Boardish has released a cyber landscape report that summarises the latest changes in the threat landscape. As a tool created for CISOs and cyber professionals who work on quantifying the impact of cyber threats and solutions into financial figures, Boardish has recently moved from beta to production.
The ultimate goal that Boardish wishes to achieve is to simplify the quantification process for CISOs and other cyber professionals, helping them get faster insight into the cybersecurity landscape and impact of new threats and solutions.
Their new cyber landscape report shows that the threat landscape has experienced quite a number of changes at the beginning of the year. One thing that they picked up is that there is a link between the three main threat increases that were registered: unpatched machines, ransomware, and data breaches.
The Boardish cyber report places unpatched machines to the very top of cybersecurity issues. This threat experienced the highest increase of 18% after NSA has discovered there is a vulnerability in the Windows 10 systems. The number of machines affected by this vulnerability goes over 900 million, which is more than enough to raise the risk assessment for unpatched machines from medium to high, as it has the potential to be the next nation-state type of attack.
Eternal Blue, the exploit used for the WannaCry ransomware is still affecting machines around the globe. When combined with the number of machines that could potentially be affected and the impact of previous nation-state attacks, any organisation with unpatched machines should treat the risk as a priority.
This leads us to the next threat highlighted by the cyber report: ransomware. It has increased by 11% across all company size categories.
It’s connected to the number of unpatched machines and also the fact that there are numerous other attack vectors for ransomware infections, with phishing being the most popular attack vector.
Ransomware is so popular because it’s the easiest way to get money quickly, but there has been an increase of instances of the ransom NOT being paid, in which case attackers released the data and caused a data breach.
This brings the impact level to maximum. Another interesting finding is that the level of turnover days increased by 15%, and the reason for this is twofold: business systems are more complex, and ransomware attacks are more sophisticated. Ransomware should, therefore, be treated as a top priority threat.
Data breach threat has also increased by 7%, but unpaid ransomware isn’t the main reason. Instead, increased amounts of data were the primary factor in companies with more than 500 employees, as per our cyber landscape report. The data breach risk factor is serious enough to lose market positioning, and coupled with the high-regulation impact, the risk is raised to high.
User error is becoming a more common reason for data breaches, so companies should make sure they are protected not just from external but also internal threats.
The best way to deal with each of these threats can be thoroughly tested in Boardish so that CISOs and other cybersecurity professionals immediately see the effectiveness of solutions and present these in front of the board in financial terms.
Data protection is more important than ever, but also much harder to achieve. It was fairly simple to previously protect data storage from hacking when it was only saved on-prem and there was limited access.
Today, data storage and access are more dispersed. Remote employees, cloud storage solutions, BYOD policies, and access via multiple devices from anywhere make data protection seem like an impossible goal.
It’s important to understand that a data breach is a business issue, not just an IT issue.
To make sure your company and customer data are safe, you will have to protect data storage from hacking attempts. The following data storage safety practices will help you achieve a high level of data security and compliance.
1. Use strong passwords
The most common way data storage is hacked are weak or shared passwords. You would ever store thousands of dollars behind a simple “0000” or “12345” password? No.
The data you are trying to protect is worth even more than that, so make sure that anyone with access to it has a strong, complex, and unique password.
Weak passwords are present in almost every organisation and can cost corporations millions in damages because of data breaches.
To avoid hacking attempts, have a proper password protocol in place. All passwords that provide access to data should have a minimum of 12 characters and shouldn’t be complete words.
Use a combination of upper- and lowercase letters, numbers, and symbols. The password should not have personal meaning – no names, addresses, dates, or anything that can be unearthed on social media.
Passwords should also be changed every 6 months.
2. Add Two-Factor Authentication
Additional authentication protocols should be a standard practice to protect data storage from hacking.
In case your first authentication layer – the usernames and passwords – end up in the wrong hands due to a successful phishing attack, the second layer of protection in the form of two-factor authentication (or multi-factor) will keep data safe from outside access.
The authentication server will prompt the user to input another security code after authenticating their credentials. The code is usually delivered via SMS, or via a phone authenticator app. Some services will also offer the code via phone call if supported.
3. Include Session Timeouts / Auto Disconnects
To battle forgotten login sessions that could potentially lead to a data breach because somebody else used the device, incorporate session timeout routines onto your data storage servers.
These routines will automatically disconnect the user from all inactive sessions.
For example, if the user accessed your data storage but has been idle for the last 15 minutes, they will be logged out. When they come back, they will be prompted to log back in again.
This security measure is especially valuable if your staff has access to data storage from shared, remote (and potentially unsafe) locations.
4. Use encryption for all documents and emails
Encryption helps protect data storage from hacking because in the event it ever falls into the wrong hands, they won’t be able to read it.
When you encrypt data, the data is translated into ciphertext that is just a string of random characters. The only way to make it readable again is to turn it back to its original form with the right encryption key.
The larger the key size, the more computational power is needed to crack it. The rule of thumb is to use encryption services that offer at least 256-bit encryption protocols.
In order to ensure you have encrypted all sensitive documents, you should use a data protection solution that covers data discovery and sharing. Microsoft’s Azure Information Protection is such a system, and can be used to discover all your data, apply labels that determine how sensitive data is, and then apply rules on data access. The system will find all locations where data is stored and help you migrate it to a safer, centralised location.
Because such systems also include email encryption, it also helps you keep data safe in case of mishaps. For example, if somebody accidentally sends an email with sensitive data to the wrong recipient, the recipient won’t be able to read the data without first having proper authorisation.
5. Limit Access to Data Storage
In order to protect data storage from hacking, you have to limit access to data to inside actors too.
The more people have access to sensitive and classified data, the higher the risk of data falling into the wrong hands.
Your employees should have access only to data that’s essential to their role in the company.
In case employees would need to access data occasionally, it’s better to have procedures in place that would authorise access to them temporarily rather than giving them unlimited access.
6. Use Safe Cloud Storage Solutions
Cloud storage solutions help you keep your data accessible at all times and is becoming the standard today. With so many employees working from remote locations and accessing data from multiple devices, it’s safe to say that there are many more vectors of attack.
To protect data storage from hacking but keep it accessible and online, try using a decentralised cloud.
It uses blockchain technology to keep data safe and such cloud storage is not controlled by a single entity and data is not stored on a centralised location. Instead, data is spread in tiny fragments across a large global network. When you need to access it, it will be assembled and decrypted as soon as you are authorised (either with an encryption key or password).
7. Educate Employees
You can invest in the best firewall, anti-spam, and antivirus software, but if your employees don’t know how to spot a potential threat, your attempt to protect data storage from hacking will ultimately fail.
Everyone in your company, be it the newest members of the team or senior executives, should go through regular education training. Ideally, they should learn about:
The latest threats and risks, and vectors of attack – Suspicious email attachments, phishing attempts, how to stop a spoofed email address, and more.
Best practices when it comes to data security – Teach them about BYOD policies, unsafe public networks, being safe while accessing data from remote locations, etc.
How to use new security software you implement – Get them on board with new software solutions and teach them how to use them to avoid slowdowns and disruptions.
Your data security is only as strong as the weakest link. What’s your weakest link?
The hotel industry is only just starting to embrace the latest tech. London hotels areis working hard to make guests feel like they are right at home during their stay. But when does a hotel stay feel like home?
The latest technology has made it possible to set up the room just the way you like it. From choosing the right room, lighting, temperature, music – everything can be controlled and set up in advance. London hotels have started picking up on the need to personalise every guests’ stay and invest in new technology to make this possible.
Here are five of the London hotels innovating technology in their offering to guests:
1. Eccleston Square Hotel
Named London’s most high-tech hotel, Eccleston Square Hotel is a unique blend of historical elegance and exciting new technology.
The hotel’s very own app that guests can download to their device acts as a digital concierge and lets you set up everything just the way you want for your arrival.
Each room has access to free and fast Wi-Fi, and comes equipped with free smartphones that guests can use for international calls and free data while roaming the city or conducting business.
The in-room pads let guests control every single aspect of their room – light, sound, and temperature – and they can also browse the menu, order room service from the restaurant, and select the time of delivery.
The bathroom glass walls can be toggled between see-through and frosted with a simple touch of a button. The best part is that the “Do not disturb” sign can be activated from the touchpad, too!
2. Radisson Blu Edwardian, Berkshire
Radisson Blu on oxford Street never stops innovating to offer the very best guest experience. While staying at the Edwardian on the Bloomberry St, guests will be able to use their very own virtual assistant called Edward.
Edward will help throughout the whole stay and help them with check-ins, checkouts, and requesting anything guests might need. Each room has fast Wi-Fi for an unlimited number of devices, and guests can even stay up to date thanks to their digital news app.
3. South Place Hotel, London
The South Place Hotel also realised that guests want full control of their room setup, so every guest can control lighting and electronic blackout blinds, and enjoy crystal clear sound thanks to the Bang & Olufsen media centre and a library full of free on-demand movies and shows.
The bathrooms are equipped with a TV and speakers too, and those who get tired of movies can head to the hotel’s games room.
4. Amba Hotel Marble Arch, London
Also located on Oxford Street, Amba Hotel Marble Arch lets guests have full control over every aspect of their stay. They can choose rooms themselves during booking, and the Mobile Valet app lets guests explore the hotel and all amenities, order room service, and set up express checkout easily.
Every room is equipped with USB sockets next to beds and super-fast unlimited Wi-Fi. There’s also a tablet in each room that guests can use as they like, and Smart TVs they can link their own devices with and connect to their favourite services. Plus, you can keep your tech secure thanks to the in-room laptop safe which is a great addition for business trips.
5. CitizenM London Bankside
The CitizenM London Bankside offers their guests compact rooms filled to the brim with technological gadgets that make the stay comfortable and futuristic. Starting with ‘one-minute’ check-in kiosks, the guests are guided to a room that they can adjust as they want.
Guests will have their own tablet “mood pad” that gives them control over all the aspects of the room. Coupled with lightning-fast Wi-Fi, it’s really like being portalled to the future.
Summary: With Microsoft Threat Protection (MTP), Microsoft has announced big changes coming to their security apps. Focusing on bringing a unified solution that correlates data across their cybersecurity services, they want to offer an end-to-end security solution that will help users stay one step ahead of sophisticated cyber attacks.
With the global cyber security landscape becoming more diverse, it is becoming increasingly difficult to stay protected against cyber security threats. The cyberspace is a new battlefield, and businesses should always assume that someone is attempting to hack into their systems and exploit their environments.
Microsoft Threat Protection (MTP) Is the Answer to New Cybersecurity Threats
Microsoft Threat Protection (MTP) is the most exciting update of the Microsoft Ignite 2018 that was held from September 24 to September 28, 2018, in Orlando, Florida. The Ignite Panel on Microsoft Threat Protection explained a large portion of the changes coming to their cyber security services.
What Is Microsoft Threat Protection (MTP)?
Microsoft Threat Protection is Microsoft’s latest response to the increasing complexity of the digital estate and security issues that come with it.
Anything connected to the internet can be attacked. This not only includes laptops, tablets, phones, but also IoT devices such as smart meters, smart watches, and others – all of them are possible vectors of attack. The endpoints in the environment that are a target of cybercriminals are not just computers or phones, but complex systems like smart cities, sensors, smart cars, and smart energy grids.
These are coordinated and intelligent attacks, and it’s been an ongoing game of cat and mouse, where cybercriminals land a blow, the security experts respond, then cybercriminals find new exploits, and so on.
Microsoft Threat Protection aims to break this cycle and ensure to stay one step ahead by using the power of cloud computing, automated responses, and scaling capabilities to secure everything.
Why Did Microsoft Decide to Develop MTP as an End-to-End Security Solution?
The digital environment is more diverse than ever before, and Microsoft Threat Protection aims to offer a solution that protects enterprises and their digital environment against a growing number of sophisticated cyber attacks.
Once a cybercriminal gets access to any device within a system, they also get access to everything that the device has access to, searching for additional logins on the affected device to move across your whole environment.
Microsoft Intelligent Security Graph
The Microsoft Intelligent Security Graph is the foundation of all the security services included in Microsoft Threat Protection. It gives insight into various attack vectors and shows how many security threat signals are coming in daily from consumers and corporations – 6.5 trillion signals a day. Those signals are gathered from users, corporations, and Microsoft services.
The graph shows just how many signals are detected in various areas, such as Outlook, where over 400 billion emails are analyzed, or from 1.2 billion devices that are scanned each month, where over 5 billion threats are detected in that time.
Every single security alert and signal that is received is part of a larger attack, and it’s difficult (and very expensive) to correlate all signals across all devices. The Microsoft Intelligent Security Graph requires analysis by more than four thousand in-house security specialists, with over $1 billion invested each year into cyber security.
It is virtually impossible for most enterprises to have access to such security skills and budget to correlate all threats to their digital estate. Microsoft, therefore, offers enterprises the ability to use Microsoft’s vast cloud computing capabilities and insights by choosing MTP as their ultimate cyber security solution for all digital devices and assets you have in their environment.
How Microsoft Security Solutions Used to Work…
Before this, Microsoft’s threat protection was divided between their various services, which meant that cyber attacks could happen outside of those areas, in the gaps that were not covered by a specific service.
By bringing all these services closer together and having multiple apps address the different aspects, those gaps are covered and the risk of a breach is lowered.
What Services Does Microsoft Threat Protection Include?
Microsoft Threat Protection isn’t a single app that covers all cyber security needs. It’s a group of services that work together to ensure all attack vectors are suitably covered from multiple angles.
The Services included in MTP are as follows:
Azure Active Directory – This covers identity and access management.
Azure Advanced Threat Protection (ATP) – This covers detection of advanced attacks across the digital environment.
Microsoft Cloud App Security – This is a Cloud Access Security Broker (CASB) that covers data protection in the cloud environment.
Microsoft Intune – A part of Microsoft Enterprise Mobility and Security, Intune is a cloud-based service that helps you manage mobile devices, apps, and the way workforce accesses and shares company information.
Windows 10 – These are updates to existing security services like the Windows Defender.
Azure Security Center – This is a unified security management system that protects hybrid workloads running in Azure and other environments.
Windows Defender Advanced Threat Protection – Windows Defender is getting new capabilities that include post-breach detection, investigation options, and response.
Office Advanced Threat Protection – This covers malicious attacks found in emails, collaboration tools, and links.
Office Threat Intelligence – These are threat protection capabilities across all Office apps.
Windows Server Linux – This covers Linux based servers.
Exchange Online Protection – This covers email filtering, spam and malware protection, as well as protection against messaging policy violations.
SQL Server – A protection through advanced machine learning.
Those services work in tandem to secure the five pillars of cyber security. This gives them greater coverage of possible attack vectors and in case one service doesn’t address a specific vector, the other will. These are the five pillars:
Identities – This pillar includes vectors such as users and admins and is protected by the following services: Azure Active Directory, Azure Advanced Threat Protection, and MS Cloud App Security.
Endpoints – This includes all types of devices and sensors that could be possible vectors for a breach. It’s protected by Microsoft Intune, Windows 10, Windows Defender ATP services.
User Data – All email messages and documents are protected by Microsoft Cloud App Security, Windows Defender ATP, Office 365 ATM, Office Threat Intelligence, and Exchange Online Protection.
Cloud Apps – All data stores and SaaS solutions/apps are covered by MS Cloud App Security, Office 365 ATP and Exchange Online Services.
Infrastructure – All enterprise servers, virtual machines, networks, and databases are protected by Windows Server Linux, SQL Server, and Azure Security Center.
How Do Enterprises Use and Benefit from MTP
A good example of how enterprises benefit from MTP is Telit, who has over twenty years of experience in IoT and offers end-to-end IoT solutions. They use Microsoft’s services to protect everything: from IoT Products, over Services, IoT consulting, and building systems for enterprises.
They realized quickly that by having a unified system, they can address any security issues more efficiently and save a lot of money when compared to using different providers for each aspect of their business.
Your enterprise will benefit because instead of using the top services for each category, the MTP unified system can secure all of the following, and more:
Mail protection and encryption
Mobile device management
Securing data and apps
Data classification and governance
Data loss prevention
Identity protection and privacy
Microsoft Threat Protection addresses the following cybersecurity pain points and helps enterprises by offering the following:
Integration – All security products should aim to be closer together and better integrated. This improves response and automation and closes gaps is security where attackers often operate.
Intelligence– The power of the cloud can improve security across all apps.
For example, businesses can have an overview of each user activity and get alerts on unusual activity or devices for each of their accounts or identities.
MS combines machine learning to detect deviations from usual patterns in user/ID/machine behaviour and activity.
Automation – The focus is placed on incidents that are most important, not all of them. This saves time on mundane and routine tasks through automated actions for each type of attack.
Alerts are correlated across machines and network to figure out how it happened and whether it’s part of a larger incident.
The incident takes X number of alerts and groups them together, shows the timeline of all alerts, and shows affected machines, emails, users what investigations and actions were taken.
By combining services to correlate alerts, better detection and response is achieved, and it’s easier to secure all the attack areas, strengthening the overall security.
A User-Centric Approach – Solutions are geared toward how users work.
For example, in emails, you will be able to display the underlying URL instead of the text part to immediately see if the link was spoofed. This offers security against threats targeting users (phishing etc) while not undermining the user experience.
Ecosystem–Intelligent Security Association – Instead of trying to cover every security aspect on their own, Microsoft is working with over thirty leading security tech providers to expand security coverage.
The Purpose of MTP
Microsoft wants to take a more active part in the realm of cyber security, and their threat protection gives them an important role of a cloud security provider. With their Intelligent Security Graph analysis, their Microsoft Threat Protection combines integration, intelligence, and correlation, and gives enterprises access to their computing power and scale.
Ideally, MTP will offer the following:
Protection Against All Attack Vectors – The optimal solution is to stop all attacks, but since this is impossible, it should stop as much as possible from breaching the system.
QUICK Detections When a Breach Occurs – Since some attacks will sneak by, it is crucial that they are detected as soon as possible.
Response and Remediations – Once a breach is detected, adequate action should be taken. Here, automation options help take care of smaller threats by automatically remediating them, while larger threats will be brought to attention and the system will await input on what to do with them.
While MTP will make it easier to protect every aspect of your digital estate, user education and training are important too. Here, MTP wants to help businesses teach their employees about security risks, what they have to understand, and why they might be targets.
Ultimately, Microsoft Threat Protection should reduce complexity, time, and lower costs on incidents by offering an end-to-end security solution that also works with external security providers to truly extend their cyber security reach where it matters.
For the last 2 years, my main focus as a cyber security consultant was/is getting companies, mostly big companies, ready for GDPR. One pressing concern is the GDPR compliance of invoicing companies.
Maybe GDPR is a buzzword for some, but the logic behind it is great for both privacy and proper data security.
The privacy part is somewhat challenging because the definition of PII (personally identifiable information) and SPI (sensitive personal information) is well defined in GDPR and it is very wide by definition.
It COVERS EVERYONE.
From big companies to small companies, and even micro companies. You are obliged to do your maximum to protect PII and SPI.
Many companies have started the shift of changing their work methods and the way that B2C communication is done. For example, basic “client notifications” are now usually protected.
GDPR is first and foremost a methodology change, not a technological one. You change the way you work first and then which technological tools you use.
This change has already “hit” some industries but other industries are preferring to ignore it, for example I am a client of one the biggest online invoicing companies, along with many other small & medium business owners.
Invoices have PII and SPI in them – they have a lot of the info of my clients (their name & postcode), sometimes even the full address, proper identifiable information.
When I send an invoice to my clients I am sending PII and SPI.
Since the GDPR date, my colleagues and I have started to send invoices in a secure way. Is it more “work”? Yes. We are sending a PDF within an encrypted email, not a link, so that we can make sure that only the recipient gets it and not someone else.
As a client of one of the biggest online invoicing companies, I’m concerned about their GDPR compliance, and I have contacted them and asked very clearly,
“What are you going to do about GDPR? Which encryption method are you going to use and how are you going to guarantee that the PII and SPI that are being sent via your system is secure?”
I got some generic responses, some links to the privacy/GDPR policy, but no real answer.
Then after some more Q&A, I got a strange response,
“We are sending PII BY FUNCTION... so, nothing is really going to change” So I responded with,
“So? GDPR has no “BY FUNCTION” Exclusion” and, of course, since then, it’s been silence.
It seems, at least for that specific company that they are ignoring or excusing not being GDPR compliant by saying that their CORE FUNCTION, and I quote “BY FUNCTION” is … NOT GDPR compliant, I know its sounds crazy but that’s the reality.
So, let’s break it down a bit:
I am using their online invoicing platform – they are my Data Processor
I am storing sensitive client information on their system and I expect them to be GDPR compliant. Which I trust their feedback that it is (regarding the way the store and access information)
But… when I send the invoice to my clients via their system – I am extracting PII and SPI from their system and sending it into the world with no security mechanism at all?!
This specific online invoicing company is sending a link (like many others) – not even a password protected PDF is an option?
Bottom line, you as a user of the system have the option not to send a link, but download the PDF, secure it, and then send it yourself… but why isn’t the invoicing company doing it for you? Why are they putting YOU at risk?
Why? – I don’t know, I presume it’s because it’s easier to ignore the reality than to face it. It’s easier to put everything on your clients than to solve the core issue.
My professional recommendation to you is: Until online invoicing companies GDPR compliance become clear, protect yourself! Don’t send PII and SPI in a non-secure way.
First of all, what is the difference between bandwidth and speed? Is there a difference at all? They are the same, right? The short answer to this is no, so let’s look into this in more detail.
To start with, what do we mean when we say “bandwidth”? Essentially, this is the capacity or the amount of data that can be transmitted over an electronic channel during a specific period of time. Think of it like the lanes on a highway, it allows more traffic to go through at once whilst still retaining higher speeds. A lone car can speed down a single lane road, in the same way a lone network request can function with low bandwidth capabilities.
But what happens when you have multiple requests going through a network simultaneously? For example, one user using a VOIP program such as Skype and a second user requesting to download files from the cloud will suffer slow speeds and poor quality because these requests are held in a queue and completed one after the other. A high-bandwidth connection, on the other hand, can service many users and requests without sacrificing speed which translates into better performance for users, just like a highway has multiple cars moving alongside each other at once.
A lower bandwidth internet connection will not (generally) allow for uninterrupted media streaming, even with smaller audio files. Other processes, such as uploading and downloading files, are also significantly slower than, say, broadband or high-bandwidth connections which negatively affects office productivity, especially in the hospitality sector, where you can expect slower payment processing as a result.
In most major cities’ centres in the UK, including central London, there is a reliance on ADSL due to old copper infrastructure which limits the internet bandwidth. So, how do you work around this? The easiest way to improve bandwidth in this situation is to purchase and install a high speed dedicated leased line – however, this comes with its own set of issues.
First and foremost, the cost in not sustainable for small to medium (or even in some cases larger) non-technology based organisations, and they are not always readily available in the most central areas of bigger cities such as London.
TowerWatch has a way around this – we can implement a combination of solutions to increase your bandwidth with the ability to also manage and control it! Which ultimately means you reduce costs or the need for super-high-bandwidth solutions. Without giving away all of our trade secrets, this is what we can do:
Give you multiple cheaper lines combined with a high-grade business router
This gives you smart traffic load balancing, making sure your important data is always transferred first!
Options for redundancy in case of internet outages
Reports on bandwidth usage allowing you to see where your bandwidth is being monopolised
A world-class WiFi solution
Control – Allowing you the control over all your wireless devices bandwidth usage prioritising business devices over personal ones.
Great reliability – some of our clients do not even know where their access points are, having never touched them for a reboot!
Super coverage – meaning your employees can work freely without worrying about speed or signal
All the above gives you the full system solution with the correct bandwidth and speed for your business needs without wasting your monthly income on excess IT expenditure. This means you will be able to focus on what your business does best without worrying about how slow your internet is, because let’s be honest, this is the worst!
Written by James Ratcliffe – Project Manager at Towerwatch Solutions LTD
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75% of people say that a week without WI-FI would leave them grumpier than a week without coffee. We are seeing more and more mobile devices needing WI-FI, to the point that it is becoming essential to attract the customer. So is Wi-Fi in hospitality needed?
When was the last time you booked a hotel without Wi-Fi? Hotel Chatter found that 94% of people cite internet access as their most important amenity, yet they found that only 64% of hotels offer it free to their customers. The hospitality industry should take note, as 38% of hotel customers say that they would book elsewhere if there was no Wi-Fi available.
Wi-Fi in the Hospitality Industry
Things to bear in mind when offering Wi-Fi include:
Is it reliable?
People are more likely to be put off by bad Wi-Fi, rather than no WI-FI
You must factor in capacity as more and more people are carrying more than one or two devices (e.g. Work Phone, Personal Phone, Tablets etc.)
Is it Fast?
Can it support multiple devices uploading photo/video as well as voice and video calls simultaneously?
Do you have the infrastructure and bandwidth on-site to handle the extra load once you offer Wi-Fi?
Impact on staff/operations
When offering this speed for your clients you must also look at:
The costs of the bandwidth
Allocations of speed and bandwidth to staff, client and business devices
Ensure that you are not hindering your own core operational devices and services
Permitting and monitoring staff access to Wi-Fi during breaks/out of hours.
Is your guest Wi-Fi in line with government legislations for your city or country?
Wi-Fi is an easy target.
Are you securing your business devices?
How are you protecting your clients?
Is your current solution taking up valuable IT resources?
So how do you meet these requirements, while keeping your technologically inclined and demanding customers happy?
You will need a Wi-Fi solution that covers the following:
High Quality Business Grade Hardware
Giving software reliability
Regular updates for both security and legislation
Allowing control of multiple sites
Giving easy “big picture” monitoring and alerting
Fast and Simple Deployment
Easy Multiple SSID Control
Allowing bandwidth control
Allowing Separation of Data
In planning, designing and implementing a Wi-Fi solution for clients that need to tick all of these boxes, I found a solution that handles this and much more. This allows a smooth, non-invasive deployment, leaving a Wi-Fi resolution that is robust, easy to grow and light on IT Management resources.
We had a very positive experience with Meraki (Cisco Meraki) products to deliver best-in-class Wi-Fi solutions.
Written by James Ratcliffe – Project Manager at Towerwatch Solutions LTD
You’ll learn: The main vulnerabilities of a home or small office – including what to look for and how to combat them. Understand cyber security threats and what they look like at home. How you can make sure you’re GDPR compliant at home! How to protect yourself in the event of a breach
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