News April 2015


Don’t count on anti-virus software alone to keep your data safe

AV isn’t enough

Don’t be mistaken: anti-virus software is a crucial component of any security implementation strategy, every day anti-viral scanners the world over are detecting and throttling millions of malicious software strains. These tools are solid and reliable but when attackers are determined enough, antivirus software alone may not stop them from acquiring your data. The security industry thrives on zero-day attacks – exploits using previously unknown newly discovered vulnerabilities. A hacker smart enough to devise one, and there are plenty, can get past detection software and cause untold damage.

Mind the gaps

The smart thing to do is assess common delivery channels for infection and use complementary and overlapping technologies to reduce the risk of a successful attack. All it takes is for one user to open a file, click a link or surf a website and you can wave goodbye to the integrity of your network. Layered protection is your best defence – the key is to make things so difficult for attackers that they decide to move on to easier targets. Making sure the software running on the network is up to date is an important aspect of any cyber-security strategy so that attackers can’t exploit any of the known vulnerabilities in the average operating system or application.


Windows Server 2003 end-of-life is 14.07.15

Are you ready?

Windows Server End-of-Life is being referred to as ‘One of the biggest business-technology evolution stories of the decade’ yet two thirds of businesses are unaware of the complications End-of-Life may bring. It can take hundreds of business days to audit, analyse and plan a migration from Server 2003; hence businesses that do not treat the transition as a matter of urgency will become vulnerable to server management and performance issues, as well as threats to their security and compliance.

What does Windows Server 2003 End-of-Life mean for you and your business?

1. No Updates – Microsoft will no longer provide automatic fixes or updates against viruses, spyware and other malicious software; or online technical assistance for Server 2003. Without these updates, the security and productivity of your infrastructure is compromised.

2. Compliance Issues – By continuing to employ Server 2003 technology, your business will fail to meet most industry-wide compliance standards and regulations, putting your existing accreditations in jeopardy.

3. No Safe Haven – Even virtualised instances of Server 2003 will be unable to pass a compliance audit. Small Business Server 2003 will be similarly affected, leaving no safe haven for your business’ ISO accreditations.

4. Higher Costs – Without the customary support from Microsoft, isolating and protecting your 2003 servers will ultimately end up costing you more. Why expose your company to risk and spend more than you have to?

How IT Hotdesk can help you?

Our highly qualified and experienced team at IT Hotdesk will examine your existing infrastructure, consider your business’ future needs and mitigate any risks to ensure a successful transition from Windows Server 2003. Our team are multi-skilled and uniquely placed to drive your business to an IT environment that will enable growth, flexibility, added security and compliance.

With the deadline fast approaching now is the perfect time to start planning your migration and IT Hotdesk are here to help you every step of the way. Contact our team today.

Better Broadband for your business


Your business can get a connection voucher of up to £3,000 for faster, better broadband through the Government’s Broadband Connection Voucher Scheme.

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Aberdeen contract wins

IT Hotdesk’s Aberdeen office has secured a number of notable new contracts in the first few months of the year, despite challenging market conditions following the drop in oil price.

IT Hotdesk has won several new accounts worth over £100,000 in IT support and projects. These include a law firm founded in 1955 established as one of the most reputable and progressive legal films in Aberdeen and a company highly focused on custom design and purpose built solutions, offering uniquely engineered, specialised tooling; they have the capability and experience to help their new and existing customers with any challenging design issues that may arise.

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