13 May 2020

Venture 1 asks: 4 things we do to keep sane during Lockdown

Staying and working at home during lockdown is a new and daunting concept for almost everyone. To meet the government’s social distancing guidelines, almost all office-based businesses are currently working 100% of the time from home. We sat down with members of the Venture 1 team and discussed what they had been up to over the last 5 weeks of lockdown. This week, the team have been discussing what they have been doing to stay sane!

Jigsaw Puzzles have been very popular during lockdown. Maxine, Head of Business Development, is currently working her way through an interesting type of puzzle, known as a ‘Wasjig’. A Wasgij is a unique jigsaw puzzle whereby you need to use your imagination to piece together the solution, (example below).

 

 

Charlie, Venture 1’s Marketing Executive, explained that to stay sane during lockdown he has been keeping himself busy at all times. Whether it be before, during or after work, staying active has been key. Physical exercise, such as running 5km every few days, has helped him mentally and physically during this period. Charlie has set himself the target of running a sub 20 minute 5km by the end of lockdown!

Venture 1’s newest member to the apprenticeship programme, Sam, has been spending his time chilling out to music and playing on his Nintendo Switch. Two of his favourite games include Enter the Dungeon and The Legend of Zelda Breath of the Wild.

 

 

Finally, Sales & Marketing Manager, Tim, has found that staying in constant contact with friends and family has helped him stay positive. FaceTime, Teams and Zoom quizzes have been on his agenda almost every weekend!

From puzzles to gaming and exercise to Zoom calls, the Venture 1 team have come up with a variety of different ways to stay sane. In the comments below, we would love to hear what you have been doing too!

30 Mar 2020
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Working through Covid-19

We are continuing to monitor the impact the COVID-19 crisis is having on IT projects but of course, working in IT does mean that services can often be delivered remotely.

Consequently, we have identified areas where we think we can help organisations face some of the challenges that the Coronavirus outbreak might be causing by making workers work from home.

 

This includes:-

• Achieving remote connectivity
• Problem solving
• System configuration and set up
• System Architecture
• Design reviews
• Project planning (e.g. future migration/rollout projects)
• IT strategy reviews
• Hosting workshop sessions
• Remote meeting attendance and hosting
• On-line training sessions

 

AND providing remote assistance to customers including:-

  • Endpoint management (i.e. the ability to remotely discover, provision, deploy, update and troubleshoot endpoint devices within an organisation).
  • Endpoint management – system health checks.
  • Application sequencing/packaging/delivery.
  • Endpoint remote connectivity.

 

Our approach is to offer simplified and appropriate remote assistance for customers with sessions:-

  • Scheduled on an ‘ad-hoc’ basis.
  • Remotely delivered ‘on-line’.
  • Billed by the hour.

 

If this is of interest to your organisation and you would like further details please get in touch so that we can schedule a call to discuss your requirements.

20 Feb 2020

NHS reduces major IT attacks since 2017 WannaCry Ransomware crisis

Since 2014, the NHS has suffered 209 successful ransomware attacks according to stats based on Freedom of Information requests. However, the situation has improved dramatically since 2017, the year WannaCry ransomware hit the health service.

 

 

The figures, posted in a report from research company Comparitech, highlight the following statistics since 2014:

  • 209 or more successful attacks, ranging from one computer to an entire system
  • No ransoms reported to have been paid
  • Estimated downtime of 206 days
  • Only 6 attacks were reported after 2017, the year of WannaCry, albeit with the caveat that 20% of hospitals refused, or failed to respond to the survey

 

The research company sent the survey to  254 NHS Trusts, with 184 responding, 20 not responding and 50 refusing to hand over the information requested.

 

A September 2018 government report estimated the cost of WannaCry, aka WannaCrypt, to be up to £92m, most of which occurred in the aftermath, rather than during the attack, to restore data and systems.

 

If you need some advice and guidance on how Venture 1 can help with your businesses security needs,

FIND OUT MORE HERE.

17 Oct 2019

What went down at Future Decoded 2019

It’s October 2019 which means its Future Decoded!
Once again, for the 3rd year in a row, Venture 1 attended day 2 of Microsoft UK’s leading European Conference full of exciting breakout sessions, insightful keynote speakers and a fantastically run expo.
Each year, Microsoft likes to keep Future Decoded on a consistent theme that all the breakout sessions are based upon. This year was all about focussing on how gathering data and analysing it properly can lead to real results for your business. This coupled well with the overarching use cases of utilising AI to sort through data and give users real business intelligence.
An highly informative keynote presentation from the British Heart Foundation opened day 2 explaining how collaboration with Microsoft is helping map out where the UK’s public defibrillators can be found. The partnership started after shocking figures revealed public access defibrillators being used in less than 3 per cent of out-of-hospital cardiac arrests, significantly reducing the survival chances of tens of thousands of people every year. A real use case scenario that will for sure make a huge difference.

 

 

Carrying on with the AI theme, Microsoft wanted to demystify AI and make it look a lot less intimidating by diving into the business use case. For example, there was also a talk on AI ethics and what it should do or should not do and how certain countries were prioritising becoming the best country for AI development. Microsoft had set up their very own AI juice bar in which a camera looked at how you react to certain pictures to understand and work out which juice drink you should have. Safe to say we were all given a ‘pick me up’ drink!

 

AI has become the new focus of international competition, with a general shift away from industrial manufacturing commodities to a technology and services driven economy. If “cloud computing” or the “cloud” was the buzzword a few years ago, now it’s AI and it’s here to stay for a long time…

 

If you would like to ask us any questions on any other topic you feel we could help with, give us a call or send us an email today and we’d be more than happy to have a chat!

Services@venture1consulting.com

+44 (0)20 8405 6434

08 May 2019

Tech and Tea with V1C: The Venture 1 Consulting Podcast!

Venture 1 Consulting is today delighted to announce the imminent launch of our first in a series of podcast shows, Tech and Tea with V1C.

Each episode of the Tech and Tea Podcast series will treat listeners to the wealth of knowledge that the fantastic technical team at Venture 1 has; as well as exposure to exciting special guest presenters from time to time! With over 100 years of combined experience between the team, we’re delighted to share our stories and industry insights with you, our listener. Episodes will be posted on iTunes, Spotify and the Venture 1 Podcast Page.

Join Venture 1 and guests as we dive deep into the questions you want answering on a range of technical topics from Cloud, Storage and Infrastructure, to the latest and greatest Security solutions. Venture 1 will both educate and entertain listeners in an informal, chatty atmosphere. So grab yourself a tea and let’s talk tech with V1C!

 

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We look forward to you joining us and sharing our real life experiences of working with the latest technologies!

16 Jan 2019

The Venture 1 2018 Security Threat Summary

As we start a new and exciting year at Venture 1 Consulting, we wanted to summaries what we believe were the top stories that shook the IT world over the last year to do with security threats.

 

Spectre Meltdown crisis

Just over a year ago, on the 4th January 2018, Spectre Meltdown was a security breach that affected almost all server chips, mobiles and desktops. This allowed hackers to gain information from the processor’s kernel memory and potentially usernames and passwords. The knock on effect was significant with major corporations including Microsoft and Intel spending months dealing with the problem.

 

US mid-term election hacking speculation

America’s political status is constantly gaining the mainstream media’s attention around the world. The usual mid-term elections came about in November and whilst usually low key and quiet outside of America, last year was a completely different story…

With the 2016 presidential election campaign already under investigation due to hacking claims, the 2018 vote was also investigated over possible security attacks. Both domestic and foreign hackers were said to have possibly had an effect on the sway of voters by leaking out incorrect information. Security firms were also warning that Russian hackers were trying to affect campaigns in the summer and influence the outcome, favouring one candidate over the other.

Fortunately and ensuring a fair election, only a single instance of voter fraud was found, with hacker’s attempts hardly causing an effect but this event did serve to further highlight the potential for election disruption from hostile external sources.

 

Cambridge Analytica fights back at Facebook

For several years, Facebook has been under fire due to its privacy and data policy. In 2018, the heat was turned up dramatically when British political consulting firm, Cambridge Analytica was able to capture information on millions of user profiles.

Facebook Chairman and CEO Mark Zuckerberg was forced to face the crowd as well as tough questioning from both the U.S. Congress and European Parliament and apologise to the world for allowing users’ personal profile information to be accessed by third parties.

 

Over the last few years, the steps businesses now have in place to deal with hackers and security threats has completely changed. The lacklustre response to almost all of these stories shows that in the world we live in today, we now have an expectation that sooner or later our personal or company data will be subject to some sort of security breach. Therefore, in an ever-changing IT landscape I’m sure we can expect that 2019 will be full of surprises and shocks in the world of IT security similar to last year!

 

What other security stories do you believe could have made our list?

If you need some advice and guidance to do with IT security, or an independent security audit please feel free to contact us directly! (CLICK HERE)

10 Jan 2019

News: Venture 1 confirm deployment partnership with Talon

Venture 1 Consulting is delighted to announce a new partnership with storage solution experts Talon. As strategic deployment partner, Venture 1 Consulting is able to engage with businesses at an enterprise level to help gain maximum benefit from using one of the best technology solutions currently available for data storage, having already installed at one of Venture 1 Consulting’s key clients. Venture 1 Managing Director Mark Thurston believes that:

 

Talon is a remarkably clever, agnostic and flexible solution. With its ability to solve a genuine business challenge of distributing files and still being able to maintain file locking in a distributed file system”.

 

If you’d like to know more about Talon, CLICK HERE

If you would like to ask us any questions on any other topic you feel we could help with, give us a call or send us an email today and we’d be more than happy to have a chat!

 

Services@venture1consulting.com

+44 (0)20 8405 6434