Concise Technologies are a people-centric Managed Service Provider that have been providing IT services to businesses in the Greater Manchester area for over 20 years. The Cyber Resilience Centre is incredibly proud to work with Concise Technologies through our Cyber Essentials Partners Group.
Concise Technologies provide industry-leading managed service agreements for IT support, IT Security, Disaster Recovery, Business Continuity, as well as being able to provide Cyber Essentials and Cyber Essentials plus as an IASME Certification body. Recently they have become part of the Air IT group meaning that they now have a depth of resource in excess of 200 staff.
Concise Technologies don’t focus on a singular sector or industry, they have many established partnerships with the companies they work with. They work to understand their IT challenges and ensure their IT works best for the people in their business.
Along with many businesses Concise Technologies have had similar challenges in the last 12 months to ensure their staff have been protected and still be able to continue to work. They have adapted to the situation over the last 12 months and found that business as usual doesn’t have to stop when working from home.
Concise Technologies were motivated to join the Cyber Resilience Centre and our Cyber Essentials Partners group to enable SMEs to get the right assistance and guidance they need for their particular business from experts in the field.
Sales and Marketing Manager Dave Wilkinson says ‘We believe that being part of CRC can put us in touch with the businesses that take their Cyber Security seriously and create long term relationships.’
‘SMEs are the most innovative and adaptable to any situation, especially over the last 12 months. What they don’t need is to be put off investing in cyber security because they think it’s too expensive or to not report the crime because they aren’t important enough. The CRC has the great potential to enable SMEs to get the right assistance and guidance they need for their particular business from experts in the field.’
What would you say a small business owner should prioritise when it comes to thinking about Cyber Security?
Cybercrime can affect any size and kind of business and recognise that it could happen to them if it hasn’t already – think when not if. Understand how threats could infiltrate the business through what channels and make simple changes to how things are done within the business. For example, ensure your hardware is up to date by regularly patching devices and using multi-factor authentication for online password protection.
Most importantly educate their people on how they can protect the business with different ways of working and being vigilant when receiving calls, texts, emails and other types of communication and learning how to recognise hoaxes.
What's the biggest myth you've heard about Cyber Security?
That your IT Support or Managed Service Provider are managing your security. This is normally an assumption by an organisation that their IT support finds difficult to put right. The most likely scenario is that your IT Support is covering some basics but simply don’t have the skills and resources to provide adequate security to protect against the security complexities that exist today. Make sure that’s not you.
For more information about Concise Technologies and their services, visit their website.