Why having a passphrase is better than a password

Does your company have a policy around how passwords are created?  Do you have any real input into that “password policy” or is it just implemented by your IT provider when a new member of staff starts?  Do you (and your staff) use the same passwords in different contexts?  Do you change your passwords regularly or are you forced to …

Bits and CipherTechs sign landmark teaming agreement

Bits has signed a landmark teaming agreement with global firm CipherTechs which will see the companies work together on high level security projects right across Ireland as they prepare for stiff new data protection regulations. As reported by TechnCentral.ie, SiliconRepublic.com and businesspost.ie, Bits is CipherTechs’ first ever Irish teaming partner and the new agreement is expected to see job numbers at …

The “Wannacrypt” Ransomware Attack. What Can Businesses Do To Help Protect Themselves Against Attack?

On Friday last, the 12th of May 2017, there was an unprecedented cyber-attack on IT systems throughout the world. There was (and still is) huge media coverage of these attacks and the impact they have had on businesses and public services. The health service in the UK was one that appeared to be targeted which prompted the Irish Health Service Executive (HSE) CIO to take the steps to remove all external access to the HSE’s Network to protect the integrity of their IT systems.

GDPR – What is it? Be Prepared, Get Ready!

The security of data is becoming a huge area of concern for businesses and with good reason. In the early days of computers in businesses, storage space was the challenge. Then backing up the data in case of a crash became important. Then securing the network in case of an attack or some malicious intent became the concern. None of those concerns have gone away, but, now we need to ensure the privacy of that data or risk being taken to court!

How to stop WhatsApp from sharing your info with Facebook

In recent days, Whatsapp and Facebook have received negative feedback after it was revealed that the messaging app (purchased by Facebook 2 years ago) was updating its privacy policy and included within was confirmation that it was sharing your account information with Facebook, Why? Well among other things, they say to provide better targeted ads.

Ransomware – what you can do to help reduce the risk.

You have no doubt heard of computer viruses and if you’ve followed any of our previous blog posts, you’ll know that it’s a subject that we discuss quite a bit. The latest trend in terms of malicious software (also known as malware) is the area of Ransomware and it is becoming increasingly common.

BITS Achieves Microsoft Gold Small and Midmarket Cloud Solutions Competency

BITS earns Microsoft Gold Status through technology success and customer commitment. BITS (Business IT Solutions) today announced it has achieved a Gold Small and Midmarket Cloud Solutions competency from Microsoft, demonstrating their ability to meet Microsoft customers’ changing needs in today’s dynamic business environment.

IT Network Security – Do you think you are well-positioned?

Do you have at least 1 smartphone or tablet or laptop or computer in your business? If the answer is “yes” then you have an IT network. And, correspondingly, you also have network security vulnerabilities – no matter what your size and no matter what sector you operate in.

IT Planning for 2016

As 2015 draws to a close, is it now time to consider the state of IT in your business? Every successful business should consider a strategic plan addressing all aspects of their business and Technology should be a key part of that plan.

Changing IT providers

Change is constant. And change is challenging. You face it all the time in many areas of your business. However, implementing changes for change’s sake can be wasteful.