Grant McGregor News

The Cyber Essentials Policies Your Business Needs

December 09 2019

Cyber Essentials is a UK Government scheme that all businesses and NFP organisations should undertake.

It helps you to ensure that you have the basic security systems and processes in place to help mitigate a cyber-attack.


Does Better the Devil You Know Hold True for IT Support?

November 25 2019

The maxim “better the devil you know” has a sidekick: “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it”.

In today’s world of fast-paced change, increasingly competitive markets and evolving security threats, both phrases are outliving their usefulness.


The 8 Warning Signs that Indicate You Need to Switch Your IT Provider

November 11 2019

There are many reasons why a managed service provider can fall short. And there are an equal number of reasons why you shouldn’t put up with poor service.

If any of these warning signs sound familiar, perhaps it is time to consider whether you need to switch to a new IT Support partner, also now commonly called an MSP (Managed Service Provider).


Are You Doing Enough to Protect Your Data?

October 24 2019

Concern over cyber threats has hit an all-time high, with a recent global cyber risk perception survey finding that 79% of organisations now rank cyber risk as a top-five concern.
While concern might be high, this isn’t necessarily translating into action.

PwC’s 2018 Global State of Information Security survey found that only 51% of executives have an accurate inventory of employee and customer personal data.

Which leaves us pondering: are companies doing enough to protect their data?


Why Are Software Updates (or Patches) So Important?

October 16 2019

Software updates (or patching) is familiar to us all. We’ll update the apps on our mobile phones with some regularity and the same should apply to all the software applications we use on all devices we use.

Unfortunately, we find that many businesses are still using out of date or older versions of the software they use daily.


Want to Get Back to Doing Your Day-Job?

October 07 2019

“IT Support is not in my job description” “There’s a queue of IT problems at my door each day”

Whilst speaking with SME business owners, Finance Directors and other IT decision-makers at initial prospect meetings, I am increasingly hearing statements like these.

What is particularly interesting is that the people who say these things are usually outsourcing their IT to a third-party IT support business or Managed Service Provider – so why do they say and experience these things when they are paying good money to someone else to take care of them?


Why Email Filtering is More Important than Ever

September 30 2019

Email poses perhaps the greatest risk for organisations in terms of cyber security.

Clicking on a bad link or downloading malware delivered by email is a constant risk. So why aren’t organisations putting enough effort into their main line of defence?