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We will be exhibiting at this years Farnborough Business Expo – Find us at Stand 45!

We will be exhibiting at the Farnborough Business Expo this year!

The Farnborough Business Expo is an event for all businesses in and around Farnborough. If you are looking to start up your own business or grow your current business, there will be a lot to interest you. The day will involve many exhibitors showcasing their businesses, keynote speakers and networking opportunities.

We will be on stand 45 near the centre of the main exhibition hall. Come along and visit us on the day. Our team will be there to answer any questions you may have and you can get involved in our competition that could land you the chance of winning some very exciting prizes!

You can get your tickets here and you can find out more about the event on the website.

The event will take place on the Thursday the 26th of April 2018 at 10am-3pm at The Village Hotel, Farnborough.

We look forward to seeing you there!

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Get 1 month of SecureSuite Email completely FREE this week!

In conjunction with Black Friday and the launch of our new SecureSuite service, we have a fantastic offer for you.

Anyone who signs up to SecureSuite Email in the next week will receive one month completely free of charge.

If you missed our launch post, SecureSuite Email is our new service that includes: Email Filtering, Email Archiving and Email Business Continuity. These are the three vital services that work together to your organisation’s email safe.

Here is a summary of what each service provides:

Email Filtering – protection against viruses, malware, spam and email spoofing/phishing attacks
Email Archiving – backup of your emails and archiving of historical email
Email Business Continuity – continue working even if your email server goes down

Make sure your business, school or charity is protected against the devastating consequences that follow a serious virus attack like Cryptolocker or a phishing attack that could result in serious financial loss.

SecureSuite email starts at only a few pounds per user per month so if you are interested in safeguarding your email, get in touch today and claim your offer. The offer begins now and will end at 5pm on Cyber Monday the 27th.

You can contact us by calling on 0800 304 7444 or by email at enquiries@coretek.co.uk or by our social media pages – Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.

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SecureInternet – A brand new solution for fast and secure internet coming soon!

Coming soon – Coretek SecureInternet!

We have some exciting news! Here at Coretek, we have been carefully listening to our school and business clients and internet lines are one of the things that is most frequently requested.
In particular, schools have been telling us there is a clear need for fast and secure internet designed specifically for education.

With this in mind, we have been busy putting together an unbeatable package that meets the following needs:

  • Value – cost-effective and fits within school budgets
  • Secure – industry leading security against threats
  • Safe – filtering that keeps pupils safe online
  • Flexible – the autonomy to decide what sites to allow and block
  • Fast – above all…FAST speeds to cope with the needs of education

This package is currently in testing and should be ready for release within the next few months.

If you are interested in finding out more, you can register your interest by calling us on 0800 304 7444 or email us at enquiries@coretek.co.uk and we will make sure to notify you as soon as SecureInternet goes live!

But what if you’re a business? Don’t panic….we’ve thought this through! The new SecureInternet package can also be optimised for business use. Contact us today, to find out more.

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Take a look at our recently renovated Coretek offices!

In order to allow expansion for growth within our business, we decided to a have a complete renovation of our offices! This was done in time for the Coretek’s 18 birthday.

In addition to the increased floor space, we have included a number of other changes. These include: 5 new flat screen TV’s to monitor our client’s systems, new company signs, a brand new kitchen, an updated meeting room area with leather sofa’s and even a pool table! Everyone is welcome to come and see the changes, let us know in advance and we will make sure to have the coffee and cakes ready!

Above you can see the journey from start to end. We are very excited to be setting to work in our new office.

What is Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery?

A Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery (BCDR) solution, as well as the associated technical and business plans, ensure that required (or all) business services can continue in the event of a critical service outage that exceeds a business defined limit. This outage may affect local infrastructure, or it may affect additional infrastructure or services that are business critical but hosted externally to the business. These external services may be covered by their own BCDR guarantees.

Essentially, Disaster Recovery is seen as a subset to Business Continuity which deals with many business wide concerns and plans for different types of unforeseen issues, whereas Disaster Recovery is a more focused look at how IT (and associated services like telephony) would continue in the event of a critical outage.

Business requirements for BCDR are the most important pieces of information to get right and should be done before any potential solution is considered. This is because a business with requirements for a same day Recovery Time Objective (RTO) and a 5-minute Recovery Point Objective (RPO), would require a very different (and generally more expensive) solution to a business that has requirements for a 5-day RTO and a one day RPO.

What are RTO and RPO?

The Recovery Time Objective (RTO) is the period of time following an incident within which a product, activity or service must be resumed, or resources must be recovered. For products, services and activities, the recovery time objective must be less than the time it would take for the adverse impacts that would arise as a result of not providing a product/service or performing an activity to become unacceptable. – ISO 22301

The Recovery Point Objective (RPO) is the point to which information used by an activity must be restored to enable the activity to operate on resumption. This can also be referred to as “maximum data loss”. – ISO 22301

Business requirements for both the return to operation time, as well as the return point all affect the technical requirements and the end solution, as these business requirements can have wide ranging consequences on the plan and the infrastructure used for recovery.

How does this affect my IT services?

As recovery objectives shorten, effort is usually put into providing high availability or ready to go substitute infrastructure for business services, as opposed to restoring services from a backup. As this involves either additional infrastructure sharing a load or standby infrastructure ready to step in, resources must be allocated to check and maintain this additional infrastructure.

For short recovery objectives it is also absolutely critical to place priorities around business services so that if multiple services are affected in the event of a disaster, work can be correctly prioritized to restore the business critical services first. This is instrumental in the formulation of a successful BCDR plan.

If either the recovery requirements are incorrect, or change, it is imperative that everyone concerned be notified immediately, as these objectives have a major effect on the solution and the technologies that provide it.

I think I need a BCD plan… What are my next steps?

Coretek have extensive experience in providing tailored BCDR solutions for almost any business requirements. Solution options are available leveraging either our CoretekCloud platform or a leading third party public cloud provider. Contact Coretek today on 0800 304 7444 or email us on enquiries@coretek.co.uk to find out more or to discuss your requirements.

Coretek turns 18!

This month sees the 18th year that Coretek has been in business. On Saturday 11th February, Coretek turned 18!

This is great news for us as a company, having started life in an office above Garry’s garage as a side-line business!

We asked Garry, the CEO of Coretek, what he made of it being our 18th year in business! He commented that:

“most new IT companies don’t typically last more than a few years, and those who do last are usually bought out by bigger companies – so for Coretek to still be going strong as an independent IT company, over 18 years later, is a testament to the business and the people who work for it”.

He went on to say he was “thrilled the company is still going after all these years, and is looking forward to what the next chapter brings”.

We have been celebrating our 18th year in business and one way we did this was by completely renovating our office! Take a look at these photos of our new office in the making…


Keep an eye out on our page to find out what the finish looks like!

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Have you ever considered moving your business to the Cloud?

Are you tired of having to replace your main on-site IT hardware every few years?

Would you like your employees to be able to work from anywhere in the world?

Well, with CoretekCloud, you can! Built and designed by our team of in house experts, and backed by our ISO commitment to service quality and data security, we can help you transition your business to the cloud.

CoretekCloud is able to offer a variety of services, from off-site backups and data storage, to fully managed desktop and infrastructure-as-a-service environments. With little to no capital expenditure and fixed monthly user costs, why not speak to one of our team for more information on how CoretekCloud can benefit your business today!

Contact us today on 0800 304 7444 or at enquiries@coretek.co.uk

 

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What can Sway do for me?

During our ‘office 365 in education’ event with Microsoft last week – we were shown some pretty cool things that you can do with PowerPoint. However, another application that we were briefly shown is Sway. We wanted to look more at Sway and what Sway can do for you.

Sway is an online app that enables you to create presentations, reports, personal stories and newsletters. You are able to operate sway from your portable devices and your web browser on your desktop, meaning that as soon as you have an idea you can revolutionise it into a creation in seconds. Sway is both quick and easy.

Sway differentiates from PowerPoint due to the addition of multiple features. Sway has no cells, borders, page breaks or slides, the canvas adapts to fit the chosen devises screen.

Sway is very interactive as you are able to select photos from your OneDrive or Facebook and turn them into interactive photo albums for viewers to sift through.

Sway takes care of the design part, you are the thinker. This means that everything you add, is already being formatted for you. Just drag and drop content/images and watch sway react. If you do not like the chosen design you can select the ‘remix’ button to see another. Or, it is still customisable if you have a particular design in mind.

Sway enables you do to pull sources in from across the web without even leaving the application! Pull in videos from YouTube, images from your camera roll, OneDrive cloud storage plus much more. Sway will even suggest searches to help you find relevant content, videos tweets etc.

Sharing Sway is easier than ever. You do not have to have the app to open up the creation, or be signed up. You can just click on the produced link to open it up in a web browser. This is perfect for sharing with those who may have different software packages to yourself.

Sway is so diverse, it can be used in school, at University or at work. So why don’t you give it a go today? Check it out here.

To get a feel of what you can create within Sway, take a look at this fantastic presentation here!

To recap some of the top features in Sway, take a look at the following video –

 

Virus warning – Cryptolocker virus

We have noticed a recent increase in a particularly nasty form of malware known as the Cryptolockler virus. This is sometimes also known as the CryptoWall virus.

Here’s what happens:

Upon infecting the machine in question, the virus proceeds to encrypt all of the user’s data, including local hard drives and network shares.

Cryptolocker 1

The only way to get the data un-encrypted is to pay a ransom fee and even then, there is no guarantee that this will be honoured.

Cryptolocker 2

This is potentially very damaging as there is the potential for an entire companies data to be lost.

The most common source of this virus is via email. A user will receive an email from a seemingly legitimate company such as eBay or a courier service inviting them to click a link. Upon clicking the link, the virus will be downloaded and will infect the user’s machine. There is also a possibility for this virus to propagate using other channels such as messenger programs and social media.

 

Watch out for the following:
• Do not open any emails from an address you do not recognise. Check the actual email address not just the sender’s name.
• Be very wary of clicking on any links within an email, even if the email is from someone in your address book or from a seemingly legitimate company.

To ensure that you are protected, we recommend the following preventative measures:
• Anti-virus software is fully updated with the latest signatures
• Operating systems, browsers and browser plugins are up to date with the latest security patches

As with any security issue, informing and educating staff is paramount so it’s always a good idea to inform everyone in your company who could be affected.