Global cyber-attack reinforces need for IT security

Organisations need to invest in latest IT systems to stay safe and secure A cyber-attack using WannaCry ransomware, which hit organisations in 150 countries around the world including the National Health Service in the UK, reinforces the need to keep computer hardware and software as up to date as possible. Software giant, Microsoft, said the attack should be treated by governments around the world as a "wake-up call", and blamed them for storing data on software vulnerabilities which could then be accessed by hackers. It says the latest attack exploited a flaw in its Windows operating system which was first identified by, and then stolen from, US intelligence. The virus took [...]

Upgrading Your IT? 5 Tips For Disposing of Your Old IT Equipment

Upgrading Your IT? How to Take Care of Computer Disposal 5 Tips For Disposing of Your Old IT Equipment As one of the fastest growing streams of waste in Europe, old electrical equipment is becoming a landfill nightmare. And with the average lifespan of corporate IT equipment spanning two or three years, recycling computers and ensuring you dispose of old computers correctly is paramount to sustainability, as well as ensuring your company stays compliant with the government’s WEEE directive. So if you’re in the process of upgrading your IT systems, here are our top five tips for disposing of IT equipment efficiently and in line with current legislation. 1. Secure [...]

By |July 19th, 2016|Categories: IT Leasing|4 Comments

Tech Watch: Technology to Improve the Efficiency of Your Office

Tech Watch: Technology To Improve Office Efficiency As a human resource manager or business owner, you are likely to be - or have been - at some point, concerned about the productivity of your employees. Productivity within the office is one of the most important factors for an efficient business, as time is money. One of the most effective ways to increase employee productivity in a busy office is to keep up to date with IT resources. But how can technology improve productivity within the workplace? And what IT equipment should you be investing in right now? Up to date computers If you have an office full of slow, poorly [...]

By |July 13th, 2016|Categories: IT Leasing|2 Comments

UK firms invest more in IT and technology

Growing confidence leads to upsurge in investment UK firms are investing more in IT and technology than any other business area as they seek to drive efficiency, increase profitability, become more competitive and invest in the future. Buoyed by a growing confidence in the economy, UK firms have invested a total of £1.9bn in IT equipment in the last 12 months, a 35% increase over the previous year, according to a survey of members of the Finance and Leasing Association. IT equipment finance amounted to £162m in July alone, a 37% increase over the same month last year, as businesses generally looked to replace aging systems and plan ahead for [...]

By |October 2nd, 2015|Categories: IT Leasing|0 Comments

IT security regulation compliance and costs

IT security regulation compliance and costs Customer and company data is a high-value commodity for fraudsters, with some paying up to $150 for 6GB of user credentials. In today’s modern world, company and personal information is highly valuable which means it needs to be adequately protected. To ensure businesses that collect personal details do their part to protect the information, there are certain regulations by which they must comply. The regulations include the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard, ISO 27001 and the Data Protection Act 1998. Regulatory compliance In order to comply with the regulations mentioned above, organisations need to ensure that the personal details they gather are stored [...]

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IT security risks and the related business costs

IT security risks and the related business costs "The risk of fraud and online crime, both real and perceived, is costing each UK small business up to £4,000 per year"  UK's Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) Data and online security is now a major worldwide talking-point; and businesses of all sizes are frantically trying to ensure they are protected from cyber attacks, security breaches and data loss. According to the World Economic Forum, if attacker sophistication continues to outpace defender capabilities (resulting in more destructive attacks), a wave of new regulations and corporate policies could slow innovation, with an aggregate impact of approximately US$ 3 trillion by 2020. One of [...]

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IT equipment recycling & other end-of-life options

What to do with that ageing IT equipment? Recycling and other options   "Waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) is currently considered to be one of the fastest growing waste streams in the EU, growing at 3-5 % per year"– epp.eurostat.ec.europa.eu   It’s no secret that IT equipment has a finite lifespan, and in the corporate world, this is illustrated by the almost constant creation of waste electrical and electronic equipment. From screens and desktops, to printers and servers; equipment is reaching the end of its life daily. To comply with the government’s scheme to reduce the amount of electronic waste, old electrical equipment must be recycled using a qualified [...]

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Reduce business costs by using the right equipment

How investing in IT can help reduce business costs "88% of UK and US business respondents using the cloud have saved money" - Rackspace.com As the global economy improves, organisations are setting their sights firmly on the future and increased business growth. However, following the economic downturn, many of these organisations are striving to achieve new goals with previous levels of budget allocation (or only slightly more). With new targets and limited budget amounts, it’s important to make sure that every opportunity to cut costs and streamline processes is utilised. An area of business which regularly presents innovative solutions to new and existing issues is IT. By implementing new IT [...]

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IT Equipment end-of-life – now what?

What happens when IT equipment needs replacing? "The average lifespan of a corporate PC is between 24 and 36 months" Given the statistic above, it’s unsurprising that organisations are updating their computer hardware almost constantly. A direct result of this is the colossal amount of e-waste that is becoming a worldwide problem. But what happens when your IT equipment reaches the end of its life? Is it just a case of throwing it all into the nearest skip? Certainly not. To combat the issue of electronic waste, the UK government introduced the Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) directive which looks to reduce the amount of electronic equipment that ends [...]

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