It’s only February and two huge data breaches have already been identified. Collection #1 and Collection #2-#5 contain an estimated 3 billion email addresses and passwords.
You can find out if you’ve been affected here: https://sec.hpi.de/ilc/search
This is yet another reason to review your IT infrastructure’s security measures. Network and infrastructure attacks take many forms. These data breaches raise potential vulnerabilities in remote network access and email security. Unfortunately, many people will still use the same password, or variations on a password, across multiple applications. Forcing colleagues to use strong passwords is the first step in improving security, and implementing a rule to change passwords at regular intervals can help too. However, these can open other security issues, for example people sticking passwords to monitors in plain view of everyone else!
There are better strategies to take in securing your infrastructure. Contact Abtec on 01858 438 500 to book a security review to identify the best for you.
Also, download our Building Better Disaster Recovery Plans guide to find out more ways to prevent unplanned interruptions to your infrastructure.
No one likes interruptions to their IT services, they cost time and money. As the nights draw in, it’s a good opportunity to review how prepared your infrastructure is to combat disruption.
We’ve built a guide, download it here, to help you perform that review. It’s called ‘Building Better Disaster Recovery Plans’. The point behind it is that we spend time creating DR plans for high impact, low probability events, but often it’s the small, everyday disruptions that cause more problems.
In this guide we share some of steps we take with clients to reduce IT disruption.
As ever, if you need any support improving your IT infrastructure’s preparedness for disruption give us a call on 01858 538 500. We’ll be happy to help.
Abtec’s engineers continue their great work on the second accommodation block for the Hinkley Point C new nuclear power station project.
Hinkley Point C, the first nuclear power station to be built in the UK for over 20 years, is one of the largest construction projects in Europe. To accommodate many of the 3,100 workers on site, two workers campuses have been built.
We’ve been working on the project for the last two years, designing, installing and supporting the IT and communications infrastructure, for the accommodation blocks. Our four onsite engineers provide IT support for the accommodation manager’s employees, Host 2 Ltd. They also manage and maintain the tech we’ve designed and installed, including;
Our engineers are currently building the infrastructure for the second block of accommodation, with 1500 rooms, in readiness for its opening in December.
Our sister organisation, Abtec Building Technologies, has scooped an honour at this year’s ECA Industry Awards, held on Friday 8 June at the London Hilton Bankside Hotel.
The ECA Industry Awards recognise key achievements of the finest talent in the sector, providing a great opportunity for contractors and wider industry associates to showcase exceptional work.
Abtec’s team won a highly commended award in the Best Energy Solutions Project, for a recent project with Ibstock Brick. The project, which delivers energy efficient and intelligent lighting for Ibstock Brick’s new factory, will save 170,000kg of CO2 per year.
The ECA Industry Awards judges were impressed with Abtec’s demonstration of significant CO2 savings, anticipated energy savings of 50% and a project payback time of less than two years.
Commenting on the commendation by the ECA, Site Engineering Manager John Grew said:
“What we have achieved with the team from Abtec BT is the coming-together of the key elements of energy management. This includes lighting that is controlled by presence detection, automated emergency lighting testing, constant daylight control, as well as scene-setting. All of this is integrated within a wider, site-wide building management solution. The result is a 50% saving when it is compared with the cost of a traditional lighting solution – thus saving 170,041 kg CO2 per year, when coupled with the automated emergency testing further savings that are efficiency goals.”
Ibstock Brick’s engineering team is now working with Abtec BT to fully integrate the building services on the new site and the wider estate to provide even greater energy management.
Yusen Logistics (UK) Ltd has replaced its UK wide IT networking infrastructure. The company believes the move will improve its flexibility and increase efficiency.
“The new network will improve our IT capabilities” says Simon Calver, Yusen Logistics (UK) Networks Technical Lead. “It will make it easier to share information with our clients in real time and for us to add new distribution sites.”
IT specialists Abtec Network Systems provided the new network. Phil Kennerdell, Abtec’s Sales Director, points out, “We’ve used our own national network which gives Yusen Logistics faster connection speeds and improved resilience.”
The network connects Yusen’s distribution, administration and datacentres together. A diverse range of applications run across the network, including its warehousing supply chain software and vehicle tracking data. “It supports our focus on delivering customer centric services for our clients” adds Simon.
As the logistics firm’s reliance on IT continues to grow, safeguarding this infrastructure was an important network design consideration. Phil notes “We’ve built additional resilience into the network to ensure that Yusen can still operate even in the highly unlikely event that disaster strikes.”
The network extends Abtec’s growth in the logistics market. Its clients include Norbert Dentressangle, the Road Haulage Association and Panic Transport. Phil explains the reasons for this growth, “Our understanding of the needs of businesses in this sector help us create unique services for logistics firms. These services help businesses exceed their clients’ needs and can cut costs too.”
It’s winter time; so why not put another log on the fire, get comfortable and read our latest newsletter…
In this edition we look at one of the more surprising applications that can be run from the cloud – Hosted Voice. We’ll find out why one leading law firm chose Abtec’s Hosted Voice service and the benefits it will bring the organisation.
We’ve witnessed the recent storms cause chaos in the north of England and Scotland first hand; we support organisations and have employees across the north east and north west of England. We’ve protected these organisations’ IT resources from the floods, and this has prompted us to issue a reminder to readers about keeping on top of their business continuity plans.
Also, we’ve seen another unwelcome visitor recently, phishing emails with macro enabled attachments. Richard Pitman, one of our senior network engineers, offers advice on how to protect your organisation against these unwelcome visitors.
Getting the balance right between an IT infrastructure that is efficient to manage, whilst satisfying the UK’s financial regulatory framework is a challenge. In our latest case study you’ll find out how Abtec helped Buckinghamshire Building Society achieve that balance.
Abtec has years of experience working with building societies across the UK. In that time we’ve built up the knowledge and a raft of services that can help building societies deliver effective IT within the market’s regulatory framework. We provide the IT and communications infrastructure for many of the UK’s building societies. We’ve helped them address issues such as:
In our case study with Buckinghamshire Building Society you’ll find out why more building societies are choosing to work with Abtec.
Our latest edition of our newsletter looks at how to build cloud technology into your business strategy. There are plenty of great reasons to do this, as one of our clients, Abrosetti UK, has found out. In the newsletter you’ll find out how our cloud Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) platform has helped transform one of the UK’s leading vehicle servicing businesses.
If you are running a Windows Server 2003 you’ll be aware that Microsoft’s support for that product ends in July 2015. In the newsletter you’ll find out what options you have to ensure your server applications continue to work.
If your Internet connection is starting to feel the strain you may be eligible for a Government grant of up to £3,000 to upgrade your connection speed. Find out more about this in our newsletter or here.
Both the Prime Minister and the Chancellor of the Exchequer made individual visits to our Carlisle based client. We’ve been upgrading Story Homes’ IT and communications infrastructure as they move into their new headquarters. We’ve delivered the IT foundation that will help the business grow more easily. This includes sophisticated video conferencing, network upgrade and a new communications system. Our sister organisation, Abtec Building Technologies, completed the mechanical and electrical fit out for the ex RAF Depot site.
In April the Chancellor opened the new headquarters. With just a few days to go to the election Samantha and David Cameron paid a visit to one of Story Homes developments in Lancaster.
For more information visit the Story Homes website.
The Government grant, called the Broadband Connection Voucher Scheme, is available for businesses with premises in specific areas of Leicester. As an approved supplier we can help you identify the right type of internet connection for your business and help you apply for the grant.
Give us a ring on 01858 438 500 to find out if your business premises qualify for the grant, and find out what speed you could get.