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Bits & Bytes - December 2022

Article by The Final Step in IT Support, Security, Security First Mindset on Dec 23, 2022

Happy Christmas and New Year to all our readers

We hope you have a restful and joyous time and look forward to seeing you in 2023!

This Christmas we are supporting Coram Beanstalk because they are close to our office and our hearts.Coram Beanstalk logo

They are a charity who encourage children to read to give them the best chance at school and in life. It's a skill that helps them reach their potential. Helping people and organisations fulfil their potential is The Final Step's primary mission.


2022 was a year for reassessing cyber security

Sadly, what once kept us secure is no longer sufficient which is why we have developed new services, new educational tools, a risk assessment process and a dedicated web page to help small businesses enhance their protections.

We also joined CRC, CiSP and a best practice peer group dedicated to cyber security.

goals 2023 hd-1With all that going on, where's the best place to start? Risk assessment.

Get to know and understand your biggest risks, prioritise action to mitigate them and keep "doing and reviewing" to ensure you are getting better with each step you take.

If you haven't already started a process of appraising your current security - set yourself the new years resolution to do so early in 2023.


Much fun and feasting was had at our company Christmas dinner

Thank you to The Coal Shed in London Bridge for their fun staff and mouth-watering food. Thanks too to Laura Devine for the bottles of fizz and charming good wishes

Truly a time to reflect upon our present blessings.

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It's a cracker...tfs cracker

Why should you not use beef stew as a password?

It's not Stroganoff! 😂

(Credit: Simon Heath, Winner of "Best Dad Joke Award 2022")



Top Tip from 2022

One of the themes of this year has been the need to do more to protect yours and your client's data, to demonstrate the trust between you.

Despite recent attempts by hackers to bypass it, multi-factor authentication (MFA) is still an essential component of security. You should use it.

Definitely where you control the login process, set it up in other accounts that offer it and request it where it isn't available. That means a lot more authentications to track. So speed them up by organising your authenticator apps.

Check out our quick (less than a minute!) how to videos

  • How to organise your Google Authenticator app - Watch now!
  • How to organise your Microsoft Authenticator app - Watch now!


That's a Christmas wrap

Thanks to all our clients in 2022. You are a pleasure to work with. We really appreciate all your feedback and reviews that help us improve and encourage us.simon health no bg - small

We are lucky to be part of an amazing community of peers and partners who educate and help us.

Thanks too to our colleagues. IT keeps some anti-social hours and moves fast so there's lots of working and learning to do. Well done to the many who passed exams to keep our clients up to date, productive and secure.

We hope you found this useful. For further advice, please get in touch.

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