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Firewall Neuways Blog
June 25, 2019

What is a Firewall?

A firewall is a cyber security solution that prevents unauthorised access to a person or business’ internal network. Much like a fireproof door, a firewall places a network barrier between…
Neuways Blog
June 21, 2019

Neuways named EMEA Partner of the Year 2019 by Datto

Image (left to right): Sanjay Singh - Chief Sales Officer; Tim Weller - CEO; Toby Stephenson; Neuways Business Technology Consultant; Mark Simon - MD of EMEA; and Rob Rae -…
Neuways Blog
June 19, 2019

A Trojan Horse is ‘Neigh’ Joke – Here’s Why

The trojan horse achieved its fame because of the Trojan war of Greek Mythology. As the story goes, the Greeks presented a giant wooden horse as a gift to the…
Neuways Blog
June 17, 2019

5 Reasons Businesses are Opting for Managed IT Services

When it comes to managed IT services, we are often asked ‘why should we outsource our IT provision?’ Here are the top 5 reasons we see businesses moving towards a…
Neuways Blog
June 13, 2019

The 7 Biggest Cyber Security Breaches of All Time

Cyber security is becoming a growing concern in the modern day as cyber criminals develop further their means of attack. Without extensive cyber security measures in place you leave yourself…
Neuways Blog
June 12, 2019

Patch Management as Standard: Neuways Managed Services

Neuways was informed recently of a major security vulnerability affecting Microsoft Windows users. Known as BlueKeep, the “worm” infiltrates older versions of Windows and spreads rapidly to other unpatched devices.Cyber…
Internet of Things Neuways Blog
June 7, 2019

Bandwidth and 5G: The Fuel of the Future?

5G was rolled out in the UK late in May, putting the framework in place for future IoT (Internet of Things) developments. With this in mind, we ask – is…
Neuways Blog
June 5, 2019

Cyber Essentials: Who Benefits?

Cyber Essentials is a government-backed accreditation that your business can achieve for outstanding IT security. The aim of the certification is to help your business demonstrate its commitment to cyber…
Neuways Blog
June 3, 2019

A View from Martin on Impressionists & Phishing

Image Credit: The Independent I do, according to my family, quite a good Brian Clough impression. Voice wise at least. I can say ‘Now then young man’ and people will say…
Case Studies
May 31, 2019

IT MSP Case Study: Streamline

Headquartered in Edinburgh with offices across the UK, Streamline Corporate specialises in branded promotional merchandise, clothing and print. Download the Streamline Case Study Neuways has been supporting Streamline’s IT since…
Neuways Blog
May 30, 2019

Email Security: The 5 Stages of Data Breach Grief

Phishing emails are an increasing threat to businesses. Beginning as a simple spam message, phishing can quickly snowball into a serious data breach incident. This is why email security is…
A to Z of Cyber Security Neuways Blog
May 15, 2019

The A-Z of Cyber Security

Regardless of the size of your business, cyber threats are on the increase. With this in mind, we've created an A-Z of Cyber Security so you can familiarise yourself with key…
System updates Neuways Blog
May 14, 2019

Why System Updates Matter

System updates, both small and large, can be an annoyance – they take up important work time and can be easily put off to a later date. However, failing to…
Neuways Blog
May 9, 2019

WannaCry Ransomware – Two Years On

WannaCry is a form of ransomware that emerged in May 2017 and spread across more than 150 countries worldwide. It was a first of a kind making it an historical milestone in the cyber…
Neuways Blog
May 8, 2019

Neuways Develops One-of-a-Kind Cyber Security Rating Report

Neuways, an experienced cyber security firm, has developed a one-of-a-kind Cyber Security Rating Report tool to help businesses see how cyber secure their business is. With this unique Rating Report,…
Case Studies
May 2, 2019

IT MSP Case Study: Sell-a-Vend

Based in Blackpool, family-run Sell-a-Vend trades in new and used vending machines, ranging from water dispensers to snack and coffee machines. Download the Sell-a-Vend Case Study Requiring experts to manage…
Neuways Blog
May 1, 2019

A View from Martin on being Cyber Ready

What is being ‘Cyber Ready’? Well, it is not just a bit of software and a few boxes - if only it were that easy!Yes, investing in the right hardware…
Public Wifi Neuways Blog
April 30, 2019

5 Tips to Stay Safe on Public Wi-Fi

Public Wi-Fi is very convenient, but it can also be a dangerous place for your devices without the correct procedures in place. In fact, public Wi-Fi hotspots are inherent security…
Cyber readiness report Neuways Blog
April 26, 2019

Cyber Readiness Report highlights increased threats to SMEs

The Hiscox Cyber Readiness Report 2019 was released earlier this week. The report, which uses business information across seven countries, highlights a marked increase in threats to small and medium-sized…
hacked passwords Neuways Blog
April 26, 2019

Most hacked password revealed as UK cyber survey exposes gaps in online security

Brits have been urged to apply steps to stay safe online after results of the UK Cyber Survey exposed exploitable gaps in their personal security knowledge. The polling was independently carried out…
Case Studies
April 24, 2019

IT MSP Case Study: WePack Ltd

WePack Ltd., based in Ilkeston, Derbyshire, is an independent, family-run logistics business that provides contracted packaging, storing, and delivery for major companies and retailers nationwide. As a logistics supplier, WePack…
Neuways Blog
April 18, 2019

RobbinHood Ransomware

Robin Hood, the legendary archer of English folklore, is renowned for ‘robbing from the rich and giving to the poor’. Drawing its name from this now mythical hero, a new type of ransomware has recently emerged called…
Neustro House Datto Blue Partner Neuways Blog
April 16, 2019

Neuways Achieves Blue Partner Status with Datto

East Midlands-based Neuways has been recognised as one of the top 5% of global partners by Datto, the world’s leading provider of IT business continuity and disaster recovery (BCDR) solutions.…
business central finance operations Neuways Blog
April 10, 2019

Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central – Spotlight on Finance and Operations

With detailed reporting and predictive business intelligence, Business Central’s Finance and Operations module can help your business make better decisions, more quickly – ultimately, increasing your profitability. Improve Financial Performance…
Backup local cloud Neuways Blog
April 8, 2019

Local vs Cloud Backup: Which is Best?

Accidents happen. And so do disasters – your business can mitigate these with a solid backup and BCDR (business continuity and disaster recovery) strategy. With the threat landscape expanding every…
Neuways Blog
April 5, 2019

Brexit, Uncertainty, and Cyber Security

Brexit has created an enormous amount of uncertainty in the business sector, and across society in general.  However, there is one variable that businesses, and individuals, can be certain about…
Case Studies
April 5, 2019

IT MSP Case Study: Ground-Guards

Ground-Guards specialises in grass, ground, and turf maintenance equipment. Spanning a variety of industry sectors including golf courses, football and rugby pitches, and bowling greens, Ground-Guards works with businesses around…
Case Studies
April 4, 2019

IT MSP Case Study: Aspen House & Westwood

Aspen House and Westwood, based in Derby, are care homes specialising in ongoing, complex mental health care and have worked with Neuways since 2013. Working across two sites, connectivity is…
Small business cyber security guide Neuways Blog
April 1, 2019

Small Business Cyber Security Guide

Neuways has created a Small Business Guide to Cyber Security Cyber crime can devastate small businesses, with one successfully hacked every 19 seconds! Do you know enough about cyber security…
Business Continuity Neuways Blog
April 1, 2019

A View from Martin on the Importance of Business Continuity

My first exposure to how a business could suffer from the loss of a computer system was in 1989. I wasn’t even in the computer industry then but it became…
phishing attack campaign Neuways Blog
March 28, 2019

Warning: Career-Ending Child Porn Phishing Campaign

Blackmail and sextortion are not uncommon features of email phishing attacks, but a new terrifying phishing campaign implicates you personally with accessing child pornography. Cyber security firm, KnowBe4, has revealed…
Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central Neuways Blog
March 27, 2019

Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central – Spotlight on Customer Service

Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central empowers your customer service team to meet and exceed rising customer expectations. Using Business Central intelligence, agents can make the right decision every time and deliver…
Cyber Essentials Neuways Blog
March 25, 2019

Neuways awarded Cyber Essentials for third year

We are delighted to announce that, for a third year in a row, Neuways has been awarded Cyber Essentials accreditation. As an IT managed service provider (MSP), we take cyber…
Neuways Blog
March 22, 2019

Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central – Spotlight on Sales

In today’s competitive market, sales professionals must find ways to differentiate themselves from the competition. The sales module of Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central empowers your sales team to improve…
bandwidth, internet traffic Neuways Blog
March 20, 2019

Don’t let insufficient bandwidth throttle your business

You can have the fastest internet speed and the most advanced IT equipment, but if your bandwidth is insufficient, you risk bottlenecking your business. What is Bandwidth? Bandwidth is the…
Neuways Blog
March 18, 2019

Hackers are making personalised ransomware to target the most profitable and vulnerable

Lena Connolly, University of Leeds and David Wall, University of Leeds Once a piece of ransomware has got hold of your valuable information, there is very little you can do…
business continuity, BCDR Neuways Blog
March 14, 2019

How do the Google and Facebook outages affect your business?

Google and Facebook’s global outages raise the following question – does your business have the right business continuity solution in place? This week, Google suffered the largest, most widespread outage…
Business Central, Cloud ERP Software Neuways Blog
March 12, 2019

Top 5 Reasons to Use Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central

Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central connects your financials, sales, service, and operations to streamline business processes, improve customer interactions, and make better-informed decisions. Neuways has compiled the Top 5 Reasons…
IT MSP, Business Growth Neuways Blog
March 12, 2019

Why an IT MSP can be a key growth partner

An IT MSP (Managed Service Provider) can be a key growth partner - here's how: Most IT MSPs can fix your IT issues but a proactive MSP that takes a…
Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central Neuways Blog
March 6, 2019

The 4 P’s of Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central

Dynamics 365 Business Central digitally transforms businesses that have outgrown existing siloed business management tools and want to streamline their processes, products, people, and productivity. Products The products and services…
Business Central Neuways Blog
March 4, 2019

Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central From Neuways

Neuways is pleased to announce a brand new partnership with Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central, the cloud-based enterprise resource management (ERP) system that empowers businesses. Business has evolved, and so have we. Based in…
server rack Neuways Blog
February 28, 2019

The Evolution of IT

IT is now a vital tool for business growth – the flexibility, productivity, and security seen in modern IT products offer a far better value proposition than in the past.…
Neuways Blog
February 27, 2019

A View from Martin on the Cost of IT

Prices are increasing wholesale – whether it’s your shopping, petrol, or rent. For example, my wife and I recently replaced her ten-year-old car. I have to say that when I…
Customer portal, analytics Neuways Blog
February 27, 2019

The Neuways Customer Portal – Evolving Your Experience

Did you know that as part of your Neuways MSP, you have access to your entire managed service landscape with our bespoke customer portal? We’re passionate about customer service, which…
Multi-factor authentication, MFA, cyber security Neuways Blog
February 20, 2019

Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA): The Key to Securing Your Business

Anybody can crack a password these days. Multi-factor authentication (MFA) is the answer. By using more than one layer of security to access your data, you can keep your business…
cyber security Neuways Blog
February 19, 2019

Time to Improve Your Cyber Security

Cyber-crime is indiscriminate. Whether a large multinational, national enterprise, or a small local start-up – your organisation is a target for cyber-criminals. The latest Cyber Security Breaches Survey has revealed that 42% of small businesses have been breached in the previous 12 months.…
Case Studies
February 15, 2019

IT MSP Case Study: Action 2 Mobility

Action 2 Mobility, based in Rushden, Northamptonshire, is a specialist retailer and repairer of mobility products, including wheelchairs, electric recliners, stairlifts, and much more. Neuways has worked with Action 2…
Customer Experience Neuways BlogTechnology
February 15, 2019

NeuVue360 – Where The Customer Experience Meets Business Intelligence

NeuVue360 is a suite of business intelligence tools developed in-house by our business experts. Streamlining your customers’ experience and informing your business with top-down intelligence, NeuVue360 places the future of your business firmly in your hands.   Comprising of…
Making Tax Digital Neuways Blog
February 11, 2019

Making Tax Digital: Are Your Systems Ready?

Making Tax Digital (MTD) will change the way your business pays its taxes to HMRC. The first of these changes will come into play on 1st April 2019 when VAT-registered businesses…
cost of ransomware, downtime, BCDR Neuways Blog
February 8, 2019

The Cost of Ransomware

A survey has revealed that the cost of downtime in Europe is 12x greater than the average ransom requested - far exceeding the average global rate of 10x greater.  Datto’s European State of…
Tim Berners Lee, CERN, WWW, Internet Neuways Blog
February 7, 2019

Jumpers for Goalposts: A Brief History of IT and Cyber Security

Things were a bit more straightforward in the 80s. The Champions League (then European Cup) only comprised of champions, and players like Adams, Gascoigne, and Maradona enjoyed great success despite…
Neuways Blog
February 5, 2019

2.2 billion credentials dumped onto the dark web

Following January 2019’s record-breaking Collection #1 which leaked 770m credentials onto the dark web, Collections #2-5 have now been dumped into the public domain. Less than a month into 2019,…
Neuways Blog
February 1, 2019

Cyber-crime could cost businesses trillions over the next five years

Businesses worldwide could suffer combined losses of up to £4 trillion in additional costs and lost revenue over the next five years due to cyber-attacks, according to a recent report…
Cyber Security Neuways Blog
January 31, 2019

UK Government steps in amidst troubling cyber-crime statistics

Cyber-crime is a daily fixture in the news as we enter the second month of 2019, and with the number cyber-attacks and breaches sharply increasing, the UK Government and various lobbing groups, are calling for all UK business to prioritise cyber security. …
Neuways Blog
January 28, 2019

Top 10 Tips to Protect Your Data

Today is Data Protection Day 2019 – the first since the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) was made effective. Awareness of how to properly safeguard data is therefore heightened this…
Operating system upgrade Neuways Blog
January 23, 2019

Microsoft to end support for Windows 7

Microsoft has announced that, effective 14th January 2020, extended support for the Windows 7 operating system will cease.   Windows 7 still maintains a significant market share, with a reported…
Neuways Blog
January 22, 2019

Google issued with first major GDPR fine

Apple, Amazon, Netflix, Spotify, and YouTube also face scrutiny. The French data regulator, CNIL, has sanctioned Google with a £44m fine for breaches of the European Union’s General Data Protection…
Data breach Neuways Blog
January 18, 2019

Largest Collection of Breached Data Ever Found

The largest collection of breached data in history has been discovered, comprising more than 770m email addresses and passwords posted to a popular hacking forum in mid-December. The 87GB data…
Vulnerability scan Neuways Blog
January 17, 2019

Find out where your IT Network weaknesses are with a vulnerability scan from Neuways 

Why do I need a vulnerability scan? There are so many businesses that think they are protected against online cyber attacks and data breaches, but what if that isn’t the case? Neuways…
IT MSP from Neuways Neuways Blog
January 16, 2019

6 Reasons To Use An IT MSP

With uncertainty everywhere as the fallout from Brexit looms, and a well-documented technical skills shortage in the UK, there has never been a better time to consider using an MSP…
Cyber Security Neuways Blog
January 9, 2019

Cyber Security Breaches Survey 2018

The Government’s Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport have released their review of the Cyber Security breaches from the last 12 months. In summary: More than four in ten…
Maintain your server Neuways Blog
January 3, 2019

6 Tips To Properly Maintain Your Server

Server security, and the measures you need to take to maintain your servers performance and condition, are often overlooked. With servers historically being the cornerstone of any business network, the…
Cyber Security Expert Neuways Blog
January 2, 2019

Why Should I Use an IT Consultant in my Business?

It is no secret that some IT management companies will offer an IT consultation which is actually a salesperson coming in to sell you products and services that you may…
Cyber Security Predictions 2019, Cyber Security, Cyber Security 2019, Endpoint Security, Endpoint Protection Neuways Blog
December 18, 2018

Cyber Security Predictions for 2019

Our Cyber Security Predictions for 2019  2019 promises to bring us some familiar IT security problems with a twist as well as some new ones. Here are our Cyber Security Predictions for 2019 and what…
Using an MSP is a good strategy Neuways Blog
December 12, 2018

Is an MSP a Viable Answer to The UK Skills Shortage?

Managed Service Providers (MSP) have always been around albeit under many different guises. The concept of outsourcing is not a new one but a true MSP can do more than…
Wessex Packaging, Wessex Packaging Case Study, IT MSP, IT MSP Case Study Case Studies
December 11, 2018

IT MSP Case Study: Wessex Packaging

Wessex Packaging have more than 40 years of experience providing packaging solutions to businesses. Based in the heart of the South West in Somerset, they provide packaging materials, machines and…
Neuways Blog
December 7, 2018

Don’t Let Business Continuity Ruin Your Christmas

All businesses are now dependent on their IT systems and the associated technology – so what would your business do if they stopped working whilst you were enjoying your turkey…
Case Studies
December 6, 2018

IT MSP Case Study: RPH The Hoist People Ltd

RPH The Hoist People Ltd are the country’s leading external elevator and hoist hire company. With more than 30 years’ experience of providing a range of specialised services within the hire…
Neuways Blog
November 15, 2018

Neuways Become WatchGuard Gold Partner

Neuways are pleased to announce that they have been awarded Gold Partner status by security technology giant, WatchGuard Technologies. Derby-based IT MSP company Neuways, part of the Neustro Group, provide…
IT Solutions, We Won't Leave The Roof Off Our IT Solutions Neuways Blog
November 15, 2018

We won’t leave the roof off your IT Solutions!

A serious business makes serious investment decisions. These could be the right premises to meet your growth needs and project the right image for your company or investing in plant…
Neuways Blog
November 2, 2018

We’re Datto’s Unified Continuity Partner of the Year!

Fresh from DattoCon '18, we're proud to announce that Neuways are Datto's Unified Continuity Partner of the Year for the UK and Ireland. We're really proud that we've been recognised…
Neuways Blog
October 17, 2018

3 ways IT can differentiate you from your competitors

Does your business have well-defined business objectives and growth targets? Are you moving towards them? If you’re not moving forward, your competitors could be closing the gap, overtaking you, or…
The 5 stages of a business email compromise, business email compromise Neuways Blog
September 20, 2018

The 5 stages of business email compromise

Last week’s blog looked at why cyber criminals enjoy attacking mailboxes to turn a profit, and also how you could reduce your risk profile. With the loss resulting from a…
Neuways Blog
September 11, 2018

7 reasons why email is the weapon of choice for cyber criminals

7 reasons why email is the weapon of choice for cyber criminals Trying to do business – and be good at it – without email today might just be impossible.…
Neuways Blog
September 5, 2018

Your Business Network is Your Home in Cyberspace

At Neuways we are always looking for helpful ways to translate things out of tech-speak, and into everyday terms for everyone to understand. Stop us now if you think we’re…
Fax Machine Hack, Fax Machine Hack Blog Neuways Blog
August 14, 2018

Security researchers publish details of fax machine hack

Is your fax machine leaving you vulnerable to cyber-attacks? Does your fax machine connect to your corporate network? If so, you may be leaving your business vulnerable to cyber-attacks via…
Neuways Blog
May 11, 2018

Planning An Office Move?

Planning An Office Move? If you’re planning an office move, we would love to help – ensuring you get settled in right away. In fact, to ensure a smooth office…
Neuways Blog
April 5, 2018

Neuways Advisory: Understanding and avoiding phishing emails

What is phishing? Phishing is a tactic used by criminals on the Web to trick users into giving up sensitive information or installing malicious software onto their PCs. Phishing is…
Neuways Blog
January 25, 2018

GDPR and your backups

GDPR and Your Backups An important part of being GDPR-compliant is ensuring that the data you have is adequately protected. This either means ensuring it is kept behind locked doors or taken…
Neuways Blog
January 5, 2018

Are you still using manual backups?

Are you still using manual backups? STILL USING TAPES OR USB DRIVES TO BACKUP? NO PLAN TO CHANGE IT SOON? Backup technology and methodology have moved rapidly over the past…
Neuways Blog
January 4, 2018

Meltdown and Spectre – Intel, ARM and AMD Microchip Scare

Meltdown and Spectre - Intel, ARM and AMD Microchip vulnerabilities The media has today leaked news of serious security flaws caused by “speculative execution,” (a technique used by most modern…
Neuways Blog
December 8, 2017

Understanding and Preventing Man in the Middle Attacks

‘Man In The Middle’ Attacks Man in the Middle (MITM) attacks are becoming increasingly prevalent. Alongside phishing, it is one of the most common and effective forms of cybercrime today.…
Neuways Blog
August 17, 2017

Don’t become a victim of cyber crime

Don’t become a victim of cyber crime Neglecting your cyber security is an extremely high-risk gamble that can result in disaster and even closure for your business. Even if you…
Neuways Blog
July 19, 2017

Neuways and Neustro: seeing IT further, together

Neuways and Neustro: seeing IT further, together On the edge of the new Infinity Park Enterprise Zone in Derby rises Neustro House. Neustro House is home to Neuways and partner…
Neuways Blog
May 25, 2017

We’ve Passed Our Cyber Essentials Accreditation

We've Passed Our Cyber Essentials Accreditation Neuways are delighted to announce that we have successfully passed our Cyber Essentials Accreditation for 2017. The Cyber Essentials accreditation covers five key controls:…
Featured
March 8, 2017

How much are your competitors spending on IT?

How much are your competitors spending on IT? The probable reason to ask this question is that you want to understand what your own organisation should be spending on IT.…
Neuways Blog
January 13, 2017

How To Spot If An Email From Amazon Is Genuine Or From A “Phisher”

How to spot if an email from Amazon is genuine or from a “phisher” Fraudsters have now moved onto target shoppers and businesses who buy goods from Amazon. These false…
Neuways Blog
January 11, 2017

A malware warning to our customers

A malware warning to our customers Parking tickets are the latest form of ransomware, fraudsters are sending out emails purporting to be from a legitimate company called UK Parking Control…