Explain IT Podcast

Explain IT

A show for IT professionals that aims to simplify the complex bits of enterprise IT, without compromising on detail

This is Explain IT, a show for IT professionals by IT professionals; offering insight, knowledge, experience and opinion on a variety of enterprise tech topics. The podcast will be released every two weeks - don't miss out and subscribe to be updated as they're live.

Episode 8: Cloud

25th July 2018

We provide a five-step process for a successful move to cloud

In this episode we explore and define cloud, what is cloud and is there a right or wrong way to make the move? 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.They look at how it's best to ensure the cloud provision is the most efficient, cost-effective and best aligns with your business objectives before you choose the option for your organisation. They also discuss a five-step process to ensure a successful move.

Episode 7: GDPR

4th July 2018

We tackle the ins and outs of GDPR compliance

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.

Episode 6: Dealing with an IT Incident

20th June 2018

Six steps to follow when you experience a security incident or breach on your network

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 through six steps to 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.

Episode 5: Digital Transformation

 6th June 2018

All companies should be considering Digital Transformation, this podcast outlines four simple steps to follow

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.

Episode 4: Hyper-converged Infrastructure

16th May 2018

We talk about hyper-converged infrastructure and how it's worked for engineering company Laing O'Rourke

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.

Episode 3: Moving to Windows 10

2nd May 2018

Preparing your organisation for the plunge into Microsoft Windows 10

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?

Episode 2: Social Engineering

18th April 2018

What exactly it is, who is behind it, how an organisation might protect themselves against it

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.

Episode 1: Ransomware

4th April 2018

What it is, why you should care about it and how an organisation might protect themselves against it

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.

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