Managed Encryption

Introducing Managed Encryption FDE Essentials for Windows

MFG Managed Encryption is pleased to now be able to offer a new Full Disk Encryption (FDE) License Type for Windows called ‘Essentials’ - for customers requiring a more basic, cost-friendly, yet highly secure Full Disk Encryption solution. The ‘full’ Windows FDE client license has been renamed to ‘FDE Enterprise’, so now your customers will be able to choose from Enterprise or Essentials, depending on their requirements. Enterprise vs. Essentials The primary objective of FDE Essentials is to provide customers with a new lower-cost Full Disk Encryption option with lighter functionality and a simplified set of options, all-the-while maintaining all the security benefits of the Enterprise solution. The Essentials license uses only BitLocker encryption and users can authenticate using a password (there is no Token or Smart Card support). Essentials acts as a BitLocker management program and helps protect data and monitor and administer the built-in encryption in Microsoft Windows. You will be able to identify...

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Physical servers…. Should they be encrypted?

Virtual Environments such as Amazon AWS and Microsoft Azure are becoming a popular choice for cloud storage, but it isn’t uncommon for businesses to operate and manage their own physical servers – either on premise or via third-party data centres - and the data they hold is incredibly valuable. But, given their static existence, do they really need to be encrypted? Often, articles will suggest that these physical servers do not need to be encrypted. The arguments are usually as follows: Physical servers are usually well-protected within business' walls, inside an even more secure data centre The servers can, and usually do, run for many months or years before being brought down Full Disk Encryption (FDE) is really only for the protection of data 'at rest' - physical servers usually keep data moving Adding another layer of security comes at the cost of reduced convenience These statements are accurate, but we don't...

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Security risks as Windows 7 goes End of Life – key things to consider

'End of life' might be a phrase with not so dramatic consequences for operating systems unlike human beings, but if you are currently using Windows 7, your ears should prick up. In this article, we look at the 'need to know' for Windows 7 users as the product approaches its end of life date, and weigh up the most relevant security risks. What's the deal? One of the most pressing concerns which Windows 7 users have is if they will be able to use their computer with the Windows 7 operating system after the product's official end of life date, which is 14th January 2020. The answer to that is yes, but what should not be ignored are the potential security vulnerabilities which Windows 7 users will be exposed to if they don't upgrade to Windows 10. The official word Microsoft themselves have underlined the importance of upgrading your operating system ahead of time:...

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Prepare your business for Post-Brexit Cyber Security Challenges

Brexit has thrown up a lot of uncertainty in the UK - economically, politically and commercially. But for businesses surveying the post-Brexit landscape, one consideration is unlikely to lose any of its relevance for companies in the UK and that is cyber security. With the transition not complete, regulations such as General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) have put cyber security in the spotlight, while other standards such as ISO 27001 look set to remain pertinent to British firms long after we officially exit the European Union. So what can businesses do now in order to ensure that their cyber security is a 'certainty' post-Brexit? Importance of data encryption In the era of 'Big Data', when businesses typically collate and analyse a huge amount of information, there have never been more reasons to encrypt data. Encryption offers the advantage of securing data wherever it is within an organisation's infrastructure. What's more, it can preserve the...

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See us at Thames Valley Business Expo Reading

Do you know just how important encryption is under the new Data Protection Act (2018) and the GDPR? If not, come and say hello to the MFG team (who have a wealth of experience in providing robust technology and IT Support to Businesses in Reading at The Thames Valley Business Expo - Reading on Thursday 4th October 2018 (9.30am - 3 pm). You'll find us on STAND 51 – grab yourself a treat and chat about how simple data security can be.   The Thames Valley Expo is the region's largest business show held at The Green Park Conference Centre, Reading. It's free to attend and provides business decision makers with an opportunity to grow and develop their business by meeting likeminded business leaders and solution providers from a range of industry sectors. With over 100 exhibitors present, it's likely that you'll find everything you need under one roof. Head over and say hello to...

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Windows 10 Version 1803 Nightmares and Why you should Patch Manage

If we had £1 for every time we stressed the importance of patch management alongside any Windows 10 version update, we would be sailing around the Bahamas in a Yacht. But we're not in it for the Yacht - we love helping our Encryption partners and here's another article on Windows 10 Patch Management. Patch management is an ongoing process to help organisations acquire, test and install multiple patches on existing applications and software on a computer or device. As with a lot of Windows feature upgrades, Windows 10 1803 (RS4) has seen many hiccups along the way, from its late arrival due to a blocking bug (1), to certain Surface Pro (2017) owners being hitting with blue screens of death when trying to update to Win10 1803 (2)… which was later found out to be connected to the issue with Win10 1803 being incompatible with Toshiba Solid State Drives (3)… The...

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Cyber Liability Insurance Cover For Unencrypted Businesses

Cyber attacks have become a key risk for businesses. The impact of these attacks on businesses can be severe, even catastrophic in some cases. Vulnerabilities in a company’s infrastructure can compromise both their current financial situation and their reputation. A number of recent incidents have emphasised how vulnerable businesses can be at the hands of hackers, such as the recent Ransomware attacks on a number of big businesses around the world, and in the UK; where we saw its crippling effects on the National Health Service.

2017 MFG Staff Awards

It goes without saying that everyone here at MFG had a great time at our Christmas party last Saturday (9th December). The evening was hosted at Trunkwell House, set in 34 acres of beautiful Berkshire countryside and was attended by 16 of our fabulous team members.