Education Readiness – Ensuring Your Organisation Is Ready As the world responds to the outbreak of COVID-19, our thoughts are with those affected and the emergency services, working around the clock keeping us safe.   At Fortem-IT, we are working to do our part, by ensuring the safety of our staff and customers, we are also offering advice, technology tips and providing resources to our clients and followers to help them do their best, whether working remotely or on-site.   This week we are looking at education readiness, the jury is out as to whether schools should be opening so soon, but for a large number of education professionals and children up and down the country, this is a reality.   We have put together a top 5 on Education Readiness – ensuring your organisation is ready and prepared as you head back into your place of work. 1 – Security and data protection   It’s fair to say that the world will be a very different place once the world has recovered from the outbreak. With many services being quickly adopted and rolled out to enable remote teaching and learning, securing and protecting these systems is going to be more important than ever.    Multi-factor authentication and data Loss prevention should be considered and implemented to provide additional layers of protection. We work with a wide range of security solutions, and our team are more than happy to discuss multi-factor authentication (MFA) or single sign-on (SSO).    In the wake of the EasyJet breach and hack, network security is a hot topic and is still as important as ever. We can run a simulated attack on your network to see how secure you really are against emerging cyberthreats. 2 – Realigning budgets   As the majority of budgets are being realigned to accommodate for a post-COVID-19 world, the need for careful planning and expenditure should be managed and maintained. Previously scheduled summer projects will need to be reviewed and reclassified, taking into account how critical they are to individual business units.    Finance teams will need to work closely with IT partners to ensure correct financial help and ensure plans are adopted in line with post-COVID-19 budgets. In an effort to keep planned projects on track, many of our clients have spoken to us about our range of finance options, including sale and leaseback, to help raise capital.   We are more than happy to discuss these with you as we all start returning to normality, give us a call on 0845 519 4055 to discuss.  3 – Procurement lead-times The impact of Covid-19 impacted hardware lead-times, this meant that most of the easily accessible consumables such as keyboards, mice, webcams, etc. had lead-times extend from beyond a few days to weeks or even months. Careful reviewing of day-to-day hardware and supply chain availability should be factored in.    While it can be hard to predict when a pandemic will hit, having a backup of equipment and IT peripherals just makes sense. We are able to stock hold and can deliver a wide range of products and equipment. 4 – Strategic planning In conjunction with your IT service provider, strategic planning is extremely important. Ensuring your business continuity, disaster recovery and back-up solutions meet availability and service uptime targets will be essential.    Our experience working with large government organisations has ensured that we are always aware of the worst-case scenario, we are able to go through your current disaster recovery and business continuity plan, make suggestions and even test your current setup. As the adage goes, you’re only as strong as your weakest link. 5 – Strengthening remote working capabilities With the majority of the education sector utilising collaboration tools such as Microsoft Teams and Google Classroom to deliver remotely, now is the time to review how these capabilities can strengthen the future of the classroom.    These tools have been essential to ensure communication between educator and students, however, review of these tools should be undertaken to ensure they meet governance and safeguarding policies. In addition, scaling these access tools to meet licensing capabilities and concurrency of large student numbers should now be a priority. Request a call back   Not only do we have a range of cost-saving solutions available to help, but our education pricing is on hand to help you procure a wide range of IT equipment, computers, and peripherals at highly discounted rates.   If you would like to keep up to date with our news and events why not follow us on LinkedIn – Fortem Information Technology.   To request a callback, simply fill out the form, our friendly team will be in touch shortly.   Alternatively email us at Sales@fortem-it.com or call us on 0845 519 4055.     Education readiness with Fortem-IT – lets work together.

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Fortem-IT are fully committed to learning new technologies and best practices so that our clients have continued confidence in our  abilities to react to the issues they face in their industries and markets. We consider ourselves business partners, this ensures we maximise the value we add and are constantly investing in our skillsets and the services we provide. We are pleased to announce that as part of our Information Security initiatives, Fortem-IT are now Cyber Essentials certified. Certification from this government-backed initiative is widely regarded and aligns appropriately with our cybersecurity strategy. Achieving this status demonstrates that we take cyber and data security extremely seriously and have achieved a standard that has been tested and approved by an accreditation body under the scheme. The Cyber Essentials Scheme is part of the UK Government’s National Cyber Security Strategy that aims to encourage businesses and organisations to implement digital protection against common cyber-attacks, whilst allowing them to demonstrate an increased awareness of cybersecurity. It has two main functions: Provide a clear statement of the controls all organisations should implement to mitigate cybersecurity risks Provide a mechanism for organisations to demonstrate to their customers, investors and other stakeholders that they’ve put these controls in place For information regarding the scheme visit the Cyber Essentials homepage.  If you would like assistance with the scheme, we are able to provide help and advice on gaining accreditation, feel free to get in touch. Sales@fortem-it.com – 0845 519 4055

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Business Continuity Planning       How can we help mobilise your workforce during this period of uncertainty?  Fortem have recently implemented several contingency plans to ensure we are fully able to meet the needs of our customers during this COVID-19 outbreak. Our technology allows us to operate our systems and processes remotely ensuring continuous levels of service. Should we need to close our offices and switch to a completely remote working model we are able to do so, confidently and effortlessly. Is your company ready? As the Coronavirus spreads, more and more people are taking advantage of remote working, which is great for those with the capability and infrastructure.  While initially it may be business as usual there will be the issue of increased usage and a lack of infrastructure to support the demand. Areas of concern will centre around VPNs, VDI and remote computing, VoIP and unified communications, remote security, the absence of mission-critical software and perhaps a shortage of hardware as teams decide how tasks are completed and who will be responsible. The final area of concern is likely to be IT support staff, as the number of staff working from home grows so will the need to support them. This is likely to bring strain to systems and infrastructure, any areas that have been overlooked or underfunded will no doubt be brought to light.  We’re here to help. In the last month, we’ve seen a sharp rise in the number of requests that have arisen from our clients implementing their own contingency plans. This has included additional hardware requirements including laptops, peripherals and server upgrades (due to increasing capacity), as well as additional licenses and software to deal with remotely using legacy applications and systems securely. As your technology partner we remain committed to supporting your business throughout this testing time. We are constantly monitoring the situation and will update you should the need arise. Perhaps you are looking to bolster up on your disaster recovery or mobile workforce strategy, or simply wanted validation that you’ve left no stone unturned when devising your current business continuity strategy. We are more than happy to answer any concerns you may have and welcome the opportunity to assist you. If you have any questions in the meantime, please contact our dedicated team on 0845 519 4055 or sales@fortem-it.com.    

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Common security gaps you may not be aware of Join our webinar with Arcserve“Protecting Office 365 data: Don’t get caught assuming” to find out more about how Fortem IT can deliver this one platform data protection solution. Date: Wednesday 17th July 2019 Time: 10:00am GMT If your business is dependent on Microsoft Office 365 for email communication, team collaboration and document retention, you won’t want to miss this. The fact is, more than half of organizations rely on Office 365, but 92% of them don’t back it up. Join us as we debunk the myths of Office 365 data protection and learn what you can do to close your security gaps. In this webinar, we’ll discuss common misconceptions about protecting Office 365 data and answer questions relative to: Office 365 for backup and long-term retention Protecting Office 365 applications from human error and external cyber threats Consequences for not meeting regulatory compliance And more…   Reserve your space now   Protecting against the threat of cyber attack The Fortem IT security portfolio includes next-generation End Point Protection, Mail/Web Filtering and Firewalls, as well as state-of-the-art solutions for securing the Cloud, single sign-on, and SIEM (Security Information and Event Monitoring).Find out more about Fortem IT’s security services.   Fortem offers your more A key part of our data protection portfolio, Fortem IT are delighted to have gained Arcserve Gold Partner Status. Get in touch and our team would be happy to assist with all of your data protection and backup requirements. sales@fortem-it.com   Be in the know Follow us on LinkedIn to keep up to date with the latest news and events from Fortem ITFollow us   Copyright © 2019 Fortem IT All rights reserved. We are updating all our clients and contacts with our new details.  Our mailing address is: Fortem Information TechnologyUnit 8 Green Lane Business Park,238 – 240 Green Lane,London SE9 3TLUnited KingdomAdd us to your address book Want to change how you receive these emails?You can update your preferences or unsubscribe from this list. Your Technology Partner Follow @fortemit Follow us today and keep up To date with industry news & updates and stay in touch with the IT community.  

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FSLogix have been acquired by Microsoft Find OutMore Follow us on LinkedIn now using the button above to keep up to date and read more about our corporate and industry news Find out more on Fortem IT End User  Computer Services Fortem Information Technology | 20th November 2018 Your Technology Partner FSLogix acquired by Microsoft @FSLogix have been acquired by Microsoft and whilst this announcement didn’t come as a shock to us, it may raise some questions with our clients. Click here to be taken to the official announcement with more early detail on what this development means if you’re an existing FSLogix customer or contact us at sales@fortem-it.com Read More   To our Partners, Customers, Prospects, and Community Members: I am reaching out to you regarding our exciting news that FSLogix is joining forces with Microsoft (http://blog.fslogix.com/fslogix-joins-microsoft). When we launched FSLogix in 2012, our goal was to build software that helped customers reduce the amount of resources, time, and labor required to support virtual desktops. Our first two products, FSLogix Apps and FSLogix Profile Container, focused on addressing critical needs that have existed from the dawn of desktop virtualization. Our most recent product, Office 365 Container, was designed to enhance the Microsoft Office 365 experience in those virtual desktop environments. Joining the Microsoft team allows us to best fulfill that vision and commitment to our customers, partners, and community. As we move forward with the integration process, our sales and support teams remain focused on making sure we continue to enable your success. Please continue to reach out to your sales and support contacts in the same way as you did in the past. Who do I contact for support of FSLogix products?There are no changes to the way we will support our customers and partners. For the foreseeable future, support for FSLogix products will be provided by the FSLogix support organization and through current processes and tools.  If or when this process evolves, you will be provided with appropriate information on accessing technical support. How will FSLogix products be sold and licensed moving forward?The FSLogix sales team will continue to focus on FSLogix product sales and at this time there is no change to how customers license and purchase our products. Microsoft and FSLogix want to ensure our mutual customers get the value they seek from FSLogix’s products and will provide appropriate updates and notice prior to making any changes. To our community of partners, and customers, we’re very thankful for the trust you placed in us. We believe this exciting change will allow us to stay on the forefront of delivering innovative virtual desktop solutions, and we’ll have more to share on that soon. Warm Regards, Andy TynesVice President, Worldwide Sales Choosing the right companies to follow on Social Media is no easy thing !!!….   Follow @fortemit Follow us today and keep up To date with industry news & updates and stay in touch with the IT community.  http://Array Technology you can

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A recent guidance note was issued by the National Cyber Security Centre (a part of GCHQ) “NCSC” concerning operating a secure digital service. Fortem Information Technology work with organisations on vulnerability and patch management, next generation endpoint protection, phishing simulation services and more. Speak to one of our team today https://www.fortem-it.com/security-solutions/

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Western Digital IntelliFlash Landrover Experience Day Thursday 8th November, 2018 Follow us on LinkedIn now using the button above to keep up to date and read more about our corporate and industry news Fortem Information Technology | 2nd October 2018 Western Digital IntelliFlash Landrover Experience Day Thursday 8th November, 2018 REGISTER NOW In Partnership with: Western Digital and Fortem IT are pleased to invite you to join us on our exclusive IntelliFlash Customer Land Rover Experience Day on Thursday 8th November, 2018 at the historic Luton Hoo Estate.  We are expecting it to be a fantastic day full of challenging driving experiences and chance to network with like-minded peers and get to know Western Digital’s Datacentre Solutions portfolio. During your visit to the Land Rover Experience centre, you’ll see for yourself what our vehicles are really capable of. With expert guidance of Land Rover instructors, you’ll tackle a whole host of surfaces and obstacles, using legendary Land Rover off-road capability and technology along the way. It’s the experience of a lifetime… PLEASE REGISTER BY 8th October, 2018 TO RESERVE YOUR PLACE AS SPACE IS VERY LIMITED. 12:30 – Lunch and IntelliFlash Briefing An Introduction to Western Digital IntelliFlash storage solutions and Fortem-IT.  Lunch will be served in Landrover Hospitality suite. 13:30 – Start! Your opportunity to get behind the wheel of a Land Rover and navigate your way around some challenging off-road routes.   16:30 – Afternoon Tea and Awards Ceremony All guests return to the hospitality suite for refreshments and a fun awards ceremony. About Land Rover Experiences   This is your opportunity to get behind the wheel of a Land Rover and head off-road for an exciting, challenging drive and to learn all about the vehicle’s capabilities under the watchful eye of world-class instructors. The Land Rover Fleet Land Rover’s fleet is what sets it apart from other driving experiences. Operating all models of the current Land Rover range, each vehicle is equipped to the highest standards available from Land Rover combining style and comfort with technical brilliance and off road capability. The current models operated are All New Discovery, Discovery Sport, Range Rover Evoque, All New Range Rover, All New Range Rover Sport, Range Rover Velar and Defender 110. The Instructors All Land Rover instructors are professionally trained to the highest standard; they have the product knowledge and capabilities required to keep you safe, whilst under instruction and ensure that you get the most out of your experience.   Copyright © Western Digital Technologies Inc.  All rights reserved. www.wdc.com | Privacy Policy | Terms of Use To stop receiving this emails please unsubscribe   Choosing the right companies to follow on Social Media is no easy thing !!!…. Follow @fortemit Follow us today and keep up To date with industry news & updates and stay in touch with the IT community. http://Array Technology you can

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