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Posted by Jason Holloway 13 October 2020

It was a hot summer’s day just under twenty years ago when my mobile phone rang. The weather during my holiday had been kind so far: the days hot, the pool warm and the drinks cool. It was beginning to feel like a well-earned rest, but as usual, work has a way of intruding and making itself known. I had been taking a break from the sunshine and was updating my parent’s home PC - as you do - when the call came in. An invitation to tender had been released and would I comment on it. I agreed.

Normally, I would have walked to my bedroom and returned with the work-issued laptop to the study, plugged in the ethernet connection, fired Windows 98 up, logged in to the VPN (or tried to - they were very temperamental at times), opened up my email client and then launched the Word document from my email. But this time, I didn’t do any of this.

I fired up the browser on my parent’s PC instead and moments later was accessing my own personal Windows desktop where the email client was already syncing the latest emails. Within a minute, I was reading the document in Word, running on a Windows server on the other side of the world. I was ready to call back and pass on my thoughts and advice on the tender straightaway.

I shut down the session and went back to the pool, armed with a cold beer to celebrate. All this had taken place in the time it would have taken me to fetch my work laptop and start it up. That’s when I realised that I had made the right choice in joining my new employer, Netilla Networks.

SSL VPN technology was way ahead of its time, allowing users to access Microsoft Windows Terminal Services (now Remote Desktop Services) over RDP through a secure browser session from literally any PC anywhere in the world. In the days when the Citrix alternatives were slow, clunky and very expensive, the Netilla solution stood out from the crowd. It was fast, lean and, thanks to some early end-point attestation and containerisation technologies, secure too.

You could use it from an unmanaged home PC, or even an internet cafe PC, without having to install software or change any settings. It was an amazing and game-changing technology.

Netilla sadly is no more. However, the story doesn’t end there.

Our main competitors back then weren’t the traditional VPN vendors or even Citrix, but another SSL VPN solution from a company called NetScreen, subsequently purchased by Juniper Networks. Recently, many of their VPN technologies were hived off into an independent company, Pulse Secure.

Pulse Secure continues to develop the original SSL VPN technology and incorporate the latest advances in end-device health and security attestation, delivering a superlative “remote desktop from any client” solution.

Curiously, nearly twenty years on and due to the current pandemic, this SSL VPN technology is more relevant than ever before.

Covid-19 has forced most organisations to rethink their working from home strategies. Many have found existing solutions are often unreliable, expensive to scale (both to procure and maintain) and deliver a less than stellar user experience, often impacting on user productivity as well as compromising on security. Organisations want to deliver secure access to data and applications, but ideally to unmanaged devices, including home PCs, where the device health cannot be guaranteed. This is precisely what Pulse Secure delivers.

Contact us if you’d like to know more about this flexible, cost-effective way of improving your remote access experience and security. After all, a zero-trust network access solution may be what the doctor ordered.

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Posted by Tom Hill 6 May 2020

As our Phones for Patients initiative ramps up to thousands of donated and deployed devices, we are often asked how can we deploy so many devices so quickly and securely?  Partnering with MobileIron has been crucial to this campaign. We had a quick catch up with Scott Flower, one of our Technical Consultant's about why MobileIron's involvement has been so beneficial.

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Posted by Louisa Mackintosh 16 April 2020

No visitors means little or no contact with your loved ones. That's the problem facing many patients in hospitals and care homes right now.

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Posted by Louisa Mackintosh 23 January 2020

In the last three years, the number of councils in Greater London that have reported stolen or lost mobile devices has risen by more than 100%, according to Freedom of Information data. 

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Posted by Louisa Mackintosh 20 January 2020

We meet the trainees who have completed MobileIron training course here at Bridgeway HQ.

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Posted by Louisa Mackintosh 16 January 2020

All organisations are targets for cyber attacks. But law firms are being targeted more and more by criminals. Why is this?

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Posted by Louisa Mackintosh 8 January 2020

Initially, when moving to using cloud services many organisations look at individual services, not a full lift and shift. Many larger organisations can not migrate in a big bang approach due to time, resource and cost. The typical first step is email - and then more often than not, Microsoft Office 365 (O365.)

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Posted by Lisa Higgins 3 October 2019

We meet the delegates who have completed our MobileIron training course here at Bridgeway HQ, in Cambridge.

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Posted by Lisa Higgins 26 September 2019

Last Friday Microsoft announced that they are getting rid of Basic Authentication in Exchange Online and we think this is excellent news. For years, their client apps have used Basic Authentication, where the application sends a username and password with every request, to connect to servers, services and endpoints.

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Posted by Lisa Higgins 16 September 2019

With the release of iOS 13 and macOS 10.15, Apple have introduced a number of significant security requirements for TLS server certificates. To save you time and to help get your head around the new requirements, we've decided to answer the most common questions around this update. We've created two guides - one focused on working out what the new requirements actually are, plus how to check your own server certificates; and the second is how to relate all of this specifically to MobileIron products.

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Posted by Lisa Higgins 9 September 2019

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Posted by Lisa Higgins 4 September 2019

We caught up with CISO of Domino's Pizza UK & Ireland, Paul Watts. Paul has over 16 years IT leadership. Before moving to Domino's in 2018, Paul worked in the banking and finance, manufacturing, retail and telecommunications sectors, both in the UK & Europe. In 2017 he was named as one of the top 100 global CISOs by HotTopics.

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Posted by Lisa Higgins 29 August 2019

We are pleased to see that CIO UK have recognised emerging technology as key to building a winning technology team in today's tricky Infosec climate.

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Posted by Lisa Higgins 22 August 2019

It was revealed recently that Google block roughly 100 million phishing attacks on Gmail users every day. The types of phishing scams fall into three main categories: highly targeted but low-volume spear phishing aimed at distinct individuals, “boutique phishing” that targets only a few dozen people, and automated bulk phishing directed at thousands or hundreds of thousands of people.

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Posted by Lisa Higgins 8 August 2019

Mobile is the way forward. 5G is a potential threat to your corporate Wi-Fi. Microsoft Exchange is forcing a move to the cloud, and cybercriminals are getting more and more advanced. What can you do to keep afloat amidst this sea of change in Infosec?

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Posted by Lisa Higgins 2 August 2019

We meet the trainees who have completed MobileIron training course here at Bridgeway HQ.

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Posted by Lisa Higgins 25 July 2019

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Posted by Lisa Higgins 11 July 2019

Lord Darzi made a call this week for the NHS to make drastic improvements in cyber security.

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Posted by Lisa Higgins 8 July 2019

It's 2019 and the role of the CISO is vastly different to what it was ten, even five years go. Whereas previously security was a perhaps considered an 'add on' to a company, we are now seeing the industry is stepping in front of others and enabling business transformation. We spoke to three high profile CISOs to talk about their experiences and hear their thoughts on how times have indeed changed for them, and some thoughts on how to move forwards.

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Posted by Lisa Higgins 5 July 2019

As more and more organisations employ BYOD policies there becomes more of a need to investigate the best way to balance user privacy with the right levels of corporate security. So it's great to see Apple have announced plans to introduce a new way of managing iOS devices: User Enrollment!

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Posted by Lisa Higgins 27 June 2019

 

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Posted by Lisa Higgins 21 June 2019

At Bridgeway, the solutions that we provide involve collaboration from a series of partner vendors, and these are reviewed regularly to ensure they are fit for purpose and suitable for our customers' long term strategies.

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Mobility
Posted by Lisa Higgins 14 June 2019

In recent years the annual Infosecurity Europe conference has been accused of being too tech heavy. And while that is still certainly the case on the main floor, this year there was a fresh approach to holding such a huge and overwhelming event with a host of interesting talks, panel discussions and presentations that focused on the challenges and pain points, and future ideas rather than just heavy going marketplace. This year hot topics ranged from cyber resilience, threat intelligence and AI and machine learning.

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Posted by Lisa Higgins 10 June 2019

Heralded as Apple’s most important developer conference in years, the annual Apple Worldwide Developers Conference in California revealed groundbreaking new developments in everything from new hardware to a new iPad operating system and a revamped iOS 13. So what does this mean for enterprises using managed mobile devices, and in particular their IT staff, the end-users, and the organisation as a whole?

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