I hope you are all well and starting to look forward to Halloween and Bonfire night! It's unbelievable that we are now midway through October already, where has the time gone?
It's all a bit upside down here at the office as we are undergoing building works throughout the whole building, but we are managing as best we can and look forward to the new office layout that will transpire over the coming months.
So myself, Jude and the sales guys have been really busy over the last few weeks, as previously mentioned we have been exhibiting at a couple of local events. it was great to get out there and talk to people about what we do as a company and also educate others on Cloud computing and best practice data security, along with the help of Jezz Gobran and Peter Arundale our cyber and telecoms experts. You can read more about this below.
Last month we held a successful oriental fish and chip Friday at Zen Metro, this was a little different for us, but it was a fantastic opportunity to meet new contacts and something we will look to do again next year. For all our regular net-workers you will be pleased to hear we are back at our usual venue next month, Hagley Golf Club. If you have never attended one of our Friday networking events, why not give it a go, as it's the last one of 2017!
I hope you enjoy my Halloween quiz and you can read more CSCM news below, enjoy October!
INCLUDED THIS MONTH:
We are Finalists!
Fish and Chip Fryday
Word from Jezz at i-Secured
Halloween Quiz Time
Lawbiztec 2017 - NEC Birmingham
We exhibited at a two day Lawbiztec event last week. It was packed full of solicitors and legal sector representatives who were attending multiple seminars that were being held over the two days. Jude, Peter and Jezz as mentioned above ran two sessions where they talked about the future of cloud computing, including the impacts of GDPR, all of which was well received by the attendees.
60 Seconds with Tom Glibbery
Job Title - Customer Service & Technical Helpdesk Manager
Length of Service - 7 Months
Here at CSCM I manage the support tickets as they come in and ensure that all new support tickets are assigned to a technician with the correct set of key skills for the issue. I deal with the day-to-day issues in the Technical department, which includes managing any customer issues and looking for areas to improve our work processes.
This is my first position in Information Technology and therefore it's been really interesting over the last few months learning a totally new field. I have never in my career had a job that has so much variety!
When I was a child I co-presented a series about animals with Anthea Turner. (Also some people in the office say I look like 'Superman' that's before he changes into his costume by the way).
On Sunday 15th October Jude will be taking part in his last charity challenge of 2017. He will be running in the Birmingham International Marathon, as well as then starting again to do another half marathon with his good friend and local legend 'Blind Dave Heeley'. All proceeds from Jude's sponsors will go to local charity 'The Albion Foundation'. If you would like to donate, please click here.
We are Finalists!
We are proud to announce that we have been chosen as finalists in TWO categories at this years Annual Black Country Chamber of Commerce Awards.
The categories are:
Best use of Technology 2017
Small Business of the Year 2017
The winners will be announced at the awards dinner in November and we look forward to welcoming the judges into the CSCM offices next week, for final observations before they choose their winners.
Fish and Chip Fryday is Back!
Friday 10th November 2017
12.30pm - 14.30pm
Hagley Golf Club, nr Stourbridge
Food For Thought by Jezz Gobran
There has been much written over the last few months about GDPR, some of it good accurate information and the rest, well fish and chip paper is probably it’s best use.
A lot of what has been written has been about the attention-grabbing fines, the debate about consent and the right to be forgotten. There has been very little about the foundation of the data protection principles, the legal basis for processing and the processor-controller relationship and the fact that in many ways the GDPR isn’t very dissimilar to the current Data Protection Act.
This is one that many just can’t seem to get right. So back to the basics of data protection which will help in the understanding of this. One must have a legal basis to process personal information of individuals, one of those legal basis’s is consent (but there are more). This consent can be used for the processing of personal data, however, and this is where it gets interesting, when it comes to marketing, consent is necessary (just because one has consent for the general processing of data, does not mean this is consent for marketing) and what’s more, whilst one must comply with the Data Protection Act and soon to be GDPR, when it comes to marketing, it’s PECR (Privacy of Electronic Communications Regulations) that must be adhered to along with the GDPR for its other requirements. Whilst this regulation has been around since 2002 not many have heard of it!
The tick box off the shelf approach
As you would imagine GDPR has become a little like cyber was a year or two ago, plenty of people jumping on the band wagon and most of them not really knowing the first thing about it other than the very basics.
There are plenty offering the silver bullet of an off the shelf solution that can be applied across the board. The issue here is that every business is different, different people, different ways of working, nuances, challenges and whilst there will be some commonalities between companies there certainly isn’t a one size fits all approach if you want to do it properly.
Hopefully you’ve found this of use, feel free to get in touch if we can be of assistance with you or your client's GDPR readiness.
Find out more about us at www.i-Secured.co.uk and get in touch with me at jgobran@i-Secured.co.uk.
Coffee Break Quiz
- Ghost Town spent three weeks at number one in 1981, what band released it?
- Whose ghost supposedly haunts the chapel of St Peter ad Vincula and is also said to walk around the Tower of London's white tower with her head under her arm?
- What is the name of the series of four vampire themed fantasy romance novels by the american Stephanie Meyer.
- Which vegetable drink is a favourite of the students of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry?
- Who wrote the 1897 Gothic horror novel Dracula?
- Which 1962 novelty song was sung by Bobby 'Boris' Pickett?
- Chucky is the title character of which horror film series?
- What is Norman Bates hobby in the 1960 film Psycho?
- In which street did The Addams family live?
- What is Kinemortophobia the fear of?
- What was the best known way to kill a vampire until it was made illegal in 1823?
- In which district of London did Jack The Ripper's attacks take place?
- How many films have been made in the 'The Halloween' series?
- The Specials
- Anne Boleyn
- Pumpkin Juice
- Bram Stoker
- The Monster Mash
11.Drive a stake through its heart
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