Connect to increased security, says Dynamic Edge expert

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Businesses could be leaving themselves vulnerable to illicit ‘cyber’ attacks unless they take decisive action.

One of the largest independent IT firms in the North of Scotland, Dynamic Edge has urged companies to take proactive steps to protect their systems against external threats.

The issue recently came to light when a north-east business was left facing a five-figure bill after illicit phone calls were made after its phone system was compromised.

Matt Yeoman, business development consultant at Dynamic Edge, specialises in cloud computing technology and hosted voice solutions. He is well aware of the communications challenges faced by businesses that either lack the most effective systems or possess ageing infrastructure.

Matt said: “While more and more businesses are embracing new technology, there are unfortunately still examples of companies falling foul of malicious attacks from outside threats.

“Organisations whose phone systems are perhaps five years old or more are potentially at risk. This is because they are most likely using a physical Private Branch Exchange (PBX); basically, a black box that sits in your premises and stores all kinds of sensitive data and connections.

“This traditional model is far less secure than a cloud-based system which is monitored at all times, without the need for physical checks, and removes the liability from the business.

“Not only do these hosted voice solutions offer better safety and reduced vulnerability, but fraud protection and disaster recovery comes as standard – meaning businesses can have peace of mind all year round.

“Companies of all sizes should ensure they are fully protected against any kind of harmful activity. By working with a trusted partner, who has the relevant expertise, firms can proactively protect their business critical systems and information.

“That way they won’t be left to foot an unwelcome bill.”

Hosted telephone systems sit in a network data centre – known as the cloud – rather than taking up physical space in the business’ premises. Users make calls through their data connection, rather than via a PBX (private branch exchange), which removes associated upgrade and maintenance costs at every site.

Elevator Awards Recognition for Dynamic Edge

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Dynamic Edge has been nominated for a leading business award in recognition of its innovative technology solutions and commitment to customer service.

The company is a finalist for the Business Success Over 3 Years honour as part of the Elevator Awards 2015, which celebrate the achievements of businesses and entrepreneurs across the north-east.

Organised by Elevator, formerly Enterprise North East Trust, the result will be announced at a glittering ceremony held at the Mercure Ardoe House Hotel on Thursday, June 25.

Managing director Stuart Winterburn said: “This nomination is wonderful recognition for all the hard work put in by our team over the past 12 months to help businesses achieve more from their IT and communications.

“I’m sure that it will be a fantastic occasion for all of the nominees and everyone connected with the event. We’re up against some tough competition but we are hopeful of doing well on the night.”

The Business Success Over 3 Years category is being sponsored by the Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) – Ahead for Business.

For more information on the Elevator Awards visit http://bit.ly/199aQfn

DE targets further growth with Inverness acquisition

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DE has acquired Inverness-based Alchemy Plus Business Solutions.

Alchemy delivers IT services to companies across a range of sectors including oil and gas, construction, leisure and hospitality, retail and professional services, such as accountancy practices and legal firms.

DE managing director Stuart Winterburn, who will be based in Inverness over the coming months, said: “The purchase of Alchemy is an ideal fit for us as we look to broaden our reach across the north.

“This is an exciting time for both companies. The respective teams are looking forward to working together and the combined level of knowledge puts us in a strong position to grow the business.”

DE chief executive Rob Hamilton said: “We’re delighted with the deal. There are a burgeoning number of technologies out there that can help businesses and we see huge potential in Inverness and the surrounding area.”

Alchemy Plus Business Solutions executive chairman Peter Swanson said: “The deal was completed relatively quickly and is great news for both businesses. DE is a strong, innovative business that wants to build on our success locally.

“It has the same focus upon quality customer service and front-line expertise and is perfectly equipped to take the company to the next level. I wish DE all the best in developing a very successful business across the north of Scotland.”

Mr Swanson plans to concentrate on his other business interests. Alchemy will continue to operate under its own name from its offices on Seafield Road. Combined, the companies have a staff of 26. An additional two people are being sought to bring the Inverness team up to 10 people.