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Meet the panelists – Minimise your risk in the cybersecurity threat landscape webinar

Minimise your risk in the cybersecurity threat landscape webinar

Meet The Panelists

By now, we hope you have heard about our upcoming webinar that we are running in partnership with CyberCrowd. On the 26th Novemeber at 10:00am GMT, we will be focussing on how your organisation can Minimise your risk in the cybersecurity threat landscape, featuring stories and advice from our team of experts.

We thought it would be a good idea to give you the opportunity to get to know the team a little better. After all, cybersecurity isn’t just about the technology – it’s about the people and processes, too!

So, without further ado, introducting our trio of panelists.

Andy Strangeways

Lead CISO at CyberCrowd and Cyber Security Evangelist

“Cyber security exists in the service of an organisation’s mission, not the other way round. Industry frameworks such as ISO27001/2 and NIST 800-53 give consideration to pretty much every conceivable measure you could take to control information risks, but it’s rarely the best choice for the organisation to implement every detail of their recommendations, especially in smaller businesses. In today’s world where cyber security threats crop up everywhere, all the time, the challenge is to figure out which selection of measures will give the best protection from a limited budget and finite resources, and to keep adapting and improving those measures as your business and the threat landscape evolve. Experience across a wide range of organisations suggests that culture and behaviour is more important here than any technical IT security solution.”

Janine Gill

Computing Women in IT Excellence Awards 2019 Finalist, Client Director at CyberCrowd

“The world of cyber security is probably the fastest moving industry area I have worked in, during my 15 year career within IT.  One of the most common challenges we see within our customer base is at the initial point of contact.  I think there is now a realisation across the business community that measures need to be put in place to mitigate against the risk of breach or cyber-attack, but “What is it that businesses need to do and how do they start?”  are the questions I am approached with most often.  At CyberCrowd, we get to know your business in order to be able to relate to our industry expertise, so we can offer support and guidance that is fit for purpose for your business.”

Ian Johnson

Business Development Manager, Security Division at Nouveau

“I’ve worked in the IT/Cyber Security marketplace for over 15 years and during this time I’ve seen many changes. One element that has been consistent throughout are the frustrations felt within IT Management Teams. This is down to the lack of information available at Exec level to align both the business and security strategies. At Nouveau we’ve reacted to this challenge by creating our Security LifeCycle proposition. Starting with Assess (stage 1 of the lifecycle) we can engage to share the knowledge and design services to support the business and security strategies required. We will be discussing the current threat landscape and real case scenarios to help you understand your security posture.”

More about the webinar

As we said earlier, it’s not just about technology, it’s also about people and processes.

An effective security strategy should incorporate these three things seamlessly in order to mitigate security threats to the best possible standards. That’s why Nouveau have partnered with Cyber Crowd to help deliver a range of services including a Security Posture Review.

In this webinar, we hope to provide you with an insight into how to overcome challenges associated with building an effective security strategy.

What will you gain from attending?
• Insight into current security threat landscape
• Understanding of services available to improve security knowledge of your business
• Align your organisation to industry leading standards
• Information from leading security specialists

We hope at the end of the webinar you will come away with a better understanding of what steps you might need to take in order to improve your organisation’s security posture.

As a BONUS, we are offering all attendees the chance to attend a complimentary one-hour one-to-one security discussion with industry expert Andrew Strangeways, who will be happy to answer any questions you may have about your specific security concerns – so be sure to sign up!

Fortinet News Update October ’19

Fortinet News Update October ’19

FortiGate Trade Up Programme - Upgrade and Save

A wide variety of Fortinet FortiGate and FortiWifi devices are eligible for upgrade in Fortinet’s recent trade-up programme. With the trade-up programme, you can benefit from improved performance, updated security, and an advanced feature set whilst obtaining your new kit with real cost savings.

Call 01189 186822 and learn whether you have an eligible Fortinet unit and can benefit from this trade up programme and cost savings by end of March 2019.

Proactive Monitoring Service

Nouveau are proud to announce that we now have a dedicated team for our proactive monitoring and SOC services. FortiAssist managed monitoring services help keep businesses in line with tough compliance regulations and ensure that their security is monitored in a way that keeps you ahead of the curve, detecting threats before it is too late.


As part of our businesses growth and development following the VINCI Aquisition earlier this year, it is our aim to introduce innovative and effective ways to help improve our service offerings and as a result provide a higher quality service to all of our customers. We feel like our new Active Monitoring Team is definitely a step forward in the right direction.


You can read more about our new Active Monitoring Team by reading this awesome blog post. It covers everything.

Gartner Magic Quadrant for Network Firewalls leaders

The 2019 Gartner Magic Quadrant for Network Firewalls has named Fortinet as one of the leaders in the industry for the 10th time in a row.

Being the first to deliver integrated SD-WAN, to provide broad support for multi-cloud environments and accelerate the cloud on-ramp for better user experience, Fortinet continues to prove their worth in the world of Network Security.

Fortinet Network Firewalls ensure consistent, end-to-end protection across crucial network edges, such as branches, campuses, hybrid data centres and to multiple clouds. This allows customers to architect a security-driven network to gain a wide number of benefits.

We are proud to be partnered with Fortinet, who continue to innovate year upon year. You can find the Magic Quadrant here.

Fortinet Collaboration Partner of the Year

If you didn’t hear (we hope you did!), Nouveau won the Fortinet Collaborative Partner of the Year award earlier this year. It is an award we are extremely proud of we look forward to continuing a fantastic relationship with Fortinet in the future.


You can read more about the great news here!

Finance and Leasing

It is becoming more and more popular for organisations to use different methods of financing to make the purchase more feasible. Through our partner vendors, we are able to offer various forms of finance and leasing to help you on your journey on obtaining top-class Fortinet products and services.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us by emailing to or by calling in on 01189 186822.

For more updates like these, be sure to follow us on social media.

We’re sponsoring The Future of Cyber Security Europe Event 2019

We here at Nouveau are delighted to announce that we will be silver sponsors of The Future of Cyber Security Europe which will be taking place in Central London on the 12th November 2019.

This event plays host to industry-leading conference and seminar sessions, peer-to-peer networking and cyber security technology showcases. In addition to this, The Future of Cyber Security Europe offers exclusive access to intelligence from industry-leading experts such as Julian Assange, Edward Snowden and Guccifer 2.0 in keynote presentations and speeches.

Cyber Europe have been running events like these for 13 years, focussing on delivering the best conference experience for public and private sector leaders. With a long track record of innovation and service, their conferences are designed for the needs of busy directors and senior managers – just one large room with all the best brains in cyber security.

We are looking forward to the event and hope that you are too. You can find a full timetable and schedule for the event by clicking here.


Getting to know Peter Thompson, Senior Account Manager

We are happy to announce that we have taken on board a new Senior Account Manager to help grow and diversify the sales team at Nouveau. Peter Thompson will be taking on new accounts, as well as inheriting some of our existing customers.

We thought it would be a good idea to get to know him a little better! Take a look at some of the questions and answers below.

Peter Thompson


What is your job role here at Nouveau?

Senior Account Manager.


What attracted you to Nouveau?

The people and the size of organisation.


How long have you been in the industry & what interests you about the IT industry?

I have been working in IT/Telecom Sales for 18 years through various guises. I enjoy talking to customers about emerging technologies and how they can be applied to enhance their business.


If you could have three dinner guests, who would they be and why?

Mark Knopfler (as a child I grew up listening to Dire Strates)

Rita Ora (because she’s Rita Ora)

Diego Maradona (to ask him if he ever felt bad about knocking us out of the ‘86 world cup by cheating)


Tell us an obscure and interesting fact about yourself

I represented our country for Team GB in Karting for Formula ICA and Formula A in the European & World Championships in from 1997 to 2002.


What is your favourite hobby?

Road Cycling.

Getting to know Andy Trafford, Senior Account Manager

We are happy to announce that we have taken on board a new Senior Account Manager to help grow and diversify the sales team at Nouveau. Andy Trafford will be taking on new accounts, as well as inheriting some of our existing customers.

We thought it would be a good idea to get to know him a little better! Take a look at some of the questions and answers below.

Andy Trafford


What is your job role here at Nouveau?

I have joined Nouveau as a Senior Account Manager.


What attracted you to Nouveau?

Nouveau have been in business for a long time – I also have a deep interest in the products and services we offer.


How long have you been in the industry & what interests you about the IT industry?

I’ve been in IT for nearly 20 years now. The ever-changing technology landscape and the opportunities to learn are great. I like being able to empower our customers to do more whilst Managing their IT infrastructure.


If you could have three dinner guests, who would they be and why?

Paul Gascoinge (my footballing hero being a big Spurs fan)

Liam Gallagher (lead singer of my favourite band)

Heston Blumenthal (Chef at 3 Michellin star restaurant The Fat Duck in Bray)


Tell us an obscure and interesting fact about yourself

I played for Crystal Palace youth team when I was 15. I used to clean Ian Wright and Mark Bright’s boots! 😊


What is your favourite hobby?

I love to play golf – and cooking!

Getting to know Marianne Starnes, Finance Business Partner

We are happy to announce that we have taken on board Marianne Starnes, who will be taking on the role of Finance Business Partner.

We thought it would be a good idea to get to know her a little better! Take a look at some of the questions and answers below.

Marianne Starnes


What is your job role here at Nouveau?

Finance Business Partner.


What attracted you to Nouveau?

It’s an industry I’ve worked in and enjoyed previously and I like the warm, friendly feel to the office. The Finance Business Partner role is very broad and it’s an exciting time to join at the start of the Vinci journey.


How long have you been in the industry & what interests you about the IT industry?

The IT industry is fast-paced and constantly evolving so there is always something new to think about.


If you could have three dinner guests, who would they be and why?

Russell Howard as he is my favourite comedian and always makes me laugh.

Piers Morgan as he would have a lot of interesting stories to tell and also adds a little controversy (you either love or hate him).

Gordon Ramsey to gain some useful cooking tips which would no doubt come my way if I’m cooking dinner!


Tell us an obscure and interesting fact about yourself

I once came 3rd in the UK in the Mens Fitness Magazine Fitbrit competition.


What is your favourite hobby?

Running has been a favourite hobby for me for years and I’ve run several half marathons in the past.

” 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


” 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