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Audent, Microsoft Surface Commercial Partner

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After investing in a Surface Pro as my main device for day to day work, I have been very pleased with the excellent build quality, reliability and it is a real productivity tool.  (Boot times are almost instant, no need to make a coffee whilst the machine boots up).  The Surface Pen even feels just like a real pen and paper using OneNote when I make meeting notes.  (Not only that you can programme the pen button to do things like move to the next slide in Power Point).   The Italian, Alcantara detachable keyboard is beautifully crafted and has a real mechanical feel.

We like the device so much we became a Microsoft Surface Commercial Partner.  A bit like Victor Kiam!  (If you can remember him, then we know how old you are:)!

We now have deal registration capability, additional discounts on all commercial Surface products.  This Commercial programme will be the only route to get Windows 10 Pro moving forward as Windows 10 Home edition will be on consumer devices.  BitLocker is one very important extra available with Windows pro, ticking boxes for 27001 and GDPR.  Here is a full list of Pro extra features:

  • BitLocker to encrypt external drives
  • Remote Desktop to access your PC while away from home or the office
  • Hyper-V for running virtual machines
  • Join Azure Active Directory to connect your school or business network to the cloud
  • Join a Domain to connect your PC to a private business network.

If you are considering these brilliant devices and peripherals, then look no further.  Contact us at sales@audent.co.uk

We would be happy to help you get productive without going over budget.

www.audent.co.uk

 

Cyber Essentials

ACE Cyber Essentials Plus services make a difference working with the Audent Consortium. A bit of history.

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The original CESG 10 steps to cyber security in 2012 led to an evolution in security positioning.  Cyber Essentials was born on the back of custodians of IT security wanting more guidance and detail than the 10 steps programme.  Developed by government and industry the NCSC (was CESG) now has 5 certification bodies and have successfully helped to train many consultants to become accredited Cyber Essentials Practitioners or ACE practitioners.

Being an ACE practitioner is not the end of the story at Audent.  Our ACE practitioners, (often experienced in other areas of security governance such as 27001 and PCI) bring real world security experience to the table.  Our experiences at the Ministry of Justice, YJB, The Supreme Court, Energy Systems Catapult Warwick Manufacturing Group and Warwick University have been based on practical gap analysis and an eye on ensuring they are as secure as possible, within budget.  We are not an organisation that is prescriptive, each customer has their own challenges and particular areas that need more attention.  Our Cyber Essentials remediation advice is in plain English and we will debate the best route to get Cyber Essentials without cutting corners.

Cyber Essentials is based heavily on preventing attacks from the internet, yet we have detailed knowledge about all attack vectors assisted with a separate team of advanced penetration testers.  Complimented with our consortium of 10 separate, specialist companies.  We have in depth knowledge of infrastructure from servers to firewalls and security software enabling us to fully guide each client with a practical remediation.  In many cases we are asked to architect a remediated environment for the client and assist with implementation using our pool of 600 experts.  Check Point, Palo Alto, Cato, Forcepoint, Cisco, Symantec, Veeam, Fortinet, IBM, Dell and HP are just a few of our vendors where we have accredited consultants.

Don’t hesitate to contact us if you would like to talk real world Cyber Essentials and everything that surrounds successful IT security!  Contact us.

Application development

Virtual companies are the way forward just like virtual operating systems, Audent has been doing this since 2010 and going strong.

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Audent Limited leads a group of 10 separate companies to meet the requirements of it’s corporate customers.  Like VMware, we manage virtual teams to meet the IT demands of major corporates.  The difference with us is that we engage our resources only when they are needed.  This makes us very lean and agile.

The analogy is a bit like comparing a large corporate IT supplier with thousands of employees (like an old mainframe, always on even when not processing) with Audent spinning up expertise when required in virtual teams (like a modern VMware estate, only on when needed).  The consumption of power, fuel and other vital resources is hundreds of times lower at Audent because we are only using the resource pool of 600 experts when needed.  This enables us to maintain competitive edge with reduced overheads.

Our carbon footprint is massively reduced.  Like a pilot light, our core team of senior managers is ready to react fast and spin up expert teams quickly to meet demand.  From Cyber Essentials consulting to implementing a hybrid cloud infrastructure, we are ready to help, fast.

It has been said that companies that grow to over 100 staff start to forget who their customers are and their management often forget who their staff are.  Smaller companies care more about their customers.  Let’s face it each £1 means more to small company compared to a massive entity.

We have taken 10 smaller, specialist companies spanning the important areas of IT and combined them in the Audent Consortium. This gives us scale and expertise to compete with the big players yet we still value our customers and they get the attention they deserve.  We have also invited some of the top experts globally to join us and ensure we deliver the best solutions.  Many are drawn to us because our philosophy is that technology is secondary to customer requirement.  We are requirement led and not product led like so many other IT integrators.

Doug Woodburn (Managing Editor, CRN Magazine) wrote a great summary last year and was taken by our virtual structure. See the blog:  Interview with Doug.  If you want to know more, don’t hesitate to contact us.

Consulting

GDPR a practical approach from the team at Audent

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Audent provides GDPR services to help reduce the risk of personal data exposure.

The biggest drivers for general data protection regulation readiness is the protection of personal data and any information leading to the discovery of personal information.  (Not forgetting a fine of 2% to 4% of global turnover is a motivation too).  From mobile IMEI numbers to portable storage devices and opt in schemes for customer data.   Information technology is only part of the overall GDPR landscape, spanning processes, policies and reporting.

Audent provides planning, strategy and implementation support with an innovative Data Protection Officer as a service concept.  Educated in GDPR, data protection laws and practices, our team of consultants are experienced in providing support for the Ministry of Justice and the Supreme Court amongst many.  Tony Richards (Audent’s Chief Compliance Officer) who heads up the practice says:  “This is a great service to add a virtual resource to your team assisting with the management of GDPR, reducing the risk of exposure and subsequent fines.”

If you are looking for practical advice or a service to manage GDPR across your organisation, then contact us, we will be happy to help.