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5 great things you probably didn’t know about Office 365 that are well worth knowing anyway!

Office 365: Achieving great things and setting benchmarks In the five-and-a-half years since the launch of Microsoft Office 365 it has become a superlative performer. Among the many great things it has achieved and the benchmarks it has set, it is Microsoft’s fastest ever growing product. Some observers regard the 10 years of leadership by…

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Cybercrime: Large organisations targeted but smaller, expanding and mid-sized firms cannot be complacent

­­ UKs institutions and public bodies under attack At the beginning of August in the blog ‘Ransomware update: Threat only increasing with extortion hitting $1 billion in 2016’, we highlighted the growing threat of this type of cyber-criminal activity. In the article we noted how the nature of the threat was changing. A scatter-gun approach,…

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Ransomware attack: Recovery after falling victim

Paying unlikely to be an option as cybercriminals refine strategy Ransomware is a form of cybercrime that has been around for a number of years; however, the threat level is increasing and there are signs that the cybercriminals’ strategy is becoming more refined. In year-on-year figures for 2014-15 and 2015-16 from IT security experts Kaspersky,…

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Ransomware attack: Prevention is better than cure

UK companies being targeted or have poorer IT security Ransomware is a lucrative cybercriminal enterprise. Although there is much awareness, it poses a significant risk to businesses. According to figures from the FBI based on Q1/2016 statistics, cybercriminals are set to extort $1bn globally this year. Many have tightened up IT security practice. However, the…

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Scale Computing true hyperconvergence: Simplicity and cost put value at the heart of its unique market offer

What lies behind the success of Scale Computing? Scale Computing started up in 2007, shipped its first systems in 2012 and has so far gained around 1,600 customers with an installed base of approximately 5,500 systems. It is a relative minnow compared with some of its direct competitors. However, it grew strongly through 2015 and…

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Yahoo! tops PII data leak league table but cloud productivity with Office 365 is still the best option

Details of 500 million user accounts stolen from Yahoo! Last week news of the biggest known data leak of personal identifiable information (PII) in history was released by Yahoo!. The breach occurred in 2014 but Yahoo! has only just discovered the extent of the theft of information: It relates to 500 million user accounts… The…

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Office 365 outstanding cloud success story but users need to employ email security best practice

Microsoft Office 365 just works! It’s 5 years and a few months since Microsoft Office 365 launched as a commercial product and around two and a half years since it was upgraded to its current format. During this time, it has set some significant benchmarks, including being Microsoft’s fastest ever growing product. Under the stewardship…

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Ransomware update: Threat only increasing with extortion hitting $1 billion in 2016

Many not in a position to refuse ransomware demands Back in February we reported on the January ransomware attack at Lincolnshire County Council (LCC), which was foiled by the council refusing to pay and then bringing in experts to completely restore systems and data. Ransomware is malicious software (malware) that infects a device or computer,…

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Trend for VoIP + Trend for cloud = Benemen!

The significance of the cloud in driving business efficiency today Perhaps the single most significant development in business technology over the past 10 years or so has been the trend for cloud solutions. Cloud has come into its own as the credit crunch led to the drying up of capital in the shape of bank…

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Introducing Benemen cloud-based Unified Communications

Affordable Unified Communications for the way we work today Many will have come across Unified Communications or UC which is a system which brings together the channels, devices and locations of business communication. Early incarnations of UC were aimed at large enterprise organisations with deep pockets. In parallel with practically every aspect of computing, the…

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