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    Education’s changing security challenges | Webinar

    Education’s changing security challenges | Webinar

    Education’s changing security challenges | Webinar

    Education’s changing security challenges | Webinar

    The pandemic has caused great disruption to our society, in the way we live, work, and the impact is also being felt across universities and colleges. Education’s changing security challenges are a pain point

    As a result, educators have had to rapidly adapt and build a curriculum that can be delivered through online courses and deploy infrastructure to support remote and distance learning. Tackling today’s emerging cyber challenges is easier said than done.

    The challenge is doing this securely and at scale, not only to support the needs of today but to also meet the demands of the future.

    That’s why Nouveau has teamed up with Education Technology Magazine and Fortinet to provide you with the tips and advice you need to understand the steps and practices needed for you to implement and maintain a safe, secure, remote e-learning environment.

    Watch our webinar on the topic below. You can also watch it directly on our YouTube channel here.

     

    Interested in learning more? Get in touch

    2021 IT trends your business should be thinking about

    2021 IT trends your business should be thinking about

    2021 IT trends your business should be thinking about

    For a large majority of companies and consumers alike, 2020 hasn’t been the easiest of years. With working from home hitting hard and fast, the security of VPNs and devices became even more important. However, we are now at the end of the year and looking ahead to what 2021 IT trends are fast approaching.

    Here are our top IT trends and predictions your business should be thinking about now to prepare for 2021.

    2021 IT Trends

     

    Distributed Cloud for remote working

    2020 brought with it all sorts of business challenges however, one core technological challenge which became apparent during lockdown is data storage. With a large percentage of the country working from home, the need to access data remotely and by multiple parties became vital.

    According to Gartner, the world public cloud services market is forecasted to have grown by 6.3% this year. This is a big trend we are expecting to see continue into 2021 and beyond with more companies becoming more flexible with remote working the demand for data storage is only set to get bigger.

     

    Cyber security – a continuing IT trend

    As well as ensuring we have the right technology to enable us to work from home what has become even more important to many companies now is to ensure cyber security and VPNs are as secure as they can be.

    This was an issue that became apparent earlier in 2020 when Covid-19 hit meaning most of us were working from home for a significant amount of time. With this brought along more cyber-attacks calling for companies to review their cyber security.

    Although we hope to go back to some kind of normality in 2021 and return to the office, the choice of working from home looks like it may now become more of a flexible option for many office placed staff. This will result in cyber security continuing to be a priority for many businesses.

     

    The evolution of AI

    Back in the 1950s AI or Artificial Intelligence was just a science fiction concept, we didn’t have the ability or technology to make it a reality. However, through our ever-evolving digital world, AI has become a bigger part of our life, than we could have imagined. It is used in a variety of sectors and products already, from hospitals and schools to household appliances and cars.

    We may still be a few years away from building AI smart enough to potentially overthrow us, however, there are other concerns and preparations companies need to think about if they are considering using AI. Fortinet has a great article which discusses these concerns and the reason why this will be a trend in 2021.

     

    Hyper automation – a modern concept for a modern workplace

    In these modern, tech lead times we are often quite impatient, we want everything to happen instantly. We have had automation in many of our systems for quite a few years now, but the idea of hyper automation is a reasonably new concept. This is something which is sure to become bigger in 2021 as an IT trend.

    The idea of hyper-automation is exactly what you imagine it to be. It is the concept that everything within a company or office could be automated, should it be. In a world where time is precious and often expensive, the ability to automate where and whenever possible not only saves money but it increases speed and efficiency for multiple processes. We look forward to seeing this crop up multiple times in 2021!

    So, those are our top 2021 IT trends which businesses need to know about before the new year arrives. Many are continuations from this year but are likely to be more prominent in 2021.

    For more information on our 2021 IT trends or advice on how to be prepared for the new year contact us today.

    All that is left is to thank all our current and new customers for their custom throughout this year, we appreciate you all. We look forward to continuing to work with you all in 2021 and beyond. 

    Tackling Today’s Emerging Cyber Challenges

    Tackling Today’s Emerging Cyber Challenges

    Tackling Today’s Emerging Cyber Challenges

    The widespread disruption caused by the global pandemic has left those in higher education reeling and with many challenges. We recognise that educators are working hard to keep students safe by deploying remote and online learning solutions to support what’s fast becoming a ‘new normal’ for higher education. The impact of coronavirus has led to a dramatic shift in remote learning. Not only has this resulted in a steep learning curve for educators to form a new curriculum, but also a challenge in offering continuous remote access to course content, at scale and, most importantly, securely.

    HIGHLY PUBLICISED RANSOMWARE ATTACKS INCREASE DATA BREACHES

    The increased demand for online solutions has stretched IT departments to the limits to ensure the right infrastructure is in place. As the technical boundaries have shifted, so too have the threats. The increase in remote learning has put more demands on networks and VPNs, and there has been a spike in web-based malware and phishing attacks. More recently, several leading colleges and universities have been hit with highly publicised ransomware attacks that have seen hackers infiltrate computer networks, steal data and then demand payments to unlock systems. Not only have these latest incidents led to massive disruption at a time when universities are dealing with many issues and while enrolling students but have also raised concerns over data breaches.

    SHARED RESPONSIBILITY MODEL IS CRITICAL TO MAINTAIN OPTIMUM SECURITY

    The rapid adoption of remote and cloud-based learning across the education sector creates many security implications, but also requires a shared responsibility model. Students must be made aware of the latest online threats and trained in cybersecurity basics. It’s also important for them to follow good personal password hygiene and understand what to do if they suspect a threat. Now is the time for those in higher education to review their policies and practices to ensure that they are fit for purpose when it comes to remote and online learning.

    INCREASE SECURITY FOR REMOTE WORKING

    As more students operate remotely, there is an increase in home-based devices connected to networks. To protect data and security, universities and colleges now need to insist on the use of secured VPN connections to transfer data. As learning continues to shift online, there also needs to be a hardening of web-based security. Students need to be made aware of possible threats and follow the latest guidelines. Web-based applications must also be able to detect and deal with unauthorised connections and activity.

    With an expected rise in cyberattacks, universities and colleges need to consider platforms that can monitor infrastructure and network usage, detect security breaches, and carry out a thorough investigation following a security event. The recent growth in remote and distance learning is likely to result in a long-term sea change in the way higher education is delivered. And, although initially challenging to set up, it could produce many benefits – including a rise in those attending higher education in the future.

    COMBINING FORCES TO DEFEAT THE THREATS

    Fortinet offers intelligent, seamless protection across the expanding attack surface. Nouveau solutions is a trusted IT partner in consulting, designing, and implementing solutions that provide support in cloud, compliance, and cybersecurity. Our experience and expertise in delivering and proactively monitoring security services, combined through Fortinet solutions enables us to detect and respond to both malicious and non-malicious; internal and external threats, keeping your information secure. Together, we can improve your security posture and increase your operational resilience by learning and adapting to the changing threat landscape to identify and address negligence or criminal behaviour.

    If you have any questions, please get in touch with us by emailing to hello@nouveau.co.uk or calling 01189 186822.

    We’re Hiring – Senior Network Engineer

    We’re Hiring – Senior Network Engineer

    We are excited to say that due to rapid expansion, we are looking to add additional technical expertise and quality resource to our Network Team. This is a career-defining opportunity for the right person who has the desire to progress their career and join a well-established IT Security and Professional Services organisation that is experiencing an exciting period of growth.

    Nouveau Solutions is a friendly, fast-paced, rewarding working environment where customer focus and outstanding delivery are paramount to the core principles and success of the company. We are a Fortinet Platinum Partner & Microsoft Cloud Solutions Providers that provide a full spectrum of Secure Managed Services across Sectors and industries that deliver operational efficiency for our customers.

    We are looking for some likeminded able and professional network and security engineers who are ambitious, qualified and have a can-do attitude. You’ll need recent, hands-on, high-touch exposure with some of the following vendors: Fortinet, Cisco, Juniper, Checkpoint, and other network backbone technologies. The role will include providing Network Architecture Design / Security Fabric design and presentation of both to customers in support of the Sales team. As a Senior Network Engineer you will be responsible for all aspects of designing, presenting, implementing and then supporting fully managed network/security services.

    Main Duties and Responsibilities
    Pre Sales
    Providing technical advice and support on pre-sales opportunities
    Accompanying members of the Sales Team on client visits as required
    Assisting the Sales Team with information to support sales opportunities

    Post Sales
    Progressing escalated post sales cases / tickets
    Remote configuration, troubleshooting of equipment / environments
    Onsite implementation, configuration and troubleshooting of equipment / environments
    Data line implementation, configuration and troubleshooting
    Liaising with manufacturers regarding product specific issues

    Internal Support
    Support the Technical teams
    Support the team on training
    Internal systems design

    Minimum Requirements:
    CCNA
    3 years customer-facing network support, including next-gen firewalls
    Excellent understanding of TCP/IP, DNS, NAT, IPSec, SSL, SNMP
    Pre Sales Experience

    Preferred:
    Fortinet support experience / Qualifications
    3 years+ Design / Implementation & Support of Network / Security Infrastructures
    Strong Network security experience, including IDS/IPS
    Cisco CCNP
    OSPF, BGP

    Local to Wokingham, full driving licence

    Interested in the job?

    Send an email to hr@nouveau.co.uk to apply!


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    ” The company I work for has been using Nouveau Solutions for the past 15+ years and I have had the pleasure myself to build up a good, close relationship with them for about 12 of those years.

    Nouveau Solutions have dedicated teams for each different area that are made up of very knowledgeable technicians and engineers that specialise in their specific area of expertise. It is due to this that I always feel confident that Nouveau Solutions will be able to deliver us any IT services that we may request from them (there has been a lot over the years).

    They have always gone above and beyond to deliver high quality professional IT services to meet any requirements that we throw at them within any timeframes that we may set.

    On top of the ad-hoc IT services we request from Nouveau Solutions, they also monitor, manage, maintain and support some of our network infrastructure and have always been on hand to resolve any issues that may be noticed via their monitoring or raised by us within a timely manner.

    We also purchase the majority of our IT equipment including hardware, software and licensing through Nouveau Solutions which is always at a reasonable price and always received within a timely manner.

    Since day one of our relationship with Nouveau Solutions we have been appointed to the same one account manager which has allowed him to get to know our business very well. The service that has been provided by him to us has been nothing but exceptional. He always comes across as knowledgeable in any business discussions that we may have and has always been happy to take the time to communicate with us, make us aware of anything that we need to be aware of, or provide us with updates on anything.  I have always had the impression that his main priority is to ensure that we are happy with everything that Nouveau Solutions provides to us and he will do anything to ensure that is the case.

    All in all, I have nothing but praise to offer for Nouveau Solutions and would highly recommend them to any company that was looking for an IT services company.  There are definitely no plans here to switch to a different IT services company for the foreseeable future.

    Here’s to many more years with using Nouveau Solutions! “

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