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It's been audit month....

That’s our ISO 9001 audit passed for 2019, and our Cyber Essentials also done this week!

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Published: April 30th 2019 at 10:25am

A slow 2018 and where to in 2019.

An old friend and business contact just outlined the issue they had trying to get an IT Security startup going in 2018 and where I thought the market would be going in 2019, here's my reply.

... always the issue I've had, in a crowded market how do I stand out from the rest given my standard offer, by necessity, is very similar. I have the same issue, lack of a workable (large!) marketing budget. I've learned the hard way that if you don't have a large amount of cash to throw at marketing, and be happy to risk losing it with no return, then it's a wasted spend. Partnerships are the way to go, vendors and reseller partners really help me build recurring revenue. 

Where is the market going, that's always difficu... continue reading

Published: January 3rd 2019 at 1:42pm

Proofpoint Essentials Wins Best SME Security Solution at SC Awards Europe

Another win for Proofpoint.

We are pleased to announce that Proofpoint won the top award for Best SME Security solution with Proofpoint Essentials for a consecutive year and also took a further 3 Highly Commended category awards for Best Email Security Solution, Best Enterprise Security Solution, and Best Cloud Computing Solution.

This reinforces our belief that Proofpoint Essentials is still the market leading managed email security solution for the SME market.

If you have not had a good look at the services in detail recently then contact me for a one to one update on the features on offer. The new Advanced Package is especially useful in the context of GDPR as it adds  Secure Email for customers needing to send sensitive information... continue reading

Published: June 18th 2018 at 10:46am

"I am looking for a product/method for securely sending e-mail..."

An old question came back to haunt me today proving that the IT industry still has a long way to go to get secure information communications working seamlessly, it was;

I am looking for a product/method for securely sending e-mail where the message and the attached file will be unreadable/unreachable if the message has been mistakenly sent to the wrong person.

It also needs to be simple to use. 

My answer is;

What you are describing is public key cryptography whereby the key to encrypt the data (email) you are sending has two parts. Your private part that you keep secret and a public part you share, called a key pair.

You would get your recipient to also create a key pair then you... continue reading

Published: May 16th 2018 at 3:43pm

GDPR – What should small businesses actually lay awake worrying about?

A great write up of a session I led at a local breakfast business networking group.

Click through to Matt Wright's blog here

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Published: May 4th 2018 at 11:49am

David live on Wycombe Sound talking about phishing!

I had the chance to talk about phishing live on Wycombe Sound yesterday, if you have 10 minutes spare you can listen via their playback facility here, select Tiuesday May 1st 2018 then jump to 43 minutes in.

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Published: May 2nd 2018 at 12:31pm

Round up of articles on email best practice.

There are several articles in our blog giving good advice on the best and most efficient use of email. Three of them are linked below.

It’s only email, or is it? Your email reputation.

Taking the load off business email platforms and improving delivery rates

Best practice for formatting and sending business (not email marketing) emails.

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Published: February 12th 2018 at 8:40am

Does location matter?

Following our recent survey on the importance of location to a business I have to report that whilst there was some merit in moving to a London address it wasn't at all clear cut with most saying location didn't matter.

See the results here, thanks to all those that participated.

As a technology business, selling software based solutions, that's not a big surprise as email, VoIP and web based collaboration systems mean we can be anywhere.   

So we've compromised, moving our registered office eight miles nearer to London, close to the M25/M40 junction giving easy access to clients across the country. Our new address is;

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Published: December 8th 2017 at 12:10pm

Secure Email Addressing Services

As GDPR gets closer to reality organisations that fall within its grasp, and that's most of us, are looking for solutions to help reduce the likelhood of data loss.

One of the problems we've all fallen foul of is emailing something [sensitive] to the wrong person. There have been solutions to this available for many years but only now is artificial intelligence being used to focus attention on this issue.

Whilst companies like janusNET have had list based solutions as a secondary offer startups like CheckRecipient&nbs... continue reading

Published: November 20th 2017 at 4:37pm

AI & Machine Learning moves into Email Security


We've partnered with CheckRecipient to deliver the world's leading AI & machine learning email security platform. CheckRecipient enables you to prevent sensitive information being sent to the wrong people. If you're looking for a distribution partner that understands the nuts and bolts of email then we're the partner to choose with my background in  messaging solutions.
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Published: October 5th 2017 at 3:32pm

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