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Network ROI wins Business High Growth at Midlothian and East Lothian Chamber awards
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Network ROI wins Business High Growth at Midlothian and East Lothian Chamber awards

Last night, Midlothian based Network ROI, Scotland’s leading cyber security and IT managed service provider, was proud to win the Business High Growth award at the Midlothian & East Lothian Chamber of Commerce Business Awards 2019, held at The Brunton, in Musselburgh.

The Business High Growth award recognised its exceptional business growth achieved by Network ROI over the last year.

Adam Johnson, Managing Director, Network ROI said:

2019 has been an exceptional year for us, we have grown our Midlothian based business by over 65% over the last three years to over £5m and I am especially proud we have created many local jobs over the last couple of years having grown from 32 to 50 employees.

Adam added: “As an employee owned company we fundamentally believe that if we look after our staff, who are fellow business owners, then they will in turn, look after our customers, with exceptional service.  Winning the Business High Growth award and being nominated for Employer of the Year is testament to all the hard work, commitment and passion the team has put in and it will definitely motivate us to continue to improve and excel, in order to benefit our customers, through the products and services we offer.”

 

Network ROI targets security market in plan for expansion
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Network ROI targets security market in plan for expansion

IT services company Network ROI is scaling up its operations

Network ROI targets security market in plan for expansion. Terry Murden from the Daily Business interviews Network ROI MD Adam Johnson about how Network ROI is scaling up its operations as it tackles growing security issues such as the spread of ransomware and the mis-use of cryptocurrencies.

“The number of attacks shows no sign of slowing…they are using ransomware to undermine companies. It’s a growing problem and the onus is on boards to get their house in order,” Adam said.

The Edinburgh-based firm is embarking on a three-pronged strategy that will see it work more closely with client companies, including those facing a growing risk of exposure to the onslaught of cyber attacks. It will provide more on-call support and offer IT directors ‘for hire’ as it plots expansion of its services, including connectivity, telecoms and consultancy across the UK.

Hackers include teenagers who are easily able to download ransomware tools from the internet, while bitcoin, the cryptocurrency that was meant to become an online currency, has been adopted by criminals to a point where some companies now block the word from their communications systems, including email.

Other digital currencies such as monero, designed to avoid tracking, have become more popular among criminals as law enforcers adopt software tools to monitor those using bitcoin.

Network ROI, which became the first employee-owned managed services company two years ago, now has a staff of 50, mainly at its Roslin head office, with a growing team in Newton-le-Willows in northwest England.

The company now serves firms of all sizes from four to 4,000 employees, in all sectors and across the UK. They include about a hundred in Mr Johnson’s native northwest England.

“Manchester in particular is booming,” he said. “There really is a northern powerhouse thing going on, helped by people like Andy Burnham [mayor of Greater Manchester and former Labour Cabinet minister] who is business focused.”

Read more in the Daily Business article 

Network ROI double award nomination
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Network ROI double award nomination

Midlothian based Network ROI is very proud to have been shortlisted by a panel of judges as a finalist in two categories in the Midlothian & East Lothian Chamber of Commerce Business Awards 2019.

The Employer of the Year Award will be given to the business that has a genuine dedication to their workforce, over and above any statutory duty. The Business High Growth of the Year Award recognises businesses that have experienced exceptional growth in sales, profit, market share, jobs or international trade.

Adam Johnson, Managing Director said: “As an employee owned company, I am delighted for the entire team. For us to have been nominated for two awards is a great achievement. Our culture is at the forefront of the business, as we believe  that if we look after our staff, who are fellow business owners, then they will in turn, look after our customers, with exceptional service.”

“2019 has  been an exceptional year, as we have recently opened a new office in Newton-le-Willows in North West England, to service over 90 businesses in the region. We have also significantly increased our employee numbers in our Midlothian head office; doubled turnover to over £5m and continue to upskill our workforce, with our clients benefiting from expert advice in cyber security through our Certified Information Systems Security Professionals (CISSP), as well as undertaking numerous University and post University qualifications”

“We are driven by our clients’ needs to continually improve our services, including being ISO accredited for quality (ISO 9001), service (ISO 20001) and cyber security (ISO 27001), alongside our three gold and five silver Microsoft accreditation’s. We offer our clients round the clock 24/7/365 fully managed support services.”

The winners of the Midlothian & East Lothian Chamber of Commerce Business Awards will be announced on 30 October 2019 at The Brunton, in Musselburgh.

What is multi-factor authentication?
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What is multi-factor authentication?

Multi-factor authentication (MFA) is an extra layer of security that can be used to protect online accounts and other shared computing resources against unauthorised access.

The easiest way to understand MFA is to think about your bank card. When you withdraw cash from an ATM, you need your card (something you have) and your PIN (something you know). There is also a third factor (something you are) – your fingerprint, retina or other biometric information.

When you enter the wrong PIN, the cash machine won’t let you withdraw money and will prompt you to take your card. The same is true with MFA. When you enter the wrong details, access will be denied, and your information will remain secure.

Why is MFA important?

It is more important than ever to protect online assets.

1 – The threat of identity fraud is growing. Hackers have unfettered access to a plethora of personal information from social media accounts, making this type of fraud an easy win.

2 – We have more to lose. We are increasingly reliant on digital infrastructure to manage our lives. Dating, communicating, working, shopping and banking are just some of the areas dominated by digital technology.

3 – Streamlined access. MFA offers a simple and secure method of offering access to the right people at the right time.

4 – Providing another layer of protection against weak or compromised user credentials. MFA should complement strong user credentials; however, it can also provide an additional layer of protection against weak or compromised credentials in some instances.

5 – More organisations and individuals are being targeted by hackers. The chances of being targeted by hackers are increasing. Criminals have many motivations for accessing online data including theft, service disruption, data destruction and more.

What types of authentication exist?

Authentication takes many forms, most of which you will be familiar with already.

Examples of things you know:

PIN – a numeric password such as the one typically used to access your phone or to protect your bank account.

Password – A string of user-defined characters that may include numbers, symbols, upper-case and lower-case letters. It’s important to follow best practice when choosing a password, download our free password guide to get some useful pointers.

Challenge/response – Answers to questions that only you should know. This type of authentication method is less effective due to the amount of personal information available online. Pet names, high-school name, place of birth and even date of birth can, in many cases be accessed by online criminals.

Examples of things you have:

Magnetic stripe cards – Cards that contain user ID data.

Smart cards – A smart card has a pre-programmed integrated computer circuit, usually taking the form of a small chip. Examples include bank cards and mobile SIM cards.

Security tokens – Mobile apps and physical USB tokens that generate a unique one-time passcode (OTP) typically within a minute before generating a new code. Many companies also use SMS messaging to deliver OTPs.

Example of something you are:

Biometrics – Examples of biometric data include voice recognition, fingerprint and iris scanning.

It’s important to note that multifactor authentication is where two unique factors are used in conjunction with one another at the same time – i.e. a smart card must be used with a PIN. Similarly, a security token or authentication app is used to deliver a passcode which must then be entered into the system.

Identity Access Management

Many organisations are seeking to further streamline the login process by using Identity Access Management (IAM) solutions. IAM removes the need for users to know their login credentials and is used to login into apps. Passwords are generated automatically by the software, reducing the possibility of a simple weak password being chosen by the user.

Another benefit of using IAM is during offboarding. If users don’t know the login credentials to various web apps, they can’t access critical business files once their employment comes to an end, making life easier for system admins and business owners.

Why should I care about multi-factor authentication?

Multi-factor authentication on its own won’t be enough to protect your business online, but it will help to ensure your people are taking steps to protect their vital information. As your business grows and becomes more reliant on digital services to function, the threat from cybercrime will increase significantly.

Adding an additional layer of security to business and personal logins will help protect your information and will reduce the threat of becoming another hacking victim. Multi-factor authentication should definitely be in your IT security strategy wish-list this coming year if you haven’t already thought about it.

Network ROI can recommend MFA solutions to suit the needs of your business. Call us on 0131 510 3456 for a chat with one of our security experts today.

How big a risk is the Insider Threat to your organisation?
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How big a risk is the Insider Threat to your organisation?

Meet Team ZoneFox at Infosec 2018 to halt the insider threat in its tracks!

With the recent release of ZoneFox 4.0, the ZoneFox Team will be out in force at Infosec 2018 to showcase our enhanced insider threat detection platform.

InfoSec 2018 is the must-attend show for any security professional. Attending this year? Then head to stand R80 to discover how ZoneFox can mitigate business risk and help you protect business-critical data 24/7.

From identifying anomalous user behaviour, alerting on incorrect access permissions to unauthorised software installs or removable device use – speak to the experts at InfoSec and find out how ZoneFox technology can bring light to the often dark areas of data security.

You can expect to see on the day:

  • Live demo showing threat hunting in action.
  • Witness the advantages and developments of ZoneFox AI
  • Discover all about their latest launch, ZoneFox V4.0, including a number of product enhancements.
  • Understand how to defend against threats, prepare for compliance, and help address the rise of the insider within your organisation.
  • Have the opportunity to ask questions about the product, and how it relates to your industry from the experts.

We know it’s a busy event, so pick a slot and we’ll be ready for you – we’ll be on stand R80. Don’t miss out –

Book your slot now.

Not registered – you still have time – you can sign up for Infosec 2018 here

Not attending but still want to see the award-winning ZoneFox Insider threat detection platform in action? Then we will come to you – book a meeting with us today.

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