019.

The project challenges businesses to compete for millions of pounds in funding to design security systems and hardware that will increase businesses resilience to such attacks.  Businesses will be asked to put forward business cases to the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund, which feed into the Government’s wider investment strategy, in areas such as artificial intelligence (AI).

The projects will be given the go-ahead if approved and if the funding is matched from the tech industry, the Government said.

 

 

 

 

Christmas Support Hours at The PC Support Group

Posted December 2018

Finalists announced for the 50 Best Managed IT Companies in 2018

Posted November 2018

The PC Support Group has been announced as an award finalist of the 50 Best Managed IT Companies 2018.

 

The 50 Best IT Companies awards recognise and highlight the best of the best well run businesses in the UK IT sector with companies being evaluated in 12 key areas to measure their best practices.

 

The PC Support Group, which has its head office in Speke, provides fully managed IT support to SMEs across the North West.

 

Phil Bird, managing director with The PC Support Group said:

 

“We are delighted to have made it to the finals of these prestigious awards which shows that our business practices are one of the best in the country amongst other IT companies.”

 

Phil continues:

 

“We work hard to provide a world-class IT support service, working with our clients to help them grow their business by using the best technology for them and we know our business practices reflect this.”

 

The winners will be announced at the awards ceremony on 13 December in London.

 

 

 

 

5 essential things to look for in a business tablet

Posted October 2018

From boardrooms to exhibitions to offices, tablets are everywhere in business these days. Is it time for you to jump on board? If you want to be productive wherever you go, the answer is a definite “yes”

Thin, light, and powerful, today’s tablets for business can replace clunky laptops and can help you get more done whether you’re typing on a keyboard or drawing on the screen.

If you’re going to rely on a tablet for work, it pays to shop around beforehand to find the best business tablets. Most are designed for consumer use and may lack features and capabilities that could benefit your business.

Here are a few things to look for when choosing a business tablet that will help increase productivity and therefore profitability.

Will it run your business applications?

If you’re just looking to do email and basic tasks, most tablets can handle your needs. However, if you really want to get work done on the go – especially if you’re looking to replace your laptop – you’ll want a business tablet that can run the applications you rely on every day. Otherwise, you’ll find yourself switching back and forth between devices, or you’ll be away from the office without the capabilities you need.

Does it have enough power?

The whole point of a tablet is the ability to be mobile, so make sure the battery life is rated for at least eight hours or more based on the tasks you’re likely to perform. You’ll want to be able to get through a whole workday, plane trip or meeting without plugging in.

Can it keep your information safe?

Tablets are easy to take with you – which means it’s also possible to misplace them. If that happens, you want to make it hard for any unauthorised users to access your valuable business applications and data. At the same time, you don’t want to waste a lot of time signing in when you want to get to work. There are various options such as MFA (Multi-factor Authenticator) also known as 2FA.

How easy is it to manage?

Giving your employees tablets can be a productivity dream, but if you’re not careful, it can become a management nightmare. Multiple operating systems and proprietary administrative tools add complexity. Ideally, you should be able to manage business tablets using the same solution you apply to laptops, desktops and other IT resources.

Is it comfortable and convenient to use in a variety of settings?

For a laptop replacement, the keyboard is critical. You’ll want a device you can comfortably type on for hours at a time. If you like to draw or take notes, look at stylus options. They can give you the same ease of expression as a pen and paper with the benefits of digital saving and sharing.  The tablet screen size is also a consideration especially if you will be spending long lengths of time at a time on them.  Remember, like any computer screen you should still take a regular break.

Article taken from Startup Donut