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Are smart devices safe to use at work?

2020 saw the smart home market value hit £70bn and by 2025 its predicted to reach £110bn. The market is both diverse and competitive with an ever-growing range of smart products available from industry giants such as Amazon and Google. The Smart Connected Home Ecosystem, it here to stay. Although there’s no shortage of utility and novelty, many people are starting to ask the question how safe are they in a business environment? 

What is digital innovation support?

The Lancashire Cyber Foundry (LCF) offers the opportunity for small to medium enterprises to explore the development of new digital product and services. The LCF Digital Innovation team provides a Research & Development service, enabling practical investigation of innovative applications of technology within a business, often leading to a software prototype. 

A brief introduction to quantum computing

Quantum computers have appeared in science fiction novels and films for years but what actually are they and why are so many tech giants talking about them now? Modern computing technology has come far from the first computer and now quantum computers are no longer science fiction. What does the mean for modern technology and more importantly security? 

Zoom vs. Teams vs. Meet: which should you use?

The three main frontrunners in the video conferencing arms race are: Zoom, Microsoft Teams and Google Meet. You’d be forgiven for thinking that “they’re all the same, right?” This is broadly true, and they share a lot of the same core functionality but they differ around security. 

Is 3D printing secure enough for your business?

3D printing, also known as additive manufacturing, is becoming more mainstream with 3D printers more commercially available. The cost of 3D printers has plummeted. At the time of writing, there are 3D printers as cheap as £70. The accuracy of 3D printing has improved and continues to get better. The machines are more user-friendly, and it’s easier to design 3D models thanks to free software programs.

A business introduction to social media

Social media is a powerful communications tool which offers distinct and unique marketing benefits. Every major organisation in the world uses social media. You don’t need to be a marketing expert to use social media effectively, whatever resources you have, with social media, a little can go a long way.

Business social media guidance

Social media is a powerful communications tool. It can be tricky to get the mix of personal and professional right, and it can be overwhelming- Who to follow? How often to engage? What platform to focus us? What to say?

A brief introduction to artificial intelligence

The first thing that may come to mind when considering artificial intelligence may be the idea of machines that are just as intelligent as humans or may be near indistinguishable from human minds. Artificial intelligence does include such study, as well as the more philosophical ideas of what the implications of a “thinking machine” would be, AI also encompasses a much broader area of development. Artificial intelligence includes software such as rules based systems, predictive analytics and pattern recognition.

A small business’ guide to backing up data

The first lecture I ever received as a Computer Science undergraduate was about the importance of backing up data. It is essential for everyone but particularly important for small businesses. Small businesses often don’t have the infrastructure of larger companies and as such backing up is often seen as a hassle. Here’s an easy small business guide to backing up your data.

What is 5G?

Not only is 5G (fifth generation) a new faster network, but it has the potential to radically change the internet and the way we interact with it. Through its greater use of the radio spectrum it will enable more Internet of Things devices to access the internet at the same time and communicate with each other with minimal delay. Experts predict that a connected world with smart home technology, smart cities with driverless cars, and industry automation will be the start the 5G technological revolution. So, what could your business do with 5G technology?

How to throw away an old business computer safely

Before you even think about taking a hammer to the hard drive or taking it to your local recycling point, there are some steps you should take to ensure that you not only protect the environment when disposing of an old computer, but also yourself.

Marketing cyber credentials

This article looks at the benefits of investing in cyber security, and how leading and embedding cyber security credentials within your marketing communications can, not only, help protect your business, but sell it too.

How to be a more innovative company

Companies often say they want to be more innovative and yet many are not sure where to start. This article aims to give you some tools and questions to be more innovative as a company.

Post-COVID predictions

For many people 2020 was one of the worse years in recent history however, it emphasised the importance of technology in the new age of working from home and limited in-person interaction. This article discusses some predictions for what will happen to technology and cyber security in the years to come.

Returning to work

At the time of writing this article (February 2021), businesses are starting to discuss what returning to work looks like. With cyber-attacks on SME’s up by nearly 40% since we started working from home, now is a great time for your business to consider cyber security for when you return.

Prototype vs. product

Prototyping is a huge part of any product design journey. It can be considered pre-emptive testing before lots of time, money and resource is used. However, prototyping isn’t just one thing. There are lots of different styles of prototyping.

How to secure a new PC

It’s no secret that during 2020 small and medium size businesses have bought more IT equipment for homeworking. But with the number of cyber-attacks having increased 40% since 2019, many are asking how best to secure this new equipment. This article looks at five simple things you can do when you buy new IT equipment to make sure you’re more secure.

The battle of the e-signatures

The future of documentation is electronic signatures. During the last year, many companies have moved their wet ink signature processes to digital. This has created a huge market for electronic signature software, but which is best? This article takes 3 leading signature software products and compares them against each other.

An SME’s guide to software monitoring

Monitoring software is software which alerts you to different issues or variables within your development stack. Through the use of different tools, it gives you real time information for you to understand your system better and intervene with changes when necessarily.

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