Temptation resort using Huawei technologies

Cancun‘s first hotel has been transformed into the resort’s most modern hotel with the help of Huawei technologies.

In this short film released by Huawei, Rodrigo de la Pena (CEO), Mario Cruz (Concept Manager) and Danial Perez (CIO) at Original Group explain the how Huawei GPON Technologies have transformed the Temptation Resort Hotel in Cancun, Mexico.

“By implementing Huawei solutions we are offering guests a connection which is efficient and bandwidth hotels don’t usually have. Furthermore, it gives us the opportunity to implement new services and make us a top of the line hotel.” Danial Perez (CIO) at Original Group

Watch the video to hear the full story from Rodrigo, Mario and Danial.

Huawei Enterprise Awards

Paul Hanson, Director of Birmingham IT consultancy eSpida, has been crowned Huawei’s presales person of the year at the IT and telecoms giant’s UK enterprise partner summit. The award commends Paul’s enterprise IT expertise and commitment to finding strategic uses for Huawei’s technology to provide value for mid-to-large size businesses across the UK.

Paul’s award win is an affirmation of eSpida’s position as a leading UK Huawei partner for enterprise, fending off competition from the 300+ Huawei partners across the country

The award was given in part due to the success of recent projects Paul has delivered with eSpida, for businesses including high street retailer The Works, building materials manufacturer Kingspan and the Birmingham Hippodrome.

In the case of The Works, eSpida modernised the company’s IT infrastructure to help the company’s website automate its warehouse operations, improving distribution to its network of over 400 physical stores and improve productivity by 60 per cent.

“Paul was nominated based on his contribution to several key projects in the UK,” explains Michael Rae, Channel Director at Huawei Enterprise. “Apart from the projects themselves, Paul has embraced Huawei’s end to end technology offering and has the proficiency to position Huawei as a key technology vendor. Paul’s expertise coupled with our huge focus on innovation authenticates eSpida’s position as a long term strategic Huawei partner.”

This focus on strategy is indicative of Paul’s view of modern enterprise computing, where he argues that IT is becoming an increasingly valuable resource for businesses rather than just a system to support operations. This philosophy is reflected in the work of eSpida.

“To be presented with the Huawei presales person of the year award is a humbling reflection of not only my work, but the achievements of the whole eSpida team,” explains Paul. “Huawei represents a comprehensive enterprise portfolio that I am proud to be connected with and to recommend to businesses.”

“For most companies, digital transformation is a key area of focus that many IT specialists are still struggling to address, which makes Huawei’s enterprise technologies invaluable to them. The first step to successful digital transformation is to have the right infrastructure in place. This lays the groundwork for technology that gives businesses the option of providing IT solutions as complementary services to existing products, adding value to the business.”

“While we are a Huawei partner, at eSpida we don’t set out strictly to sell the product or system. For us, success is delivering first class IT consultancy, giving our customers the tools to facilitate their growth and get where they ultimately want to be. It’s this ethos that underpins our work, and it’s with this ethic that we provide everything from Huawei blade servers to private cloud architecture to make businesses as agile and effective as they can be.”

eSpida is an authorised Huawei Enterprise partner, providing a range of networking, communications, cloud computing and infrastructure services from Huawei’s extensive enterprise portfolio. For more information on eSpida’s award-winning IT consultancy and IT infrastructure solutions, email [email protected] or call 0344 880 6145.

Laptop security

With GDPR now in place, what should businesses consider in order to set good policies around data at the different stages in the data journey, such as when it is at rest, in transit, in the cloud? And what will GDPR mean for this?

This blog, from Nigel Crockford, Business Development Manager at IT consultancy and data security specialist eSpida discusses data policies.

Data policies

A good data policy must clearly outline how data will be managed from collection through to storage, with an unambiguous set of procedures detailing how, why and by who. This is necessary for businesses to protect themselves under the new GDPR law. This includes a clear policy on the use of email as a method of storing and moving data.

The proliferation of email has meant that it is far too easy to embed malware into an email that will then sit in an inbox for weeks or even months. Organisations should start to adopt policies that take advantage of instant messaging for general peer to peer communications, to minimise the risk associated with over-reliance on email and email security.

The cloud

When multiple people have access to data, which is often the case with information stored in the cloud, there is a greater concern of loss, amendment or handling without necessary permissions. Businesses must have a procedure in place that not only ensures only authorised people directly handle data, but that every person who may process data in some way does so safely.

Data loss prevention (DLP) solutions help to form good policy to help identify, report and stop the movement of data in and out of your network.

IT security best practice

If a person’s device or computer has access to a system that holds data, any viruses that affect it or hackers that attack it can pose a potential risk to data security. It’s crucial that good IT security practice forms an integral part of business culture.

IT security best practice includes:

  • updating systems
  • upholding policies around patch management to ensure systems are kept up to date and protected against hacking
  • installing antivirus software
  • setting secure passwords
  • using more advanced security solutions such as two factor authentication

The introduction of GDPR has made such policies and best practice even more important.  If you feel your business is vulnerable, an IT consultancy offering IT security solutions and services such as eSpida can help.

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Using SMS to prevent Cybercrime

2017 was the year ransomware hit the headlines hard and it seems the threat is also prevalent in 2018.

Security chiefs and CIOs need to be mindful of the risk surrounding their IT systems and data and take a proactive approach to IT security. While we consider today’s attacks, the cyber criminals are 10 steps ahead planning the attacks of the future.

So what are the security threats of 2019 that IT professionals should be paying particular attention to?

We’re only human

Ransomware exploits vulnerabilities and in today’s business environments, these vulnerabilities often occur as a result of human error. For many organisations, the risk of attack lies with a lack of education among employees about how to manage any information they receive and how this information is collected.

The widespread practice of using e-mail in our personal and work lives has made it the instrument of choice for malware attackers. This is because there is an attitude of complacency with regards to receiving e-mails; the sheer volume we receive and send can blind us to the threat of malicious embedded links or attachments that may come from a seemingly innocuous or familiar source.  The same is also true of malicious web pages in browsers, as we saw with the recent Coinhive attack.

Safer business communications

If businesses continue to use mature applications like e-mail to share information and data, then we can expect more businesses to be exploited by Ransomware in the future.

Since e-mails are a top target for malware attacks, we recommend that businesses employ instant messaging tools for business communication. SMS technologies like this are particularly effective against ransomware as they limit what your systems can be exposed to, reducing the risk of attack.

Rectifying a problem after it has struck in not an effective solution.  We must remain proactive and keep cyber crime at bay.

eSpida Limited partners with world leading technical brands such as ForcepointHuawei Enterprise and WatchGuard to provide best in class IT consultancy and IT security solutions.

Do you remember the WannaCry attack from May 2017?  How about the NotPetya attack in June 2017? While the WannaCry attack made national headlines, other attacks may have slipped your mind. But the $300 million lost by pharmaceutical giant Merck to NotPetya won’t be forgotten in a hurry.

It goes without saying that businesses of all sizes need to be cautious of ransomware, but what should they do when faced with an attack?

Featured on Digitalisation World, Nigel Crockford, Business Development Manager of Birmingham based IT consultancy eSpida, explains the steps to take.

The article is available in full here.

As new technologies are developed, consumers have multiple devices and channels to interact via, allowing marketers to access more data than ever. However with the general data protection regulation (GDPR) deadline nearing, marketing departments must consider how they collect, store and process any data moving forward in order to meet the required level of GDPR compliance.

Featured in Digital Marketing Magazine, Nigel Crockford, Business Development Manager at IT security consultancy eSpida, explains the ways in which marketers must adapt within the thought provoking article ‘Have your customers given consent?’

The article can be read in full here


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