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Bumper start to 2016 for Skibo Technologies

Posted on 08/03/2016

Despite the local downturn, 2016 is looking bright for Skibo!

Since the start of the year we have taken on cyber security consultancy work for a major engineering organisation, this will provide the client with the skills and knowledge to enhance both their understanding and reactions to ever-evolving cyber threats.

In addition, we have designed and developed the infrastructure for a new oilfield services company which led to the signing of a multi-year support agreement for their IT infrastructure.

We have been further bolstered by the successful development of an infrastructure upgrade and enhancement project for a national timberframe organisation which will commence at the end of March 2016.

Richard Stewart, Operations Director said “These wins, coupled with feedback from our existing and new clients, continues to reaffirm to me that Skibo’s people, skills, capabilities and professionalism match those of the technical teams I managed that delivered into major Oil & Gas enterprise companies and I will be looking to build on this momentum as we move through the rest of the year.”

 

Wintry Weather Incoming: Will your IT be prepared?

Posted on 10/11/2015

Bookmakers have slashed the odds of a white Christmas and some forecasters are saying that the UK is set for the harshest winter for 50 years.

Whilst most of us think of preparing for winter as putting the snow tires on the car and wearing an extra layer of clothing, it’s important to consider the business implications of a bad winter.

If the wintry conditions mean that staff can’t get into the office, the productivity of your business will suffer however there are many ways that staff can work from home will full access to network files, emails and even their own computer.

Solutions include:

- Remote Desktop systems like Citrix or Terminal Server
- VPN Connections to your offices
- Microsoft Office 365 Cloud Services

Contact Skibo today to discuss remote working solutions for your business and beat the big freeze!

 

Windows 10 is here!

Posted on 29/07/2015

Windows 10 has launched today and is available from Microsoft as a free upgrade for non-enterprise users of Windows 7, Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 for the next year.

We once again urge users to proceed with caution about attempting to upgrade their systems and recommend that they consult Skibo before doing so.

Upgrading a computer can cause compatibility issues with devices and software and can also lead to data loss.

Please use the Contact Us page to get in touch to discuss your upgrade requirements and take advantage of the upgrade offer.

 

Ransomware Warning

Posted on 24/06/2015

The SANS InfoSec Forums noted that since Monday May 25th a new version of CryptoWall 3.0 ransomware has appeared, using both malicious spam and the Angler exploit kit (EK). The attack wave has increased significantly since Monday June 8th, and the use of the Angler EK appears to have started around the same time.

Both campaigns are active as recently as Friday June 12th.

We urge users to stay vigilant and to be aware that this attack uses both attachments and compromised websites to infect their computer. Do NOT open any attachments that look anything like my_resume.zip, and be careful to not go to unknown websites.

Make sure that all the applications on your computer are up to date, especially any Antivirus, Antimalware or Internet Security packages.

If you are concerned that you may have been infected, please contact the service desk.

 

Virus Warning

Posted on 09/06/2015

We have become aware of malicious emails claiming to be from members of Skibo staff circulating online. These emails contain an “invoice” attachment.

This is a virus and should be deleted immediately. If you have opened this, you should immediately contact Skibo support.

 

Windows 10 is coming soon

Posted on 05/06/2015

Windows 10 is coming and it’s free of charge for the first year to users of Windows 7, Windows 8.1, and Windows Phone 8.

BUT caution should be taken by businesses of all sizes to fully understand the impacts of Windows 10 on their company’s current desktop environment as well as any non-Microsoft applications installed. Users should be made aware that acceptance to download the software from any invitation source could result in issues arising that makes their ability to carry out their day-to-day activities problematic. Most likely such action will also result in an increased number of calls into your IT support provider. As an example we understand that Windows 10 will have a new web-browser that replaces internet explorer and could cause havoc for any legacy applications should any staff member install Windows 10 prior to testing.

Skibo would advise any organisation that upgrading their environment to Windows 10 is a significant change that must be managed in a way that ensures minimal impact to your business operations. Successful migrations can only occur subsequent to fully understanding the functionality being provided by Windows 10 in terms of services and applications being introduced, changed or removed and recognising, through testing and piloting, how these will impact upon the existing environment. Only on completion of such investigation and testing can the rollout to all users then be properly planned and executed.

All IT infrastructure projects undertaken by Skibo, including desktop and server operating system upgrades and rollouts adhere to recognised methodologies and principles and are delivered by industry experienced Prince2 and PMP certified project managers supported by qualified and skilled technical resources.

All our projects are fixed price with Skibo having responsibility for ensuring that scope, requirements and deliverables are accurately defined, documented, communicated and agreed with the customer with regular progress reporting against the project plan thereby ensuring that the deliverables of the project fully meet with the aims, objectives and strategies of the company.

 

Two thirds of UK Businesses to miss Windows Server 2003 End of life

Posted on 29/05/2015

According to a recent survey of UK companies by Bit9, more than two thirds will still be running Server 2003 after the extended support from Microsoft ends on 14th July 2015. This means that no further patches, security updates or other fixes will be produced for the product.

Organisations who continue to run the old operating system, will be leaving themselves open to potential breaches which could lead to company or client data loss. Cyber criminals prey or unprotected servers and even with other security (like antivirus or firewalls) in place, the older software is not as secure as the newer versions of the Windows Server OS.

Don’t leave your business open to attack and contact Skibo today to discuss your upgrade options!

 

Skibo Launches New Website

Posted on 01/04/2015

Skibo Technologies is delighted to announce the launch of our new company website.

The website launch comes as part of a wider company refresh strategy which has seen the purchase of a new company vehicle, better use of social media, improvements to internal documentation processes and a renewed focus on winning new business.

 

Skibo goes open source for client documentation

Posted on 01/04/2015

Skibo has implemented the open source Wiki system DokuWiki internally for managing client documentation

By moving a more open and integrated documentation system, Skibo engineers are able to effortlessly update client docs whilst also being able to see historic revisions. This improves the management of calls and the sharing of knowledge amongst the team.