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Digital Transformation

Discover How Colocation with 4th Platform Can Empower Your Business

In the fast-evolving landscape of digital transformation, businesses are continually seeking robust strategies to ensure efficiency, resilience, and scalability. Colocation services have become a cornerstone for many, offering a blend of flexibility and control that is crucial in today’s competitive environment. At 4th Platform, we understand these needs and are proud to offer a colocation […]

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Digital Transformation

Driving Business Outcomes with 4th Platform UCaaS: A CEO’s Perspective on Unified Communications

In an era where effective communication is synonymous with business success, companies are increasingly turning to advanced solutions to streamline their processes and enhance connectivity. As providers of Unified Communications as a Service (UCaaS), we at 4th Platform are committed to delivering a service that transcends conventional communication tools, directly impacting your business outcomes. Streamlining

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Digital Transformation

Revolutionising Network Management with SD-WAN: Insights from 4th Platform

In today’s rapidly evolving digital landscape, CEOs are constantly seeking innovative ways to enhance their company’s network infrastructure while keeping operational costs under control. One of the most transformative technologies in this space is Software-Defined Wide Area Network (SD-WAN), especially when implemented by a leading provider like 4th Platform. This collaboration not only streamlines network

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Digital Transformation

VoIP: Revolutionising Business Communications

In today’s ever-evolving business landscape, organisations of all sizes seek communication solutions that not only meet customer expectations but also enhance internal collaboration. Among the myriad options available, Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) stands out as a frontrunner, reshaping how businesses connect and collaborate across the globe. You can read Gamma’s original story here Why

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Cyber Security

UK Schools Suffer Rise in Cyber-Attacks: Government Data Reveals

Cyber-attacks on UK schools have increased in the last year The cyber-attacks have disrupted many aspects of students’ school life. The disruption includes cancelled lessons and long lunchtime queues. According to a BBC report, “New figures from the Information Commissioner’s Office, external (ICO) show 347 cyber incidents were reported in the education and childcare sector

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Cyber Security

Exploitation of vulnerabilities affecting Cisco Firewall Platforms

The NCSC advises organisations to take immediate action to mitigate vulnerabilities affecting Cisco devices running Adaptive Security Appliance (ASA) and Firepower Threat Defense (FTD) software (CVE-2024-20353, CVE-2024-20358, CVE-2024-20359) and follow the latest vendor advice. The NCSC has also issued a joint advisory and two malware analysis reports to help network defenders detect and mitigate malicious

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Cyber Security

Harnessing AI for National Security: Balancing Opportunities and Risks

In an era defined by rapid technological advancement, the intersection of artificial intelligence (AI) and national security has become increasingly crucial. The recent publication of a comprehensive report by The Alan Turing Institute underscores the pivotal role AI is set to play in shaping future decision-making processes within the realm of national security. Authored jointly

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Cyber Security

National Cyber Security Centre announces new CEO

A new CEO of the Government agency was announced last week. The National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) appointed Richard Horne on April 19 and he will enter the role in the Autumn of 2024. He will lead the “UK’s national technical authority for cyber security as it continues in its mission to make the UK

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Cloud Networking

Navigating Cloud Communications Migration: A CIO’s Guide to Success with 4th Platform

The partnership was announced earlier this week (April 17). The National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) has announced a change of partnership to its Protective Domain Name System (PDNS) service. This announcement was revealed in a press release and confirms that “a three-year contract has “been awarded to Cloudflare Inc. (NYSE: NET), the connectivity cloud company.” When will

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Cyber Security

NCSC announces new partnership for PDNS delivery

The partnership was announced earlier this week (April 17). The National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) has announced a change of partnership to its Protective Domain Name System (PDNS) service. This announcement was revealed in a press release and confirms that “a three-year contract has “been awarded to Cloudflare Inc. (NYSE: NET), the connectivity cloud company.” When will

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Cyber Security

Top Cybersecurity Acronyms You Need to Know in 2024

When assessing your IT infrastructure and ensuring a robust cybersecurity stance, it’s vital to grasp common terminology. Developing a solid understanding of cybersecurity terminology is as essential as implementing a strong cybersecurity strategy. Below are key cybersecurity acronyms for your awareness: Information for this blog was sourced using thrivenextgen.com. You can read the full blog here

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Digital Transformation

7 Strategies to Enhance IT Operations Efficiency

In the realm of IT management, efficiency reigns supreme. With efficiency comes heightened productivity and substantial cost savings. Yet, achieving optimal efficiency isn’t a one-off task but an ongoing journey, requiring constant attention and adaptation to evolving landscapes. As Robert Orshaw, Deloitte Consulting’s global cloud operate leader, aptly puts it, “Continuous improvement is key.” In

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Cyber Security

Safeguarding Your Business in the Age of Cyber Threats: A Comprehensive Approach to Data Protection

The Growing Imperative of Data Protection In today’s digital landscape, safeguarding sensitive data has become paramount for businesses of all sizes. Whether you’re a small startup or a large corporation, the threat of cyberattacks looms large, with data protection emerging as the greatest cybersecurity challenge facing organisations across the board. The information for this blog

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Cloud Networking Cyber Security

Securing Infrastructure Administration in the Cloud: Best Practices for Enhanced Security

In today’s cloud-centric landscape, the security of infrastructure administration is paramount. With the evolution of cloud platforms, traditional approaches to secure remote access must adapt to meet new challenges and leverage modern solutions. In this blog post, we’ll delve into the recommendations provided by the NCSC (National Cyber Security Centre) regarding the protection of legacy

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Cyber Security

Protecting Small Businesses from Cyber Threats: Insights and Strategies

In today’s digital landscape, cybercrime poses a significant threat to businesses of all sizes. While large corporations and government agencies often dominate headlines when it comes to cyberattacks, small businesses are disproportionately affected and face unique challenges in defending against these threats. In this blog post, we’ll explore why cybercrime hits small businesses the hardest

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Artificial Intelligence

Microsoft announces new AI Hub in London

In an announcement on Sunday (April 7), Microsoft revealed it is opening a new hub close to London Paddington Station The new hub will “drive pioneering work to advance state-of-the-art language models and their supporting infrastructure, and to create world-class tooling for foundation models, collaborating closely with our AI teams across Microsoft and with our partners,

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Cyber Security

Vet chain targeted by hackers

Vet group CVS confirmed the attack yesterday (April 9) What information has been accessed? In a story by the BBC, the news site said: “CVS did not say what data had been accessed but said it had informed authorities ‘due to the risk of malicious access to personal information’.” CVS is a global veterinarian practice,

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Connectivity

Microsoft Separates Teams and Office

The technology company announced the news globally yesterday (March 2) According to the BBC, “The firm separated the two products in Europe last year as it faced a possible fine from competition watchdogs.” Microsoft Teams was partnered with Microsoft Office in 2017. In 2020, an investigation into the move was launched after a complaint made

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Artificial Intelligence

UK and US sign new AI Safety Agreement

A new agreement has been signed between the two countries It is known that the “landmark” deal is the first bilateral agreement of its kind. According to the BBC, “The agreement signed on Monday says both countries will work together on developing ‘robust’ methods for evaluating the safety of AI tools and the systems that

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Artificial Intelligence

UK Hedgehog population to be tracked by AI

The study will be led by the National Hedgehog Monitoring Programme In a report by The Guardian, it is known that “Artificial Intelligence will be used for the first time to track hedgehog populations as part of a pioneering project aimed at understanding how many of them are left in the UK and why they

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Cyber Security

4 Ways Cybercriminals use Social Engineering to infiltrate MFA

Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA) is commonly used to protect your information online. However, MFA is not impenetrable If a password is compromised, hackers can deploy several tactics to get around any MFA protection. The information in this blog has been sourced using The Hackers News. You can read the full story here Adversary-in-the-middle (AITM) attacks An AITM

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Cyber Security

A Simple Guide for CEOs: How to Handle Cyber Incidents

In the age of technology, cyber incidents are a common threat to all businesses. Here’s a simplified guide for CEOs on managing a cyber crisis: Set Up a Response Team: It’s not just an IT issue; it involves your entire business. Have a dedicated team or person (Senior Responsible Officer) ready to manage the situation

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Cyber Security

Shoe Company Announces Data Breach

Vans customers have been warned to watch out for “fraud” linked to a data breach VF Group, which owns the shoe brand, “detected ‘unauthorised activities’ on a part of its IT systems in December 2023, the group said. This story was reported by the BBC. You can read the full story here What Action Was Taken?

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Artificial Intelligence

Nvidia Unveils New AI Chip

The US tech giant revealed the new chip earlier this week Nvidia claims that the new chop “can do some tasks 30 times faster than its predecessor.” In a report published by the BBC, “The firm has an 80% market share and hopes to cement its dominance.” You can read the full story here How Valueable

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Cyber Security

International Monetary Fund Hit by Cyber-Attack

The IMF detected the hack on February 16, 2024 In a report by securityweek.com, “11 IMF email accounts had been compromised. The hacked accounts were ‘re-secured’ and there is no indication at this point in the ongoing probe that the attacker gained access beyond these email accounts.” You can read the full story here How extensive

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Cyber Security

NHS Dumfries and Galloway Targeted by Cyber Criminals

The NHS Trust said it has been “targeted in a focused and ongoing” cyber-attack It has been reported by the BBC that “NHS Dumfries and Galloway said it was working with Police Scotland, the National Cyber Security Centre and the Scottish government to handle the attack on IT systems.” You can read the full story here

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Cyber Security

Belgian brewery hit by cyber-attack: Production hit

Production at Duvel Beer was halted last week due to a cyber-attack The attack occurred “during the night from Tuesday and Wednesday” and was reported by the BBC. A reporter from the BBC said: “The company (Duvel) said it fell victim to the suspected ransomware attack “during the night from Tuesday to Wednesday.” Read the

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Artificial Intelligence

Jeremy Hunt plans modernisation of NHS with AI

Chancellor’s budget included upgrading “antiquated” NHS systems In a report covered by Yahoo News, “(Jeremy) Hunt, announced a raft of measures that he hopes will boost Tory fortunes. Among those were plans to support doctors and nurses with ‘often antiquated’ systems.” Read full story here The technology reforms, worth £800 million, are designed to deliver £1.8

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Cyber Security

Capita reports £107m loss due to data breach

Reports claim that shares at the company are down by over a fifth Capita reported a larger-than-expected annual loss yesterday (06/03/2024), which the outsourcers accredited to a data breach suffered in March 2023. According to the Financial Times, “the results were hit by £25m of costs tied to a series of cyber incidents as well

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Cyber Security

American Express exposed to ‘third-party’ data breach

The American credit card company revealed it suffered a data breach from a merchant processor yesterday (04/03/2024) The story was reported by the technology news website, BleepingComputer. You can read the full story here How was it reported According to BleepingComputer, a data breach notification was filed “with the state of Massachusetts under “American Express Travel

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Artificial Intelligence

AI Workshops 2024: Why should you attend?

We at 4th Platform, will be hosting two expertly crafted AI workshops in April and May for C-Level Executives. In the workshops, attendees will be shown the latest innovations in AI and how they can be applied to their businesses. As requested by popular demand, here are the answers to the most Frequently Asked Questions

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Artificial Intelligence

AI Motoring Cameras Trialled in Sussex

Cameras using artificial intelligence are being trialled in Sussex The scheme is being piloted by Sussex Police and has been put in place to detect if drivers are using “phones when driving or not wearing seat belts.” In a story published by BBC Sussex, the new cameras will record footage of drivers “using artificial intelligence

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Cyber Security

Traversing the 2024 Cybersecurity Landscape

In today’s rapidly evolving cyber threat landscape, businesses must stay ahead of emerging risks to safeguard their digital assets. The “2024 State of the Phish Report” by Proofpoint sheds light on key trends and behaviours that IT companies like 4th Platform need to be aware of. Here are some actionable insights derived from the report:

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Connectivity

Navigating the PSTN Switch-off: A Guide for UK Businesses

In the ever-evolving landscape of telecommunications, change is inevitable. As of September 5th, 2023, BT Openreach initiated a nationwide stop-sell of the Public Switched Telephone Network (PSTN), signalling the beginning of a significant transition towards newer technologies. This move represents a pivotal moment, with the full PSTN switch-off slated for 2025. Understanding the PSTN Switch-off

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Cyber Security

University confirms ‘Cyber Security Incident’

The University of Wolverhampton reported the incident on February 20 The University experienced a “cyber security incident”, which led to IT systems going down. According to the BBC, “Thousands of university staff and students were asked to work from home after IT issues began on Tuesday across all of the University’s campuses.” Read BBC’s original

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Cyber Security

Southern Water hit by Cyber Attack

A data breach has been reported at the water company Southern Water announced the breach on February 12 and put a statement on its company’s press line.   It is believed that “data from a limited part of Southern Water’s server estate had been stolen and was at risk following an illegal intrusion into our IT

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