Cloud Security

  • Introduction

    Why Do We Need Cloud Security?

    Computers are a great help to businesses, but they can also do untold damage as well, especially if a business suffers from an IT security breach due to lack of protection.

    Traditionally businesses have centrally managed their computers using an on-premises server-based solution that would manage devices based on an IT security policy and permission would typically be granted through a group membership in a security domain.

  • The benefits

    The Advantages of Cloud Security

    Moving to cloud services doesn’t mean you forego security or the ability to centrally manage it.

    • You can manage all your devices even if they are spread over different locations and networks.
    • Devices are enrolled to the central management platform which allows IT security policies to be configured and applied. This can be applied using policies that are triggered by factors such as machine type or group membership.
    • It utilises more real time information to work with. Instead of it being an onsite server that just deals with your local realm or domain and waits for scheduled updates from the vendor, a cloud based platform works on data fed back by all of the subscribers so it makes it far easier to identify threats and react globally providing greater levels of protection in a much shorter timescale.
  • The solution

    Partnered With Sophos for the Best in Cloud Security

    We have partnered with Sophos to provide businesses cloud security in Wiltshire, Hampshire and Dorset with their award-winning Intercept-X protection service which is recognised as one of the top products by industry.

    • CRN - Best endpoint security 2019
    • Gartner – Leader 2019
    • AV Comparatives - #1 Malware Protection Rate
    • Forrester – Leader 2019
    • SE Labs – Best Product Small Business Endpoint

    The benefits of Intercept-X protection?

    • Endpoint Detection and Response (EDR) - Intercept X Advanced with EDR integrates powerful endpoint detection and response with the industry’s top-rated endpoint protection.
    • Built for both IT security operations and threat hunting, Intercept X detects and investigates suspicious activity with AI-driven analysis. It adds expertise, not headcount by replicating the skills of hard-to-find analysts.
    • Anti-Ransomware - To minimise your risk of falling victim, Intercept-X offers advanced ransomeware protection that monitors and secures the whole attack chain
    • Deep Learning Technology - is an advanced form of machine learning, Intercept X is changing endpoint security from a reactive to a predictive approach to protect against both known and never-seen-before threats.
    • Exploit Prevention - stops the techniques used in file-less, malware-less, and exploit-based attacks.
    • Sophos Managed Threat Response (MTR) provides 24/7 threat hunting, detection, and response capabilities delivered by an expert team as a fully managed service.
    • Active Adversary Mitigation ensures Intercept X utilises a range of techniques, including credential theft prevention, code cave utilisation detection, and APC protection that attackers use to gain a presence and remain undetected on victim networks.

Featured Case Study

  • Sector / Charity

    Local Charity The Trussell Trust, Adopts Full Cloud Services in Salisbury


    Our Client 

    The Trussell Trust is a leading anti-poverty charity which supports a nationwide network of food banks. Together they provide emergency food and support to people locked in poverty and campaign for change to create a hunger free future where food banks are no longer needed. There are more than 1,200 food bank centres in the Trussell Trust’s network, roughly two thirds of all the food banks in the UK. The Trussell Trust supports these food banks to provide nutritionally balanced emergency food parcels to people in crisis who have been referred to them by advice agencies, GPs, schools, and others. Food banks also offer people support and guidance to help them resolve the crises they are facing.

    The Problem

    Inconsistent software across workstations and laptops, outdated servers and a need for a more flexible working environment

    The Trussell Trust was running a fully supported version of Windows server in a hypervisor environment with VM’s running Active Directory and Exchange 2010 and file shares.

    Workstations and laptops were running a mixture of Windows 7 and Windows 10 with Office 2010. A 2008 R2 terminal server was being used for remote access and was due to go out of support with Microsoft.

    The organisation wanted to get all IT systems, workstations, and laptops running supported software and the latest Microsoft Office applications.

    They also wanted to get away from the old version of Microsoft Exchange and move their files to the cloud and migrate into SharePoint to become less reliant on on-premise servers and remove the 2008 R2 Terminal server.

    The Solution

    Utilising the full suite of Microsoft Office tools to ensure consistency and efficiency 

    • A new Microsoft 365 tenant was created using the not-for-profit portal. AD Sync tool was installed into their on-prem environment and their Active directory was synced up with M365 in full hybrid mode.
    • Once all machines were upgraded, the email hosting on Exchange 2010 was migrated using the cutover migration process to cloud-based Exchange online. This was done with no email downtime for the users.
    • Once the mail was all cut over, the Exchange 2010 server was de-commissioned and switched off.
    • As soon as the Trussell Trust was able to proceed with the migration of files to SharePoint, this was done using the Microsoft SharePoint Migration Tool in a staged manner to avoid users not being able to access file shares.
    • Once each share was migrated it was made read-only on the on-premises systems for reference purposes only and to ensure continuity of data.
    • Microsoft Teams was also deployed during this stage to make every user experience much easier and more flexible.
    • The only exception to the SharePoint Migration was the Accounts files that were required to stay on-premises due to the accounting package in use. However, we were able to utilise the Direct Access system that was deployed earlier in the project to assist with remote access to this.

    The Outcome

    Fully supported and up-to-date in a Hybrid cloud environment

    The finished project meant that the organisation is now running its IT systems on fully supported software and operating systems, with the latest office applications in a Hybrid cloud environment. Staff are able to work much more efficiently moving forward with flexible working, with the majority of their systems fully cloud-based.

    Local Charity The Trussell Trust, Adopts Full Cloud Services in Salisbury

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