We’re in the process of going live with our new software . Once complete it will be an excellent addition to our business.
In the meantime, please bear with us while we navigate through some minor teething problems.
Cyber Essentials is a UK Government Scheme. It has been introduced to help businesses avoid common cyber threats which have dominated the headlines in recent years. We have been working with our clients to ensure a belt and braces approach to security in the run up to the new GDPR regulations.
We were delighted to receive this feedback from Family Matters Mediation:
The cyber essentials qualification was a requirement for the provision of the Cafcass programme, The Separated Parents Information Programme, which was awarded following a successful bid.
Director and course programme facilitator Juliette Dalrymple said “I am delighted that we have been successful in our bid. As part of the process we were required to obtain Cyber Essentials Plus Certification which means we are in an excellent position to manage the changes which will be implemented when the data protection regulations come into force in May 2018”.
When we were inspected we were one of only ten organisations to get the certification first time. This could not have been achieved without the support and help of Active IT Systems. Office Manager Claire Mawson commented “Robbie and Dan both took a calm methodical approach to ensure we were ready for the inspection. This approach was clearly effective. This is evidence that Family Matters’ IT with the support of Active IT Systems meets the most current IT security standards”.
If you are thinking about or would like to obtain a Cyber Essentials Certificate, please get in touch with us.
More information about Cyber Essentials can be found here on the official website https://www.cyberessentials.ncsc.gov.uk/
The date for the introduction of the new GDPR rules has now passed. There is no need to panic if you don’t feel you are on top of it. The 25th May 2018 was a defined starting point for the process, if you are starting to implement change you are already on course.
All organisations collecting, holding or processing personal information that can lead to a person’s identity need to be working towards compliance. You also need to be aware of the new rights of the people (data subjects) with regard to this information and how can you meet these rights. Some organisations are much further on than others. Most of the new regulations are just good practice. Organisations that keep personal data on customers and clients generally treat the information with respect and try to protect it, it is the formalisation of this which needs tightening up and documenting.
The process doesn’t have to be timely and complicated. Take a morning out to answer some simple questions, such as:
The ICOs website gives access to some great tools. As the responsible body for enforcing these rules it is a great place to start. Achieving the Cyber Essentials Certification is another great thing to do, here at Active IT Systems we can help you obtain this.
We are also a business. It has been important to be able to separate the nonsense from fact on GDPR as best we can. As with other companies, we have also been swamped by offers from ‘specialists’ to help us implement the new regulations. Having done our homework we found that these ‘specialists’, when you read their terms, do not guarantee compliance. Nobody can, you won’t know until you are ICO audited.
Our advantage as IT and document solutions suppliers, is that the GDPR security side of systems falls into our area of expertise. This means we have had little to do as we are already Cyber Essentials Certified and have strict access controls in place. The other side of GDPR has been a journey of discovery, like all new regulations and rules.
At Active we have a large pool of great customers and suppliers who we have worked with. Combining our experience and skills we have been able to form a ‘GDPR Super Cooperative’ this has led to the production of a small GDPR toolkit which makes answering the simple questions above and beginning the documentation process simple. If you would like to join this cooperative or just benchmark your existing GDPR work, please get in touch.
On 2nd May 2018 we attended ‘The 2nd Regional School Improvement & Learning Innovation Show’ at Doncaster Racecourse. This was hosted by Doncaster’s Teaching School Alliance, Partners in Learning.
Although we have been working behind the scenes and have consistently been attending training courses and events (to keep us up to date), we haven’t had the opportunity to showcase our business in this way for quite some time. The run up to the show consisted of brainstorming and marketing ideas. How could we get people to engage? What are delegates expectations? Having had numerous conversations with colleagues and our team, we decided to go for it, really go for it!
We had a huge display which filled a whole row. We had competitions, sweets and drinks to entice people in. We donated mugs to go in the delegates goody bags, networked with fellow businesses and ate our lunch with Head Teachers and School Business Managers. (Congratulations to Norton Infant School who won the £250.00 iTunes voucher for their school).
The day proved to be a huge success. We got the chance to introduce ourselves to leaders and decision makers, something that would usually take days, weeks or months to arrange, happened in one day.
This is the beginning of a new chapter for Active Copier Systems Ltd and Active IT Systems. We dipped our toe in and had an exciting, enjoyable day, there’s so much more to come.
With everything we do, we do it to the highest standard, after all…why bother if you aren’t going to deliver?
Samsung unveiled their latest flagships at the IFA 2014 in Berlin, but they also managed to launch a new tablet designed specifically for businesses. The Galaxy Tab Active is a “ruggedized” tablet – it is said to be water and dust-resistant – that Samsung designed with the help of several Fortune 500 companies.
According to The Next Web, Samsung held several advisory group workshops with different Fortune 500 firms to come up with the design for a tablet that Samsung says is “specifically for the business environment with professional functionalities and reinforced security.” Have a look at the features below.
IP67-Rated Anti-Shock Cover
One of the two main selling points Samsung used in their press release is that the Galaxy Tab Active is a “ruggedized’ device. The tablet features an IP67-certified cover that makes it water and dust-resistant. The cover is also shockproof, protecting the device from a fall of up to 1.2 meters.
The anti-shock cover is meant to make the Galaxy Tab Active more durable. “Field agents of all descriptions will now be able to take their mobile device into sometimes harsh, rugged conditions, where they no longer need to worry about exposure to heat, cold, dust or water,” Samsung says in their official press release.
KNOX Support for App and Data Security
One of the features highlighted by Samsung’s official press release and The Next Web report is the Galaxy Tab Active’s support for KNOX. Samsung KNOX, which was announced at last year’s IFA event, is available commercially as a “defense-grade, comprehensive mobile security solution.”
With KNOX installed in the Galaxy Tab Active, businesses will not need to install third-party security apps to protect their other applications and business data. This helps enterprises avoid the additional setup and extra cost of subscribing to separate security services just to keep their private information safe.
Internal Features Not Impressive, But Gets the Job Done
The Galaxy Tab Active isn’t a powerhouse device like Samsung’s flagships, but its features listed on NDTV Gadgets are enough to get the job done. It features a 1.2 GHz quad-core processor and comes with Android KitKat 4.4 out of the box. It also has 16 GB internal storage and 1.5 GB RAM, with support for microSD up to 64 GB; an 8-inch screen with 1280×800 px resolution; and either Wi-Fi or Wi-Fi and LTE connectivity options.
The 3.1 MP main camera isn’t meant to snap crisp pictures, but according to the press release, it scans barcodes effectively. The tablet also features NFC technology, which helps businesses seamlessly communicate for more effective work process management. The Next Web also notes that the tablet’s stylus, the C-Pen, is conveniently attached to the tablet’s cover, making it more easily accessible to users wearing gloves.
Finally, Samsung boasts the 4,450 mAh removable battery, which gives the Active up to 10 hours of battery life and lets users switch batteries for longer work periods. They have also included a built-in POGO pin charging, which prevents damage of the micro-USB connector from charging.
No release date has been given by Samsung or reports covering the device’s announcement.