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How to Improve Your Business’ Cloud Security

How to Improve Your Business’ Cloud Security

Every day, cloud security threats to your business are becoming more complex, sophisticated and difficult to detect. With 77% of cyber-attacks in 2017 involving the use of file-less malware and exploits to compromise data and/or infrastructure, it’s now more important to ever to ensure that your business’ cloud applications are secure.

Here are four ways that your business can improve its cloud security.

Authorisation

Ensuring your employees only have access to the data necessary to performing their business functions can help mitigate a large amount of risk for your business. Creating different access permissions within your organisation can help make sure that if one of your employees were compromised, there’s a smaller chance that the hacker would gain access to all of your customer and business data.

Layered Security

Going for a single crown jewels approach to your business’ cloud security can be good, but why take it for granted? Even Medieval Lords and Ladies knew not to rely on just the security of their castle gate, often creating a multi-tiered defence, including high walls, moats and ramparts, so that if one layer is penetrated, not all is lost.

The same principle applies for your business’ cloud security. Whilst an all-in-one application can protect your business enterprise, if it is compromised, your business will be left unprotected. In total, there are six layers to consider when securing your cloud applications:

  1. Human – teach people to spot scams and be careful when storing and sending important information.
  2. Physical – ensure your physical assets are protected from theft or damage.
  3. Endpoint – protect devices from running malicious programs that could jeopardise data security.
  4. Network – secure connections between computers. Monitor entry and exit points, encrypt communications, and keep an eye out for anomalies.
  5. Application – test applications to ensure they don’t provide avenues for attacks.
  6. Data – ensure that only the right people all have access to the right data at all times.

Learn more about how your business can benefit from a Layered Security solution.

Authenticate

The traditional username/password combination is no longer good enough way to authenticate who is accessing your applications. Of 10 million compromised accounts analysed in a recent report, it was found that just 25 passwords made up more than half of the list.

To ensure that your business remains safe in the cloud, it’s not only important that your employees are using unique, secure passwords, but are also utilising two-factor authentication. Using two-factor authentication can be an effective way to make sure that users are who they say they are, and adds an additional layer of protection around your logins.

Build Your Firewall

As the major line of defence against cyber threats to your organisation, your firewall needs careful configuration and a high level of ongoing maintenance. Whilst many cloud applications offer robust security, more additional cloud security measures can be applied to your applications, to provide extra peace of mind.

As cyber threats become more sophisticated we advocate a layered security approach to improve your business’ cloud security. We recommend the Fortinet Security Fabric, which delivers broad protection and visibility to every network segment, device, and appliance. Applications today are everywhere, and securing applications at the stack is now the new perimeter. Fortinet’s next-generation security solutions deliver comprehensive protection for your business.

How we can help

As experts in cloud security, and a Fortinet Platinum partner for many years, we can install, configure, monitor and manage upgrades to your organisation’s firewall, ensuring it’s providing the maximum defence for your cloud applications.

Get in touch with one of our expert cloud security consultants today.

Nouveau Win Fortinet Collaborative Partner of the Year Award

Nouveau Win Fortinet Collaborative Partner of the Year Award

We are absolutely delighted to announce that we have won the Fortinet Collaborative Partner of the Year Award at #PartnerSync 2019.  

 

David Park, Director Channel & Commercial Sales UKI at Fortinet, says we were awarded Collaborative Partner of the Year because “this Partner has consistently delivered 20-40% year on year growth numbers. Nouveau has embraced all areas of the Fortinet Security Fabric, training numerous engineers, not only on our FortiGate, but also NSE 6 & NSE 8 which encompasses our wider portfolio. This has enabled them to deliver projects around our SIEM, Wireless, Switching, Client, Sandbox and so on. They work very closely with our SE and Sales community and are always seen as a safe pair of hands”. 

 

Paul Martin, our Account Manager at Fortinet, says “it is an absolute pleasure working with Nouveau. It’s fantastic to see how the positive internal culture is generating consistent results and great customer satisfaction”.

 

“Our partnership with Fortinet is very important to us and we are very proud to receive this award in recognition of the role we play within the Fortinet partner ecosystem and for our dedication to Fortinet.  Alongside Paul and Dave, over the years we have made some great relationships with the wider channel team at Fortinet and would like to thank them for all the support that they give us on a day-to-day basis. From coming to events with us to popping into the office every now and then, it’s great to have a group of friendly and accessible people that we know we can rely on. There’s never a dull day with Fortinet around!” says Andy Stevens, Business Unit Director.

 

Welcoming our new starters

Welcoming our new starters

As part of the process of growing the business, we have made it one of our aims to improve and enhance our ability to provide top-tier services to all of our customers. It is of our belief that delivering excellent service to each and every customer is of utmost importance, so expanding the team with new faces to help accelerate development and increase efficiency and productivity is high on the list of things to do for us.

As a result, we are extremely proud to announce that we have taken on three new starters in a couple of different roles across the business. We welcome Andy Trafford, Marianne Starnes and Peter Trafford to the Nouveau family!

Peter Thompson

Senior Account Manager

Marianne Starnes

Finance Business Partner

Andy Trafford

Senior Account Manager

What Is Endpoint Security? Everything You Need To Know

What Is Endpoint Security? Everything You Need To Know

Endpoint security is the process of protecting your business’ network through the securing of endpoints – internet-capable devices such as desktops, laptops, smart phones, tablets, and wireless printers.

There are two types of endpoint security:

  • Endpoint Protection Platform (EPP): An Endpoint Protection Platform is a preventative tool that provides reactive protection scanning files once they enter your business’ network. This typically takes the form of traditional antivirus software.
  • Endpoint Detection & Remediation (EDR): An Endpoint Detection & Remediation platform provides a more proactive solution, continuously monitoring all files and applications that enter a device. This provides greater threat detection, and in turn greater protection for your network.

In order to protect your business and allow it to operate safely and securely, we advocate for an Endpoint Detection & Remediation solution, such as SentinelOne’s Endpoint Protection Platform, which proactively protects your network’s entry points from advanced malware exploits and other cyberattacks that would look to do your business harm.

Why You Need Endpoint Security

Analysing over 35,000 companies and a large number of publicly disclosed breaches – BitSight Insights found that over 2,000 organisations were running more than half of their computers on an outdated version of an operating system—which makes those companies nearly three times as likely to experience a publicly-disclosed breach.

Mobile working is on the rise, with a report from the Work Foundation at Lancaster University predicting that, by 2020, more than 70% of businesses will have adopted flexible working policies.

This creates a challenge for IT Security professionals, as each device remotely connecting to the business’ network creates a potential entry point for security threats. This is especially prevalent when it comes to mobile workers not having access to on premise updates that can provide added protection for networks.

With threats increasing in sophistication and frequency, it’s become even more important to ensure that stability of your network security.

Benefits of Endpoint Security

  • Security across all devices: you’re only as strong as your weakest link, and with an endpoint security platform in place, you can rest assured that your business’ barrier to entry is solidified.
  • Stop attacks before they can do damage: detecting and mitigating threats where they start not only provides greater security to your network, but can greatly reduce the costs associated with remediation.
  • Increased productivity – cyberattacks can slow down computers to a crawl, and in some cases such as the 2017 WannaCry ransomware attack, shut them down completely. This makes work practically impossible. Effective endpoint security eliminates this possibility, maximising your business’ potential output.
  • Protection for your customers – ensuring that your business is secure from cyber threats will also help to protect your customers, who could be susceptible to a cyber breach by proxy.

How We Can Help

Nouveau are one of SentinelOne’s first UK managed services partners.  With extensive cyber security experience gained from over 25 years of helping clients to mitigate threats across networked, application, cloud and mobile environments, we can offer your business a comprehensive endpoint security package.

Our endpoint security managed service will monitor your endpoints and eliminate threats via proactive monitoring and integrated response in order to protect your business and allow it to operate safely and securely.

To learn more about SentinelOne’s Endpoint Protection Platform, and our managed endpoint security services, get in touch today.

Clutter for Outlook is being retired beginning January 31, 2020.

Clutter for Outlook is being retired beginning January 31, 2020.

Please read this important message from Microsoft concerning the retirement of Clutter for Outlook that will go live at the end of January 2020.

Message from Microsoft:

“As we previously announced in December 2017, on the Outlook blog, we will be retiring the Clutter feature from Outlook beginning January 31, 2020. To help our users manage their mail and be productive, we are leading with the Focused Inbox experience which provides a similar benefit as Clutter by showing less important and urgent mail in Other.

How does this impact me?
We’ll continue to make Clutter available to Office 365 customers until January 31, 2020. To prepare for Clutter’s eventual retirement, we’ve turned the feature off by default for new users. It’s also deactivated for those with extremely low usage (less than 12 emails per month being moved to the Clutter folder), however they can re-enable Clutter at any time, if desired.

What should I do to prepare for this change?
If your organization is using Clutter today, the process for transitioning to Focused Inbox depends on what version of Outlook you are using.”

For more information, please get in touch with us on 01189 699290.

Your Security Lifecycle

Your Security Lifecycle

Let’s work together to understand your security posture

As the climate of cybersecurity continues to evolve, we at Nouveau cut through the complexities to help businesses keep their security posture in shape. Businesses of all shapes and sizes are now realising the effects of the many growing threats. We would like to offer our guidance to all existing customers and prospective clients to help ensure that together we fully understand what needs to be done to maintain and enhance your security defences.

We are passionate about the standard of our customers’ cyber security posture. That’s why we are offering to discuss with you the current state of your cyber security to help uncover or confirm any potential weaknesses. This will enable us to offer advice and help to minimise cyber-risks to your business going forward.

To explore the current state of your security landscape, we would like to talk with you personally to ensure nothing is missed so that we can help keep you ahead of the game. When it comes to the indefinite evolution of threats, vulnerabilities and all things cyber security, it’s important that you take everything into account.

We would like to offer you the initial phase of our cyber security lifecycle process. Please take the time out to complete the linked questionnaire below to help us gain some initial insight into your complex security journey.

Let’s work together to better understand, and solve your individual challenges.

Nouveau Security Lifecycle Process

What's involved?

Submit the questionnaire

Discuss your individual situation with a member of our team

Move forward to the next phase of our lifecycle with a tailored approach

 

Ask yourself... How secure are you?

Do employees at your company receive regular cyber security training? Are they aware of security threats and procedures?

Does your organisation have a defined process about how software on computers and network devices is kept up to date?

Do employees at your organisation often work from home at all, and do they use their own devices to help them with their work?

Have you thought about authentication processes as a result of the expansion of cloud services?

Is all your sensitive data and cloud storage fully encrypted?

With advancements in technology such as the increase in quantity of Internet of Things devices, is your endpoint security up to scratch?

Some of our Security Partners

If you would like to speak to a member of our team right away, please call 01189 186822.


” 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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