60 pippa.io Explain IT https://podcast.softcat.com en Softcat plc IT, I.T., Enterprise IT, UK, Softcat, IT security, Networking, Datacentre, Technology, enterprise IT, business, UK business, IT, Tech, Information Technology, Tech News Softcat A show for IT professionals that aims to simplify the complex bits of enterprise IT without compromising on detail no Softcat info+5aa8e857e24b6aad241a1fe1@mg.pippa.io episodic https://assets.pippa.io/shows/5aa8e857e24b6aad241a1fe1/1521040785511-0008774b3b63dd1496ea57c052c57d90.jpeg https://podcast.softcat.com Explain IT Cloud Cloud Wed, 25 Jul 2018 05:00:45 GMT 27:57 5b574f02a543236669fa6af8 no https://www.softcat.com/news/explain-it-podcast-episode-8-cloud/ We look at cloud and the five important steps to take in migrating to a cloud environment full 1 8 In this episode we look at cloud and the five important steps to take in migrating to a cloud environment that works for you. Host Michael Bird is joined by Dean Gardner, Softcat’s Chief Technologist for Cloud, Helen Gidney, Softcat’s Technical Design Team Leader and Craig Lodzinski, Softcat’s Chief Technologist for developing technologies. Together they tackle defining cloud and what it is, how it works and the range of options available to get the most out of it.

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Explain IT survey

VMware Cloud on AWS: A hybrid Cloud Solution

What is Azure Stack?

The three Vogels Laws

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In this episode we look at cloud and the five important steps to take in migrating to a cloud environment that works for you. Host Michael Bird is joined by Dean Gardner, Softcat’s Chief Technologist for Cloud, Helen Gidney, Softcat’s Technical Design Team Leader and Craig Lodzinski, Softcat’s Chief Technologist for developing technologies. Together they tackle defining cloud and what it is, how it works and the range of options available to get the most out of it.

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Further Links

Explain IT survey

VMware Cloud on AWS: A hybrid Cloud Solution

What is Azure Stack?

The three Vogels Laws

Get in Touch

https://www.softcat.com/Podcast-S1E8

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GDPR GDPR Wed, 04 Jul 2018 05:00:51 GMT 25:04 5b349c243e444f2173275ac1 no https://www.softcat.com/news/explain-it-podcast-episode-7-gdpr/ We tackle the ins and outs of GDPR compliance full 1 7 In this episode we get to grips with the new General Data Protection Regulation. Host Michael Bird is joined by Softcat’s data management business manager Katie Efde, information security officer Mark Overton and Graham Charlton, Softcat’s CFO. They go right back to basics and look at how the GDPR differs from the old data protection guidance and exactly what organisations need to do in order to comply with GDPR and avoid hefty fines. They also consider how Brexit may affect the regulation as well as the benefits to organisations and individuals.

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Further Links

GDPR Enforcement Priorities: https://iapp.org/media/pdf/resource_center/GDPR_PRIORITIES.FINAL.pdf

ICO tackling GDPR Myths: https://ico.org.uk/about-the-ico/news-and-events/gdpr-myths/

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In this episode we get to grips with the new General Data Protection Regulation. Host Michael Bird is joined by Softcat’s data management business manager Katie Efde, information security officer Mark Overton and Graham Charlton, Softcat’s CFO. They go right back to basics and look at how the GDPR differs from the old data protection guidance and exactly what organisations need to do in order to comply with GDPR and avoid hefty fines. They also consider how Brexit may affect the regulation as well as the benefits to organisations and individuals.

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Further Links

GDPR Enforcement Priorities: https://iapp.org/media/pdf/resource_center/GDPR_PRIORITIES.FINAL.pdf

ICO tackling GDPR Myths: https://ico.org.uk/about-the-ico/news-and-events/gdpr-myths/

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Dealing with an IT Security Incident Dealing with an IT Security Incident Wed, 20 Jun 2018 04:59:16 GMT 36:58 5b221c2d5933d6e2213ccb72 no https://www.softcat.com/news/explain-it-podcast-episode-6-dealing-with-an-it-security-breach/ We provide a six step plan for dealing with a security incident or problem on your network full 1 6 In this episode, Mark Overton, Softcat’s Information Security Officer, Adrian Richings, Softcat’s SIEM lead and Adam Louca, Softcat’s Chief Technologist for security join host Michael Bird to play out a security incident scenario. Together they follow a path consisting of six steps that demonstrate the best way to deal with a breach or other security incident on your network, explaining the real life stumbling blocks and outlining the best way to prepare for an incident.

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In this episode, Mark Overton, Softcat’s Information Security Officer, Adrian Richings, Softcat’s SIEM lead and Adam Louca, Softcat’s Chief Technologist for security join host Michael Bird to play out a security incident scenario. Together they follow a path consisting of six steps that demonstrate the best way to deal with a breach or other security incident on your network, explaining the real life stumbling blocks and outlining the best way to prepare for an incident.

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Digital Transformation Digital Transformation Wed, 06 Jun 2018 05:25:16 GMT 25:13 5b0833d0a1d6eb010b71ae43 no https://shows.pippa.io/explainit/digital-transformation All companies should be considering Digital Transformation, this podcast outlines four simple steps to follow full 1 5 In this episode, host Michael Bird finds out how becoming digitally enabled can make a difference to organisations of all sizes, and how to start the digital transformation journey. Sam Routledge, Softcat's CTO and Matt Hunt, Chief Client Officer at mobile app development company, Apadmi, join Michael to share why digital transformation matters now, and they look at a real life case study that reduced and streamlined the way the NHS gathered data. They also outline four simple steps to take in order to best prepare for digital transformation, and the process of shaping and creating a bespoke solution.

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Further Links

Introducing the NHS Donorpath app: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5uQHGDKdM-s&feature=youtu.be

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In this episode, host Michael Bird finds out how becoming digitally enabled can make a difference to organisations of all sizes, and how to start the digital transformation journey. Sam Routledge, Softcat's CTO and Matt Hunt, Chief Client Officer at mobile app development company, Apadmi, join Michael to share why digital transformation matters now, and they look at a real life case study that reduced and streamlined the way the NHS gathered data. They also outline four simple steps to take in order to best prepare for digital transformation, and the process of shaping and creating a bespoke solution.

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Further Links

Introducing the NHS Donorpath app: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5uQHGDKdM-s&feature=youtu.be

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Hyper-converged Infrastructure Hyper-converged Infrastructure Wed, 16 May 2018 05:00:31 GMT 18:36 5af5a7d35b152a4367ef6318 no https://shows.pippa.io/explainit/hyper-converged-infrastructure full 1 4 In this episode, host Michael Bird talks to Softcat's CTO, Sam Routledge, Tim Jeans, Softcat's Datacentre and Cloud Practice Manager and Paul Petty, Laing O'Rourke's Infrastructure Team Leader about what a hyper-converged infrastructure is and how it's worked for Laing O'Rourke. They discuss the importance of forward planning when looking at your infrastructure options, as well as the practicalities of implementing a hyperconverged infrastructure and the benefits that come with it.

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In this episode, host Michael Bird talks to Softcat's CTO, Sam Routledge, Tim Jeans, Softcat's Datacentre and Cloud Practice Manager and Paul Petty, Laing O'Rourke's Infrastructure Team Leader about what a hyper-converged infrastructure is and how it's worked for Laing O'Rourke. They discuss the importance of forward planning when looking at your infrastructure options, as well as the practicalities of implementing a hyperconverged infrastructure and the benefits that come with it.

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Moving to Windows 10 Moving to Windows 10 Wed, 02 May 2018 05:30:00 GMT 25:21 5acf4ccf90bf5417321a09cb no https://shows.pippa.io/explainit/deploying-windows-10 Preparing your organisation for the plunge into Microsoft Windows 10 full 1 3 In this episode, host Michael Bird is joined by Adam Harding, Softcat's Chief Technologist for end user computing and Jack Lewis, Softcat's Microsoft 365 Technical Architect to discuss just what it takes for a smooth and successful Windows 10 deployment. We look at some of the benefits of Windows 10 along with key steps that are essential to take before, during and after a move to Windows 10. From deployment and provisioning to dealing with legacy apps and user experience, our experts offer some detailed, practical advice and guidance on the best tools to use and how to make sure your users are happy, once Windows 10 is in place. We also look to the future – what's next for Windows 10?

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Further Reading

Windows as-a-service: simplified and aligned: https://blogs.technet.microsoft.com/windowsitpro/2017/07/27/waas-simplified-and-aligned/

Overview of Windows AutoPilot: https://docs.microsoft.com/en-gb/windows/deployment/windows-autopilot/windows-10-autopilot

Traditional vs. Modern IT: https://www.softcat.com/news/modern-it-game-changing-transformation/

Windows AutoPilot: Licensing and functionality FAQs: https://www.softcat.com/news/windows-autopilot-licensing-and-functionality-faqs/


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In this episode, host Michael Bird is joined by Adam Harding, Softcat's Chief Technologist for end user computing and Jack Lewis, Softcat's Microsoft 365 Technical Architect to discuss just what it takes for a smooth and successful Windows 10 deployment. We look at some of the benefits of Windows 10 along with key steps that are essential to take before, during and after a move to Windows 10. From deployment and provisioning to dealing with legacy apps and user experience, our experts offer some detailed, practical advice and guidance on the best tools to use and how to make sure your users are happy, once Windows 10 is in place. We also look to the future – what's next for Windows 10?

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Further Reading

Windows as-a-service: simplified and aligned: https://blogs.technet.microsoft.com/windowsitpro/2017/07/27/waas-simplified-and-aligned/

Overview of Windows AutoPilot: https://docs.microsoft.com/en-gb/windows/deployment/windows-autopilot/windows-10-autopilot

Traditional vs. Modern IT: https://www.softcat.com/news/modern-it-game-changing-transformation/

Windows AutoPilot: Licensing and functionality FAQs: https://www.softcat.com/news/windows-autopilot-licensing-and-functionality-faqs/


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Social Engineering Social Engineering Wed, 18 Apr 2018 05:30:00 GMT 24:54 5acf4cba291eac1c32bad68c no https://shows.pippa.io/explainit/social-engineering What exactly it is, who is behind it, how an organisation might protect themselves against it full 1 2 In this episode host Michael Bird is joined by Adam Louca, Softcat's Chief Technologist for Security, and Darren Thompson, CTO of the EMEA region at Symantec, to look at a hot topic in IT security news: social engineering. We provide an overview of IT and security in the context of social engineering, as cybercrime is maturing, so are cybercriminals and the way they try to access your data. From whaling - targeting a senior level executive - to using techniques that get you to spread malware to your friends - social engineering is prominent in ransomware attacks. Darren talks about how Symantec now employ pscychologists to combine the social science element of these attacks with the social science. Darren and Adam then discuss methods of protection, including simulating real life scenarios, and a back-up plan to implement if your organisation is targeted.

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Further reading

The Serious Side of Pranking: https://www.ncsc.gov.uk/blog-post/serious-side-pranking

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In this episode host Michael Bird is joined by Adam Louca, Softcat's Chief Technologist for Security, and Darren Thompson, CTO of the EMEA region at Symantec, to look at a hot topic in IT security news: social engineering. We provide an overview of IT and security in the context of social engineering, as cybercrime is maturing, so are cybercriminals and the way they try to access your data. From whaling - targeting a senior level executive - to using techniques that get you to spread malware to your friends - social engineering is prominent in ransomware attacks. Darren talks about how Symantec now employ pscychologists to combine the social science element of these attacks with the social science. Darren and Adam then discuss methods of protection, including simulating real life scenarios, and a back-up plan to implement if your organisation is targeted.

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Further reading

The Serious Side of Pranking: https://www.ncsc.gov.uk/blog-post/serious-side-pranking

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Ransomware Ransomware Wed, 04 Apr 2018 05:00:00 GMT 22:41 5aabdf45a8bc13843088cb10 no https://shows.pippa.io/explainit/ransomware What it is, why you should care about it and how an organisation might protect themselves against it full 1 1 In this episode host Michael Bird is joined by Matt Helling, Softcat's Head of Security Sales, and Adam Louca, Softcat's Chief Technologist for Security, to look at a hot topic in IT security news: ransomware. We provide a brief history - how it began with posting cheques to Panama - to its current state today. We also explore the ways ransomware can catch you by bypassing your regular IT security, when you least expect it, particularly when it plays on emotional vulnerabilities. We also offer some ransomware protection suggestions, ways to ensure safe ransomware removal, and how planning ahead is important for network security.

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Further reading

A brief history of ransomware: https://www.carbonblack.com/2016/09/14/ransomware-rise-brief-history-timeline/

Must-know ransomware statistics, 2017: https://blog.barkly.com/ransomware-statistics-2017 

Cryptocurrency mining malware now as lucrative as ransomware for hackers: http://www.zdnet.com/article/cryptocurrency-mining-malware-now-as-lucrative-as-ransomware-for-hackers/

Mining is the new black: https://securelist.com/mining-is-the-new-black/84232/

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https://www.softcat.com/Podcast-S1E1

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In this episode host Michael Bird is joined by Matt Helling, Softcat's Head of Security Sales, and Adam Louca, Softcat's Chief Technologist for Security, to look at a hot topic in IT security news: ransomware. We provide a brief history - how it began with posting cheques to Panama - to its current state today. We also explore the ways ransomware can catch you by bypassing your regular IT security, when you least expect it, particularly when it plays on emotional vulnerabilities. We also offer some ransomware protection suggestions, ways to ensure safe ransomware removal, and how planning ahead is important for network security.

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Further reading

A brief history of ransomware: https://www.carbonblack.com/2016/09/14/ransomware-rise-brief-history-timeline/

Must-know ransomware statistics, 2017: https://blog.barkly.com/ransomware-statistics-2017 

Cryptocurrency mining malware now as lucrative as ransomware for hackers: http://www.zdnet.com/article/cryptocurrency-mining-malware-now-as-lucrative-as-ransomware-for-hackers/

Mining is the new black: https://securelist.com/mining-is-the-new-black/84232/

Get in touch

https://www.softcat.com/Podcast-S1E1

https://twitter.com/softcat

https://www.linkedin.com/company/softcat/

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Season 1 trailer Season 1 trailer Wed, 14 Mar 2018 13:39:00 GMT 0:29 5aa91b2a60eeb35459c1d96e no https://shows.pippa.io/explainit/trailer Explain IT coming soon from Softcat full 1 Softcat, Explain IT is going to be a show for IT professionals that aims to simplify the complex and often overcomplicated bits of enterprise IT without compromising on detail. Subscribe to this podcast to get the latest episodes as soon as they're released.]]> Softcat, Explain IT is going to be a show for IT professionals that aims to simplify the complex and often overcomplicated bits of enterprise IT without compromising on detail. Subscribe to this podcast to get the latest episodes as soon as they're released.]]>