News from Kinetics

How does a ransomware attack start?

When you read about the ransomware attacks, such as those on Honda, Garmin, Toll, Fisher and Paykel and Lion, it’s easy to think these attacks only target large enterprises. Unfortunately, that would be a mistaken view. The reality is that all businesses are under ever increasing attacks – not just more attacks but also more sophisticated [...]

Have you noticed the dictate button in your Microsoft Office toolbar?

Coming shortly will be a new Transcribe feature which allows you upload an audio file, and Office will turn that directly into text. The transcription is saved into your OneDrive account in a new transcribed files folder. The difference is that "Dictate" takes your voice in real time and puts it directly into the document that's open in front of [...]

International eSecurity Compliance

It feels it's like a daily occurrence for one of our clients to be asking for assistance with a security compliance questionnaire from their client. Most of these are being driven by corporates with international footprints. This becomes complex as each jurisdiction has its own legislation and additional specific industry compliance. Firstly, you [...]

Damn – I just “corrupted” that document

It happens to all of us. The IT geeks tell us all to save our work to the cloud (or server for those still  to move), but it’s just so convenient to have it on the desktop. We all do it.  It could be a spreadsheet you want to work on or a document that a client shared with you, or an email attachment.  Maybe you just wanted the file for a meeting, [...]

3,102 reported cyber-security incidents in NZ for first half 2020.

The numbers are staggering.  We always get a few clients saying "My organisation is too small, cyber-criminals won't attack us".  We can state with absolute certainty that this is a fallacy. Remember that not every incident gets reported.  Hopefully as awareness grows about CertNZ, they will get more reports, but even now, its very evident that [...]

Is “Deathstalker” coming for you?

Cyber-Crime is big business.  The criminals are organised and sophisticated.  Imagine if they put their ingenuity to things that are good?  But alas, that's not reality.  Instead we have to brace ourselves to deal with another wave of crime. Deathstalker is a such a great name, inspiring fear.  In fact,  I desperately wanted to find out that they [...]

Automating our own business processes with Microsoft 365

Normally our case studies reflect work we’ve done with clients. This time we wanted to share how we’ve used our own services through lockdown to automate a key business process. One of the challenges we’ve always had is that it can be really hard to know how long a job will take. That makes it difficult to schedule the next job in any given day [...]

Privacy Act 2020 – Are you ready for Dec 1st?

Parliament recently passed the new Privacy Act, which comes into effect on 1 December 2020. This introduces stricter measures around the storing, sharing and breach of personal information and gives the Privacy Commissioner more powers. Every organisation should have a Privacy Policy, and Kinetics, with our Kambium service, can help you create one! [...]

Nostalgia – Floppy Disks flying high in 2020

The old TRS-80 just turned 43 years old.  It brings back memories of storing programmes on cassette tape.  I still have copies of games I wrote and published on cassette many years ago. That got us thinking about whether their successor, floppy disks, were still in use.  It seems that they still are, albeit rapidly disappearing as you would [...]