Defend and Invest – Your technology strategy for 2022

Did you get a short break at Christmas? Even if it was just a few days, that break can give you huge clarity of thinking about where to take your business this year.

We call this the January Refresh & Refocus.

Let us tell you the two technology areas that will be the most important in 2022. They are Defend and Invest.

Defend is about protecting your business from cyber criminals. We believe cyber-crime is going to rise again this year, to levels never seen before.

Invest is about making sure technology is powering your business forward, not holding it back.

Our new guide looks at both these areas in detail.

Windows 11: It is here

Windows 11 is here. It is more secure and has better functionality and builds on Windows 10. 

Some say it looks beautiful and some say it looks a bit like a mac desktop.

New PCs, if you can get them, are now available with windows 11 preloaded and the upgrade for existing machines will available early next year.

Not all machines will be able to upgrade due to strict hardware requirements although most decent machines that have been supplied or recommended by tKnowIT to our customers in the last few years should meet the requirements.

We’ve listed the requirements along with some of the benefits of windows 11 in a brand new guide.

Be prepared: your business WILL be attacked

5 steps to improve your ransomware resilience

Ransomware is the one of the most terrifying and concerning data security threats your business will face.

What if your staff try to login one morning but all they see is a bright red screen saying your data has been encrypted, and you must pay a huge ransom in Bitcoin to get it back.

Terrifying? Concerning?

Read our new guide now. We’ll answer all your questions about ransomware. Plus you’ll discover five steps to improve your business’s ransomware resilience.

Does your IT always need fixing? It’s time for a Proactive IT Partner

If you or your current IT support company are always fixing your tech then it’s probably time to consider an IT partner who can proactively prevent problems.

Download and read our latest guide that highlights the benefits for your business of a more proactive approach to your tech.

Microsoft 365: 10 Apps you didn’t know you had

Boost productivity, save time, and improve customer experience

Microsoft 365 has many features to be discovered. Most businesses get it just to access Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Teams. And then they discover there are so many other apps included.

Find the right ones and you can save time, increase productivity and motivation, and create a smoother workflow for everyone in your business. With more of us working remotely, that’s never been more important.

we’ve put together a useful guide. Here are the 10 Microsoft 365 apps we think every business should look closely at.

Is your biggest security threat to your business on your payroll?

Insider attacks on your business –  the costs and your strategy to prevent insider attacks

Most insider attacks are not malicious, stead they are accidental, but the chances of attacks coming from inside your business are high.

A member of staff clicking on a bad link by mistake is all it takes.

But there are some attacks caused by malicious attackers, deliberately looking to do damage to your systems, or make money.

Both of these kinds of attacks can be prevented and minimised by focusing on five key areas in your IT strategy.

Read our new guide now to assess how prepared your business is.

9 Types of Malware – an easy to read guide

There are billions of malware variants and all businesses are being target by them, all the time.

Malware is malicious software that is design to either damage or steal your data

We’ve written an easy to read (hopefully) guide to the top nine most common types on malware.

Data Security: What if your office is on fire?

Not something you want to happen but it does happen.

Fire causes damage but so will the water typically used to put out the fire.

If there had been a fire in your office last night, what do you wish you’d done yesterday?

Computers can be replaced and are usually covered by insurance but what about the data on them. Yes you can get business insurance to get you back on your feet but you can’t just recreate all that data that has typically grown over many years.

That’s one of the many reasons we need to protect and back up data.

Have a read of our data protection guide. It will show you things you need to prioritise to keep your data protected from any disaster.

Your 5 step plan to prepare and protect your business from cyber-crime

Some type of incident relating to cyber-crime was reported by two thirds of all organisations a couple of years ago.

That number is going to be higher now due to changes we have made in the last year to work from home, possibly in a rush, creating further opportunities  for fraud.

Overall the world economy loses more than $1 trillion to cyber-crime every year. That’s a figure that’s increased by over 50% since 2018.

Your business needs to be as prepared as it can be against the threat of cyber-crime.

7 signs that you need a new computer

It’s can be tempting to put off  buying new computers and other IT equipment but it can sometimes cost you more if you hang onto equipment for too long.

If a device is more than 3 years old it can actually be cheaper to buy a new one?

A 5 year old PC could cost twice as much to run as a new one
A 4 year old PC suffers 55% more security incidents than in its first 3 years

Getting the balance right between equipment that can be repaired or upgraded and will happily last another couple of years – versus slow, unproductive equipment that really needs to be replaced is important.

Read our brand new guide now. We have 7 signs that will tell you whether or not you need new computers.