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Author: Ciaran Kenny

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Tracking Coronavirus using Power BI

Visual representations make trends and differences easy to spot. Trying to make sense of the news during the Coronavirus crisis provides a powerful example of how difficult it can be to extract meaning from raw data. Like everybody else I have been struggling to interpret the daily deluge of numbers so I can determine whether

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Security

Is it ever a good idea to share office passwords?

At first glance the answer is obvious. No, of course we should never share our passwords, why would we? 

I agree and yet, here’s an oddity: we often encounter small companies where password sharing is common. It may not be obvious at first but with a little digging the practice turns out to be the norm. 

In fact, anecdotally, I would say offices in which some degree of password sharing goes on are more common than those that absolutely ban it.

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Security

Cyber Essentials: is it worth it?

For some companies, Cyber Essentials or Cyber Essentials Plus certification is a must-have. Usually this is because their position in the supply chain—e.g. supplying to central or local government—dictates that they must have it.  But, for the rest of us, is it worth it? Certification against any standard usually looks like a lot of effort.

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10 Simple Steps to Improve IT Security

Aiming for watertight IT security is a tall order. If organisations like the German Parliament, British Airways or Ticketmaster can’t get it right, what hope for the rest of us? In fact, once you start looking at IT security the whole thing becomes so daunting that many smaller companies just give up and hope for

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