Month: March 2020

Cyber Security & Homeworking

Cyber Security & Homeworking

Cyber Security & Homeworking
How to make sure your organisation is prepared for an increase in home working, and advice on spotting coronavirus (COVID-19) scam emails. As part of managing the coronavirus (COVID-19) situation, many organisations will be encouraging more of their staff to work from home. This presents new cybersecurity challenges that must be managed.

In addition, cybercriminals are preying on fears of the coronavirus and sending ‘phishing’ emails that try and trick users into clicking on a link to a bad website (which could download malware onto their computer or steal passwords).

As part of managing the coronavirus (COVID-19) situation, many organisations will be encouraging more of their staff to work from home. This presents new cyber security challenges that must be managed.

In addition, cyber criminals are preying on fears of the coronavirus and sending ‘phishing’ emails that try and trick users into clicking on a link to a bad website (which could download malware onto their computer or steal passwords).

This guidance on Cyber Security & Homeworking is provided by the National Cyber Security Centre:

> recommends steps to take if your organisation is introducing (or scaling up the amount of) home working
> provides some tips on how individuals can spot the typical signs of phishing emails

Asking your staff to work from home
Whilst working from home will not be new to many organisations and employees, the coronavirus is forcing organisations to consider home working on a greater scale, and for a longer period of time. You may have more people working from home than usual, and some of these may not have done it before.

Setting up new accounts and accesses
If you need to set up new accounts or accesses so your staff can work from home, you should set recommendssswords for user accounts. Please refer to the NCSC guidance for system owners responsible for determining password policy. The NCSC strongly recommend you implement two-factor authentication (2FA) if available.

Preparing for home working
Working from home can be daunting for people who haven’t done it before, especially if it’s a sudden decision. There are also practical considerations; staff who are used to sharing an office space will now be remote. Think about the new services that you may need to provide so they can continue to collaborate such as chat rooms, video teleconferencing (VTC) and document sharing.

The NCSC guidance on implementing Software as a Service (SaaS) applications can help you choose and roll out a range of popular services. If you are already providing such services, you’ll need to plan for a potentially large increase in users.

Here are some general recommendations to support secure home working
Remote users may need to use different software (or use familiar applications in a different way) compared to what they do when in the office. You should produce written guides for these features, and test that the software works as described.

Depending on the experience of your staff (and the applications you provide), you should consider producing a series of ‘How do I?’ guides. For example, you might produce a ‘How to log into and use an online collaboration tool’.

Staff are more likely to have their devices stolen (or lose them) when they are away from the office or home. Make sure devices encrypt data whilst at rest, which will protect data on the device if it is lost or stolen. Most modern devices have encryption built in, but encryption may still need to be turned on and configured.

Fortunately, the majority of devices include tools that can be used to remotely lock access to the device, erase the data stored on it, or retrieve a backup of this data. You can use mobile device management software to set up devices with a standard configuration.

Make sure staff know how to report any problems. This is especially important for security issues (see looking after devices below).

Your staff might feel more exposed to cyber threats when working outside the office environment, so now is a great time for them to work through the NCSC’s Top Tips for Staff e-learning package.

Controlling access to corporate systems
Virtual Private Networks (VPNs) allow remote users to securely access your organisation’s IT resources, such as email and file services. VPNs create an encrypted network connection that authenticates the user and/or device, and encrypts data in transit between the user and your services.

If you are already using a VPN, make sure it is fully patched. Additional licenses, capacity or bandwidth may be required if your organisation normally has a limited number of remote users.

If you’ve not used one before, please refer to the NCSC’s VPN Guidance, which covers everything from choosing a VPN to the advice you give to your staff.

Helping staff to look after devices
Devices used for working outside an office environment are more vulnerable to theft and loss. Whether using their own device or the organisations, ensure staff understand the risks of leaving them unattended, especially in public places. When the device is not being used, encourage staff to keep it somewhere safe.

Make sure that staff know what to do if their device is lost or stolen, such as who to report it to. Encourage users (in a positive, blame-free manner) to report any losses as soon as possible. The early reporting of such losses may help minimise the risk to the data, and staff who fear reprisals are less likely to report promptly.

Ensure staff understand the importance of keeping software (and the devices themselves) up to date, and that they know how to do this.

Removable Media
USB drives can contain lots of sensitive information, are easily misplaced, and when inserted into your IT systems can introduce malware. When USB drives and cards are openly shared, it becomes hard to track what they contain, where they’ve been, and who has used them. You can reduce the likelihood of infection by:

disabling removable media using MDM settings
using antivirus tools where appropriate
only allowing products supplied by the organisation to be used
protecting data at rest (encrypt) on removable media

You can also ask staff to transfer files using alternative means (such as by using corporate storage or collaboration tools), rather than via USB. For more information, refer to the NCSC’s Removable media guidance.

Using personal rather than work devices
If you are permitting people to use their own devices to work remotely, please refer to the NCSC’s Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) guidance.

Spotting email scams linked to the coronavirus

Cyber criminals are preying on fears of the coronavirus and sending ‘phishing’ emails that try and trick users into clicking on a bad link. Once clicked, the user is sent to a dodgy website which could download malware onto your computer, or steal passwords. The scams may claim to have a ‘cure’ for the virus, offer a financial reward, or be encouraging you to donate.

Like many phishing scams, these emails are preying on real-world concerns to try and trick people into doing the wrong thing. Remember, Cyber Security & Homeworking requires ongoing vigilance.

Financial Aid for Self Employed

Financial Aid for Self Employed

UK Government to Unveil Financial Aid for Self Employed
Self-employed workers facing financial difficulties as a result of coronavirus are set to be offered a package of support from the government. Chancellor Rishi Sunak will unveil the measures later.

He set out plans for 80% wage subsidies for staff kept on by employers last week – and the PM has said he wants similar protection for freelancers.

However, Boris Johnson added he could not promise the UK would beat the virus “without any kind of hardship at all”.

The total number of people in the UK to die with Covid-19, the disease caused by coronavirus, has reached 465.

Mr Sunak said last week that the government would cover wages of up to £2,500 a month for staff being kept on by their employer, as part of “unprecedented” measures to prevent workers being laid off. The chancellor later said drawing up plans to help self-employed people had proved “incredibly complicated”.

Dr Adam Marshall, director general of the British Chambers of Commerce, said: “For many people that have seen their businesses disappear in the blink of an eye, things like statutory sick pay or universal credit just isn’t enough.

“It doesn’t need to be perfect – we just need a system in place,” he told the BBC’s Today programme.

John Healey, a self-employed driving instructor from Lancashire, said: “We don’t need a lot, we just need something. But by doing nothing, we just go to the wall, basically,” he told the Today programme.

BBC Newsnight’s political editor Nick Watt said all the indications from talking to ministers and Conservative MPs were that the chancellor would match the 80% salary support given to PAYE employees.

He said one minister said the reason why it had taken so long was because it was fiendishly complicated but “when this chancellor acts, he acts big”.

BBC business editor Simon Jack said calculating a support wage for the self-employed was so difficult because their income could be lumpy, irregular and intermittent.

Government sources said they had struggled to find a way to avoid paying people who do not need help.

Coronavirus (COVID-19): what you need to do.

Physical Therapy to Help Overcome Pain & Injury

Physical Therapy to Help Overcome Pain & Injury

Physical Therapy to Help Overcome Pain & Injury

Here at Movement Solutions Sc, we treat a huge number of patients who suffer from lower back pain, as this is an exceptionally common condition, which eight in ten people will experience at some stage in their life. If you are suffering from lower back pain, there is no one better to ensure you get back to feeling your best in no time. 

Are you experiencing pain in your lower back? 

There are many causes of lower back pain, with most being musculoskeletal injuries, such as joint dysfunction, ligament sprains and muscular strains, which is especially the case when pain occurs during or after the physical loading of the spine. Yet, there are many different ways you could suffer from pain in the lower back, with a traumatic (sudden) injury being another example, and the following being a mere handful of other causes –  a pinched nerve, core stability deficiency, bulging disc, osteoporosis, rheumatoid arthritis, fibromyalgia and much more. 

Providing an accurate diagnosis – The first step to success when it comes to getting back to your best

The key to ensuring you get the right treatment is to provide an accurate diagnosis, which will be the first part of the process when you visit us at Movement Solutions Sc. We will thoroughly assess the issue to get to the root of the problem so that we can provide you with a bespoke treatment plan that will guarantee the most effective and efficient recovery.

Putting together the best treatment plan

The treatment plan we put together will, of course, depend on your condition, yet we will use a mixture of active physical therapy and passive physical therapy to alleviate pain and ensure a return to normal functionality. This means that our techniques range from exercises, stretches and hand manipulation techniques to using ice packs and heat application. All approaches are drug-free, which means that physiotherapy is the safest form of treatment. 

What to expect when you choose our service for your lower back pain

When you choose Movement Solutions Sc, you can be confident of the best possible service, as all of our physiotherapists are experienced and boast the necessary training and qualifications. They will make you feel comfortable and at ease throughout your session. Once they have finished providing you with the therapy required, they will give you all of the advice and education you need in order to manage the condition effectively at home so that you do not experience such terrible lower back pain again in the future. 

Do not hesitate to get in touch

If you have any questions about our service, or if you would like to book an appointment with one of our specialist physical therapists, please do not hesitate to get in touch. We would be more than happy to answer your questions.

Scrap Local. Your Trusted Local Scrap Dealer

Scrap Local. Your Trusted Local Scrap Dealer

Welcome to Scrap Local. Your Trusted Local Scrap Dealer   

If you are looking for the best scrap dealer for you, you have certainly come to the right place. People spend hours and hours looking on the Internet to find a scrap yard that is local to them and offers good prices on scrap metal. However, with Scrap Local, we take this hard work and do it for you. Read on to discover more about the service that we provide and please do not hesitate to get in touch with us for more information.

How does our service work?

One of the best things about our service is the fact that it is really easy to use. All you need to do is select the type of service you are interested in. The options include vehicle breakers, scrap car buyers, scrap metal collectors, and scrap metal dealers. Once you have done this, enter your postcode and we will present you with all of the options that are available. You can also enter your town if you would prefer.

Once you have done this, you will see a list of results that are local to you. This includes the name of the business, where they are based, and their contact information. If the scrap yard is closed, it will say ‘day off’ in red above their image. Moreover, we have verified most scrap yards, and you will notice a blue sign that confirms this with each result. This gives you all of the details you need in order to find the best scrap yard for you in a quick and efficient manner. 

How to narrow down your results

Now that we have presented you with all of the local scrap yards for you to select from, you may be feeling a bit overwhelmed by the choices that are available and you may be wondering which one is going to be the best for you. So, let’s take a look at how you can narrow down your search effectively.

There is only one place to begin, and this is with the price. The prices of the scrap metal will often be the biggest deciding factor, as you want to make the most money possible. This is why it is a good idea to call the scrap yard in advance so that you can find out what their prices are. Remember, prices are changing all of the time.

Aside from the price, you may also want to think about the hours that the scrap yard is in operation. After all, you need to select a business that is going to be able to match your own personal lifestyle and schedule. For example, you may be looking to scrap your metal on a weekend rather than a weekday, as you may not have time. In most locations, you are going to have a number of different scrap yards to choose from, and so it should not be too difficult to find one that will fit into your needs. 

In addition to the considerations already discussed, environmental procedures are also important. Not only are good environmental procedures and practices pivotal for the planet but they are also crucial when it comes to your scrap yard as well. When selecting the correct recycling partner, it is often vital to know the correct questions to ask when it comes to overall security of the scraps, as well as the environmental impact it will have, how willing the business is to meet environmental industry standards and comply with regulations, and the reputation of the business itself.

Last but not least, you may also want to consider the atmosphere of the scrap yard. Some scrap yards can be a little bit more ‘old school’ – meaning they still use handwritten receipts and follow old practices – whereas others are now equipped with the latest technology. There is no right or wrong when it comes to determining the right sort of environment for you. 

Contact us today to find out more

If you would like to find out more about Scrap Local and the service that we provide, please do not hesitate to contact us today for more details. All you need to do is give us a call on 01706 577 574 and you will speak to one of our friendly and experienced scrap dealers who will be more than happy to assist you in any way they can. No question is too big or small for us to handle, so give us a call today!