Grant McGregor News

Cyber Essentials – Easy as 1-2-3?

April 17 2019

The Government-backed Cyber Essentials scheme is becoming both increasingly well-known and applied for. We think this is a good thing.

Whether you’re a business owner, IT Professional or involved in IT decision-making in any way, everyone benefits from going through the process and obtaining this valuable certificate.

How can that be a good thing for all and what’s involved? Whatever your role, we think you’ll find something interesting in this article…


Don’t Give Up the Day-Job

April 08 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?


Detox Your Digital

April 03 2019

No, we’re not talking about cutting down the time you spend on social media (but we’re quite happy to advocate that too). We’re talking about a corporate digital detox: a thorough audit and cleanse of your entire IT estate – and how to go about it.

Time for a Spring Clean!


The (Free) First Step to Better IT!

March 26 2019

Many business owners and IT-decision makers find themselves spending too much of their valuable time dealing with staff technology problems and continually looking for work-arounds to the IT issues. They would much rather be focused on growing their business efficiently, helping their customers and keeping ahead of the competition.

In this article we share ‘Step One’ of our free guide ‘The 5 Key Steps to an Effective IT Strategy That Helps You Drive Profits’.


Office 365 Popularity Grows…as does its potential vulnerability

March 18 2019

Since its introduction, Microsoft’s Office suite products have clearly been the tools of choice for most of the world’s businesses.

The online subscription version – Office 365 – vastly improved the user experience and arguably the affordability of these critical software apps. Office 365 is a rightly popular, brilliant, piece of software that we highly recommend but the rise of adoption appears to be in line with that of security compromise according to a recent report published by the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC)…


Are You Doing Enough on Mobile Device Security?

March 11 2019

We all want to do our best to keep our corporate data and systems safe. Each year, organisations invest millions in firewalls, anti-virus software, training and patching programmes. But how much of this is directed at mobile devices?

In this article, Grant McGregor consultants consider the bare minimum you should be doing to protect and secure the mobile devices you and your users are carrying wherever you go.


How setting up SOPs can help you deal with IT points of failure

March 04 2019

Creating Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) covering your core technology is valuable even within a small business. It will save you a lot of stress when having to deal with critical events and help your team when having to think and act under pressure. Moreover, setting up proactive actions will help you avoid such stressful situations to begin with.

Here are some key tips to follow when looking at your SOPs and points to consider if your current operating procedures are lacking or need to be rebooted…


Passwords: Can we live without them?

February 25 2019

Today, passwords form one of the major cornerstones of our digital era, providing us with peace of mind in almost everything we do, locking down our internet banking accounts, credit cards, mobile phones and our laptops in order to keep personal data secure.

The problem with this is that we end up with so many different passwords for so many things.

Wouldn’t a future where we didn’t have to remember a huge list of passwords be truly incredible?


Windows Server 2008 R2 Approaching End of Life

February 18 2019

Are you still using Windows Server 2008 R2 within your business IT environment? If so, it’s time to start planning a migration strategy as the server technology approaches its end of life.

We’ve covered the withdrawal of support for Windows 7 in an earlier post. Here, we are going to take a look at what businesses need to do to respond to the Windows Server 2008 challenge.


Urgent Call to Action if You Are Using Windows 7

February 11 2019

Are you using the Windows 7 operating system on your PCs and laptops? If so, it is time to take action and start planning an upgrade to Windows 10.

We’re now less than a year away from the date that Microsoft will stop providing free support for Windows 7.