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The importance of people and process in the fight to secure NHS data

The computer virus which affected Northern Lincolnshire and Goole NHS Foundation Trust in November is a further reminder that NHS organisations need to remain constantly on their guard against security breaches. As no ransom was demanded, it’s likely to have been a random attack, but reports suggest that 28 trusts have been hit by ransomware attacks in the last year. Additionally, the NHS was the UK’s biggest victim of data breaches in 2015 according to the Information Commissioner’s Office. To help Trusts tackle these threats, the National Data Guardian Review was published in July 2016. The results of the public consultation into its recommendations are still to be published, but the key points made in the Review are relevant to across all sectors. It points out th......nhsdata
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Making your existing resources work harder

We all like getting more for our money, whether it’s spending customer loyalty points, negotiating a better electricity deal or reusing something we already have. This approach applies equally well to IT - existing resources can usualy work harder thn they already are.  We recommend that organisations regularly carry out an audit to find opportunities for costs savings, whether it’s getting more from what they already have or eliminating duplication.   Here are five tips for getting more from your existing IT at minimal cost. 1.      Are you over licenced? We carried out a survey which found that most organisations are over-licensed for many of their key applications. One 5,000 user organisation had bought over 9,000 copies of Microsoft Office in the previous six years and had nearly twic......weightlifter_sad_150
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Will Windows 8.1 have any impact on Windows XP migration?

Will the launch of 8.1 have any impact on the many businesses still running Windows XP? Windows XP was launched in 2001, at more or less the same time as the first iPod.  Remember the bad old days of using dial-up internet connections and faxes? Believe it or not, that’s when Windows XP first hit our desks! Most organisations we speak to have begun their migration from Windows XP, but they’re doing it at their own pace.  Windows XP is stable, and most security holes have been fixed, so they prefer to complete their migration to their own deadline. A change in operating system has to be part of a well thought out desktop strategy.  It may be an opportunity to introduce virtualisation – either desktop as......Announcing Windows 8.1
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Fordway launches application testing service for Windows upgrades

We have just launched an innovative application testing and fix service for organisations upgrading their desktop from Windows XP to Windows 7 or 8. As part of this new service, we can also identify an application’s suitability for virtualisation can also be identified by testing for AppV compatibility. Fordway’s Application Testing as a Service (ATaaS) is powered by Quest ChangeBASE™ and is designed for organisations who would like to benefit from this specialised product without the capital investment required to install it on their own network. ChangeBASE™ reduces the time and risks of migration by taking away one of the major uncertainties, enabling organisations to identify how much time is needed for application remediation and to focus skills where they are most needed. According to a recent Telefónica UK case study, application testing using ChangeBASE™ has halved Windows 7 upgrade tim......Application Testing as a Service (ATaaS) by Fordway
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Is Windows XP Migration top of your 2013 'to-do' list?

by Richard Blanford, founder & managing director This time next year, Microsoft will be just a few months away from withdrawing all support for Windows XP. April 2014 will be here all too quickly, so anyone who hasn’t begun work on their migration plan needs to have it at the top of their 2013 ‘to-do’ list. Many older PCs can’t run Windows 7, which means new desktops - Gartner estimates many organisations will have to replace about 25% of their PCs before the end of their lifecycle. There’s not a lot to be saved by upgrading them because of the new parts and labour needed to upgrade memory, hard disks and/or video adapters. The alternative is to extend the life of these PCs by using them as a term......Fordway's Top Practical Tips to a Successful Desktop Strategy
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