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Information Security Policy Statement

Information Security Policy Statement

At Nouveau the role of protecting our customers information assets and data subjects is one that we take very seriously.  As your IT partner we understand that it is important to you that we can demonstrate that we have implemented the relevant IT security precautions and processes to show that we are acting responsibly on your behalf and that Information Security is our biggest priority.

To demonstrate our commitment to Information Security management we have recently undertaken several initiatives: –

Cyber Essentials Accreditation – is a UK government scheme encouraging organisations to adopt good practice in information security.

ISO 27001 / 2013 Accreditation – we have just completed our Stage 2 Audit which we are delighted to announce that we have been recommended for achievement.

General Data Protection Regulation – we respect your personal information and are currently reviewing our data processing activities and process to ensure that we adhere to the recommendations set out in the new data protection legislation, due to commence on the 25th May 2018.

By implementing these measures, we believe we are demonstrating our commitment to continuously improve our Information Security standards and strengthen our relationship with our clients, suppliers and partners as a trusted managed service provider.

Andy Stevens, Managing Director

“At Nouveau we take Information Security very seriously and are constantly reviewing our processes and controls to ensure the protection of data integrity is to the highest level”.

If you would like to learn more about our information Security measures please get in touch with a member of our team on 01189 186822.

Microsoft Gold Certification

Microsoft Gold Certification

We are delighted that Nouveau Solutions has been awarded the Small and Midmarket Cloud Solutions competency at the Gold level for Office 365.

This accreditation allows Nouveau to join an elite group of partners who are awarded a Microsoft Gold competency.  Gold partners must demonstrate proven expertise in delivering quality solutions in a specialised area and meet certain criteria including performance metrics, pass technical competency exams and provide a number of customer references.

“We are delighted that we have earned our Small and Midmarket Cloud Solutions competency.  Many of our customers are looking to move to a hosted platform and we have helped to transition thousands of users to Office 365.

The addition of this accreditation further strengthens our partnership with Microsoft and demonstrates our capability to deliver solutions and services that our customers can rely upon.  The flexibility and support we can offer via our Cloud Solutions Provider platform provides prospective customers with complete peace of mind that Nouveau are the right partner.”  Berni Maguire, Head of Marketing

To support our plans to expand our Cloud solutions and services we are looking to extend our team with more Azure and Office 365 specialists – send your Curriculum Vitae to hr@nouveau.co.uk if you would like to be considered.

To learn more about our Cloud solutions and services go to: https://www.nouveau.co.uk/solutions/cloud-managed-services/

Nouveau Solutions Celebrate 25th Anniversary with the Launch of a New Website

Nouveau Solutions Celebrate 25th Anniversary with the Launch of a New Website

As we entered our 25th year in business, we believed it was an opportunity for us to think about how the industry has changed significantly since Nouveau Solutions was founded. The IT industry is fast-paced and our passion for it drives us to ensure that we constantly evolve our business in response to industry trends and customer demands.

With this in mind, we are delighted to announce the launch of our redesigned website! We felt that the previous website did not accurately portray the breadth of IT solutions that we offer, and feel confident that the new website provides a more accurate picture of the IT services we provide for our customers.

The new website has been created with users at the front and centre of our thinking, and during our scoping process for the new website, we requested feedback from our customers to ensure the site would meet their needs and requirements when searching for IT services. We are committed to providing IT managed services around two key objectives, and this has been the focus of our new website:

• Create a user experience that is meaningful and enabling;
• Design a service aligned to your business goals and objectives.

We wanted to help users find the information they need quicker, making the process of implementing IT solutions as easy as possible. Throughout our 25 years of operation we have always strived to deliver to organisations a high standard of service, and to be at the forefront of innovation within the IT sector. Our new website has enabled us to showcase our expertise and show how we’ve kept up to date with industry changes, particularly around security and the cloud.

Previously, the structure of Nouveau Solutions website was focused primarily around on-premise IT security solutions for our customers, cloud adoption and the rise in the multitude of security threats has meant that our business has seen a big shift to providing more security managed services and supporting our clients as they embrace the benefits from implementing cloud technology.

46% of UK businesses have suffered a cyber-attack of some sort, and without comprehensive cyber security, many of these businesses have suffered as a result, making it imperative that we are providing our customers with a complete managed IT security solution.

Berni Maguire, Head of Marketing at Nouveau Solutions says “As this year marks the major milestone of our 25th anniversary, we felt it was an ideal opportunity for us to rebrand our business and launch our new website, one that will take us forward into the next stage of our business success, whilst retaining much of our heritage and the core values that our business was built upon.

With a nod to our company name in French (new or modern, or wine to some) our new brand is fresh, modern, bold and simple. Quite simply, Nouveau will power your IT whenever you need us. We hope you like it.”

We have some exciting times ahead of us as we go into the next stage of our company transition, and we hope that you can join us as we head in to our next 25 years.

For more information about any of our new IT services don’t hesitate to explore the new website. Alternatively, you can get in touch with our expert consultants on 0118 918 6822 or fill in our contact form.

Security Update – Flaws in Processors

Security Update – Flaws in Processors

Two major security flaws have been announced this week which are said to affect all Intel and some AMD and ARM processors.  This has led to a surge of patches and updates being released by vendors that we feel is important to share with you.

What do we know?

The exploits are called Meltdown and Spectre which take advantage of critical vulnerabilities in many modern computer processing units, or microchips made by Intel and potentially ARM and AMD.  Both attacks circumvent security built into major operating systems hence the need for fixes and patches.

It is important to note that no known exploits can take advantage of these vulnerabilities at present, however we would encourage that you follow good security practice to mitigate these risks and apply the fixes and patches relevant to your environment.

From a Nouveau perspective we are monitoring the situation and we will apply patches (if required) and updates to customers who have a support agreement with us.   You should expect further communication from us on our course of action.  If you do not have an existing support agreement with us, but would like help in terms of what steps you should be taking to ensure the security of your systems, then please get in contact.

For more guidance around these exploits, please visit the National Cyber Security Centre for some practical advice and more information.

Nouveau Vendor Updates:-

Intel and Linux have developed tools to detect and mitigate the Meltdown and Spectre vulnerabilities in Windows and Linux. See INTEL-SA-00075 Detection and Mitigation Tool (Windows) and INTEL-SA-00075 Linux Detection and Mitigation Tools (Linux) for further information.

Fortinet: strongly recommends upgrading to their latest publicly available software versions.  For more information go to https://fortiguard.com/psirt/FG-IR-18-002.

Microsoft:  have released updates, but we would encourage you to check your antivirus software before applying any fixes.

Jack’s Charity Boxing Update

Jack’s Charity Boxing Update

So last week we had our match up event….

This was a strange ordeal. So we turned up all looking like lemons and standing in this pub not knowing what was going to happen, or who we were going to be matched up with.

The atmosphere was great, everyone was chatting away whilst we waited and people were making nervous jokes.

We were then called to a private area of the pub where the match up event kicked off. We were all in a huddle with our nicknames being called out one by one for our individual pictures and then our face off picture.

We had to square up to each other and have the pictures taken – this was a great laugh seeing people that were smiley/laughing, or looking like they wanted to kill each other!

Luckily we had some support from one of our Distributor’s Exclusive Networks who gave Dan and myself a cheer when we got called up!

All in all, we can’t wait to step in the ring and enjoy the night. Starting to get a little nervous, but equally am really excited.

See you on fight night.

Jack

p.s. Editor addition – together Jack and Dan have now raised in excess of £1,000 for Cancer Research – great effort.

Brothers in Arms

Brothers in Arms

Two employees, Dan Jennings (Networking Engineer) and Jack Booth (Sales Executive) are throwing themselves into the ring literally to take part in the Ultra White Collar Boxing to raise money for Cancer Research UK.  We caught up with them both to see how their training is coming along:

What made you want to take this challenge on?

Dan – A family member was recently diagnosed with Cancer the support he’s had is fantastic. I am happy to do my part and support those who help others with cancer

Jack – Cancer research is a great charity and is close to the heart due to losing family members to cancer. It’s great to help in any way possible to try to defeat cancer

Have you boxed before?

Dan – No never thrown a punch

Jack – No, I have messed around with some gloves with my older brother but apart from that no

What does the training regime entail?

Jack – Lots of footwork, lots of cardio (unfortunately) and pad work with weekly sparring

Dan – Weight training 4-5 days a week in the morning boxing 3-4 times a week. The boxing lesions stem from the basics to shadow boxing and sparing

How’s the training going so far?

Dan – I am growing in confidence each time I put on the gloves

Jack – it’s going well, learning the movements after every session however have a lot to learn in a short period of time!

What has been the most challenging thing so far?

Jack – foot work, my long stiff body is struggling to move like a butterfly.. imagine Peter Crouch boxing, I am similar

Dan – the footwork and endurance required I have 2 left feet and no rhythm

What are you hoping to take away from the experience?

Dan – I am hoping to help support a good cause

Jack – I am hoping to raise as much money as I can to help cancer research and learn some boxing moves on the way

We will provide another update in a couple of weeks before the big night on the 8th July.  Good luck with the training boys!  If you would like to sponsor either Dan or Jack find links to their Just Giving pages below. 

 

https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/uwcb-danieljennings327675190

 

https://www.justgiving.com/Jack-Booth3?utm_source=Sharethis&utm_medium=fundraisingpage&utm_content=Jack-Booth3&utm_campaign=pfp-email


” I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for all the prompt assistance you provided us with during this project.

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

Farhad | London Borough of Hounslow

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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

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” 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

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” 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

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