Brandon Cross Technologies Blog

Time for reflection

Posted by Justin Cross on Oct 12, 2020 9:51:49 AM

In March of this year, when the world went into lockdown everyone thought it would be a temporary measure, but now we are in October and the working restrictions do not seem to be coming to an end anytime in the near future.

This has therefore led to a time of reflection for many organisations, as temporary measures now have to be replaced with short- to medium-term permanent measures. Add to that the drawing to a close of many of the government financial incentives some difficult decisions are having to be made.

However, such reflection does not have to be a negative thing, as it offers an opportunity to ensure your business is running in as efficient a manner as it possibly can.

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Topics: FeaturedPost, Project Management

Is honesty always the best policy?

Posted by Justin Cross on Aug 18, 2020 9:13:52 AM

We live in a world of so-called ‘fake news’, misinformation and airbrushed lifestyles. In the workplace many entrepreneurs have side-hustles and live multi-hyphen lives meaning they are a Jack-of-all-trades, but in truth are a master of none.

This can put pressure on small to medium businesses to offer more to their clients than their skill sets, and capabilities allow in order to stay ahead of the competition.

Saying “I don’t know” in a response to a client’s question is seen as being a failure, meaning a general lack of skills or knowledge often gets glossed over.

However, admitting you don’t know something is not a sign of weakness but a strength; knowing when to say, “I don’t know” or “I can’t do that”.

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Topics: FeaturedPost

Making Remote Working Successful

Posted by Justin Cross on Jul 31, 2020 1:52:41 PM

Whether welcomed by everyone or not, home working has been the modus operandi of 2020, with the UK Office for National Statistics reporting that in April 2020 49.2% of working adults were working from home.

Many companies are now considering the benefits of continuing remote working after the end of the current crisis. With the right infrastructure in place there is no reason it cannot be beneficial for both employees and employers.

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Topics: FeaturedPost

What does 'personal data' mean in the context of GDPR?

Posted by Justin Cross on Dec 4, 2017 11:58:56 AM

GDPR, which comes into force on May 25th 2018, is to regulate the handling of 'personal data'. There's a lot of noise about it, but a lot of confusion as well. How the regulation should be interpreted is not always clear so it's good to get the definition from the horses mouth. The actual definition of 'personal data' is, as defined in Article 4 of the regulation:

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Topics: Uncategorised, FeaturedPost

Panama Papers - Mossack Fonseca

Posted by Justin Cross on Apr 5, 2016 5:31:32 PM

So far no one seems to have commented on how come the damaging documents from Mossack Fonseca got leaked in the first place. While of course we are all glad they did, except of course those rich, powerful and/or corrupt few, but from a security perspective this is probably one of the most monumental and spectacular cock-ups in world digital history. It is only the real world implications that has distracted everyone from the fact that a bank managed to leak so much information about its clients, which of course is a scandal in its own right. 11.5 million documents leaked is quite a scoop by any measure.

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Topics: FeaturedPost, Security Issues

Unexpected invoices in your inbox?

Posted by Justin Cross on Sep 17, 2014 12:31:05 PM

I'm sure you've all had them, attachments appearing in your email inbox from various companies, some familiar and some not, which claim to be invoices or order details. They are malicious attachments, some are zip files or pdfs, or other less familiar file types, but they are all attempting to attack your computer through its weakest link. That link is between your chair and your keyboard. Yes that's you! While spam filters do a pretty good job on the whole of stopping such junk from hitting your inbox invariably some of it is going to get through.

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Topics: FeaturedPost, Security Issues