One of the unfortunate realities with regard to security is that, no matter what kind of business you are, everyone faces the same threats. All companies are subject to the same threats and issues regardless of size. The issue is that smaller businesses don’t have the scale or resources to properly address them. For John Killilea, security consultant at CommSec, the type of businesses it would serve would be smaller to medium-sized companies, the companies that most benefit from such a partnership and for good reason. “Going back the last few years, small companies would have engaged with a general IT support-type company which would have dealt with all of their IT including security,” he said. “Those guys would have been doing their best, like setting up a basic firewall and antivirus, but it’s not their area of expertise. “With the advanced threats coming now, those companies don’t have that level of experience to deal with it properly. … [Read more...] about Understanding the threats to your company
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Just Eat has acquired Practi, a software service that trades in tablet-based Point of Sale (PoS) and restaurant management systems. The food delivery marketplace has bought Practi for £6.7m, with further payments dependent on certain commercial milestones. Just Eat plans to roll out Practi's software to its restaurant partners, providing partners with PoS, payment handling, inventory management, kitchen operation and staff management systems if they do not already have a system in place. By incorporating the technology with restaurant partners, the London-listed food delivery service says that it will help drive up orders and provide efficiency for partners. Just Eat's interim chief executive Peter Duffy said that the company was “very excited” about the acquisition due to customer demand for the technology. “It will play a vital role in supporting small and medium sized restaurants as it transforms how they run their restaurants and deliver the best service for … [Read more...] about Just Eat announces acquisition of software provider Practi
Brexit will give opportunities for UK businesses’ innovation to shine in an international market, according to a leading Sussex software firm. Family-run business Khoo Systems Ltd, based in Billingshurst, West Sussex, provides multiple e-commerce platforms for companies globally, from small to medium sized businesses to international traders.Its KhooCommerce platform, which allows multi-channel selling via Amazon, Ebay and B2B trading, is up for an innovation award in this year’s UK E-commerce Awards.Managing Director Katherine Khoo said she believed Brexit would open new doors for companies, particularly smaller businesses looking to reach their potential in the online market. She said: “As an internet software development firm we are excited for the opportunity that Brexit brings. “We know the power of the internet to make the world one market as our e-commerce software enables business to buy and sell internationally; suppliers of products are often based on … [Read more...] about Brexit: UK businesses compete well internationally
What can be done to fight back against ransomware attacks? Lena Connolly and David Wall explain. Once a piece of ransomware has got hold of your valuable information, there is very little you can do to get it back other than accede to the attacker’s demands. Ransomware, a type of malware that holds a computer to ransom, has become particularly prevalent in the past few years and virtually unbreakable encryption has made it an even more powerful force. Ransomware is typically delivered by powerful botnets used to send out millions of malicious emails to randomly targeted victims. These aim to extort relatively small amounts of money (normally £300-£500, but more in recent times) from as many victims as possible. But according to police officers we have interviewed from UK cybercrime units, ransomware attacks are becoming increasingly targeted at high-value victims. These are usually businesses that can afford to pay very large sums of money, up to £1,000,000 … [Read more...] about Hackers are making personalised ransomware to target the most profitable and vulnerable
The growth of the cloud has been nothing short of exponential – and this trajectory shows no signs of abating. Cloud technology and its adoption have been transformative for nearly every business, industry and product. From running applications that are always on and available, to limitless infrastructure scalability, today’s enterprise technology norm is defined by these cloud capabilities. According to a research document published by Oracle last year, there’s an almost limitless number of ways to use the cloud. But no matter how your journey begins, all routes eventually lead to the same destination — running your entire company in the cloud. So, what lies in store for the sector in 2019 and beyond – and what impact will these developments have on businesses in Greater Manchester? Here, Dr Julian Bass, a senior lecturer in software engineering at Salford University, gives his professional opinion on the topic. What lies ahead for cloud computing in … [Read more...] about What trends are expected to emerge in the cloud in 2019?