Free data protection during COVID-19 outbreak

The COVID-19 outbreak means that more people than ever are working remotely. With staff out of the office, data protection (data backups) are often overlooked. However, systems are more likely to suffer data loss. Because of this, and the impact that data loss can have on remote workers, IXCG is offering free data protection via its DataSafe platform. Until July 31st 2020, any organisation which tries the service for the first time will not be charged for data backup and…

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Emotet malware evolves to spread via WiFi

Emotet, a common and highly damaging piece of malware, can now spread via WiFi and almost every WiFi network is vulnerable. After starting as a banking trojan (malware designed to give remote access) in 2014, Emotet has continually evolved. It’s first major evolution allowed it to spread malicious software, such as crypto lockers, making it popular with cyber criminals worldwide. Now, research by Binary Defense has discovered a new evolution, the ability to breach WiFi networks. Until now, Emotet had…

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20 years of IXCG

2019 marks IXCG’s 20th year of trading. IXCG was originally founded to help large companies connect different computer systems, something which was extremely challenging at that time. In the late 1990s, there were considerably more operating systems than there were now and manufacturers often made communicating with their competitors systems challenging, if not impossible, to ensure that companies didn’t move to another vendor. The Internet was considered new, and not very well supported, but companies were keen to use it,…

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Supplier cyber security audits – What are they and why are they important?

Trust is a valuable commodity in business, especially when establishing relationships with new suppliers. Although legal agreements and references can help, much of the process is based on trust, and that trust can be a wonderful way in for hackers and cyber criminals. When your organisation starts trading with a new supplier, there is an interim period in which relationships  and methods of working established and this is when both organisations are very vulnerable to attack. Once both parties have…

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Free dedicated WIPS sensor when you purchase qualifying Watchguard Wireless products

Wireless Intrusion Prevention System, known as WIPS, is a system which identifies threats to your wireless network and takes active steps to mitigate them. It’s a highly recommended technology but one which is not commonly deployed by many organisations, despite it being the most effective way of preventing intrusions into wireless networks and regular airspace assessments being a regulatory requirement in some industries (such as retail and hospitality). To make deploying WIPS, and protecting your customers’ data, more affordable IXCG…

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Staff security training – A key part of cyber defence

One aspect of cyber security we see at IXCG more than any other is the fact that an organisation’s staff are often far better at getting around any security systems which have been put in place than any hacker. There are many reasons for this; staff work around the security systems daily, badly thought out systems can impact their ability to work so they seek out ways to lessen this impact and that many staff don’t give security a second…

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How a label can save your organisation millions

As you read this article, as yourself a question; how do you really know that the device you’re reading this on is really yours? This may sound like a strange question but as users of technology, we trust that the devices we use (such as desktops, laptops, tablets and mobile phones) to work as intended and to have not been modified by anyone but the manufacturer. But this is not always the case. Victims of cyber-crimes often overlook the lengths…

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IXCG at Security and Counter Terror Expo 2018

IXCG will be exhibiting at Security and Counter Terror Expo 2018, the UK’s leading event for national security professionals. The expo runs from 6-7th March 2018 and will see over 9,000 visitors from over 110 countries learning about the latest in threats and products, services and systems which can mitigate them. IXCG will be showing the latest in cyber security systems from a number of our partners and explaining how they work together to provide a complete “defence in depth”…

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Disposal of electronic waste – The practicalities and the law

You may not realise it, but when electronic equipment comes to the end of it’s life, there are local laws which govern how it must be disposed of. Modern electronics contain a mix of elements, many of which are environmentally damaging which means that, should they disposed of in normal waste, can pose a severe pollution risk. In Europe this disposal is covered by the Waste of electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) directive. In addition to the environmental impact, many pieces…

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How to avoid cyber-security incidents

IXCG deals with a large number of malware, virus and cybersecurity incidents every year and, in 90% of cases, a lack of basic planning means that a minor outbreak becomes a major, and very expensive, incident. With prevention costing roughly 5-10% of the cost of an incident, why are so many businesses getting it so wrong? The most common factors with incidents are that the affected organisations either believed that they wouldn’t be a target, or that someone else in…

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