Register for Cyber Heist 2021

Register for Cyber Heist 2021

Join HCS, Fortinet Ireland and Exertis at the security event of the year!

Cyber Security moves at speed. Criminals change tactics and security solutions can become outdated. Then take into account new ways of working such as the trend for remote based employees and staff accessing information on the go. Join us at Cyber Heist and we will take you through the latest in Cyber Security in this new world.

You will learn:
👉 How to prevent a Ransomware Attack
👉 How to implement a Zero Trust strategy
👉 Crisis Management & Negotiation Techniques
👉 How Fortinet are leading the fight against Cyber Crime


As an Advanced Fortinet Partner and Exertis Ireland partner we are delighted to be sponsoring Cyber Heist 2021. Premium speakers include Richard Mullender, formerly Scotland Yard’s leading hostage negotiator and now a popular keynote speaker and Chris Parker Director Fortinet.

Join us to hear the fascinating insights from these two popular Cyber Security speakers.

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How Cloud Computing Is Changing Business Management

How Cloud Computing Is Changing Business Management

Cloud Computing has changed business processes faster than ever. In the recent few years, businesses are gaining an edge over their management practices by leveraging the perks of cloud computing.

The seamless communication channel which cloud-based technology offers to businesses has significantly impacted their flexibility. The time which was earlier wasted in transferring data files or foldersis now no longer wasted.

The files and folders now always remain accessible to everyone from a central location. Due to this, businesses can save a significant amount of time, effort, money, and resources, which eventually leads to better management.

In this article we explain how cloud computing works for businesses.


Organising and Planning

Gone are the days when there were separate systems for separate departments. With the advent of the cloud-based system, everything has become centralised. This allows better integration across teams and processes and gives everyone access to what they need.

Moving legacy systems to the cloud allows the firm to standardise work practices across the business which improves interoperability amongst departments and staff.

With cloud solutions data storage becomes easier to manage and more can be added quickly if needed. This aspect simplifies IT management and helps IT staff manage resources and requirements.

Centralising IT helps in the overall management of the business as work practices and information are standardised and easily shared.


Improved Communication

As the organisation grows maintaining a common sense of purpose and communicating the business’s values can be difficult. It is made even more challenging as people are more likely now to work remotely and aren’t all in the office together. Gone are the days when management could call a Town Hall meeting at short notice and get the entire staff together to share business news and motivate their employees.

Communication in this new world of modern working is helped with the use of centralised communication tools such as Microsoft Teams. The management can use such a platform to seamlessly propagate the values across the team. Teams can be used for broadcast announcements and also it enables easy communication between sub teams and individuals.


Business Insights

Cloud-based systems centralise information which makes it easier to analyse and identify trends. With the right analytic tools IT Managers can deliver actionable insights to management that helps them take bigger and better actions. It gives them a bigger picture that helps them identify bottlenecks and take decisions in the direction that fosters business growth. This makes IT a direct contributor to the growth of the business.

Besides this, cloud computing allows managers to gather customer feedback regarding the operability, user experience, speed, and efficiency of their products and services and then develop plans that eliminate the loopholes.



According to recent research, over 80% of businesses across the globe had atleast one application that worked in the cloud in 2020.

Cloud adoption not just streamlines the business processes but also reduces ongoing IT running costs. Maintenance of systems is simplified through centralised management consoles and is less costly. Plus you don’t have expensive hardware on site.

Moving to the cloud is a key factor in transforming a business to enable it to compete and adapt to the more modern way of working. It is a critical component in upscaling a business and delivers a platform that is scalable and flexible and enables growth and innovation.

HCS are cloud experts. As a Microsoft Gold partner we have the skills and experience in helping businesses move to cloud based systems efficiently and quickly without incurring any downtime and disruption to operations.

Thinking of moving systems to the cloud talk to us today.

How to Build a Cyber Security Strategy

How to Build a Cyber Security Strategy

Cyber Security is an umbrella term that covers all the services and solutions that are implemented to protect computers, networks, data and cloud services from cyber threats. There are a number of types of cyber security measures and it is never a one solution fix. Robust cyber security requires a multi-layered approach and an overarching strategy.

So what are the various types of cyber security?

  1. Network Security – protects against bad actors gaining unauthorised access to corporate networks.
  2. Data Security – secures data, often which contains personal and sensitive material depending on the business, both where it is stored and in transit.
  3. Application Security – identifies weaknesses in business applications that staff use daily that could be exploited. Often these weaknesses are dealt with by installing patches or updates from the application providers but frequently users fail to act on updates and vulnerabilities remain exposed.
  4. End Point Security – ensures all devices that link to the network are secure.
  5. Cloud Security – as more businesses use cloud services security in the cloud becomes more and more important. Read More.
  6. Disaster Recovery and Backups – this falls under the cyber security umbrella as this is your insurance that in the event of a cyber attack your business can recover not just data but systems and applications readily. Read More.

Also Read: Why Cyber Security Risk Assessments are Critical for Risk Management?

How to Build a Cyber Security Strategy

  1. Undertake a Cyber Security Assessment

The first step in understanding what your business needs to do to protect itself is identifying areas in which you are weakest. The best method to do this isCyber Security Assessment to engage with an IT services company who are experts in Cyber Security and they can run a cyber security assessment to establish the current level of risk across your network. Most IT Services Providers will have a range of tests they can run which will identify current vulnerabilities. In doing so you will learn what areas of the cyber security umbrella (think of them like the spokes that hold the umbrella up) you are weakest in and where you need to invest.

  1. Document your Cyber Security Strategy

Once you have a better understanding of you current cyber security posture and have allocated budget you should get buy in from all stake holders across your business. As cyber security is company wide you should involve someone from each area of your business as they may all have different concerns. For example some of them may use more cloud services that others. Some teams may operate more remote workers than others who may be permanently office based. Areas of the business may have strict compliance policies that they need to adhere to for example the finance department who hold personal financial information. All of these aspects should be carefully documented to ensure a comprehensive approach to securing your business.

  1. Consider engaging with an IT Services Provider

Cyber security is a very specialised area. Most businesses won’t have the required skills inhouse which is why it is wise to talk to an IT Services Company who can best advise what solutions meet the needs laid out in your cyber security strategy. Look for an IT Services Provider that is expert in Cyber Security and partners with a leading cyber security company like Fortinet. They will have all the know how to make sure your cyber security is foolproof. Often they are experts in Cloud Services also which is essential for ensuring that not only on premise but cloud based IT Services are secured.

  1. Train your staff

Cyber security awareness training is critical in any cyber security strategy. With all the measures in place cracks can appear at any moment and mostCyber Security Awareness Training frequently it is human error such as clicking on a malicious link in an email that leads to a breach occurring. Most IT Services Providers supply online cyber security training for staff which is convenient for all staff to complete. It is important that all staff right up to management undertake cyber security awareness training. It is also important that it stays fresh in their minds as time goes by so many companies will engage with cyber security training on an annual basis.

In an age where cyber crime is advancing at an alarming rate no business is safe no matter what size. The days were cyber attacks were reserved for bigger companies are long gone. All businesses need to be sure that their cyber security is up to scratch. To ignore it is leaving your business wide open to threats such as ransomware which can be both financially and reputationally damaging.

Also Read: Email Security is Paramount

At HCS Business Solutions we deliver Cyber security awareness training, cyber security risk assessments and a full range of cyber security services for businesses of all sizes.

Talk to us today.

Why Cyber Security Risk Assessments are Critical for Risk Management

Why Cyber Security Risk Assessments are Critical for Risk Management

The recent cyber attack on the HSE has firmly highlighted the steadfast requirement for businesses and organisations of all sizes to review their current cyber security posture. The cyber attack on the HSE is by far the most devastating in this country to date but it’s certainly far from the first. Many many Irish businesses have been targeted by similar hacks in the last 12 months and a number of them have paid ransoms – they just all don’t make the media.

Often businesses feel they have no choice but to pay or risk going out of business if they don’t retrieve their data from the criminals. This is not a position any business wants to find themselves in.

Adequate cyber security is not a once off solution, it has many layers and touchpoints. It requires a strategic approach. IT Security needs to be managed and reviewed and most importantly it needs expert attention.

So where do you start?

Before you rush into buying and implementing various anti-virus or end point protection solutions you need to have clarity on what your specific business needs to protect your data and systems. Every business differs in this regard. You will most likely already have some cyber security measures and solutions in place – some of which may need upgrading, others may be suitable but only if complemented with solutions in other areas. The simplest and most efficient way to fully understand your IT security needs is to undertake a cyber security review.

Instead of advocating the benefits of cyber security risk assessments, of which there are many, let’s take a look at the risks of NOT conducting a cyber security review or a cyber security risk assessment.

Potential Risks of not conducting a Cyber Security Risk Assessment

No real understanding of your current cyber risk level: An audit will help ascertain your current strengths and weaknesses and identify paths to improvement. Determining where your maturity level lies in the cybersecurity scale is the quickest and most efficient way to improve cyber resilience.

High Maturity: Strong Risk Posture

Medium Maturity: Some adequate measures in place but more to do

Low Maturity: Lacking in many areas with significant work needed

Understanding your current risk level through practical testing and assessment gives true visibility on the security requirements. In short you identify the gaps but not only are they identified but proven through testing.

Inadequate Monitoring: Without clear understanding of which areas of the business represent the greatest risk it is difficult to allocate resources meaningfully, especially to those that need ongoing monitoring. As threats evolve and criminals learn methods to evade security measures, continuous monitoring has become a core principle of a robust cybersecurity program. In many industries compliance requirements enforce ongoing monitoring of threats. A security audit will identify the areas in your network that are weakest and where ongoing monitoring may be needed and to what level.

Inability to Determine Potential Impact: A Security Risk Assessment will identify how and where your current IT Security is weak. From this you can determine the potential impact that a cyber breach could have on your business and this will inform your Disaster Recovery planning.

Difficulty in Deciding on Level of Investment and how to Prioritise Response: If you don’t know the level of risk that your business currently faces it is impossible to prioritise your response. IT security is multi-faceted and different businesses will need different levels of protection depending on what they currently have in place, what compliance issues they face and what type of data they hold. A risk assessment will help you determine what level of investment is needed to adequately protect your assets and meet compliance requirements.

Also Read: Email Security is Paramount

So Why Bother with a Cyber Security Risk Assessment?

As new and emerging cyber threats challenge traditional responses cyber security demands a more sophisticated approach. Putting in an anti-malware solution across corporate computers will no longer be your guarantee of security in the modern age of inside threats and targeted attacks. Even moreso in an age where remote working is becoming the norm and employees are logging into networks from many different locations and often on unsecured devices.

IT Risk Assessments have a significant role to play when it comes to securing digital assets. Knowing what is in place and what is not via auditing and what is and what secure remote working isn’t a significant issue is at the very core of understanding and implementing the right security.

While assumptions can be made, in many cases, they’re wrong. Time is the enemy. To adopt a wait and see approach is to put your business organisation at serious risk. The unfortunate HSE attack has proven that point.

Unfortunately, it’s the general opinion of most companies, particularly at the management level, that their computer systems are secure. However, one of the only ways to determine whether this is actually true is by performing a thorough audit of computer systems.

If you carry the burden of IT security risk in your business I would have a serious think about how you measure the risk and consider if you are taking the best approach. An IT security or cyber security review carried out by an experienced Cyber Security Company is the most efficient way to really understand what your current Cyber Security posture is.

And remember whatever measures you physically put in place it is critical that your staff receive cyber security awareness training to further strengthen your defences.

We work with Microsoft and Fortinet, the leading global Cyber Security Company to provide Cyber Security Risk Assessments for businesses of all sizes. We can help you learn what you need to do to uplift your current IT security measures and help protect from the latest wave of cyber scams.

Get in touch with us here. 

Also Read: How to prevent a Successful Phishing Attack when Employees are Working Remotely?

Email Security is Paramount

Email Security is Paramount

Phishing emails are still the number 1 entry point for ransomware attacks. In this webinar our Security Experts discuss how businesses can protect their email channel, especially important when employees are working remotely, with Fortimail’s award winning and independently approved advanced email security solutions.