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NP Ranked Among Top 50 Best Managed IT Companies by TechnoPlanet

Last week NP attended the virtual ‘50 Best Managed IT Companies Awards’ awards for the second year running. The Cheshire based IT company was announced as a winner of the prestigious award placing them amongst the top IT Support companies in the UK.

The award recognises the top 50 IT Companies in the UK for their outstanding achievement in running their businesses based on best practices.

This award recognises the top 50 companies in Britain. Thomas Greaves, Commercial Director at NP says; “Being recognised as one of the 50 Best Managed IT Companies in the UK for a second year running demonstrates our continuing commitment to excellent service and innovative products and services for our clients.”

About Britain’s 50 Best Managed IT Companies Award

This award recognises the top 50 companies in Britain for their outstanding achievement in running their business on best practices. To earn this award, the channel partner must have completed a 200-question assessment in all areas of business practices. Each response is scored and benchmarked. The companies with the highest 50 scores are given this award.

About NP

NP are a Technology Services and Solutions provider. Founded in 2004 to meet the increasing demand for cost effective IT and Telecoms support services within the SME sector.  Their market leading UBS proposition delivers cost effective, secure and productive working for all employees, whether working from home or the office.

NP offer a wide range of managed business technology services and solutions to single and multi-site businesses across the UK, covering a wide selection of market sectors.

About TechnoPlanet

TechnoPlanet is an international channel marketing and communications company that specialises in the technology industry. Well established in North America, they have been expanding their presence in the UK in recent years.

NP CONTACT:

Thomas Greaves,

Commercial Director, NP

tgreaves@np.technology

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Business as usual – Your urgent Coronavirus checklist

To ensure your team can work as normally as possible from home.

On the 3rd March, the Government published their Coronavirus action plan. In his address, Boris Johnson said that up to a fifth of UK workers “could be off sick at the same time” and it is “highly likely that we will see a growing number of UK cases”. 

If your workforce needs to stay at home because of a Coronavirus emergency, how can you ensure that it’s business as usual? 

We’ve created a 4-step checklist to help you prepare for this eventuality. It asks you to consider the following: 

  • Data security 
  • Access to data 
  • Home office set up 
  • Communication, collaboration and management 

 Fill in your details here to get this urgent checklist emailed to you NOW.

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NP announces the retirement of co-founder Brian Cosgrove

DATE 11 MARCH 2019:

NP announces the retirement of co-founder Brian Cosgrove

NP today announces the retirement of Co-Founder and Commercial Director, Brian Cosgrove, after 14 years with the business. Along with business partner Dean Ross, Brian Cosgrove has been key to the success of NP, nurturing a business culture of learning and accountability and driving the ambition for NP to be the best customer service business that their customers know. His many successes culminated in 2018 with NP being ranked within the top 501 Managed Service Providers worldwide by the industry media organisation Channel Futures. Brian’s passion for outstanding service will live on in NP under CEO Dean Ross.

Chief Executive Officer, Dean Ross, is now leading the business into an exciting cloud-first era. With a thorough understanding of the business technology needs of small and medium organisations, NP is beginning a new chapter on its mission; to help organisation select, implement and manage business technologies to achieve a competitive advantage.

NP maintains strong partner relationships with many industry giants including Microsoft, HPE and WatchGuard, to enable delivery of complete solutions that empower client organisations to work in a productivity focussed, secure and compliant technology environment.

About NP:

NP are a Technology Services and Solutions provider. Founded in 2004 to meet the increasing demand for cost effective IT and Telecoms support services within the SME sector. NP offer a wide range of managed business technology services and solutions to single and multi-site businesses across the UK, covering a wide selection of market sectors.

UBS from NP is a market leading support product, putting users first. UBS offers a suite of services which deliver a secure and compliant, industry standard work environment for employees. Supporting multiple devices per user, with the latest technologies from the Microsoft Cloud, business owners can rest assured that IT is taken care of with NP.

Further Information:

For further information about NP, please visit our website; https://np.technology or contact:

NP Projects Ltd. Halton House Gorsey Lane Widnes Cheshire

WA8 0RP

Email: info@np.technology Call: 0151 257 7754

-ENDS-

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North West business owners fall for clever webcam scam – and lose £££ thousands

A number of local business owners and managers in the North West have fallen for a new scam that sees them paying thousands of pounds in Bitcoin – to prevent potentially embarrassing videos from being released.

The so-called “sextortion” scam has been seen dozens of times over the last few weeks by local data security expert Thomas Greaves at NP.

Yet the scam has now been revealed as nothing more than a clever bluff. And can be prevented with a webcam cover costing just £3.

“The scam is clever, because it targets the deep emotional fears of intelligent people with lots to lose,” Thomas said.

“They get an unsolicited email from a scammer claiming to have a webcam video recording of them browsing the web during their personal time. It’s not specific about what has been recorded, which means the reader jumps to their own conclusion.

“Critically, the scam email also contains their password, which makes them believe they have indeed been hacked and secretly videoed. Some people submit to the spammer’s requests in desperation. They send off £1,000 or more of Bitcoin, to prevent the video being released.”

Thomas added: “What most people don’t realise is that this hasn’t been targeted specifically at them, and there is no video recording at all. It’s a generic email sent to millions of people whose security has been breached in the past.”

Every laptop and phone released these days have built in webcams.

It is possible for the cameras to be operated without people realising it – although this is rare.

Thomas said: “Our advice to North West business owners and managers is to do three things.

“First, fit sliding webcam covers to all of their devices. Second, reset all passwords and use a password manager. This fills in passwords automatically, so they can use a set of unintelligible characters rather than a word they’ll have to remember.

“And third not to panic if they do get a scammy looking email. They should not be embarrassed. Talk to a data security expert who sees this sort of thing every day and can offer invaluable context.”

Any local business owner or manager who is worried about this scam should visit https://np.technology and book a 30-minute data security review.

NP Projects Ltd was formed in 2004, and now looks after hundreds of local businesses in the North West.

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Would your business pass the 57 minute data security challenge?

Here’s a bold challenge for you. I’m confident that if I were to visit your business today, I’d find a weakness in your IT system within just 57 minutes.

I call this our 57 minute Data Security Challenge. I bet I can uncover a way to get into your system, or an unsafe working practice.

All I’ll do is ask you some questions and have a quick look at your computers, and the systems your staff are using.

You see, cyber criminals are always looking for ways into computer systems, and countless business owners make it really easy for them. Just having anti-virus software in place, even if it’s really good, simply isn’t enough in 2018.

There are a lot of great anti-virus products out there, but never assume they will protect you from all threats. If cyber attackers really want to find a way in, there are plenty of other options available to them.

It’s all about perception. One of the biggest security problems I see every day is the attitude that it’s only the bigger companies that are at risk. 

The fact is, companies of all sizes face exactly the same threats. And cyber attackers particularly love the ones that take a blasé approach to security.

Fill in your detail now to get your free guide on taking the 57 minute data security challenge.

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