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VPN Security and Other Systems to Work From Home Safely – Same Security Everywhere

VPN Security and Other Systems to Work From Home Safely – Same Security Everywhere

The current coronavirus pandemic has led to organisations having to develop new strategies allowing their employees to continue working but now from home, and as effectively as possible. With the increase of remote workers, we are now starting to see an increase in online security threats as a result.

Remote access can be handled through protocols such as Windows remote desktop (also known as Windows RDP)– allowing users to access a remote desktop within the company’s internal network. The drawback of this platform is that it allows your employees to access your company’s network by opening your network to the entire internet. Thus increasing the risk of security breaches.

Thankfully there is a way to allow organisations to provide employees secure access to company network resources without leaving it vulnerable and open to security attacks. This is done through VPN technology (Virtual Private Networks).

More about VPN Systems

A VPN – short for Virtual private network provides a secure link between employees and businesses by encrypting and scanning data. Dependent on the method of termination used and in conjunction with a UTM device there are further security benefits to be made.  For e.g. malicious software such as viruses can be detected and mitigated.

To avoid security risks companies should ensure they are set up to capture metrics about the performance and availability of their VPN services. Ask yourself “When was the last time you took the time to look at your VPN logs?” This process will allow you to detect any compromises of VPN connections and accounts. In principle, now is the time where it is easier to spot compromised accounts, with employees working from home you should be able to spot any irregular VPN usage pattern for each user working from home.

Here’s a deeper look at how a VPN (Virtual private network) works. A VPN uses encryption and other security mechanisms to scramble (otherwise known as encrypting) data when it is sent over a public network. The encryption process now makes the data unreadable. A strong VPN will ensure that only authorised users can access the network and that the data cannot be intercepted.

A VPN will stop cyber criminals seeing your company’s remote service on the internet, therefore reducing risk of interception of communications between your employees and your network.

Your devices

Ensure you are protecting your devices whether it is your laptop, tablet or smart phone. Devices can be prime targets for cyber criminals as soon as you access the internet even more so when you are on a public network. A VPN will protect the data you send and receive on your device putting a stop to hackers watching your every move.

With many VPN solutions out there make sure you do your homework to choose the right one for your needs. Regardless of which provider you choose, a VPN, in conjunction with other technology will ensure that you comply with security standards.  Contact Nouveau Solutions today where we can offer support for VPN enquiries and challenges.

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We’re shortlisted for the Thames Valley Tech Awards 2019!

We’re shortlisted for the Thames Valley Tech Awards 2019!

We are proud to announce that we have been shortlisted for the Thames Valley Tech Awards 2019 finals!

Nouveau are finalists for Tech SME of the Year 2019, a category where the use of technology to innovate customer experience and business function is key. Our continued use of technology, with the aim to innovate our managed service model by taking it from using traditional practises to instead deploying a proactive approach, has enabled us to provide real-time managed detection and response for our clients. This, as a result, has increased the effectiveness and efficiency of our service, meaning our customers can enjoy a seamless and high quality service. Our focus on our Security Information Event Management (SIEM) platform has enabled us to ensure that true real-time managed detection and response for our clients in this ever-evolving digital world.

To learn more about SIEM, please visit our landing page here.

For more information on the Thames Valley Tech Awards, please visit this link here. It will take you to their official website.

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CRN Awards 2019 – Review

CRN Awards 2019 – Review

A huge thank you to everyone at CRN for shortlisting us for the Best New Business Win award at the CRN Sales and Marketing Awards last night.

It was a terrific night, with great presentations and excellent hosting. Huge congratulations to MTI Technology for winning the Best New Business Win award!

Working with Timeline TV on their project was an absolute pleasure. We would like to thank them for giving us the opportunity to work on such an outstanding project.

Hopefully, we will be back at the awards event in the near future to bring home a shiny new trophy!

Regardless of what the outcome was, it was a fantastic evening that our team thoroughly enjoyed. We look forward to a successful future with many more awards night to come!


We’re on the Digital Marketplace, G-Cloud 11

We’re on the Digital Marketplace, G-Cloud 11

We are now selling a range of cloud solutions through G-Cloud 11 on the Digital Marketplace. Our current cloud support services on the Digital Marketplace are currently Cloud Infrastructure and Network Services and Fortinet Managed Firewall Service.

Selling our services on G-Cloud 11 means that buying services will be faster, cheaper and more efficient than entering into individual procurement contracts.

Andy Stevens, Business Unit Director at Nouveau, says “as part of growing the business, it only makes sense to broaden the range of options our customers have when it comes to buying our services. Hopefully, being on the Digital Marketplace makes things easier and more efficient for some current and future customers.  We are proud to have had our G-Cloud 11 application accepted and can not wait to get started with it”.

You can find our pages on G-Cloud by clicking the below links:

For more information, contact us on 0118 918 6822 or email

Entering a New Era

Entering a New Era

Earlier this month our Managing Director, Andy Stevens, spoke to Comms Dealer about the recent of acquisition of Nouveau Solutions by VINCI Energies – a strategic decision that has led the business to be in a stronger position than ever before.

Reliving our journey from our humble beginnings to our establishment as an industry-leading IT Managed Services Company. We’ve selected a few of our highlights from Andy’s interview below – you can read the full article here.

Our journey

“Our first big deal in 1995 brought money into the business and enabled us to start building a team and a regular client base, key milestones include achieving Microsoft Gold competency, Fortinet Platinum Partner, moving offices, achieving ISO27001 and 9001 and creating our own SaaS platform

We have built a SIEM proposition and proactive monitoring team, our security side of the business has more than quadrupled. We have also seen a reduction in traditional infrastructure as businesses move to the cloud and associated services. Current focus areas also include SD-WAN, vulnerability management, Security as a Service and building out our cloud stack.”

Choosing the right buyer

“The initial discussions on a possible sale began about a year ago… it was a case of understanding what we did, whether there was a fit and if there was a personal ambition for this to happen. There was no rush nor pressure. But as we continued to grow organically we felt that we could accelerate our growth through the right acquisition.

And, after our best year of trading, we still recognised the expansion we wanted would not come simply through organic growth alone. We didn’t want to sell our business to a private equity firm. We wanted to ensure that our existing team were on board and continue to support our growth moving forwards.”

Meeting the needs of our team

“We were not looking at the time we were approached by VINCI, however, after considerable due diligence and many conversations it became apparent that this could be a viable option which would give us what we personally wanted as well as meeting the needs and ambitions of our staff.

Around 20 per cent of our team have been with us for 10-plus years, we have a low staff turnover, practically no sickness and have built a great positive workplace.”

A time to maximise opportunities

“[VINCI Energies’ acquisition] in effect gives us a whole new channel opportunity, the support of VINCI will make Nouveau a more commercial proposition for new clients with sizeable deals. Our main priorities now are to transition the business and maximise the opportunities available to us through building relationships with other business units, while not taking our eye off the ball.”

About Nouveau

Nouveau Solutions is a specialist IT Managed Services Company with a strategic focus on delivering cloud, infrastructure, compliance, network, and security solutions. We focus on making the complex simple, delivering results for your organisation.

To discuss how we can help your business maximise its use of technology to harness growth – speak to one of our  IT consultants today on 01189 186822.

Greenbone Networks partners with Nouveau to boost UK market reach

Greenbone Networks partners with Nouveau to boost UK market reach

Greenbone Networks partners with Nouveau Solutions Ltd to boost UK market reach

Nouveau adds Greenbone vulnerability management solutions to its cybersecurity portfolio

1st May, 2019 – Greenbone Networks, a leading provider of vulnerability management, today announced it is partnering with Reading-based managed services company, Nouveau Solutions Ltd, to boost the availability of its vulnerability management solutions in the UK market. The deal means Nouveau, which delivers a range of IT, network and managed services to more than 500 UK organisations, will now offer the Greenbone Security Manager appliances as part of its cybersecurity portfolio.

To help its customers improve their security posture, Nouveau has developed a Security Lifecycle Process; a proven methodology that enables organisations to protect their infrastructures against rapidly emerging cybersecurity threats. Greenbone’s solutions will pay a strategic role in this process, by enabling Nouveau’s team of managed services experts to automatically identify vulnerabilities in its customers’ infrastructures, while at the same time, close these gaps.

Nouveau, which has a range of commercial and public sector customers, anticipates particular demand for these vulnerability management services from UK health providers.

“UK organisations – especially in the health sector – are still smarting from the WannaCry attacks, when hackers exploited a well-known vulnerability in order to spread their malware and hold entire organisations to ransom. No one wants to run the risk of a similar attack, so organisations are increasingly turning to vulnerability management solutions to pinpoint and close weak spots in their infrastructures,” said Andy Stevens, Business Unit Director of Nouveau. “This is a very timely partnership with Greenbone. It’s industry-leading vulnerability management system is a great complement to the solutions we offer at Nouveau and its hands-on approach to working with the channel makes it the ideal partner.”

Dirk Schrader, chief marketing officer at Greenbone, added: “Nouveau’s approach to cybersecurity – that high-level security cannot be achieved with products alone but as part of a thorough, proactive, resilient solution – is a goal we share at Greenbone. This is an exciting partnership for us and we are looking forward to working with and learning from Nouveau and the wealth of expertise it has to offer.”


About Greenbone Networks:
Founded in 2008, Greenbone Networks is a leading, global provider of vulnerability management solutions. Based on open source software, the Greenbone Security Manager (GSM) analyses IT network devices – including desktop computers, servers, software applications, routers and VoIP devices – identifying security vulnerabilities, providing detailed reports and instructions to resolve security issues before attackers are able to exploit them. The solutions include a daily, automatic security update. Greenbone’s vulnerability management solutions are deployed in more than 30,000 installations and integrations across a broad range of industries and company sizes, and its vulnerability management software has been downloaded more than 2.5 million times. Greenbone is headquartered in Osnabrueck, Germany.

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About Nouveau Solutions:

Founded in 1992, Nouveau Solutions is a specialist IT managed services company with a strategic focus on delivering cloud, infrastructure, compliance, network and security solutions. They specialise in finding the optimum solution to meet their customers’ operational needs and supporting their business growth and transformation ambitions.

Based in Wokingham, the company serves a wide range of clients of all sizes across the UK, both private and public organisations.

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Could you kindly express our gratitude to your engineers for the excellent work they carried out for us. “

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” Being responsible for IT in an organisation which is very tech dependant is a real challenge, especially having no formal IT experience myself.  Having the Nouveau team at the end of the phone is a real-life saver and I have needed a life line many times.  I most appreciate the accessibility, knowledge and friendliness of the team. “

Judith Ball | CFO | Aspen Worldwide


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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! “

Lee Burgess | IT Systems Administrator | Combined Independents (Holdings) Ltd


” Nouveau have been brilliant from start to finish – very professional and competitive with their service and pricing. We needed a large number of Firewalls to deploy across our global company over a very short time period and thanks to Jack’s excellent availability, Nouveau’s turn-around time was extremely swift, even with nearly no notice. Nouveau not only provided us with the hardware  – one of their competent technicians supplied us with some design work in the past to help with our data centre firewalls replacement project! Nouveau have been great to work with. “

Hassan Ashraf | IT Service and Infrastructure Manager | Everlight Radiology


” In the summer of 2017, I approached Nouveau in the hope of finding a competent partner that could help us through an upcoming hardware refresh. A priority of ours was to discover a local business (within 20 miles) that excelled and specialised in HPE, Dell, Fortinet and Microsoft/Office 365 as we planned to refresh our whole core infrastructure,. This included storage, infrastructure hosting and networking (core, access and perimeter) for our headquarters and our other branches. After an extensive phase of speccing, detail planning and quoting, Andy Swain and his team were able to offer a “spot on” solution for our demands with a very high cost/value ratio. This project led to a very open and trusting partnership with Nouveau and made them our No.1 partner within IT. “

Stefan Nader | Ensilica