Gradian Doubles Fundraising for Kidney Research with Good Grace

Gradian raises funds for Kidney Research UK by doubling the efforts of a school girl's fundraising activities.
Integral House, Mill Lane
Alton, Hampshire
GU34 2QG
GB
Phone: 01420 540700

IMG_1145kidneyresearchuk-logo_transparent-170x72Applauding entrepreneurial efforts at the grass roots level whilst simultaneously raising money for a good cause has been Gradian’s strategy behind their recent fundraising for Kidney Research UK.

Kidney Research UK is Gradian’s ongoing charity of choice. Previous fundraising efforts have included the Gradian Team running in The Great South, “Wear Your Onesie” to Work day and their Just-Giving Customer Referral Programme.

This time, the effort has been firmly on the shoulders of school pupil, Grace, who’s father is Managing Director of Gradian Systems and who, herself, suffers from a rare Kidney condition.

After a week’s solid efforts of fundraising involving cake sales, sweet sales and lots of baking, Grace managed to raise £290.16 at school for Kidney Research UK. All this activity was permitted only once she had jumped through hoops to gain approval from her head teacher, Graham Best, of St John’s College in Portsmouth. Grace describes her efforts:

“I had to write a proper business plan with profit and loss forecasts and provide a clear strategy of activity to the head teacher before he allowed me to go ahead. It was quite a challenge, but I really enjoyed the whole process and had some great help from friends. It was good to finally do something myself to raise money for Kidney Research UK instead of relying on the goodwill of others.”

Head teacher, Graham Best, recalls Grace’s determination to raise funds:

“The way she organised the fundraising, co-ordinating various people, standing up and telling people about it and then making it happen shows what a dynamic and impressive young lady Grace is. I’m a huge supporter of her – such focus and determination at her age speaks volumes.”

Proud father, and MD, Damian Acklam comments on Gradian’s input:

“Having seen the time and effort Grace put in, I decided that Gradian would match the money she raised. It goes without saying that the cause is a worthy one but I think it was a great learning curve for Grace to put together a coherent business plan and present it to the head teacher.”

The cheque totalling £580.32 was presented by Grace, Damian & Graham Best to Kidney Research UK on 4th December 2014.

 

 

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Gradian Announces their Seat on Symantec’s BETA Testing Panel.

Gradian Systems reveal that they are on Symantec's BETA testing panel for Endpoint Protection.
Integral House, Mill Lane
Alton, Hampshire
GU43 2QG
Phone: 01420 540700

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Gradian Systems are proud to reveal that they have been involved with Symantec’s BETA Testing panel for Symantec Endpoint Encryption since July 2014.

The testing panel permits a select few customers and partners to help influence the future of the Endpoint Encryption Solution by allowing them to test the solution products/upgrades prior to going to market.

Gradian have been awarded Encryption Specialists status based not only on their extensive knowledge of the product but also on their exhaustive experience having worked with the Drive Encryption product from its earliest incarnation by PGP™.  This coupled with their healthy business conversion rate has put them in good stead to be accepted on the SymBETA panel.

Gradian’s Head of Services, Grant Clements, discusses the inherent benefits to Gradian’s customers:

“Clearly having the ability to work with and test the products before they are released enables us to offer product experience to our customers at the point of launch which very few other partners can offer.

We are also able to help shape the technology prior to release by making recommendations and comments.  All of this provides additional peace of mind to our client base.”

Gradian Systems have been providing Data Security advice and solutions since 2001 and are a Symantec Specialist Partner with Cyber Essentials status.  Whether data is in situ, in transit or shared, Gradian will identify the optimum solution on a case-by-case basis deploying with the minimum of fuss and within budget.

For more information call Gradian on 01420 540700.

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Gradian Endorses Symantec’s Decision to Split Cyber Security from Information Management

Symantec's recent decision to split Cyber Security from Information Management is positively endorsed by Gradian
Integral House, Mill Lane
Alton, Hampshire
GU34 @QG
GB
Phone: 01420 540700

Symantec’s recent disclosure of their plans to split the business into two publicly trading companies comes as no surprise to Gradian’s Managing Director, Damian Acklam:

“The sheer scale of the organization in its existing form can prohibit the ability to manage change effectively and efficiently. The creation of two distinctly separate entities will enable each to be far more responsive and to concentrate on respective core competencies.”

Confirmed by Symantec’s Chief Executive Michael Brown:

“This structure will help us reduce the complexity and grow faster.”

With completion anticipated by the end of 2015, the split will allow both entities to follow distinctly separate strategies to become “master” of their respective marketplaces. Under the current structure the organization is slowed down by having two different buyer groups each with their own different buying criteria.

Damian continues:

“The pace of marketplace change within the Data Security arena is relentless, becoming leaner and meaner will only mean that Symantec will be better placed to stay one step ahead of the cyber criminals.”

The split will inevitably mean more focus on security from Symantec which dovetails nicely with Gradian’s strategy over the last ten months. Gradian’s efforts to focus on selling Symantec’s Security Solutions has already reaped the benefits of accelerated revenues for the company.   Now with Symantec throwing more weight behind this more concentrated approach their efforts can only positively underpin those of their leading data security partner.

Gradian Systems have been providing Data Security advice and solutions since 2001 and have recently been awarded Gold Partner Status with Symantec. Whether data is in situ, in transit or shared, Gradian will identify an optimum solution on a case-by-case basis deploying with the minimum of fuss and all within budget.

For more information call Gradian on 01420 540700.

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Gradian Achieves Government’s Cyber Essentials Accreditation

Gradian achieves the UK Government Cyber Essentials Accreditation and becomes the first Company to benefit from automatic Cyber Liability Assurance from AIG.
Integral House, Mill Lane
Alton, Hampshire
GU34 2QG
GB
Phone: 01420 540700

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Gradian has now been certified by the IASME to the UK Government’s Cyber Essentials Scheme and The IASME Standard.  One of only 27 companies to achieve the accreditation so far, Gradian is the very first company to qualify for automatic cyber liability cover with AIG.

Back in June 2014 and in conjunction with the Information Assurance for Small & Medium Enterprises (IASME) and the Information Security Forum (ISF), the UK Government developed Cyber Essentials.  From October 2014 the Government will require those organisations bidding for contracts handling sensitive/personal information to be certified on the scheme.

Certification demonstrates an organisation’s ability to mitigate risk and reduce vulnerability from cyber attacks not only providing a degree of peace of mind for the certified organisation but the very same down the supply chain.  The Cyber Essentials Scheme offers a core set of security controls within a standardised assurance framework and is backed by industry including the Federation of Small Businesses and CBI.

Additionally, Gradian now benefits from automatic Cyber Liability Assurance underwritten by AIG providing a £25,000 indemnity.  Importantly Gradian is the first company to benefit from the new AIG product.

Grant Clements Gradian’s Head of Services comments on the achievement:

“We are delighted with the accreditation and it is obviously a coup to be the first company to claim automatic Cyber Liability Assurance.  We think it’s particularly important to demonstrate to our customers that we practice what we preach.  Data Security is our area of expertise; demonstrating that we abide by a given level of risk mitigation is essential in maintaining and building trust with our customers.  We are now listed on the IASME website as a certified company and can continue through October unhindered when bidding for new contracts.”

Gradian Systems adopts a progressive forward facing approach to the provision of data security services.  In addition to the Cyber Essentials Scheme accreditation, they are Symantec Gold Partners offering expert consultancy, sales & pre-sales advice within the data security arena.  Contact Gradian on 01420 540700 for further information.

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Gradian Achieves Symantec Gold Partner Status

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Gradian Systems Achieves Symantec Gold Partner Status in Record Time!
Integral House, Mill Lane,
Alton, Hampshire
GU34 2QG
Phone: 01420 540700

Once more Gradian are proud to announce they are true to their ongoing commitment of pursuing excellence in all areas, the latest example of this being demonstrated by Symantec awarding Gradian Gold Partner Status.

Achieving the status in record time, Gradian now boasts specialisation in a broader cross section of Symantec portfolio solutions.  At their heart is a culture of giving Gradian customers best advice across the board from Pre-sales, through Sales, Delivery and Support.  This is now one more string to their “best advice” bow.

Gradian’s Head of Services, Grant Clements, comments on Gradian’s new Gold Status:

“We are really delighted with the award.  This recognition from Symantec underpins our core competences around encryption, mail, web, authentication and endpoint security.  Consequently this will bring additional implicit assurances to our customers.”

Gradian “know-how” now demonstrates considerable depth, coupled with a unique innovative flair, within the following Symantec technologies:

- Symantec Encryption Solutions (PGP)
– Symantec Endpoint Protection
– Symantec Messaging Gateway (Brightmail)
– Symantec emailsecurity.cloud
– Symantec websecurity.cloud

Gradian Systems have been providing Data Security advice and solutions since 2001 with a corporate mission to help companies protect their critical infrastructure, information and interactions.  Whether this is data in situ, data in transit or data shared, Gradian will identify an optimum solution on a case-by-case basis deploying with the minimum of fuss and all within budget.

For more information contact Gradian on 01420 540700.

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Symantec Responds to the Scottish Government’s Increased Unease over the Country’s Threat from Cyber Attacks.

Sign up to Symantec's webinar to find out how organisations in Scotland can prepare for the increased risk of cyber attacks.
Starts: 08/21/2014 02:00 pm
GB

On the back of the Scottish Governments warning that the threat from Cybercrime has escalated to a Tier One threat, Symantec hosts a Webinar to educate and advise.

Endorsed whole heartedly by Gradian, participants are asked to register for this Webinar which is on 21st August 2014 at 2.00pm by clicking here.

Amongst others, these questions will be answered:

- Are you prepared for a Cyber Attack?
– How will legislation and regulations affect your costs?
– Are you aware of relevant best practices?
– As a business in Scotland, do you know where to find the expertise to help with this?

In addition, Head of Symantec’s Cyber Security Group – Sian John, will discuss the latest threat report alongside an explanation of Symantec’s pivotal involvement in two high profile Cyber Attacks that took place recently.

Can you really afford to leave it to chance? For peace of mind, and where forewarned is forearmed, sign up to the Webinar now.

 

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Gradian Demonstrates Commitment to Improving Customer Experience by Launching Self Service Portal

Gradian Systems launches a new self service portal enhancing the value of their unique cloud based delivery of Symantec's PGP Whole Disk Encryption Solution.
Integral House, Mill Lane
Alton, Hampshire
GU34 2QG
GB
Phone: 01420 540700

Not content with being the only Data Security Specialist worldwide offering Symantec’s PGP Encryption as a Managed Service, Gradian have now launched a Self Service Portal for Whole Disk Recovery Tokens (WDRT).

Gradian, a Symantec Gold Partner, recently launched their portal allowing authorised users the ability to request WDRT online on behalf of their employees. This adds significant value to their unique cloud-based delivery of Whole Disk Encryption.

Instead of phoning the Gradian Support Helpdesk users can now access the portal on a 24x7x365 basis and, subject to rigorous authentication processes, will then receive the WDRT via email within a matter of minutes.  Matt Elvin, Gradian’s Lead Deployment Consultant outlines the benefits:

“Our portal satisfies the growing demands of enterprises operating on a global scale.  Customers with operations spanning multiple time zones will particularly benefit from an online interface for WDRT.

The benefits are considerable:

-   we reduce potential helpdesk bottle necks compared to the traditional manual process

-   it’s easy to use

-   users are able to unlock their drives quickly restoring productivity within minutes which can only have a positive effect on the customer’s bottom line

-   frustration on delay is reduced across the board client-side thereby improving customer satisfaction.”

Matt continues:

“Ultimately, increased efficiencies within the customer experience will lead to an increase in customer retention; it’s win:win all the way down the line.”

The launch of the new portal delivers within every area of Gradian’s objectives: to help organisations protect their critical infrastructure, information and interactions.  Importantly, it has the added benefit of increasing the productivity levels of their customers’ workforce.

To discuss this or find out more information on Gradian’s Whole Disk Encryption services, contact Gradian on 01420 540700.

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“There’s no such thing as a free lunch” – Beware Free Encryption Technology…

Gradian Systems offer a 45% discount off RRP for TrueCrypt users to migrate to their Fully Managed Drive Encryption Service deployed via the Cloud.
Integral House, Mill Lane
Alton, Hampshire
GU34 2QG
GB
Phone: 01420 540700

Basic RGBFollowing the withdrawal of support by TrueCrypt – the “free” encryption solution, Gradian announced their special offer to those organisations having fallen foul.

In support of Gradian’s mission to help organisations protect their information, infrastructure and interactions, Gradian have put in place a simple and cost-effective program allowing a seamless migration from TrueCrypt to their Fully Managed Drive Encryption Service at a heavily discounted price.

For a limited period only, to the end of September, Gradian’s unique cloud based deployment service utilising Symantec’s PGP Encryption technology will be discounted by 45% off RRP.

Anthony Holmes, Gradian’s Pre-sales Consultant, outlines the pitfalls of utilising such “free” technologies:

“One of our constant battles is that often organisations risk their most valuable assets – their data – by mistakenly protecting it using free encryption software.  Stakeholders are motivated to drive down costs so obviously a free software solution has instant appeal.  Yet people forget that often the software isn’t updated to combat new threats on an ongoing basis and there are no support guarantees as TrueCrypt users have now found out to their cost.”

He continues:

“The long term ramifications from using free technologies are extensive both from a financial viewpoint and from one of litigation.  Organisations really can’t afford to take the huge risks associated with using free encryption technology.  You wouldn’t seek legal advice from your neighbour because it’s free and they watch “Law & Order” so why take a similar risk on a corporate level?  Particularly when in many cases it’s not only with your own data but also with that of your customers.”

Gradian’s Fully Managed Drive Encryption Service allows organisations to benefit from:

-   an single, annual, pay per user subscription model

-   ease of deployment with encryption at the touch of a button

-   full support 24x7x365 and underpinned by SLA’s

-   self service website portal for passcode recovery

Gradian Systems have been providing Information Security advice and solutions since 2001 and have recently won Gold Partner Status with Symantec.  Whether data is in situ, in transit or shared, Gradian will identify an optimum solution on a case-by-case basis deploying with the minimum of fuss and all within budget.

For more information contact Gradian on 01420 540700.

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Beware the Overly-Helpful Software Morphing into the Unwanted Personal Shopper…

Integral House, Mill Lane
Alton, Hampshire
GU34 2QG
GB
Phone: 01420 540700

Children – you’ve go to love them…often happily ignorant to their parent’s data security malaise…

I caught up with my brother-in-law just before Christmas exchanging news and stories about our respective families when he sheepishly provided me with the topic for this blog.

My young nephew had decided that he would help his daddy by providing him with a comprehensive list for Father Christmas.  Using his young initiative, together with his daddy’s iPad, he created a wonderful list based on the product photographs from the website of a well-known online retailer.

Within a few hours, my brother-in-law was the bewildered recipient of an order confirmation email that had pinged into his inbox.  To his absolute horror, and unbeknown to him, he had successfully purchased over £250 worth of toys.

After a fairly heated telephone exchange between himself and the retailer’s customer service department, the order was cancelled and he directed his attention to his online account.  The penny dropped when, upon seeing his daddy using the iPad, his son asked to show him the list he’d made for Father Christmas.

Some months earlier, courtesy of the very helpful browser software, my brother-in-law had decided it would be quicker and easier to allow it to save his usernames and passwords.  The result?  Far too quick and far too easy for his son to inadvertently purchase everything on his Christmas wish list!

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So, people, if you’re going to take the easy route and save usernames and passwords through your browser, ensure that your device is password protected.  Either that or prevent it from becoming your child’s latest play thing – keep it out of reach!

Think data security.  Think data protection.  What is YOUR security profile?

 

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Industry Observer Mutterings…A Word to the Wise: “Accept” at Your Peril!

The latest mutterings from the Industry Observer illustrate how easy it is to mistakenly download malware.
Integral House, Mill Lane
Alton, Hampshire
GU34 2QG
GB
Phone: 01420 540700
Happy New Year!  A little late perhaps, but this is my first muttering in 2014 albeit towards the end of the month.

So, I had to laugh…

A good friend of mine runs a niche IT security business selling laptop locks – the nature of his work dictates he often brings his laptop home in the evenings to do some extra work.

Having just migrated from a Blackberry to an iPhone, he wanted to be able to upload music to his iPhone.  His wife, an avid iMac user and Apple disciple, offered to download iTunes onto his PC laptop thereby facilitating his request.

Google provided the search platform and she clicked on the link to download.  Appreciating the download process would be different from that of her Mac, she merrily clicked through accepting all of the Terms and Conditions.

And thus it began…

All manner of animated gizmos whizzed around his desktop, timers started counting down, search boxes began popping up and horror and realisation crept over her face.

Malware. 

What had she done?  The Google link had said iTunes!

Her husband had a plethora of high profile contacts in his Outlook – were they all going to be infected?  Was this terminal?  What were the implications and ramifications?  She felt sick.

They immediately disconnected from the wi-fi and shut the down the laptop.  He contacted one of his engineers and, the next day, the laptop was quarantined and cleaned.

Luckily for them, the malware was fairly tame and more of an annoyance than a real threat…but a harsh lesson had been learnt.

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So, people, take strides to protect and maintain your online health:

-       thoroughly check any software before you download it
–       read the Terms & Conditions before accepting them
-       adopt an online strategy of presuming guilty before innocent.

Think data security.  Think data protection.  What is YOUR security profile?

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