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Press release 22/07/21: Duke Royalty financing agreement

July 26, 2021 Posted by Uncategorized 0 thoughts on “Press release 22/07/21: Duke Royalty financing agreement”

inTec Business Solutions t/a the inTEC GROUP is delighted to announce that it has entered into a £7.7 million royalty financing agreement with Duke Royalty. There is additional follow-on funding in principle agreed for further acquisitions.

Formed in 2016, inTEC is highly acquisitive and has acquired seven business to date. inTEC’s underlying businesses have a history of predictable revenue and profitability, providing IT managed services to SME businesses, focusing on both technology and telecommunications solutions.

inTEC is an end-to-end independent technology consultancy helping businesses and organisations understand and see real value from their technology systems and investments. It specialises in the design, implementation, and support of a wide range of cloud services and business applications including I.T. managed services/infrastructure support, hosted collaboration, and communication solutions.

Duke’s investment will facilitate a refinancing of the capital structure in inTEC, consolidating equity shareholding among the founding management team and introducing Duke as the senior lender to support the business’s ongoing M&A strategy.

Duke Royalty is a provider of alternative capital solutions to a diversified range of profitable and long-established businesses in Europe and abroad.

Neil JohnsonCEO of Duke Royalty, said:

“Duke Royalty is rapidly building and diversifying its cash revenue, having entered into two partnerships in the last five days. inTEC has all the qualities of an attractive royalty partner for Duke in that it is an exciting buy & build platform with a track record of growth and profitability. The underlying businesses’ predictable revenue profiles and the increasing proliferation of new technologies among SME clients, makes us confident of the Company’s short and long-term prospects. Our support of this investment reflects our strong belief in the management team’s ability to continue the success achieved to date and the attractiveness of an M&A strategy in this sector.”

 Simon HowittChairman of inTEC, said:

 “Duke’s investment solution and the team’s appetite for supporting transformational strategies is key to our vision for what we want inTEC to become. By taking on Duke’s capital, we have simplified our balance sheet and set a firm foundation for future growth, both via M&A and organically. We are excited to continue to execute on our clearly defined plan. We are currently negotiating a number of further acquisitions and intend to double the size of the Group when we go into 2022.”

For further information, please visit our website or email the inTEC GROUP Marketing Manager

*iTEK Computer Solutions are part of the inTEC Group.

Your Guide to Switching Connectivity Providers

June 18, 2021 Posted by Uncategorized 0 thoughts on “Your Guide to Switching Connectivity Providers”

WHY STICK WITH SUBSTANDARD SERVICE?

Switching connectivity providers is easier than you think.

Check out this handy overview and then get in touch to discuss your business connectivity requirements. 

Please call 01539 898125 or email contact@itekcomputersolutions.co.uk and one of our team will be ready and waiting to advise further. 

Your Guide to Connectivity

June 18, 2021 Posted by Uncategorized 0 thoughts on “Your Guide to Connectivity”

WHAT IS FTTC, FTTP AND ETHERNET?

Read our useful guide for jargon-free descriptions here.

If you have any further questions or you would like to discuss your business connectivity requirements, please do not hesitate to get in touch. 

Please call 01539 898125 or email contact@itekcomputersolutions.co.uk and one of our friendly team will be happy to help.  

The SME Connectivity Myth Buster!

June 18, 2021 Posted by Uncategorized 0 thoughts on “The SME Connectivity Myth Buster!”

WHAT ARE THE COMMON MYTHS ABOUT CONNECTIVITY FOR SMEs?

Take a look at our handy overview here.

If you have any further questions or you would like to discuss your business connectivity requirements, please do not hesitate to get in touch. 

Please call 01539 898125 or email contact@itekcomputersolutions.co.uk and a member of the iTek team will help you.

Our SME Connectivity Jargon Buster!

June 17, 2021 Posted by Uncategorized 0 thoughts on “Our SME Connectivity Jargon Buster!”

DON’T KNOW YOUR ADSL FROM YOUR FTTC?

No problem, we can help.

Check out Our SME connectivity jargon buster guide here. 

If you have any further questions or you would like to discuss your business connectivity requirements, please do not hesitate to get in touch.

Please call 01539 898125 or email contact@itekcomputersolutions.co.uk and one of our friendly team will be on hand to assist.

What does your email signature say about you?

February 26, 2021 Posted by Uncategorized 0 thoughts on “What does your email signature say about you?”

Are you missing a sales trick with your email signature? Exclaimer makes creating signatures for Office 365 super easy.

 

WHAT IS EXCLAIMER CLOUD – SIGNATURES FOR OFFICE 365?

Exclaimer is easy to use, professional email signature software that’s designed for Office 365. It works by using your company’s Office 365 Directory to pull through your contact details and attach it to all outbound or inbound emails from your mailbox. With a web-based management portal, signatures can be quickly designed and applied to any individual or group without needing any digital or design expertise.

Its smart and intuitive signature editor features a handy drag-and-drop interface, so signatures can be easily duplicated and updated instantly. Exclaimer also works wherever your employees go, on any device they carry – be it when they are on their daily commute, working from home or at a client site. Every signature sent through their Office 365 mailbox will look the same, no matter whether they use desktop PC and Mac, tablet or mobile, ensuring your brand has the same look and feel everywhere.

 

HOW DOES EXCLAIMER CLOUD – SIGNATURES FOR OFFICE 365 WORK?

Exclaimer can be configured to pass email signatures through your Office 365 mailboxes in one of three ways; server-side, client-side, and a mix of both server-side and client-side.

When working with the cloud in server-side configurations, Exclaimer works by passing mail from your customer’s Office 365 mailbox through to Exclaimer’s Azure servers using Office 365 connectors. Then regional, load-balanced Azure servers add signatures to all emails sent from any device – be it desktop PC, laptop, tablet, mobile and mac.

For client-side and server-side configurations, email signatures are deployed to Outlook and are also passed through Azure. This means you still have the option to choose a signature when composing an email, and you’ll also get signatures stamped on emails sent from mobile devices and macs.

 

FULLY COMPLIANT, TRUSTED BY MILLIONS

As a multi award-winning company, Exclaimer is widely recognised for their innovative email signature software. Exclaimer Cloud – Signatures for Office 365 is the only solution of its kind to be awarded the ISO 27001 certification, meaning it conforms to the highest standards of cloud security. As a Microsoft Gold Cloud Platform and Application Development partner, Exclaimer is recognised throughout the world and its software is used by 50 million users across 150+ countries.

Under UK law, it’s imperative that businesses comply by adding certain information onto their email disclaimer. If your business is either a LTD, PLC, or LLP, then it must include the company name, the registration number and the place it was registered, along with a registered office address. Exclaimer ensures your email signatures are fully compliant with UK law by doing all of this for you, so there’s no need to worry.

 

THE COMMON PAIN POINTS

If you’ve ever created an email signature from scratch for your own business, you’ll know just how time consuming it can be. With Office 365, it can be just as tricky to create signatures as there’s no real way to test their designs with a preview function or embed HTML images for upselling and cross-selling. The biggest culprits are…

  • Creation of numerous transport rules for departmental signatures
  • Copy/paste HTML signature designs
  • No signatures available for mobiles and macs
  • Blank spaces in contact details
  • Not able to place signatures under replies or have reply signatures
  • Lack of consistency when getting employees to use on-brand templates

WHY CHOOSE EXCLAIMER CLOUD – SIGNATURES FOR OFFICE 365?

INTUITIVE SIGNATURE EDITOR
Features a drag-and-drop editor for quick and easy design allowing users of any ability to create email signatures.

UNLIMITED SIGNATURE CREATION
There’s no limit to how many signatures you can create – build templates for individual users, departments or employees who speak different languages.

DELIVER BRAND CONSISTENCY
Apply company-wide signatures with a professional and consistent structure by adding logos, promotional banners and your custom font.

 

WHY CHOOSE EXCLAIMER CLOUD – SIGNATURES FOR OFFICE 365?

GENERATE INBOUND MARKETING
Apply custom time and date ranges on Office 365 signatures to work with marketing campaigns, promotional events
or seasonal offers to generate inbound marketing, saving on costs.

CHOOSE FROM OUTLOOK
Allows users to choose an Office 365 signature in Outlook as they compose a message, giving them more flexibility.

WORKS ON ALL DEVICES
Office 365 signatures are applied to emails sent on all devices, including Mac and mobile so users remain professional and compliant everywhere they go.

 

Check out our quick guide here for more info and some pro tips! Exclaimer Cloud – Signatures for Office 365

PLEASE GET IN TOUCH!

Tel: 01539 898125
Email: contact@itekcomputersolutions.co.uk

Your 101 Guide to Cyber Security Solutions!

February 11, 2021 Posted by Uncategorized 0 thoughts on “Your 101 Guide to Cyber Security Solutions!”

THE HOME TRUTH ABOUT CYBER SECURITY

Picture this, you’re getting ready to leave the house ready for your holiday and you check that all the doors and windows are locked, and perhaps even set a burglar alarm.

Why? Well, that’s obvious. Our homes contain personal and costly belongings that we don’t want other
people to get access to, therefore we implement security measures to keep people out.

The same applies with a security solution. If protecting your home is such a natural and common concept – then why wouldn’t you protect your business too?

 

 

STAY AHEAD OF CYBER-ATTACKS WITH ADAPTIVE SECURITY

CONSISTENTLY SUPERIOR PROTECTION.

Encompassing more than just anti-virus, Bitdefender brings a host of features that protect your device. Between anti-malware, anti-phishing and dual-layered firewalls, Bitdefender ensures your device is secure by detecting, anticipating and blocking all known and unknown attacks from its centralised cloud console.

Under its Advanced Threat Control suite, Bitdefender extracts known patterns of malware and viruses and looks for similar patterns in new, emerging threats. By watching over all active processes, it marks any malicious behaviour against a score. Should the active threat receive a score that passes the suspicious threshold, Bitdefender will remove and quarantine the malicious code.

 

 

SAFEGUARD WITH INTELLIGENT EMAIL PROTECTION

12.8% OF SMALL BUSINESSES WERE AFFECTED BY EMAIL-BORNE MALWARE THATCOMPRISED A MALICIOUS LINK IN 2017.

Source: Symantec, Internet Security Threat Report, 2018

Defend your confidential and sensitive data with unparalleled email and web threat protection from Symantec. As one of the world’s largest malware research organisations, Symantec is a global leader in security and is backed by the industry’s most secure service level agreements.

Symantec.cloud Email & Web Security blocks 99% of spam before it reaches your mailbox, defends against both known and unknown cyber threats and delivers a GDPR-ready solution to ensure compliance.

 

 

ADVANCED EMAIL SECURITY FOR MICROSOFT 365

BLOCK MICROSOFT 365 MAILBOX ATTACKS OTHER SOLUTIONS MIGHT MISS.

Exchange Online Protection (EOP) and Advanced Threat Protection (ATP) for Microsoft 365 are reputable forms of protection against mass spam attacks, relying on traditional signature and reputation-based security tools. But they cannot identify new threats such as spear phishing attempts or Business Email Compromise (BEC) attacks due to their sophisticated nature.

Advanced Email Security for Microsoft 365 by Vade Secure bolts itself onto EOP as a complementary layer of security. It enhances protection by using machine learning to predict patterns for new and emerging threats, while building technical profiles for individuals you regularly communicate with, identifying malicious imposters to circumvent spear phishing attacks. With Vade, you can relax knowing you’re covered.

 

 

SEAMLESS EMAIL ENCRYPTION FOR MICROSOFT 365 AND OUTLOOK

VIEW YOUR EMAILS SECURELY WHILE REDUCING THE RISK OF
PHISHING, MALWARE AND SPAM

Protect sensitive business or financial information over email with secure encryption from DeliverySlip. Used by more than 10,000 organisations and 5 million+ users worldwide, DeliverySlip makes it easy for you to hit send without worry by providing one-click email encryption directly inside your Microsoft 365 or Outlook.

Plus, you can easily transfer large files and access them through a mobile browser or the Android, iOS and Windows
apps. You can feel safe in the knowledge that you’re using bank-grade encryption to view your emails securely while reducing your risk of phishing, malware and spam.

 

 

ENTERPRISE MOBILITY AND SECURITY

Designed as the ultimate security package for businesses, EM+S includes Intune, Azure Active Directory and Azure Rights Management. It’s the 3-in-1 security solution that helps protect company data, employee identities and company-owned devices without compromising on productivity.

Controlling company data on employee devices is becoming increasingly harder in today’s mobile-first world. And with new data protection regulations in focus with GDPR, securing sensitive data is critical. By using EM+S, your journey to GDPR compliance is automatically supported by Microsoft with verified data protection third-party tools.

 

 

MICROSOFT 365 SECURE

With 120 million business users worldwide, Microsoft 365 is an irresistible target for cyber criminals. With this in mind, we think it’s important to highlight that the Microsoft 365 Exchange Online Protection is good, but not good enough.

Defend yourself against spear-phishing attacks and sophisticated malware with Vade Secure, while automatically backing up your mailbox data in the fully-encrypted Acronis Backup Cloud. It’s the all-in-one solution purposefully built to enhance protection, ensure compliance and maintain company reputation – without compromising user productivity

 

 

START PROTECTING YOUR BUSINESS TODAY WITH AN EMAIL SECURITY SOLUTION,

PLEASE GET IN TOUCH!

Tel: 01539 898125
Email: contact@itekcomputersolutions.co.uk

Why backup your Microsoft 365 data?

January 13, 2021 Posted by Uncategorized 0 thoughts on “Why backup your Microsoft 365 data?”

Here are 5 top reasons…

1. Microsoft 365 does not back up your data 

Many people assume that saving their data into their personal OneDrive means it’s backed up. But that’s
not strictly true. Even though it’s in the cloud, Microsoft only replicates your data for retention purposes.
This means it takes the most recent file version and saves a copy. If your files were locked for ransom or
they were infected with malware, the replicated copies may not be retrievable or, at best, it could take
up to 6 hours or more to retrieve just one file. Think about how that would affect your business.

2. The cost of a breach has potential to wreak significant damage to SMBs

Cost is a big factor for small to medium-sized businesses. Many SMBs are less likely to spend on cyber
security because they don’t think they’ll ever be targeted. Since they only hear about large breaches in
the news, they believe hackers only go after corporate money. But 47% of small businesses have already
reported a cyber-attack in 2019, an increase of 14% from 2018 (Hiscox, 2019). If your business were to
suffer from a data breach, those hours of lost productivity and loss of customer confidence due to
reputational damage could fold a small to medium-sized business overnight. The cost of purchasing
a backup solution for your Microsoft 365 data far outweighs the risks of going without.

3. Layered security is the best approach

Your Microsoft 365 email is automatically secured with standard protection; known as Exchange
Online Protection (EOP). But due to advanced exploits, EOP can’t protect you against social
engineering techniques that land in your inbox. Think about how you would protect your business
from intrusion; safety alarms, changing the locks on windows and doors, keeping your valuables
in a safe place and out of reach are all valid ways to secure your safety. So, choosing additional
security tools – such as email security and backup – to protect your Microsoft 365 data is the best
way to keep your business safe

4. Microsoft 365 is vulnerable to attack

The number of compromised Microsoft 365 accounts are growing. More than 1.5 million malicious
emails were delivered by hackers in March 2019 using 4,000 compromised accounts (Barracuda, 2019).
These are infiltrated by tricking the user with a combination of social engineering tactics, brand
impersonation and phishing methods to successfully retrieve their credentials. Unfortunately, since
most people use the same or similar password combinations for other accounts, these were also
compromised too. It’s a vicious circle. But even if you were to fall foul to these techniques (and everyone
does), having additional security software and a robust BCDR (Business Continuity and Disaster
Recovery) process in place could make all the difference.

5. Legal compliance

The Data Protection Act 2018 (the UK’s implementation of GDPR) stipulates that any data should
be ‘handled in a way that ensures appropriate security, including protection against unlawful or
unauthorised processing, access, loss, destruction or damage.’ Businesses that do not comply could be
faced with hefty fines, risking reputational damage and more. 86% of SMBs feel they cannot adequately
defend themselves against cyber breaches (Ponemon, 2018). Implementing an effective cyber security
strategy, including data backup, can help alleviate that pressure and aid your data compliance.

Find out more here:  Backup your Microsoft 365 data

PLEASE GET IN TOUCH!

Tel: 01539 898125
Email: contact@itekcomputersolutions.co.uk

Castle Park School Case Study

Castle Park School Case Study

“IT in schools has come a long way since my day!” jokes iTek Computer Solutions MD Ben Mitchinson, “Back then it was overhead projectors using acetate sheets and bulky TVs that weighed a tonne being wheeled-in to the classroom so that we could watch some science programme on the VHS video player.”

Mintbridge Stadium Case Study

Mintbridge Stadium Case Study

Adam Blamire is the Lead Engineer at iTek Computer Solutions and, as well as being a supporter of KRUFC, was instrumental in much of the design, installation and support of the IT systems at Mintbridge Stadium.

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