Friday, 28 July 2017

5 Ways To Conquer Your IT Recruitment And Training Strategy With Apprenticeships

UK businesses could gain an additional £18bn revenue from apprenticeships, Government research reveals. With over 665,000 individuals already started apprenticeships since 2015, the UK Government has accelerated its apprenticeship reforms in England, with new legislation like the Apprenticeship Levy making apprenticeships an irresistible solution for organisations with inefficient recruitment and training budgets.

Current employers are enjoying the financial and practical benefits of IT apprenticeships, and are also taking advantage of the rewards offered by the Government by doing so. Apprenticeships are helping improve IT training and recruitment strategies for small and large employers – here’s how your business can take advantage of the benefits...

Monday, 10 July 2017

Microsoft 365 and Microsoft Azure Stack announced at Inspire 2017

Today at their Microsoft Partner Conference, Inspire, Microsoft unveiled Microsoft 365 – a new set of commercial offerings bringing together Office 365, Windows 10 and Enterprise Mobility + Security.

Microsoft 365 is a complete, intelligent and secure solution to empower companies and all workers, recognising that people are at the heart of digital transformation,” writes Judson Althoff, Executive Vice President, Worldwide Commercial Business at Microsoft.

Two new offerings were introduced at the Inspire event. Designed for large organisations, Microsoft 365 Enterprise combines Office 365 Enterprise, Windows 10 Enterprise and Enterprise Mobility + Security into a single subscription.

The second offering, Microsoft 365 Business, is designed for small-to-medium enterprises (SME). It supports 300 users and integrates office 365 Business Premium with the tailored management and security features found in Windows 10 and Enterprise Mobility + Security. Microsoft 365 Business is available in public preview from 2 August 2017.



For a closer look at Microsoft 365, take a look at this blog from Microsoft.

Microsoft Azure stack now available to order

Microsoft kicked off Inspire with the launch of Microsoft Azure Stack, which allows businesses to host their own hybrid cloud. Azure Stack is an extension of Microsoft Azure that brings the flexibility and fast-paced innovation of cloud computing to an on premise environment.

As hardware partners, Dell, HP and Lenovo are now creating integrated systems to run Azure Stack and hosts apps on hardware alongside a business’ current infrastructure. The first Azure Stack systems are now available to order.

For businesses, professionals and contractors set to take advantage of Azure stack, this is the ideal time to sharpen Azure skills.

Build and prove your knowledge of Microsoft Azure Stack through the organisation’s well-supported training and certification programme for Azure technology.

Thursday, 6 July 2017

Nominate for (ISC)2’s Information Security Leadership Awards

(ISC)2’s EMEA Information Security Leadership Awards (ISLA) is the perfect opportunity to recognise the excellence and hard work of information security professionals - and nominations are now open!

The (ISC)2 EMEA ISLA awards are unique in that they provide the cyber security community with an opportunity to acknowledge professionals that have distinguished themselves under specific projects, programmes and initiatives.


Your nominee could be a well-known figure, a standout leader or even an unsung peer of yours working tirelessly in the background.
  
Nominations are open until the 12th of July 2017, midnight BST and are open to all professionals in information, cyber, software or infrastructure security in the EMEA region.

You can submit your nominations here.

Award Categories:
You can nominate individuals (both (ISC)2 members and non-members) in the following four categories:



Senior Information Security Professional: This goes to someone that has significantly contributed to the enhancement of the information security workforce by demonstrating a leadership role in any security workforce improvement initiative, program or project. Ideally, this nomination should have at least five years of experience in an information security role.  

Information Security Practitioner: This award acknowledges an individual that has distinguished themselves by implementing and/or managing the implementation of a component of a security programme. Nominations typically should have at least three years of experience in an information security role.

Up-and-Coming Information Security Professional: This award recognises a person who is a new, rising star in the information security field. The project, improvement or initiative may not relate to leadership and instead may relate to their current position or education.

Woman Information Security Professional: This will be awarded to a female who has contributed to women’s representation in the profession and raised awareness to encourage vocations among women. The ideal nomination should have at least three years of relevant industry experience.

Who’s the judge?
Submissions will be judged by members of the Europe, Middle East and Africa Advisory Council (EAC) and will consist of the following industry leaders:
  • Yves Le Roux, CISSP, CISM: Co-chair of the (ISC)2 EMEA Advisory Council 
  • Dr. Yiannis Pavlosoglou, PhD, CISSP: Strategic Change Manager for Operational Resilience at UBS.
  • Tom Gamali, CISSP, CISA: Head of Group Technology Risk and Business Continunity Management for Kuwait Finance House
  • Rainer Rehm, CISSP, CISM: Security Architect at MAN and one of the founding members of The (ISC)2 Chapter Germany 
  • Sofiane Chafai, CISSP: Information Security expert with over 15 years' experience in managing ICT and security projects 
  • Paco Hope, CISSP, CSSLP: Recognised expert in the field of software security. He is the author of two security books, a frequent conference speaker and a regular online author 

Award Ceremony:
Awards will be hosted at the (ISC)2 Secure Summit in London in December. This will also act as the perfect opportunity to bring together our community and celebrate the achievements and commitment to excellence that we all continue to strive for.

Shortlisted nominees from different countries will be sponsored to attend the event. 

For more details on how to submit your nominations and what the judges are looking for, check out this guide

Wednesday, 5 July 2017

Bring in new skills and save a fortune with apprenticeships – find out how at Microsoft Inspire

Learn how to grow your business with Microsoft apprenticeships at this year’s Microsoft Inspire, based in Washington DC. Apprenticeships are customisable programmes built to bring new skills into your business and offer a compelling alternative to hiring graduates.


Firebrand will be hosting three “How to make the most out of Microsoft Apprenticeships” roundtables during Microsoft Inspire 2017. This is your opportunity to meet Firebrand and get the insight you need to hire apprentices quickly and easily.

Firebrand is inviting everyone attending Microsoft Inspire 2017 to a series of roundtable sessions with Firebrand co-founder, Stefano Capaldo. Regardless of which roundtable you attend, you’ll learn:

  • How Microsoft Partners can make the most out of apprenticeships
  • How Levy and non-Levy apprenticeship funding works
  • Which apprenticeship programmes are available
  • Which apprenticeship programme is suitable for you and your business
  • What it’s like being an apprentice employer
  • What support is available from training providers

Every roundtable is an interactive, 60 minute closed-group discussion. Reserve your place fast, because there’s a limited number of places available. The roundtables are scheduled for:


Once you’ve registered for the roundtable, we’ll invite you to the meeting through MyInspire.
Microsoft Inspire is a brilliant opportunity for Partners to network and Firebrand’s “How to make the most out of Microsoft Apprenticeships” roundtable will be no different. This is your chance to take advantage of Firebrand’s apprenticeship experts and get expert feedback from fellow Microsoft Partners.

You’ll also get the opportunity to meet with existing Microsoft apprentices and learn about their experiences in the UK lounge – keep an eye out for Firebrand’s all-star apprentice, Guen Dang.

Sign-up for the “How to make the most of Microsoft Apprenticeships” roundtable now!






Saturday, 10 June 2017

Attend the next UK Cisco TechHuddle: “Where Application Meets Infrastructure”

Discover what happens when cloud applications meet infrastructure at Cisco’s next TechHuddle. TechHuddle returns in July 2017 with “Where Application Meets Infrastructure” - this is your chance to get face-to-face with Cisco experts.

During the TechHuddle, Cisco experts will guide you through the key elements involved in building and implementing cloud in your business. With Cisco, you’ll also discuss industry shifts and cloud economics.

You’ll get first-hand demonstrations of Cisco technologies as you learn how to:

  • Deliver a multi-cloud plan
  • Get started with a Container Service
  • Provide infrastructure as code despite having more CLI than API
  • Make open source work off the shelf

During July, you’ll get the opportunity to learn directly from Cisco experts at three TechHuddles. The upcoming UK Cisco Tech Huddles are:

  • London: 11th July 2017 (9:00am – 2:00pm)
  • Manchester: 12th July 2017 (9:00am – 2:00pm)
  • Glasgow: 27th July 2017 (9:00am – 2:00pm)

Register now to attend one of three events Cisco TechHuddle events in July.

Remind me, what is the Cisco TechHuddle?

TechHuddle is Cisco’s quarterly technical update which includes live events and webinars from across the UK and Ireland.

These events are built for technologists and are focused on discussion, learning and interaction with Cisco’s experts. At a TechHuddle, you’ll share your own experiences and challenges with like-minded professionals and Cisco evangelists.

Previous TechHuddles have seen Cisco team-up with Meraki to shine a light on the world of cloud networking or combine forces with Fast IT to transform IT infrastructure.

Each quarter TechHuddles take on a different focus. For a closer look at the topics and issues tackled at recent events, take a look at the TechHuddle blog and YouTube Channel.

Friday, 26 May 2017

Latest EC-Council Disaster Recovery Professional (EDRP) v3 certification launched


EC-Council today announced the launch of the latest version of the EC-Council Disaster Recovery Professional (EDRP) certification, designed to build the critical skills your organisation needs to continue running following a disaster.


Earlier today, EC-Council COO, Sean Lim, announced the launch of the EDRP v3 certification. During a live presentation, Sean outlined exciting updates to the EDRP which resulted in a complete overhaul of the credential, bringing it right up to date.


Why you need disaster recovery skills


The need for disaster recovery skills within your organisation is critical to the continued functioning of your business following a disaster. Organisations lacking a disaster recovery and business continuity plan risk significant financial losses, reputational damage and complete business failure in severe circumstances.

The threat is very real. Statistics from FEMA - a US Department of Defence organisation - report almost 75% of organisations without a business continuity plan fail within 3 years of a disaster. Of these businesses, between 40-60% never reopened their doors immediately following the disaster.


Disaster recovery is a growing industry


Unfortunately for you, disaster events are on the rise. In fact, the disaster recover industry is expected to grow to almost seven times its current size - from $1.6 billion in 2016 to $11.1 billion by 2021. This come as no surprise considering that more than half of companies (54%) have reported a downtime event that lasted more than 8 hours in the past five years (State of Disaster Recovery 2016 – Zetta).


State of Disaster Recovery 2016 Infographic - Zetta


Two thirds of these organisations went on to report that they would lose upwards of $20,000/day for every day of downtime. Consider the revenue your business generates per day and imagine how losing your website and phone systems could impact that. This is an increasingly likely scenario - 34% of organisations reported downtime caused by a malware attack. 

Despite these shocking statistics, 2 in 5 companies still do not have a documented disaster recovery plan, and only 40% of these organisations test them once a year.

Can your business afford not to be prepared?


How the EDRP certification protects you


The EDRP course focuses on developing the skills you need to prevent - and recover from - disasters affecting an enterprise scale organisation. These skills could mean the difference between business recovery and business ruin.

This purpose-built course will teach you to identify vulnerabilities and construct the countermeasures required to prevent and mitigate failure risks within your organisation. 

You’ll develop a foundation in core disaster recovery principles, including preparation of a disaster recovery (DR) plan, risk assessment, policy and procedures development and implementation of the DR plan to recover from disaster – should the worst happen.

EDRP v3 has been completely redesigned to align to the latest job task analysis and market research with key additions including:

  • New curriculum focused on business continuity and disaster recovery
  • Meeting regulatory compliance for standards including ISO 31000, ISO 22301, ISO 22313, NFPA 1600 and many more along the NICE Framework
  • Cloud-based virtual labs to simulate business continuity / disaster recover techniques in real time
  • Bridging the gap between business continuity and disaster recovery
  • Updated exams to validate both knowledge and practical skills across business continuity and disaster recovery

The course syllabus covers:

  1. An introduction to Disaster Recovery and Business Continuity
  2. Business Continuity Management
  3. Risk Assessment
  4. Business Impact Analysis
  5. Business Continuity Plan
Developing the skills to:


  • Design a business continuity management framework
  • Create a risk assessment report
  • Create a business impact analysis report
  • Create a business continuity strategy

Want a detailed look at the new curriculum? Take a look at this page for more in-depth knowledge of the EDRP certification.