Cyber Threats & Attacks

Introducing the EU GDPR

As you might have recently seen in the news, the EU has rolled out new laws for business about conforming to new security standards. This is called GDPR, General Data Protection Regulation. This has now become a VERY crucial aspect of our daily lives and a very important law that businesses need to conform to from now on.

These regulations specify how data must be used and processed within a company. Data MUST be kept private and stored securely. Of course, should there be any data leaks, there will be consequences resulting in a high amount of a fine or even having a company close its doors for business. The EU has taken this very seriously for the safety of clients and customers.

How does Innovo Networks form a part of this? Well, we are proud to announce that we are a GDPR regulated company and we follow the new procedures to protect our clients and customers personal data to the best of our abilities. We strive to prevent any data leaks and we follow very secure internal processes to help protect data.

Our cyber-security solutions are there to help you! These solutions are here to help protect other businesses and even to help them conform to these standards as well. Where do we start? We`ll start with the face of the company, the website. We offer the ultimate robust penetration testing to securely arm and protect the business from any threat or cyber-attack!

Respond swiftly to cyberthreats! Assess your cybersecurity defenses and gain visibility of threats. Develop a proactive cybersecurity approach to predict, detect, and identify cyberthreats. Organizations struggle to keep up with the constant barrage of cyberattacks. Our penetration testing and incident response services help you identify cybersecurity weaknesses and prepare your response to a potential cyberthreat. Combined with our managed service offerings, we can provide notification of known attacks and threats before they reach you. We help your organization develop a better response to cyberthreats.

What do we offer in real-time threat management-as-a-service? With our innovative solutions like WebArx, we provide a 24/7, real-time security event management and monitoring, powerful correlation, and threat analysis of your most critical assets for your website. This is where the security starts, these are the first steps in securing your website.

Once your website is secure, that is the second step to a more protected business! No one will be able to access any of your information or data via the website. After our tests, there will be no gaps or loop holes that hackers can feed on to destroy the site and steal personal data from either the company, employees or customers!

Besides for our penetration testing, we offer secure end point protection as well, along with email management, web app assessments and the ultimate firewalls for any type of business! With Innovo Networks, you can arm your business with the best in class industry leading cyber-security solutions at the most affordable pricing option ever!


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Avoiding downtime critical for SMEs

Avoiding down time.Last month, sporadic technical outages during the first few hours of global Amazon’s Prime Day event were estimated to have cost the E-commerce giant around $90 million.    Website downtime for a small E-tailer will, of course, never rack up such an astronomical loss figure, but the relative impact can actually be even more devastating simply because an SME doesn’t have the big brand power that helps the likes of Amazon recover speedily from downtime.


Downtime for an SME, whether that is of your website, network, server or communication systems, may result in serious financial, data and customer losses that can severely set back your business, and even, put you on the unfortunate path to having to close your doors.


The downtime of your technical systems can occur for a number of reasons, including hardware and software failures, human error, cyber-attacks, capacity limitations, geographical power outages, weather-related causes, water and heat damage.  While some of these causes may be unavoidable, many of the downtime risks can be mitigated with proper analysis, planning and proactive action.


The risks of downtime need to be properly considered when it comes to all decision-making about your business technology – from the systems you invest in, the software you use, the protections you invest in and choice of ICT service providers to your development and implementation of ICT maintenance and disaster recovery plans.


If this all sounds like something only large enterprises can afford to do, Entrepreneur and Managing Director of Innovo Networks, Damian Michael recommends that SME owners think again.  “In the past, many entrepreneurs have found it very challenging to invest in the best quality products and services,” he says, “This has severely limited the business growth and success of SMEs. However, the tech landscape has changed rapidly. Constant innovation and focused market differentiation have notably increased entrepreneurs’ access to affordable best of breed solutions that can empower them to manage their ICT and avoid downtime as well as any big company can.”


Michael points out that choosing the right technology provider is critical.  “Today, the technology that businesses deploy affects all their operations and their bottom-line.  Worldwide, technology is the greatest driver of business growth and success.  If you’re a small business, your chosen tech partner can, therefore, either set your business up for success and to drive growth or restrain your business and set it up for failure.”

Passionate about helping to turn around South Africa’s low rate of SME success, Michael founded Innovo Networks to help bring SMEs to the forefront of technology.  “As a leading Cloud Provider, we ensure that we always scope scalable products to manage workloads, as well as offer our clients failover to mitigate risks, failures and downtime,” he says.


It is also important that SMEs have a provider at the forefront of technology who can help them choose affordable best-of-breed products with maximum business efficiency as well as minimum downtime top of mind.



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About Damian Michael

Damian Michael holds a wealth of versatile experience in both the public and the private sector. After completing his apprenticeship in the SA Navy as a radio/radar technician, he worked in sales and senior management positions for ICT operators like Vodacom and MTN and was involved in successfully launching Neotel in South Africa.  Since he founded Innovo Networks in 2013, a voice, data and cloud provider, Michael has racked up an impressive list of business and entrepreneur awards to include; Top 10 IT Personality of the Year 2016 and was a finalist in the Entrepreneur of the year awards 2017.  Innovo Networks won a bronze award at the ROCCI and FNB Business of the Year Awards 2017, in the technology category for innovation and disruptive ICT solutions. Michael has also been shortlisted in the Innovator of the Year category in the 8th All Africa Business Leader Awards in partnership with CNBC Africa, 2018. When he is not working on taking Innovo Networks to the next level, he is spending his time mentoring youth in various entrepreneur programmes across the country.  Damian is also the founder of Food Safety Company, Alvarita, which launched the world’s first portable nitrate and radiation detector in South Africa


Sign up with Innovo Networks and save on connection fees

Innovo Networks is waiving connection fees on its fibre and microwave Internet solutions for the month of July.


Expert communications and solutions provider Innovo Networks is waiving connection fees on its fibre and microwave Internet solutions for the month of July and August.

Innovo Networks offers SMEs secure, reliable, uncapped, and unshaped Internet with speeds up to 500Mbps.

The solutions have been specifically designed for small, medium and large businesses, delivering the best combination of connectivity, speed, and affordability. They are also fully scalable, dedicated and offer cloud services with video collaboration that can be added to the base Internet service offering.

Innovo Networks also offers best of breed, HD voice services, which can save businesses up to 30% on their monthly voice accounts. Their Hosted PBX service works with existing key systems and is designed to help mitigate downtime, provide you with reporting and ensure collabroation between teams and departments. If you are experiencing frustration with your current system or provider, you are assured that this system is designed for a 99% uptime, full management of the system and transparency through a single pane of glass.

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The vision of the company is to be one of the leading managed service providers helping small businesses expand and grow. Whereas our mission is to provide service excellence, while positively influencing the lives of stakeholders, partners and employees through service excellence, education and bold innovation on the continent of Africa.


Innovo Networks helps SME’s to make the right technology decisons using its technology expertise, service delivery capability, and entrepreneurial spirit to accelerate the business ambitions of its clients. The power of technology can transform your organisation, taking your business to the next level. We understand the global business and technology landscape and strive to make our clients’ businesses work better through the use of information and communication technology.


We have quick turnaround times and we are quick to respond. No call will be left unanswered or delayed. This enables us to be more efficient in the work place and more upfront with our customers.


We will have easy one pager contracts for our customers to sign. We want our customer experience to be quick, easy, efficient and simple for our customers. With our contracts, we will provide a 99% SLA with a 99% uptime GUARENTEE.


We will be sharing monthly reporting documents with all our customers so that they can have insights to the backend on how efficient their systems are performing. With the best of breed products, we are providing our customers with feedback as an added service.


We are professional company with a certified ISO 9001 qualification. We follow a unique management process to ensure better work quality, efficiency and safety of confidential information of our customers. We have implanted the ITIL process recently as well for a better internal management process.

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First off all, lets start off by defining what the GDPR is; GENERAL DATA PROTECTION REGULATION. This is a regulation in EU law on data protection and privacy for all individuals within the European Union. It also addresses the export of personal data outside the EU.

And the definition? The GDPR is a legal framework that sets guidelines for the collection and processing of personal information of individuals within the EU. However, this will soon be implemented in South Africa and will be made a strict law in SA.


“Personal data”  shall mean any information relating to an identified or identifiable natural person (‘Data Subject’); an identifiable person is one who can be identified, directly or indirectly, in particular by reference to an identification number or to one or more factors specific to his physical, physiological, mental, economic, cultural or social identity.



We as an organization will have certain rules and regulations in order to protect our clients personal data at any and all costs. The GDPR will likely impact smaller companies as a recent study shows that 82% of SME`s are unaware of the new legislation and will potentially be hit with large fines when it starts being enforced next year.



– Active Consent

– Freely Given(Choice)

– Easy to withdraw

– Informed

– Separate

– Granular

– Documented

– Managed

– Children

Personal data shall be adequate, relevant and limited to what is necessary in relation to the purpose for which they are processed. Data needs to be accurate and, where necessary, kept up to date. They should be erased or rectified without delay. Data shall be kept in a form that permits the individual identification for no longer that is necessary for the purpose it has been collected. A controller will be responsible for, and must be able to demonstrate compliance with the Data Protection Principles. Personal data will be processed in a way that ensures appropriate security of those data, including protection against unauthorized or unlawful processing and against accidental loss, destruction or damage, using appropriate technical or organizational measures.

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Apple will reportedly ditch Intel chips in Macs as early as 2020

In a major shift that carries big implications for both companies, Apple will reportedly replace Intel’s processors with the company’s own chips in Mac computers as soon as 2020, according to a new report from Bloomberg. The changeover is likely to begin with laptops such as the 12-inch MacBook. Intel’s stock price took a hit soon after the report was published; Bloomberg estimates that Apple provides approximately 5 percent of the chipmaker’s annual revenue. Aside from the processors in its Macs, Apple also uses Intel’s modem chips in some iPhones.
Apple’s last major Mac processor transition of this scope occurred when it moved away from IBM’s PowerPC chips in favor of Intel’s. Apple co-founder Steve Jobs announced the move in 2005 and it was completed by the end of the following year. As in that earlier example, Bloomberg notes this would require a “multi-step transition.” Intel chips will almost certainly remain in Apple’s top-end machines like the iMac Pro and forthcoming Mac Pro revision until the company can produce in-house chips that are capable of meeting the demands of professional Mac users.
The decision to power Macs with its own chips comes after years of rapid improvement and evolution of the ARM-based processors that Apple has built into its iOS devices, the Apple Watch, and the Apple TV. Apple’s latest iPhones and iPads have grown more powerful than some of the company’s past Macs. Designing future Macs around its own chips would afford Apple more flexibility in releasing new products, and the added level of hardware control would also let the company further bolster security.
Apple is also planning to allow Mac computers to run iOS apps for a more seamless experience between mobile and desktop platforms, according to an earlier Bloomberg report. That new software cross-compatibility could arrive as soon as this year and will occur before the processor switchover.

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Smartphones are becoming even more integrated into our everyday lives with new and developing Artificial Intelligence-powered features. We leveraged our expertise in AI, cloud computing and big data to improve the IQ of our smartphones. Our newest smartphone, Mi MIX 2S includes exciting AI-powered features for photography, face detection, voice recognition and more.

This update from the award-winning Mi MIX 2 is a reflection of our exploration and growth in the area of AI. The powerful Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 platform supports advanced on-device AI processing, with optimized CPU and GPU, achieving a 300% improvement in AI performance compared to its predecessor.

Let’s dive deeper into the amazing on-device AI features in Mi MIX 2S.

The AI-powered “mind” of Mi MIX 2S in photography

The dual camera on Mi MIX 2S is able to make photos look better without you having to take any action, because of the AI scene detection that automatically offers retouching effects. This function works for the primary rear camera, as well as the single front camera.

When taking a portrait, for example, Mi MIX 2S quickly identifies the human face and most of the surrounding objects to automatically apply different effects to each item, according to the specific conditions.

In the photos above, you can see that the AI scene detection (photo on the right) makes the buildings brighter while the environment around them is more saturated, rendering a vivid and balanced output. Usually, non-AI supported smartphones can only adjust the brightness of the whole photo, beautifying the main object, but at the same time, losing minute details.

Moreover, AI deep learning helps the camera accurately detect the edge of the subject, creating a depth-of-field effect. It can also recognize small details, such as hair accessories, detect the edge of the accessories and keep them from being blurred, generating a more realistic bokeh result.

AI voice assistant – a phone that understands you better 

Apart from AI photography, the intelligent Mi MIX 2S has built-in features including the Xiao AI voice assistant, which is integrated in our Mi AI Speaker that was announced in July 2017.

In just eight months, “Xiao Ai” has been summoned 1.1 billion times, activated 11 million times daily, and commanded smart device features 310,000 times. Mi AI Speaker has become the hub of a smart home supporting over 40 different products.

The built-in AI voice recognition in Mi MIX 2S can understand more than 100 commands in six categories, including system control, lifestyle, smart home, social, entertainment and knowledge.

You can ask your phone to show your photos taken last October, text your friend, and check the weather, just to name a few examples. If you have a smart home, it can control smart devices that are integrated into the Mi Home app, such as Mi TV and Mi Bedside Lamp.

With an improved AI performance, Mi MIX 2S can understand you better and make your life more convenient and efficient. We are excited to bring our enhanced AI technology to more users around the world, and open more possibilities for a ‘smarter’ life in the future.

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Managed Network Services

A True IT Partnership

Total network peace of mind. Your time is precious. You have more important issues to deal with than your computer network. It is, however, a critical enabler to your business and in need of attention to ensure it’s running predictably, optimally and securely. Our fully managed program is the ideal solution for an organization like yours, an organization that demands the utmost in network reliability and quality service.

Total IT support and management for a fixed monthly price – it’s that simple. We provide all of the benefits of an internal MIS department for a fraction of the price of staffing one yourself. We reduce the business impact of IT failures by minimizing their occurrence, and any unforeseen issues are dealt with as a top priority. All aspects of your network are covered: security, data protection applications and hardware.

When you outsource the management of your important IT resources to us, we look upon this as a partnership. Our comprehensive approach means we are your IT department. By optimizing your network’s performance, it will work at the peak efficiency and reliability levels that your business demands, allowing you to focus on running your business, not your network. Security, networking, data protection and user support – we handle it all for a single, predictable price.

Program Features

  • 24×7 Advanced Performance Monitoring ensures all of the critical network devices that comprise your small business network are healthy and functioning reliably and optimally.
  • Scheduled Preventative Maintenance ensures that your servers, PCs and other vital network devices function optimally. This improves reliability and security.
  • Monthly Network Health Review dedicates time to review reports and issues that are important to the ongoing performance of your network. We translate technology into business terms for you
  • Real Time Optimization keeps your infrastructure optimized through our NOC enterprise-class technology. Critical issues are identified, reported, and resolved in real time.
  • Security and Backup Management keeps your environment secure, protected and available through industry best-practices.
  • Unlimited Remote and Onsite Support ensures the utmost in business stability and reliability. Your single monthly price covers all network, server and workstation support.

Program Elements

Included Services

Managed Server • 24×7 Advanced Performance Monitoring

• Server Configuration Management

• Key Application Maintenance

• Microsoft and 3rd Party Patch Management

• Real Time Server Optimization

• Scheduled Preventative Maintenance • 24×7 Advanced Performance Monitoring

• Workstation Configuration Management

• Microsoft and 3rd Party Patch Management

• Real Time Workstation Optimization



Managed Workstation • Scheduled Preventative Maintenance
Managed Network • Firewall Management and Maintenance

• Router and Switch Performance Monitoring


Managed Security • Anti-Virus Monitoring and Management

• Anti-Spam Monitoring and Management

• Regular Vulnerability Scan and Report


Managed Backup • Backup Deployment and Configuration

• Backup Performance Monitoring

• Backup Software Updates

• Scheduled Backup Jobs

• Data Center Replication and Disaster Recovery Planning


Managed Support • Monthly Network Health Review

• Unlimited Network, End-user and Network Support


Stop Buying Downtime – Invest in Uptime

Do these issues plague your business?

  • No Technology Plan? Does your organization lack a strategy for how technology can best serve it into the future?
  • IT Budget Crunch? Under pressure to reduce IT costs, increase value or maximize profitability?
  • Management Struggles? Need to find a more efficient way to manage your company’s technology?

Program Advantages:

  • Increased Productivity: Continuous insight into your network lets us reduce the business impact of IT failure by shortening the time from network failure to issue resolution
  • Reduced Business Impact from IT Failures: Combining preventative maintenance and remote monitoring means we minimize failures that could impact your business. Your network behaves in a stable and reliable manner
  • Reduced Network Downtime Through Proactive Maintenance: Through regular, preventative maintenance activities designed to keep your network operating efficiently, we reduce the number of emergency incidents you encounter

“This program perfectly suits my business needs and ensures we have optimum uptime to avoid affecting our business.”
– D. Michael, Managing Director

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Innovo Networks Tech Trends 2018

On my recent trip to Dubai, 37th Gitex Technology Week 2017 where the future of business begins. Tech pioneers and futurists, business leaders and IT professionals come to GITEX to experience the world’s most advanced technology and drive digital transformation. GITEX Technology Week is a game-changing, must-attend event located in Dubai – the world’s fastest growing technology hub. For 37 years, visionaries and tech pioneers have been descending on Dubai to witness first-hand the technology that has inspired generations and innovations that are set to change the world. A dynamic innovation hub, a bridge between east and west, a pioneer in technology innovation & early adoption makes theoretical technology a mass-consumption reality. In just a few decades, the city has reinvented itself from a quiet fishing port to a global investment hub and leading travel destination, now renowned for its record-setting skyline, driverless metro and man-made islands. Its comprehensive government investments in digital innovation to advance key social, economic, governance and environmental indicators, means this incredible transformation will only gain pace in coming years. High performing organisations of the future will be those who position themselves at the centre of the digital ecosystem
taking control and making sure that they are at the heart of disruption. 


Hype vs Reality

Artificial intelligence (AI) is everywhere, promising self-driving cars, medical breakthroughs, and new ways of working.  But how do you separate hype from reality? How can a company apply AI to solve real business problems in 2018?

Here’s a synopsis of what I learnt, and what AI learnings your business should keep in mind for 2018.

We’ve all seen the sensational headlines: The robots are coming, and they’ll take our jobs! AI can do your job faster and more accurately than you can!

Human jobs won’t go away, but they will change. Roles will be more creative and specialized as AI is integrated into the workday. Better data leads to better math leads to better predictions, so people using AI can automate the tedious work and take action on the insights. AI does the math faster, saving money by automating normally complex processes. It makes your life easier even now, behind the scenes. This is what it looks like today.  In the longer term AI will transform industries.

One of AI’s promises is to make self-driving cars safer. AI will power everyday driving decisions, such as whether to stop abruptly or swerve to avoid hitting an obstacle.  AI will help redesign the entire shopping experience, optimizing everything with more and better data. Retailers will seamlessly stock the precise number of goods needed on shelves at any given time, and know which product at which price should be highlighted to a specific customer as they navigate a store.


The blockchain landscape

Blockchain is emerging as the mainstay for digital identities in the emerging trust economy. The total market capitalization of cryptocurrencies hovers around $150B (with a single bitcoin trading for upwards of $5,000). Blockchain technology has fostered a renewed examination of today’s highly centralized web, and reignited conversations around currency and value, digital governance, and the fundamental structures and rails of our modern internet. Blockchain promises to solve this problem. The technology at the heart of bitcoin and other virtual currencies, blockchain is an open, distributed ledger that can record transactions between two parties efficiently and in a verifiable and permanent way. The ledger itself can also be programmed to trigger transactions automatically. With blockchain, we can imagine a world in which contracts are embedded in digital code and stored in transparent, shared databases, where they are protected from deletion, tampering, and revision. In this world every agreement, every process, every task, and every payment would have a digital record and signature that could be identified, validated, stored, and shared. Intermediaries like lawyers, brokers, and bankers might no longer be necessary. Individuals, organizations, machines, and algorithms would freely transact and interact with one another with little friction. This is the immense potential of blockchain and the rise of decentralizing various industries eg Telecoms, Finance, Freight etc.


Smart systems and robots

Using automation to assist human doctors with surgery, provide diagnostics and other applications. Robots will play an increasingly important role in business and life in general. Robotics will continue to accelerate innovation, thus disrupting and changing the paradigm of business operations in many industries. Robotics can sharpen a company’s competitive edge by improving quality, increasing operational productivity and agility, and enhancing experiences of all stakeholders. In the future there will be a robot-as-a-service (RaaS) business model. Organizations will implement a chief robotics officer role and/or define a robotics-specific function within the business. Robotics will face regulation. I believe by 2019, government entities will begin implementing robotics-specific regulations to preserve jobs and to address concerns about security, safety, and privacy. Ecommerce and omni-channel commerce companies will deploy robotics systems in their order fulfillment warehousing and delivery operations. This has already been implemented at Gitex.


Tech Trends for 2018

  1. Artificial Intelligence
  2. Block Chain Technology
  3. Robotics

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Security Attacks

Discover Cutting Edge Techniques to Combat Cyber Security

In mid-February 2017, hackers were able to access several websites hosted on one of Afrihost shared hosting servers and defacing them.

Any one of us, no matter what our role in the company can unwittingly contribute to a cyber-attack and cost the company millions. The question is no longer whether a company will be attacked, but where, when and how. We can help to raise awareness of cyberattacks and other malicious software targeting companies like yours. This serves as an imperative that your site needs to be safe guarded as well as to ensure customer details and information is safely secured. The Afrihost attacks can be viewed on Mybroadband and Webrabbit for reference.

Take On Today’s Security Challenges

You’re facing a new generation of ICT security challenges, with social media, mobile devices in the workplace and cloud computing, all carrying with them new risks. Innovo Networks can help you overcome these challenges with our portfolio of security solutions.

Why Us For Cyber-Security

3 reasons to choose Innovo Networks:

  1. Our globally renowned team of White-Hat Hackers, use technology and knowledge to provide unparalleled analysis of and insight into your security risks and vulnerabilities. We implore all of our clients to do comprehensive testing even if they’vebeen tested before or have internal security staff in place, because unfortunately (or fortunately, depending on your viewpoint) our team too often finds that organizations are compromised by malicious criminals, rogue nations, and, often, internal figures.
  2. In a safe, controlled, professional, and authorizedtest we succeed in penetrating your systems, processes, technology, and people. Innovo Networks only deploys the most advanced team of security experts available to maximize results. Depending on your requirements, Innovo Networks deploys or team, a manner specific to each engagement, including augmenting our security specialists and trusted situational-specific resources. Then, using a blend of proprietary technology and methodologies, we test multiple attack vectors and simulate sophisticated hackers to analyze your company’s attack surface. Our clients must understand the level of current risk and what they can accept in the future.
  3. If you’re considering an assessment, you need to consider Innovo Networks. Innovo Networks probes and launches safe attacks against your applications, people, telecommunications, and internal and external networks. We have advanced up-to-the-minute knowledge of how hackers and possibly internal staff might seek to invade and damage your organization.Security expertise
with the acceleration of enterprise mobility, the adoption of multiple devices and increasingly demanding end-users, IT security has become very complex. Our security consultants and facilities provide the knowledge and expertise to help you meet your network security challenges, while enjoying the business benefits of increased mobility.

Clients normally use our recommendations to harden networks, systems, and devices based on our recommendations. They use Innovo Networks to analyze intrusions, risk mitigation, track down intruders, and provide thorough, in-depth forensic services.

People’s susceptibilities to manipulation and influence are the biggest security risks to businesses. Innovo Networks will design, implement, and promote the effort to train staff toward mitigating risk. We work with employees to educate and train, and, more important, change their security mindsets. You are now among other leaders in industry, technology, and government who want to know how well their technical and human-based security controls can hold up to a sophisticated attack.

You are among other leaders in industry, technology, and government who want to know how well their technical and human-based security controls can hold up to a sophisticated attack. They rely on Innovo Networks 100% successful track record of penetrating systems using technical exploits and social engineering to expose vulnerabilities. Due to our unique positioning within the industry, we are able to provide the most advanced and comprehensive analysis, recommendations, and support available.

This is call from the industry’s leading information security experts – contact us for cyber consultations and assessments.

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