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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The uncomfortable truth about broadband

One of the technologies which helped the Internet and cloud services to become ubiquitous in small and medium enterprises (SMEs) is broadband, also known as Digital Subscriber Line (DSL) services. Offering a good speed for an affordable price, DSL services have become a standard part of most businesses but they aren’t without their potential problems. And with many SMEs not aware of these problems, they very often fail to take steps to prevent them affecting their business unless it’s too…

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Is a cloud backup solution right for my organisation?

Cloud data backup solutions, also known as Backup as a Service (BaaS), have become increasingly popular in recent years. Yet, despite this, many organisations remain wary about using them. This article covers some of the advantages of cloud backup solutions and why they may be right for your organisation. Why backup data? It may seem like a daft question, but many organisations don’t really have a clear backup strategy. Most know that protecting their data, by backing it up, is…

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