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Reducing cyber-risk through External Penetration Testing

Without PEN Testing, hackers can exploit unidentified weaknesses in your network security Today, maintaining network security is increasingly complex, with more organisations than ever being heavily reliant on a varied range of systems to operate. Gone are the days of a simple PC with a hard d...

Is your business prepared for the introduction of General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)?

The introduction of new legislation governing data protection and security From 25th May 2018, new EU regulations will come into force that governs data protection and security. How organisations collect, store and protect PII (Personally Identifiable Information) in the UK is already subject ...

Cyber-attack - why having no backup and continuity plan could be terminal for SMEs

Your small business is now the preferred target of the cyber-criminal UK SMEs still have a lot to do regarding effective backup and continuity planning in the event of a cyber-attack. Despite the clear rise in documented cyber-crimes against SMEs, a worrying number remain ignorant to the severity...

Why should your SME have a proxy URL filtering service?

Using filtering technology to enhance security Employing a Web proxy URL filtering service can deliver many positive benefits for both organisations and end-users that go far beyond the basic implementation of preventing access to named websites or particular types of websites.  Filtering...

The importance of a comprehensive email security solution

Why you shouldn’t rely on generic cloud-based email security to protect your organisation An increasing number of internet-based threats are being deployed via email, which is why it is imperative for your SME to have a comprehensive security service in place. It is much easier to stop t...

Protecting your corporate WiFi

How secure is your network? Modern businesses that require different forms of connectivity and functionality, could be exposing their wireless network to unnecessary risk without proper firewall configuration. Firewalls protect your hardware and networks from unwanted data or viruses trying to...

WiFi/Wireless Security Best Practices

Protect your enterprise or face serious consequences There are many advantages for your enterprise working wirelessly, but unless you are adhering to wireless security best practices, you could be running unnecessary risks that threaten your network and data. This is especially true if your busin...

Why it is vital to have a first-class cloud-hosting services partner

The hidden pitfalls of transitioning to public cloud-hosting service environments Attracted by cost-saving opportunities at the same time as being able to improve the quality of resources, many SMEs have transitioned from a privately hosted on-premises environment to a public cloud-hosting servic...

Could your BYOD policy be risking your data security?

The implications for disaster recovery when staff use their own devices at work BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) is a popular trend among UK SMEs, which without a proper policy in place to govern its usage, might be harmful to your data security. When staff access sensitive business information using...

The dangers of leaving disaster recovery out of your IT budget.

Why disaster recovery should be a necessity for your SME, not an option. Many UK SMEs take the view that investing in disaster recovery and business continuity is just not necessary and opt to apportion the company budget in different areas. If this is your view, it’s a very risky one and c...

Advice on creating a successful disaster recovery plan.

Don’t wait for disaster to strike to decide how to recover from it A surprisingly large number of UK SMEs never reopen after a disaster, simply because they did not prioritise the need for an effective disaster recovery plan. Planning now for how you will recover after a disaster is an e...

The human error factor in disaster recovery.

Ensure business continuity and avoid data loss caused by an internal mistake A key part of any business continuity plan is having a disaster recovery strategy in place that ensures the protection of your most valuable asset: your data. While you may have already planned for threats posed by a ...

Protection against ransomware is a business priority.

Failure to carry out regular IT systems updates leaves you vulnerable to attack. At Kinetek, we have worked with UK SMEs for the last 20 years, advising on business continuity and disaster recovery solutions that keep critical data safe from cyber-attack. Today, more and more businesses are be...

Using network and systems monitoring to protect against UPS failure.

Ensuring your business doesn’t get caught out by UPS outage. The need for effective network and systems monitoring was recently highlighted by the May outage suffered by BA. Their systems failure not only caused days of travel chaos for customers, it also led to BA suffering significant fin...

Why is it vital to have an effective PRTG network monitoring solution?

Has moving your network to the Cloud put your data at risk? The rising popularity of expanding networks to the Cloud, coupled with the increased threat of serious cyber-attack, means that effective systems network monitoring is more important than ever. As more businesses move to using a mix o...

Provisioning for data backup and disaster recovery

Why is lethargy and ignorance as much of a threat to business continuity as disaster itself? An essential part of maintaining business continuity in the event of a disaster, is backing up your data and keeping it secure, because, should disaster strike and your data prove unrecoverable, your busi...

Virtualizing your SCO or Linux based environments with VMware.

Why virtualize? Virtualisation is a practical way to fully utilise your server’s potential; increasing the security of your data, sharing workloads and reducing your overall IT costs. It’s a way of capitalising on a server’s potential without investing in additional hardware....

Kinetek industry leading IT support services across Manchester and Cheshire

Wide-ranging IT support available on your doorstep. As a Manchester based IT service support provider, we are perfectly positioned to deliver industry leading, managed IT support services to businesses around Cheshire and Manchester. We have years of experience helping small and medium sized busi...

4 reasons to use Quest Rapid Recovery to restore your IT systems.

Recovering quickly from disaster with Quest Rapid Recovery. Until recently, recovering quickly from a disaster was out of reach for most SMEs. Getting back to a point where your IT systems and data were restored and you could resume ‘business as usual,’ would likely have meant days or...

The benefits of outsourcing your network and systems monitoring.

Maintaining performance For IT infrastructure to perform efficiently, and to ensure access to services and data at any time, continuous network monitoring is a must. However, so many businesses fail to monitor their network as they lack the resources, skills and man-power to do so. Too many ju...

Business continuity and disaster recovery - understanding the difference.

Protecting your business in the event of a disaster. Whether you experience a man-made issue such as human error or cyber-attack, or a natural event such as a fire or flood; being aware that business continuity and disaster recovery are two different things. Can you ensure that you have the right...

Quest Software has taken over Dell Data Protection|Rapid Recovery solution

In collaboration with Quest, Kinetek continue to protect customers from disaster. In 2012, Dell purchased AppAssure from Quest Software, and immediately renamed it Dell AppAssure. Then in 2016, AppAssure was upgraded and re-branded as Data Protection|Rapid Recovery. We hope you&rsquo...

Data storage predictions 2017

What to expect from data storage in the coming year. The face of data storage has changed significantly over the last few years, so what can we expect to happen next? Market analysts are predicting significant changes in: Flash/SSD hyper-converged storage data security the num...

Virtualisation 2017 - what do we expect to happen?

Predicted developments in the world of virtualisation. Industry analysts are predicting substantial changes in the world of virtualisation during 2017. The most significant of the anticipated changes are in: software defined storage cloud hybrid cloud data centre Th...

On-premises backup and recovery considerations.

Taking the right approach with on-premises disaster recovery. The age of Cloud may have well and truly arrived, however, a large number of SMEs are still continuing to choose the on-premises backup and disaster recovery option. At Kinetek, we know the success of any backup and recovery solutio...

Ensuring business continuity after a DDoS attack

Keeping your business running after a Distributed Denial of Service attack. Throughout 2016 there was a significant rise in serious DDoS attacks, with many large organisations including; PayPal, Twitter, GitHub, and Spotify having reported disruption to their online services. In 2017, we ...

Why it makes sense to upgrade to Windows Exchange 2016.

With the latest Exchange Server, your business can achieve more. The upgraded Windows Exchange Server 2016, is a platform for email, document sharing, scheduling and messaging applications. Regardless of the type of device you work on, upgrading could help your business to achieve more. It...

Will a Windows Server 2016 upgrade protect my business from attack?

Upgrade to Windows Server 2016 and stop malicious system attacks. Stopping malicious attacks is an on-going challenge that a Windows Server 2016 upgrade can help you to address.   Whether you are a large or small business, being hacked could spell disaster. Not only could this mean long p...

SQL Server troubleshooting

Getting to the root of your Microsoft SQL Server problems The success of SQL Server as the world’s leading database for midmarket ERP software applications is no surprise. Its ability to process thousands of simultaneous queries and operations without missing a step, is down to a robust des...

Essential hardware & infrastructure considerations for ERP upgrades.

Why factor hardware and infrastructure into your ERP software upgrade plan? When planning an ERP upgrade, it makes sense to take time to examine the hardware and infrastructure systems underpinning your business. The reason for this is to ensure that your ERP software is supported by the right...

Kinetek private Cloud hosting solutions for ERP vendors

Taking a flexible approach to hosting ERP solutions Many claims are made about cloud computing, in particular - cloud-based solutions are faster, easier, and cheaper to implement than traditional ‘on-premises’ alternatives. While the cloud certainly requires less upfront capital inves...

Dell Data Protection|Rapid Recovery. The new name in backup and recovery.

What's so special about Dell's upgraded AppAssure backup and recovery software solution? Several months on and Dell’s re-branding of the AppAssure software solution – now called Dell Data Protection|Rapid Recovery, has been a huge success. Rapid Recovery delivers all of the ...

Why book an onsite IT survey?

How does an onsite IT survey improve and protect your business? For all businesses a thorough IT site survey/assessment offers a means to appraise the current health of IT systems, and assess potential future vulnerabilities. It delivers an overview of how your current technology is helping or hi...

Why perform regular systems updates?

Are you putting your business at risk by neglecting systems updates? After spending time and money to ensure your IT systems and software meet your business requirements, it’s important that you don’t just sit back and think - job done. It’s too easy to forget the most simple an...

Early warning systems monitoring.

Why do you need ‘early warning’ IT systems monitoring? Businesses today are under pressure to keep their IT systems up and running, however ensuring systems and services are maintained 24/7 is no easy task. With systems monitoring, failures are detected early, often before they occur,...

The benefits of IT support outsourcing.

Does outsourcing your IT support make sense? Today more and more businesses are taking the managed IT services route. This is particularly the case for IT support, where providing a dedicated in-house service desk, that requires highly trained expert staff, is just too costly. For the SMEs that c...

What you need to know about disaster recovery.

Backup and disaster recovery - in 15 simple stats! Research from the US Disaster Recovery Preparedness Council has shown that only 27% of companies around the globe, are prepared for an IT disaster. An alarming figure considering that disaster recovery isn’t a new concept, it’s b...

What IT disasters should you prepare for?

The top 5 causes of IT disaster - is your business prepared? For most, the word disaster recovery conjures up images of environmental catastrophes such as earthquakes or flood, however for those businesses that have experienced an IT disaster, the reality is often far more mundane but as eas...

Why outsourcing network monitoring is the way forward for SMEs.

All the benefits of a dedicated network monitoring team without the high cost. In today’s digitally connected world, businesses and consumers demand access to data and services anywhere, at any time. To successfully operate in data driven markets, network monitoring is critical to ensu...

Why should a backup and disaster recovery plan be your top priority?

Creating a backup and disaster recovery strategy to protect your business from loss. With a solid backup and disaster recovery plan in place, your business can be protected from significant operational downtime. Planning against outages is not a luxury, it’s a necessity. With the right plan...

How to choose the right disaster recovery solution

Choosing the best Microsoft Dynamics GP backup recovery solution The right backup and recovery solution is not a ‘one size fits all’ approach.If you were to ask us -  how can I protect my Microsoft Dynamics GP environment from data loss - our response would depend on your unique ...

The Value of Network Monitoring.

Why Invest in Network Monitoring? Network Monitoring to resolve business critical issues. A reliable network monitoring solution pro-actively identifies and prevents issues from arising that could jeopardise your business’ network infrastructure. It alerts you to problems wi...

 

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