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What you need to know about GDPR

What is GDPR?
The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is a regulation by which the EU intend to strengthen and unify data protection for all individuals within the European Union (EU).  It is set to replace the Data Protection Act of 1998.  The GDPR will apply in all EU member states from 25 May 2018.

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What are computer backups and why are they important?

When it comes to IT and in particular cyber security, you often hear the phrase ‘backup’ being used. But what is a backup and why are they important? Not everyone knows, so we thought we’d give you a bit of an explanation as to what they are and why you should think about doing them.

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General Data Protection Regulation - Seminar

The GDPR will apply in the UK from 25 May 2018. The government has confirmed that the UK’s decision to leave the EU will not affect the commencement of the GDPR.

With this in mind, System I.T, Burnetts Solicitors, Quality Guild and Harrison and Hetherington Insurance Services have joined forces to host a FREE breakfast seminar on Wednesday 11th October, which aims to assist Cumbrian businesses to prepare to meet the requirements of the GDPR ahead of May 2018 and beyond.

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Cyber Attacks - what can small businesses do to protect themselves

We are hearing more frequently about the threat of cyber attacks.  Particularly in the last couple of months, there have been two significant attacks on the UK; one on the NHS in May and one on some of the world’s largest organisations at the end of June. 

The very words “Cyber Attack” conjure up all sorts of notions of what they actually are and do.  We get many calls at System I.T. from worried customers making sure they’re going to be OK.  Our answer is generally yes because we know that we have sufficient protection in place for these businesses, but what if you’ve not really addressed this issue before?  What if you’re a sole trader working from home, or running a small business.  How do you know if you’re safe and what steps can you do to protect yourself?

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The recent global ransomware outbreak (widely publicised as NHS Cyber Attack) is a recent example in a long line of similar ransomware outbreaks.

This one was particularly an issue because as well as corrupting systems it was able to exploit a bug in windows to spread to other computers on the network. The particular bug it used was fixed by Microsoft 2 months ago but computer systems not receiving updates would have still been vulnerable. Please note; that the original infection in each affected organisation is still believed to have come from users clicking on a malicious email.

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