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    VINCI Energies managed IT services specialist Nouveau Solutions Ltd rebrands as Axians Cloud & Cybersecurity

    VINCI Energies managed IT services specialist Nouveau Solutions Ltd rebrands as Axians Cloud & Cybersecurity

    Following the acquisition by VINCI Energies UK & RoI in 2019, the new name symbolises Nouveau’s growth ambitions and full integration into the wider network of ICT business units under the Axians brand.

    Effective 18th July, Nouveau will be known as Axians Cloud & Cybersecurity. The business was founded in 1992 and has established itself since then as a leader in managed cloud, infrastructure, compliance, network, and security solutions to meet customers’ operational, growth, and digital transformation needs.

    The new name, Axians Cloud & Cybersecurity, symbolises its full integration into and close collaboration with the wider Axians network, as well as a new chapter in its growth story as it celebrates its 30 years in business.

    “The rebrand marks another milestone for our team and the Axians Cloud & Cybersecurity name embodies what we are actively becoming and the challenges we help our customers to overcome. We remain as committed to them and their needs as ever and are the same people but with the power of a broader network of businesses. This presents an exciting opportunity for our customers to take advantage of a wider pool of Axians and VINCI Energies expertise,” said Mark Lloyd, Business Unit General Manager of Axians Cloud & Cybersecurity.

     

    Expanded expertise

    By joining the Axians UK network, Axians Cloud & Cybersecurity benefits from the knowledge and experience of thousands of other ICT specialists both in the UK and internationally.

    Axians UK’s specialised consulting, design, integration, and service teams develop bespoke digital transformation solutions to support infrastructure and digital solutions development for customers, including private-sector companies, public sector entities, operators, and service providers.

    To this end, Axians UK provides a comprehensive range of ICT solutions and services that contribute to successful business outcomes for its customers.

    Internationally, Axians employs over 12,000 people in 27 countries.

    “We are honoured to officially welcome Axians Cloud & Cybersecurity to Axians UK. The experienced management team has a long track record of success and shared cultural values that will enhance our combined network. We all have a mutual opportunity to take advantage of each other’s skillsets as we align on strategy, and continue to invest in innovation, such as cybersecurity solutions to secure operational technologies. We have an exciting future ahead of us,” said Russell Crampin, Managing Director of Axians UK.

    Please visit the Axians UK website for more information.

     

    Accelerate and Secure your Cloud Journey Coffee Morning Webinar

    Accelerate and Secure your Cloud Journey Coffee Morning Webinar

    Accelerate and Secure your Cloud Journey Coffee Morning

    March 22nd @10am – 11am GMT

    Join Nouveau and Fortinet for a 50 minute virtual coffee break, with freshly roasted (& ground beans) and fresh insight into how business should be securing their multi-cloud environments.

    We will venture into the importance of securing your cloud environments in a world where few businesses rely solely on a single cloud deployment. With cloud security concerns higher now than ever, organisations are asking us how they secure their multi-cloud environments without adding complexity and cost headaches.

    This webinar will answer those questions.

    Why Attend?

    Recent studies have shown that most organisations are pursuing a hybrid or multi-cloud strategy and few companies rely on a single cloud deployment for their business needs. Cloud security concerns however remain high as the adoption of public cloud computing continues to surge in the wake of the pandemic and the resulting massive shift to remote work.

    Multi-cloud environments also add complexity and security challenges. In Fortinet’s recent survey with Cybersecurity Insiders, we discovered organisations are most concerned with data protection (58%) followed by a lack of security skills (57%) and understanding how different solutions fit together.

    As a result, alongside Fortinet, Nouveau are hosting a deep-dive webinar into how Fortinet Security can help accelerate and secure your cloud journey.

    Reduce complexity and secure your cloud environments by signing up.

    Register now and you’ll receive everything you need to take a quick coffee break, which includes:

    • Freshly ground coffee from UE Coffee Roasters
    •  A filter & filter paper – to help you brew
    • House-made biscuit
    • Ue Coffee Roasters brew guide

    We hope you can join us!

    Show your network some love this valentine’s day – the importance of network security

    Show your network some love this valentine’s day – the importance of network security

    With Valentine’s Day rapidly approaching, we wanted to talk about love, but not in the way you think. We are talking about loving your network. When was the last time you showed your network any love?

    Picture this, your business is a human body and your employees are the heart, without you the company wouldn’t run. Your network is the arteries and veins, they help to transfer data and information around the business, in the same way that arteries and veins carry blood and oxygen around the body.

    If the veins and arteries become clogged or faulty, the heart weakens and doesn’t work as efficiently. In the same manner, if your network fails or becomes ineffective, the metaphorical heart, in this case, your employees, will struggle to retain the same level of productivity and their performance will be affected. Just like you need to look after your heart, you also need to show some love for your network security.

    What better excuse to start showing love than on Valentine’s Day?

     

    What is Network Security?

    Network security is a vital aspect of your business, to protect your employee’s and your client’s data from cyber-attacks. When you have strong network security your network runs smoothy and efficiently. After all, the last thing you want is a network lag or connection issues when conducting your business. This is more relevant and important than ever before, with the rapidly increasing popularity of hybrid working and remote working, leaving networks vulnerable to low productivity and cyber-attacks.

     

    What are the different types of network security?

    Here are some of the most common applications and tools which keep your network nurtured and safe:

    • Firewalls
      A firewall controls incoming and outgoing traffic to your network. They will often come with default settings which can be configured to your specifications to ensure any suspicious activity is rejected or quarantined.
    • Access Control
      Access Control Management takes 6th place in the CIS Critical Security Controls. This security mechanism is a way to control user privileges to ascertain who is allowed access to certain areas of the network. It is especially useful for areas which contain more sensitive data where you can implement the principle of lest privilege. By restricting user access to different areas, you will have more control over your data and can implement strong security policies, which restrict or limit access to non-compliant or guest users.
    • Data Loss Prevention
      This is an important part of network security as it helps to prevent data losses or breaches within your system. With data loss prevention (DLP) tools you can prevent data being exposed to external parties as well as blocking unauthorised access to your network.
    • Network Segmentation
      By using network segmentation, you will find it easier to implement policies for different areas and classification levels of your network. A segmented network makes it easier to allow or deny authorisation credentials for employees, therefore ensuring only those that need to view that section will be allowed access.

     

    How to nurture your network?

    Here are a few tips on how you can nurture your network and keep it healthy:

    • Consider the potential threats
      Be aware of your threat landscape and the exposure points on your network.  Ensure you have the right applications and tools to protect your organisation from these risks.
    • Check your network speed
      Slower network speeds affect slow internet loading times. However, when we are looking at larger networks with multiple users this can mean delays in important files being downloaded or connections to VPNs becoming weaker. It could also make access to the cloud slower, which may mean a drop in productivity as employees are spending longer accessing and saving files. We recommend conducting regular checks of your network speeds to ensure there are no drops in performance.
    • Address issues without delay
      If you or one of your employees identify a potential issue, make sure you diagnose the underlying root cause as soon as possible. This may appear to be something as insignificant as VPN connections dropping occasionally or programmes running slightly slower than normal, but this could be a sign of a more severe problem. Any issue or performance drop can potentially cause a weak link in your network, which could give cybercriminals a foothold into your data and folders.
    • Perform regular maintenance checks
      Even if you aren’t experiencing issues with your network ensure you carry out regular maintenance checks and vulnerability scans. By doing this you will be able to keep your systems running smoothly and pick up on any potential issues before they arise.

     

    Why is it so important to love and nurture your network now?

    Having a healthy network is more important than ever. During lockdowns and remote working, we saw a significant increase in cyber-attacks, and this hasn’t slowed down. In January 2022 alone, IT Governance, discovered 95 security incidents which resulted in 65,984,648 compromised records. Without showing some love and attention to your networks, vulnerabilities will appear which expose your company to potential data loss and cyber-attacks.

    The requirements for having a fast, reliable network are vital in order to keep running an optimal automation platform. With so many aspects of a network to consider and more tools requiring faster and stronger connections, software-defined, wide area networks (or SD-WAN) are high in demand. SD-WAN separates the control and management processes from the underlying networking hardware, making them available as software that can be easily configured and deployed.

    Computer Weekly IT Priorities report of 2021, revealed that many companies are looking at upgrading their network in the next 12 months, 34% of companies surveyed, are looking to upgrade their home networking and remote SD-WAN setup, due to the rising popularity of hybrid working. 28% of those surveyed are looking to upgrade their network automation.

    With hybrid working becoming the ‘new norm’ for many companies, it is more important than ever to show some love to your network, and ensure you have sophisticated network security implemented. To alleviate security concerns which can come with hybrid working take a look at our previous blog.

     

    Why should you invest in good network security?

    A comprehensive network security setup will minimise risks such as data breaches, cyber-attacks and unauthorised access.

    By investing the time and money into a strong network you are also likely to have a more efficient, satisfied workforce. By nurturing your systems, they will run smoother, with less issues, therefore making it easier for your employees to remain productive and less stressed.

     

    How Nouveau can help you secure and nurture your network

    Here at Nouveau we believe that a healthy network is one of the pinnacle factors to a happy, healthy company. With the networking expertise from Axians Networks and security pedigree of Nouveau, we now have the team to provide expertise on both areas.

    From IT security tools to IT infrastructure & network management, we can provide a comprehensive managed IT services package. This means you can focus on nurturing the heart and leave us to look after the veins and arteries of your business.

    Contact us today to find out how we can help you show your network some love.

    For more information about our managed IT security services, get in touch with our expert consultants on 0118 918 6822 – alternatively, you can fill in our contact form, and we’ll get back to you shortly.

    Make a Safe Transition: Security Concerns for Hybrid Working

    Make a Safe Transition: Security Concerns for Hybrid Working

    Make a Safe Transition: Security Concerns for Hybrid Working

    The recent disruption and changes to the way that we work has been staggering. Organisations without contingency plans had no choice but to adopt new structures. Those with plans had no choice but to execute and expand them. Whereas some who had been transitioning to a liberal way of operating have seen it as an opportunity to accelerate trends and plans that have been on the horizon for years.

    However, the new “hybrid” way of working needs the right security policies and practices in place to facilitate the necessary flexibility, productivity and accessibility whilst providing assurance. Of all the options available to organisations going forward, this presents the biggest security challenge.

    But once you’ve committed to a workforce spread across homes and offices, how do you start going about establishing a security plan that will work for you?

    This blog is part of a series: “Make a Safe Transition”.

    Read here about security concerns for fully remote working models.

    Read here about security concerns for office-based working models.

    Nouveau Newsletter Cloud and Cybersecurity Background

    For assets: this would include, but not be limited to, an update (or patch) of services and applications whilst employees are potentially outside the corporate network, identifying how this could be done for remote employees. This will also need to be done for workstations that have been sitting idle in offices and only occasionally used, that could now be vulnerable.

    Protocols and policies would need to be put in place for when company data is accessed from sites with limited security like public wifi. Disks should be encrypted in the event of theft or loss. Personal devices used when employees are working from home will bring their own unknown threat to the corporate network. With no knowledge of how those devices are used outside of working hours, be it by employees or their families VPN’s, rigorous scans and firewalls will need to be maintained.

     

    Nouveau Newsletter Cloud and Cybersecurity Background

    For users: Whilst employees work remotely, the person to person security checks that you would have in a communal space are no longer there. If something looks odd or out of place you no longer have someone nearby that you can easily turn to or ask the opinion of. Education about the threats of phishing, downloads and other user reliant threats will need to be put in place for all on-site and remote employees. Multi-factor authentication should also be configured for any applications or services being accessed remotely, including cloud services like Office365. Moreover, if there has been a change of staff the system will need to have an up-to-date account of the users.

    It is also important that employers provide continuous training services to educate their users on the risks of working remotely, along with communicating changes to information security policies in a timely manner. It is key to present additional training to provide insight into how threats such as phishing are becoming more sophisticated and thus harder to identify.

    As employees become more widely distributed it is essential for organisations to have in place the necessary infrastructure, guidelines, plans and policies to minimise their exposure. However the most pressing concern is to ensure that any systems put in place balance, connectivity, productivity and collaboration with cybersecurity. You need a system that preserves your business continuity without compromise.

    While it may seem complicated with the right collaborative partner, it may not be as difficult as you think.

    Get in touch for a free health-check audit and let Nouveau help you establish your hybrid approach while building a better, more resilient future for your organisation.

    Email hello@nouveau.co.uk or call 01189 186822 and let’s get started.

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    Make a Safe Transition: Security Concerns When Returning to the Office

    Make a Safe Transition: Security Concerns When Returning to the Office

    Make a Safe Transition: Security Concerns When Returning to the Office

    The way we work has never been in bigger flux. Companies during these last 18 months had to provide flexible access to company data and resources, however with restrictions now being lifted these remote working practices are being removed and employees are now returning to the office environment.

    For those fully transitioning back to the office, your cyber security may seem simple. We’re returning back to an environment that we know is secure, so surely there should be no problem? Actually no, even though you are returning to the office there are a number of factors to take into consideration.

    But how do you start going about finding the holes in your security? By taking a look at your assets and your users to help make your transition plan.

    This blog is part of a series: “Make a Safe Transition”.

    Read here about security concerns for fully remote working models.

    Read here about security concerns for hybrid working models.

    Nouveau Newsletter Cloud and Cybersecurity Background

    For assets: this would include, but not be limited to, an update (or patch) of software on hardware that has been home with employees. This will also need to be done for workstations that have been sitting idle in closed offices that could now be vulnerable.

    When it comes to company data, this may have been part of a non-secure home environment, exposed to unsecured personal devices. While employees’ personal devices may have been used to specifically access sensitive information. This may mean mandated password changes, scans, and endpoint detection to ensure that IP and access to the network remain safe.

    There will also be concerns with any 3rd party applications that have been used to support remote working.

     

    Nouveau Newsletter Cloud and Cybersecurity Background

    For users: Education will be essential before, during, and after returning to the office. Employees should be kept informed of new, adaptive cyber threats such as phishing scams. Tabs should also be kept in compliance and any gaps where further security education may be needed. Moreover, if there has been a change of staff the system will need to have an up-to-date account of the users

    Even though you are planning a return to the office, with the idea that things will now return to normal, it is important to create or adapt your protocols and processes. It may even be advantageous to rework your original setups using the new methods adopted over the remote period, to help improve your productivity and your employees’ accessibility to information needed to effectively work.

    While it may seem labour intensive it will provide a greater level of rigor, resilience and confidence in your risk mitigation. Plus with the right help, it may not be as difficult as you think.

    Get in touch for a free health-check audit and let Nouveau help you establish your return to the office while building a better, more resilient future for your organisation.

    Email hello@nouveau.co.uk or call 01189 186822 and let’s get started.

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    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.

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