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Protect against data breaches

How can you prevent notifiable data breaches from happening?

Not sure what Notifiable Data Breaches are? Click here for Part 1

The Office of the Australian Information Commissioner (OAIC) expects businesses to carry out the assessment of a data breach within 30 days of becoming aware and notify the affected parties as soon as possible.

It’s important for businesses to understand that prevention is far better than cure – especially in a scenario where time, effort, money, and the integrity of your business is at stake. To this end, all businesses must take proactive steps to ramp up security and prevent notifiable data breaches from occurring in the first place.

Let’s take a look at how preventative strategies can work in practice. Read more

Notifiable Data Breaches

Notifiable Data Breaches

Know what a notifiable data breach is? Check out our post on how you can protect your business from data breaches

Until very recently, Australian businesses were not required to inform their customers if personal information was hacked and leaked to the public or unauthorised parties. In fact, in November last year, the popular ride-sharing company Uber was named and shamed for its year-long cover-up of a data breach which exposed the personal information of 57 million Uber drivers around the world. In this case, Uber not only failed to notify the public about the breach, but they actually paid the hackers to stay quiet.

Unsurprisingly, the 2017 Australian Community Attitudes to Privacy Survey revealed that Read more

Over your server but confused by the cloud? Here are your options

If you’re reading this you probably already know this, but if your business is still using a fileserver, it’s high time you started looking at other options. With servers being notoriously expensive to maintain and lacking the capability to support the needs of the modern workplace, most businesses – small and large – have decided to move to the cloud to reap the considerable financial and productivity benefits of using cloud storage instead of a server. Read more

Why purchasing Office 365 is like buying coffee

When it comes to purchasing cloud productivity platforms like Microsoft Office 365, many business owners and organisations become stumped about the best way to go about it. With many avenues for purchase and installation, which road do you go down? Do you subscribe to the platform online directly from the Microsoft website? What about those offers you see from telecommunications companies that also sell Office 365? Or do you go with a local Microsoft partner that is also a certified Microsoft Partner? Read more

Adobe PDF to SharePoint Online Office 365

One of the first lessons we teach people about SharePoint is how to save documents from Word, Excel and PowerPoint directly in to SharePoint instead of local folders ie My Documents. With a little bit of practice people find it just as convenient as saving documents to traditional locations such as network drives or Dropbox.  The question that usually follows is “How do I save PDF files from Adobe Reader to SharePoint?” – a great question and in this post I’ll show you how.

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Office 365 Multifactor Authentication

With organisations increasingly favouring cloud computing, data security is one of those things that many people know they need to prioritise but often don’t address until it’s too late. Yet with more data being exchanged between devices around the world every day than ever before in history, it’s more important than ever to protect your data against hackers.

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Office 365 Business Anywhere

In our work with businesses and organisations all over Australia, we see the same challenges cropping up over and over again. From budget issues to communication problems and flat productivity, many issues impacting businesses can be addressed with efficient and effective use of technology. Here are four of the problems we see the most, and how Microsoft Office 365 can assist businesses to address these challenges.

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While most business owners diligently protect their businesses from theft, fire and damage by investing in security systems, alarms and insurance policies to protect their property and finances, an alarming number of businesses do very little (or nothing) to protect their data.

You probably wouldn’t leave the premises of your business for the night without locking the door, but for some reason many business owners are leaving things like confidential client files, reports containing sale figures, pitch documents, tenders, contracts and sensitive emails open for theft and duplication.

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Office 365

One of the most common gripes business owners have is email management. Staying on top of emails can be a challenge when you’re short on time and up to your neck in running a business. But if you’re still up at midnight wading through emails or regularly forgetting to reply to emails, then missing appointments or even worse – losing business – then you’ve got a problem.

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A lot of you will know what OneDrive for Business is and already be putting it to good use within your business. To those of you who aren’t familiar with the platform, OneDrive for Business with Office 365 allows you to save files into the Cloud, meaning that you can access them anywhere and on any device.

OneDrive for Business also allows you to share files with others. The benefit of this is that you can collaborate on an original document simultaneously with mulitple people, rather than sending out copies of a file and then struggling to keep track of which copy contains the most recent updates. There are several different ways to share files through OneDrive for Business. Read more

Introducing OneNote
Humans have been keeping notes since long before computers were invented, mostly with the help of pen and paper. And while this is a simple, effective approach we believe that with technology there’s a better way. That’s why in this post I’ll introduce you to OneNote – the most powerful, easy to use note taking app that’s included with Office 365. Read more
Azure Access Panel

On average, the typical small business in Australia uses 14 different cloud apps.

Trying to remember login details and managing who can access each cloud app is difficult, even for the most organised business. In most cases, businesses will simply share accounts and passwords because managing it any other way is difficult and time consuming.

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Not so long ago, starting a small business meant investing significant amounts of money in computers, networking equipment and servers. But in the last couple of years things have changed dramatically. It’s now possible to run a small business on nothing more than a couple of computers and cloud services, eliminating servers all together. Of course this doesn’t work for every small business, but for those who fall in to this category it’s a huge money saver.
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