We are now Cyber Essentials Certified!

As part of our ongoing commitment to cyber security, we are very pleased to announce that Andromeda Solutions are now Cyber Essentials certified. We have put the appropriate measures in place to not just protect our own organisation, but to also protect that of our valued clients and customers to a Government-endorsed standard. We are very proud of our team for continuously working to improve the security of our IT infrastructure.

What is Cyber Essentials?

Cyber Essentials is Government-backed, fully supported by the IT industry, and run by the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSE). The Cyber Essentials Scheme is part of the Government’s National Security Strategy, aiming to reduce to amount of cyber attacks on organisations in the UK by over 80%. The scheme helps businesses put security controls in place to help protect them from the most common cyber-attacks. A cyber security breach can be truly devastating on both a personal and professional level, emphasising the importance of protecting IT systems and services from cyber criminals.

In order to pass the Government-led initiative, Andromeda Solutions were required to complete a Cyber Essentials questionnaire, meeting the technical control requirements for the following 5 areas:

  • Boundary Firewalls and Internet Gateways
  • Secure Configuration
  • User Access Control
  • Malware Protection
  • Patch Management

The Cyber Essentials certification provides Andromeda Solutions with external, independent assurance that we have the correct and necessary measures in place to help protect us against cyber threats.

For more information on how we can help improve your cyber security, please visit our Cyber Security page, or get in touch with us today.

How remote working in Covid times can be transformed with Office 365 and cloud computing.

Whilst remote working has long been touted as a means for revolutionising the work-life balance, it was never expected to have become the default working environment for so many, so soon. The Covid-19 pandemic and subsequent lockdown has seen an almost overnight switch in our working patterns and as a result, many organisations have been left struggling to catch up to the new challenges brought by remote teams.

Outside of the office, many employees are now left to work without access to their usual networks, reducing productivity and bringing security risks to businesses, particularly where data handling is concerned. Fortunately, developments in cloud-based technologies mean that there are now robust solutions available.

One such solution, Office 365, is an excellent tool for navigating this new working landscape. Offering impressive security, as a cloud-based suite it can be accessed from wherever your teams need to be, whether that’s in the office or at home. As a cloud-based service, all you need to access it is an internet connection. By opting for a cloud-based infrastructure, you can sidestep the expense of maintaining your own data centre and feel assured that security is taken care of, with full data recovery available if the worst should happen. You will also benefit from advanced threat analytics, email encryption, multi factor authentication and mobile device management, alongside many other security measures.

It’s not just in security that the benefits of Office 365 can be seen. Collaborative work can continue seamlessly, with features which allow for real-time co-authoring of documents and presentations. With direct access to files enabled, productivity can focus on the task at hand, rather than attaching files to emails.

Office 365 gives your business scalability, and as a subscriber you will automatically receive the latest programs available. Furthermore, the widespread familiarity with the Office suite means that staff can quickly get to work without requiring retraining on new formats. The mix and match subscription format means that your package can be tailored to your organisation’s unique needs, from the smallest enterprises through to major businesses.

Here at Andromeda Solutions, we can help you explore all the possibilities and smooth your migration with dedicated ongoing management.

What you need to know about Spam Email, Phishing, and Other Threats to your Inbox.

These days we are all reliant on email as a fast and easy way to communicate, with everyone from family and friends, through to work colleagues and businesses that we deal with. With around 50% of the world’s email traffic consisting of spam, it’s never been more important to secure your inbox.

There are several different types of threats that are targeted via email and it’s important to be aware of them, in order to be on your guard.

Spam is a familiar foe: most of us will have received unsolicited advertising or hoax charity appeals. Spam often contains viruses or spyware which can threaten your computer. They are blanket attacks, often using software that generates thousands of potential email addresses or sent to email address lists bought from other spammers. Be sure to never respond to a spam message, as it will confirm to the criminals that they have hit upon a real email address.

Phishing emails are sent out in their thousands by criminals hoping to trick people into disclosing valuable personal information. Often phishing emails may resemble those sent by legitimate banks and other organisations and contain links that, once clicked, take you to a counterfeit webpage. Using a technique known as Spoofing, these fakes can be very sophisticated dupes, so be mindful of any emails that come from an email address at odds with the supposed organisation’s name. Similarly, be cautious of emails with a link, or any attempts to solicit your password or other personal details.

Spear Phishing is a targeted attack of a similar nature, directed at an individual or organisation with the goal of stealing data or implanting malware. Criminals research their targets to make their attacks appear credible, so be mindful of how much you share about yourself on social networking sites.

Fortunately, help is at hand. We can help to maintain the security of your inbox, with services such as Hornet Security’s Spam Filter and Malware Protection. With dynamic virus filtering for incoming and outgoing email, and link tracking to prevent the risk of clicking on a dangerous URL, you can rest assured that your emails are safe and your computers and networks are protected.

For help with IT Security Threats, contact Andromeda Solutions Today.