Are you taking the necessary steps to protect your organisations?

While modern technology offers amazing gains in productivity, you also need to make sure your organisation is protected from increasing security threats. Your organisational data is valuable and needs to be protected. Data breaches are a fact of life, and the costs continue to rise:

  • 4.2 Billion customer records compromised
  • 99 days from breach to detection
  • 17 million is the average cost of a security breach 

Information loss is now the most expensive consequence of cyber-crime.


Wouldn’t you feel more confident knowing your business assets are protected and secure? 

Enterprise Mobility + Security (EMS)

Microsoft’s Enterprise Mobility + Security suite is a full-featured enterprise security solution that includes Azure Active Directory Premium, Intune, Azure Information Protection, Advanced Threat Analytics (ATA), and Microsoft Cloud App Security.

These tools help your organisation:

  • Maintain convenience and accessibility for employees while preventing data loss
  • Control how and when users connect to your network with device & rights management
  • Monitor user behaviour to eliminate threats

Identity and Access Management

Azure Active Directory is Microsoft’s most comprehensive solution for user and identity management.
Azure Active Directory’s features include:

  • Secure trusted connection to applications hosted in the cloud & on premise
  • Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA)
  • Single sign-on for thousands of SaaS apps 
  • Centralized management of corporate social media accounts
  • Self-service password management

 
Device Management

Microsoft Intune is a comprehensive security solution for enterprise device management that includes PC management, mobile device management (MDM), and mobile application management (MAM).
Intune allows your organisation to:

  • Manage all of your PCs and mobile devices
  • Revoke access, remove applications, and selectively wipe company data from devices at any time
  • Remotely enforce mobile device settings such as passcode resets, device locking, and data encryption
  • Protect devices with secure file viewing
  • Control actions on the web, including access to specific websites, with Managed Browser
  • Manage your applications 

Data Protection  

Do you know who your confidential documents have been shared with?

From confidential agreements to classified emails, Azure Information Protection protects your organisation by controlling and securing how documents are accessed.

Information Protection is fully integrated with Office 365, Windows Server, and many third-party applications.

  • Granular control over document usage including duration of access
  • Policy enforcement over specific actions and applications, such as copy/paste and print functions in Office
  • Advanced encryption
  • Access logging to track when and where your documents are opened
  • Automatic document classification based on content or metadata

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Microsoft Azure FAQ

MJ Flood Technology – Microsoft Gold Partner- Guido Marchetti Cloud Lead

What is Azure?

Azure is Microsoft Cloud infrastructure and platform as a service. It allows users to consume IT hardware and software like a utility bill. Well, that is the practical answer. The technologists in us see Azure as a place to make the impossible, possible. If you can imagine it, then Azure will help it become a reality. Its computing like never before.

Is Azure secure?

Yes, security and privacy are built into the Azure platform. Microsoft is committed to the highest levels of trust, transparency, standards conformance, and regulatory compliance with the most comprehensive set of compliance offerings of any cloud service provider.

Will Azure really save me money?

With no upfront cost, you only pay for what you use. Azure provides flexible purchasing and pricing options for all your cloud scenarios, such as the Azure Hybrid Benefit, and offers extensive tools to help manage your cloud spend.

Can I try Azure for free, without any risk of being charged?

Yes of course. Create an Azure free account to learn how Azure works, try products and cloud services, and view tutorials on how to deploy your first solution in 10 minutes or less.  With our spending limit feature, customers who sign up for a free trial, Visual Studio, MPN, or BizSpark offer can use Azure without any fear of getting charged as long as they keep the spending limit feature turned on.

Will Azure work for my industry?

Azure provides solutions for all industries. Bring together cloud services and products tailored for your industry to help meet your specific needs and drive innovation.

I have server licenses. Can I transfer them to Azure and run them on Virtual Machines?

 Yes, through license mobility, if you have SA you can “bring-your-own-license” for all Virtual Machines supported server products except Windows Server

Is there a pre commit?

There is no need for one, you can sign up to Azure as a pay as you go model, or if you prefer a fixed price you can also purchase Reserved virtual instances of machines. This gives you the ability to fix your price for the resources you need.

Is the Cloud more cost effective?

This depends on what you are trying to achieve. In some case yes, it is, in others it might not be. But we will work with you to design the solution that meets your business requirements.

What is the Azure SLA agreement?

Azure has separate SLAs for all services that are generally available, and not in preview.

Interested in learning more about Microsoft Azure?

Speak to one of our experts today, call 01 466 3500 or email sales@mjf.ie

MJ Flood Technology Announced for Retail Retreat 2019

It is that time of year again, we are back for this year’s Retail Excellence Retail Retreat in the Citywest Convention Centre. This event takes place over two days the 21st and 22nd of May, and is the largest retail expo in Ireland attracting the very best retailers, industry suppliers, speakers and sector experts every year.

This year we will be exhibiting the very latest in retail technology including, the latest developments in in-store Digital Signage, Analytics, Interactive Display Technology and Devices. And… we are very excited to introduce our new Digihub Advertising Network on our stand. So, make sure to drop by stand 1 where we will be hosting live demonstrations of all our latest retail solutions, or to speak to one of the team.

To register for this event visit, https://www.retailexcellence.ie/events/retreat/

HPE SimpliVity – The Next Generation In Construction Data Management

Lead infrastructure Architect Garrett Wallis sat down with Construction Magazine to discuss the benefits of HPE SimpliVity for the Construction Sector.

What is HPE SimpliVity?

HPE Simplivity is a “hyper-converged” Virtual infrastructure platform. This means that the server, storage, hypervisor and backup infrastructure are delivered as an all-in-one highly efficient, highly effective and highly available platform.  It represents the evolution of infrastructure virtualisation, and transition to a software-defined data centre.

What benefits does it have to offer construction firms?

HPE Simplivity address the challenges faced by many business sectors.  It is:

Simple:  Remove the complexity of procuring and managing many different infrastructure elements.  HPE Simplivity is a fully integrated, pre-configured platform for modern IT infrastructure.

Flexible:  Enable rapid transformation and business agility with a simple building-block approach and a single management interface.

Powerful:  High performance infrastructure in a small foot-print, with the ability to expand easily and non-disruptively as requirements change.

Efficient:  With a compact and simplified form-factor, it requires a smaller data centre infrastructure and lower services costs.

Secure:  Integrated backup brings data backup and protection and rapid recovery capabilities.

For construction companies, HPE SimpliVity adds real value.

It means having:

  • The ability to fulfil new service requirements quickly.
  • Cost effective and predictable cost structure.
  • The power to meet fluctuating workloads. 
  • The powerful yet simple management interface serves to free up IT resources to concentrate on adding real value to the service rather than focussing on day-to-day operations.

HPE SimpliVity working for construction

“As a large contractor, I run my operations from a central office and would have 5 to 20 sites in operation at one time, with people using BIM needing real time access to collaborate on files, drawings and the media. How can SimpliVity help my operations?”

HPE Simplivity is an appropriate platform for any organisation with an on-premises or hybrid IT architecture.  It is a solution for a centralised IT operation, or larger branch office environments.

As a large contractor, running multiple sites, there are a standard set of IT services required to enable management and collaboration on the job.  HPE SimpliVity enables services to be defined once and then repeated rapidly and simply in multiple locations, with services that can easily share, secure and protect each sites IT collateral (file shares, virtual servers, backups, virtual desktops – all the backend IT elements).  A discrete set of services can be instated rapidly for each job and removed/archived at the end of the job.

Used in conjunction with appropriate networking and remote access, it provides a base on which to enable the storage and sharing platform for Building Information Management collateral and processes. Management of those resources is greatly simplified, and the skills needed to gain the most of the investment easily acquired.

What scale of business is Simplicity suited to?

HPE Simplivity scales from the small business to the large enterprise.  It can add value to the operation of every business, though the economics are most compelling in a business with a requirement for 20 virtual machines or more, or in a business of any size that wants to consolidate and simplify its IT infrastructure.

HPE Simplivity is a modular platform that scales easily with requirements – start small and grow, with a predictable upgrade path, and seamless expansion without compromising business operations.

Can small external sub-contractors be added to the system?

If a small sub-contractor needs IT services but doesn’t have the capability to deliver those IT services independently for a job, the HPE Simplivity platform offers a way to provision services for the contractor, logically isolated for other services.

What savings and efficiencies does SimpliVity offer?

  • Huge savings over traditional infrastructure, and significant cheaper than comparable public Cloud offerings
  • Significant increase in time available for new projects
  • Rapid payback through operating cost reductions and cost avoidance.

Who is using HPE SimpliVity?

Businesses and organisations across multiple sectors and industries use HPE Simplivity to run their organisations – including Construction, Healthcare, Financial Services, Education, Local Government.  No matter what your industry, HPE Simplivity brings the benefit of hyperconvergence to you your business.

How do I get a demo?

Contact Garrett Wallis at wallisg@mjf.ie or 014663500 for more information and to arrange for a specialist to provide more information or a demonstration.

MJ Flood Technology and Promogroup Announce Partnership

MJ Flood Technology and Promogroup Ireland have teamed up to deliver something very special to the digital out of home landscape. Introducing Digihub, the latest in Digital Advertising technology. MJ Flood Digital’s new advertising network offers the most technologically advanced, high quality and attractive digital hubs on the market.

Keith Hanley Head of Digital Retail at MJ Flood Technology commented “The team here at MJFT are excited to bring this state of the art Network to the Digital Out of Home space. Our unique selling point is that we are an experienced technology solution provider with extensive experience in the Retail space around CX, experiential solutions and feature rich data analytics. We have future proofed our network to provide the very best experience from both a brand and consumer perspective”
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Is it time to challenge retailer digitisation perceptions to keep the high street relevant?

Is it time to challenge retailer digitisation perceptions to keep the high street relevant? Keith Hanley discusses the perceived challenges facing retailers when adopting new technologies and the many solutions available today.

Cyber Security- How are you protected?

Guido Marchetti discusses Cyber Security and how can you protect your business.

HPe Simplivity and the Unknown Soldier- BACKUP & DR

HPe Simplivity and the Unknown Soldier-BACKUP & DR by Pat O’Neill, Enterprise Consultant and Account Manager, MJ Flood Technology.

Guido Marchetti, cloud solutions specialist with MJ Flood Technology talks Internet of Things or IoT

How are you measuring your IT Department and is it Fair?

by Guido Marchetti, Cloud Lead, MJ Flood Technology.

If you are a business leader, a CIO or indeed any C-level executive that deals with technology in your company, I want you to take a moment to really think about this. “How are you measuring your IT department?” and “is it fair?” What do I mean by this? Well, that’s quite simple really, we’ve seen a change in how we deploy our IT systems in this modern world, but have we started to change our view of IT in line with it?
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FORTNITE “A Plague on your HOME??”

Every time I’ve listened to the radio over the last two weeks I’ve heard people talking about Fortnite. Similarly, I had a conversation with a client during a business meeting about the same topic and everyone seems to share the same concerns. Is this bad for my child?