CIT Cyber Essentials

Cyber Essentials – a certification that helps you guard against online threats and demonstrates your commitment to good cyber health – is a must if your business has public sector contracts or wants to bid for them in future.

More and more organisations – especially central and local government – want their suppliers to show evidence that digital security ranks highly on their agenda, and the Cyber Essentials mark does just that.

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By Austen Clark, managing director of Clark Integrated Technologies 

Scotland’s rural economy is vibrant and varied, and while farming, forestry and tourism may be the sectors most synonymous with a countryside location, there’s everything in between.

Food producers, professional services, engineering firms and oil and gas service industries all operate in rural locations.

Clark IT has evolved and grown from its rural base at Auchterless near Turriff in the fast paced and dynamic tech sector. So, we know better than most some of the perceived challenges there can be to operating outside an urban centre – and how the power of digital can overcome them.

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Windows 7

It’s been incredibly popular, but after a decade Windows 7 is about to reach its End of Life.  

Microsoft will no longer update or support the operating system after 14 January 2020, or sooner for those who don’t download a recent security update.  

Recent research suggests that Windows 7 is still used on around 21% of PCs running Windows in the UK so users must start thinking now about moving on from this operating system, if they haven’t already done so. 

If you’re one of those people who will be affected, this guide will help you know what to do.  

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They say there are no problems, only solutions, so in the face of a well-documented skills deficit in the technology sector, Clark Integrated Technologies took its own measures to build a talent pipeline for the future.

That pipeline has come on stream - with Clark IT’s first apprentice gaining a promoted post.

Former Meldrum Academy pupil Neil Warren joined Clark four years ago and he’s now become a second line engineer, helping scores of clients who contact our support desk every week.

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How can Office 365 help my business?

Smart organisations want a user experience that allows access to systems and data anytime, anyplace and anywhere.

It’s all about being able to tap into all resources and collaborate in a seamless manner, regardless of location and device. It’s about doing all that AND being uber cybersecure.

Office 365 uses familiar features of Word, Outlook, PowerPoint and Excel, in conjunction with next generation services like ‘Teams’ - Skype is being dropped as a service and being replaced by Teams - for easy communication and collaboration. It’s effectively an ‘office in the cloud’ that helps save time and increases productivity which in turn can improve the profitability of your business.

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