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The world as we have created it is a process of our thinking. It cannot be changed without changing our thinking.
― Albert Einstein

Change resistance is real, and businesses often face the challenging decision between staying with outdated systems or moving to a new unknown solution. It’s important for businesses to keep up with technological advancements but often the fear of a new system (that nobody can use) discourages them from upgrading. Assigning someone to champion the use of a new technology within the organisation can streamline the transition and increase the chance of successful org-wide adoption. Champions improve adoption rates, decrease frustrations, reduce the likelihood of reverting back to old systems, and expedite the rewards reaped from the new system. A Microsoft Teams Champion is an invaluable asset in the transition to a Modern Workplace and can help ensure a company’s “business as usual” gets the upgrade it needs. 

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With many businesses adopting a highly digital, remote workplace in 2020, Microsoft Teams has become more important than ever in making this transition possible. Teams allows its users to seamlessly connect with each other by chatting, sharing files, and organising meetings 

However, it can be difficult to discern when it’s appropriate to use a group chat versus a Team channel. They both offer many of the same features mentioned above, so, when exactly is the right time to use one over the other? To solve this dilemma and help your Teams usage going forward, we’re going to investigate the ins and outs of both chat and channel to find which one is best and when! 

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In our first Cybersecurity Basics blog, we discussed the danger small businesses face when being targeted by cyber-criminals. A 2018 report indicated that “58% of cyber attack victims were small businesses, defined as organisations with less than 250 employees. And while we previously focused on the usage of Multi-Factor Authentication, how to share login details, how to spot a phishing email, and where you can acquire more help on these issues, today we’re tackling further comprehensive tips and skills your business can learn in order to stay well ahead of the game. 

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Traditionally, many small businesses have not seen the need for investing in cybersecurity. This usually comes down to the assumption that they are simply not going to be targeted when much larger businesses exist. It’s only natural to assume that the bigger the prey, the larger the target is on their back. However, in today’s world, the truth of the matter is that cyber criminals target small businesses for exactly this reason. They are expecting small businesses to have their guard down. Because of this, every small business needs to invest in basic security prevention measures to ensure they are noseen as “low hanging fruit”.  

In this article, we will provide you some easytoimplement security tips that you can use right away! 

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2020. The name alone sounds as if it’s harbouring a new futuristic age for our planet. And as we enter this brand new decade, living up to the name, it’s undeniable that we have indeed entered a new age. The way we communicate, work and merely live in this decade has vastly changed since the beginning of the last. And one of the most crucial advancements in this time is the rising status quo of the modern workplace.  

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It’s not a stretch to say that most of us rely on email to communicate with our peers, both within our own organisation and others. While email is certainly a convenient way to communicate, it’s by no means a secure platform and should never be used to share sensitive information. Despite this, most email users aren’t aware of these dangers. All too often, we see people sharing passwords, credit card details and documents containing personally identifiable information across their emails.  

To help give peace of mind, this article will fill you in on all the need-to-know information about email security and how to navigate your online privacy from here on out  

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The growing communication and collaboration platform, Microsoft Teams, is a relatively new tool which boasts an array of helpful features and functionalities. Yet, if you’re just as new to this as many other users are (we’ve all been there!), it’s understandable to have some questions about how best to navigate and utilise the platform for your needs.    

Below, we’ve compiled a list of the most common mistakes we see users make with the platform and tell you how to avoid them so that you can make the most out of Microsoft Teams!  

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With the online communication platform, Microsoft Teams, becoming a necessity for many workers stuck at home in 2020, it’s only natural for some of the platform’s more understated features to fly under your radar. This list will cover some of the best, both small and large, tips and tricks that you’ll definitely want to know when using Teams in the future! 

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As the world went into lockdown during the COVID-19 pandemic and remote work became the norm, Zoom quickly became the go-to choice for online meetings simply due to it's ease of use. The word Zoom has become synonymous with online meetings but many organisations have not stopped to think if it's actually the best choice. It's quite likely that your organisation is paying for a Zoom subscription when you could be using Microsoft Teams instead, for free. Find out of this applies to you and save yourself the unecessary expense. Read more
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