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Microsoft Nuance Acquisition - What's the Deal?

by Powernet - Apr 19, 2021

On the 12th of April 2021, Microsoft released a statement that they and Nuance entered into a definitive agreement, under which Microsoft would acquire Nuance for $56 per share. This is Microsoft's second-largest acquisition after LinkedIn, which speaks to their AI strategy. 

 

Nuance is an AI technology company focusing specifically on the healthcare industry.

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How You Can Use Artificial Intelligence in Your Business

by Powernet - Apr 13, 2021

Artificial intelligence used in business has become common and accessible. It is no longer something available only to those in high tech companies or with inhouse developers.

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TAGS: it security, Microsoft, Microsoft 365, Artificial Intelligence, IT Support Melbourne

What actually is a Firewall?

by Powernet - Apr 6, 2021

We often talk about firewalls in cyber security conversations - but what are they?

A firewall acts as a barrier between your network/computer and the internet. It helps to keep your systems and the data stored on them safe.

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Everything You Need to Know About Channel 9's Cyber Attack

by Powernet - Mar 29, 2021

In a Tweet posted on the 28 March 2021, 9News Australia announced that it was under attack by hackers. They were unsure if it was criminal sabotage or the work of a foreign nation - the source of the attack is still being investigated. 

 

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TAGS: it security, cyber security, managed service provider, Data Security, Tech, IT support, IT Support Melbourne

What is the Dark Web? [Infograph]

by Powernet - Mar 23, 2021

Have you ever heard of 'the dark web' and wondered what it was? In this post we will tell you what it is, why you need to know about it and how to protect your business from ending up on there. 

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TAGS: it security, cyber security, Data Security, Working from home, work from anywhere, IT support

Into the era of Secure Remote Work [free ebook]

by Powernet - Mar 16, 2021

Something many small and medium-sized businesses have discovered during the rapid shift to remote everything: There’s a lot to be gained by not relying on a physical space. It can save overhead, reduce travel expense and some
studies have found it has increased worker productivity (one found a 13% performance boost among at-home workers).1

 

As a result, many businesses are seriously considering tools and strategies to make the non-physical
workplace a permanent part of their businesses.

 

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Everything You Need to Know About The Recent Microsoft Hack

by Powernet - Mar 10, 2021

In a statement posted on the 2 March 2021, Microsoft shared information about a 'state-sponsored threat actor' that was identified by their Intelligence Centre (MSTIC), that they named 'Hafnium'.

 

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Everything You Need to Know About Oxfam Australia's Cyber Attack

by Powernet - Mar 9, 2021

In a statement posted on the 1 March 2021, Oxfam Australia announced that its supporters' information in one of its databases was unlawfully accessed by an external party on the 20th of January 2021.

 

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Incident Response Planning 101 + [Free Template]

by Powernet - Mar 2, 2021

Imagine tomorrow, you walk into your office and turn on your computer only to find that you can't access anything. Your email is blocked, your files are blocked and you shortly realise that your business has been the victim of a cyberattack. What is the first course of action you take?

 

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TAGS: it strategy, disaster recovery planning, leadership, business continuity planning, strategy, business

Why outsourcing IT is often the best move for Australian SMEs

by John Lane - Feb 24, 2021

When SME CEOs are trying to expand their business quickly, they can't afford to have a 3 month hiring cycle for every needed IT professional. Not only are IT needs bound to be inconsistent and sporadic – making the prospect of a full-time salaried IT team rather wasteful – but the very nature of a young business means it needs to be adaptable and agile enough to scale up or down at a moment’s notice. This is where the benefits of outsourcing IT truly come to light.

 

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