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GDPR and Office 365

GDPR and Office 365

Understanding GDPR and the tools in Office 365 and beyond to help meet its requirements

In just a few months time, the new European privacy law, the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), is due to take effect. The GDPR imposes new rules on companies, government agencies, non-profits, and other organizations that offer goods and services to people in the European Union (EU), or that collect and analyze data tied to EU residents.

This video from Microsoft discusses how to position Office 365 with the GDPR and the relevant capabilities that help customers manage and protect their data.

For more information on Office 365 please speak to one of our Digital Specialists on 0845 606 1000 or send an email to solutions@atlasict.co.uk.


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Big Burns Supper

Big Burns Supper

The Big Burns Supper festival gets underway in Dumfries later – 11 days of music, theatre, comedy and much more.

Atlas.ICT is proud to be supporting the event and we have set up free WiFi access for guests. Attending one of the shows? Simply connect to a hotspot to get online.

We’re also providing IT support throughout the celebrations.

For more information on the festival or to buy tickets please visit bigburnssupper.com.


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CES 2018

CES 2018

The world’s leading technology manufacturers unveiled their latest innovations at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas last week (Jan 8-12). Here we take a look at some of the best new products and hands-on reviews…

Lenovo Miix 630

Chinese tech giant Lenono had lots of new products on show but it was the Miix 630 laptop which got people’s attention with its amazing 20 hours of battery life. The Miix 630 is also one of the first machines to be powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 835 chipset – a CPU commonly used in high-end phones.

Sony Xperia XA2

One of the biggest smartphone announcements of CES 2018 came from Sony in the form of the Xperia XA2 and XA2 Ultra. These mid-range phones feature upgraded specs compared to previous models and impressive new full-HD screens.

LG Display Rollable OLED TV

LG showed off the world’s first large, rollable, ultra-high definition television screen. The 4K display uses OLED technology, allowing it to be more flexible than a conventional LED television. There’s no mention of when it will be available or how much it might cost but it’s pretty cool!

Vivo smartphone

Although their phones aren’t available over here, Chinese company Vivo unveiled a new smartphone with an on-screen fingerprint sensor. Apple and Samsung are said to be still testing this technology but Vivo, with the help Synaptics, have won the race to market.

Google Assistant

Google is fighting back against Amazon’s Alexa with a new and improved Assistant. It will be built-in or compatible with a wide range of 2018 products including LG TVs, Schlage smart locks, Hunter ceiling fans and the new Lenovo Smart Display, as featured in the video.

Dell XPS 15 2-in-1

The new XPS 15 2-in-1 is one of the first laptops to pack Intel’s Core processor with Radeon graphics. As with other 2-in-1 laptops on the market, users can either use the device as a laptop or flip the screen over and use it as a tablet depending on their needs.


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Coming in 2018

Coming in 2018

Take a look at our pick of the best new smartphones due for launch next year…

Samsung Galaxy A8 and A8+

Samsung has just unveiled a brand new generation of affordable smartphones, the Galaxy A8 and Galaxy A8+ devices.

Both feature a dual-lens camera with an f/1.9 aperture — and Samsung’s Live Focus feature, a favorite from the Galaxy Note 8.

The body has an IP68 water and dust resistance rating, for peace of mind, and it’s the first A-Series Samsung phone that’s compatible with the Gear VR virtual reality headset.

Samsung Galaxy S9

The Galaxy S9 is anticipated to be the highest profile Android handset of 2018, packed full of features and technology.

While there has been no official announcement or release date as yet, the S9 will build on the success of the S8 and S8+.

Rumours point to the phone having an upgraded chipset with support for faster download speeds, a camera that can shoot at 1,000 frames per second and an improved battery life.

LG G7

LG are expected to reveal their flagship new smartphone in the New Year, so we might not have too long to wait for it. This would give the G7 a head start against major rivals such as the Galaxy S9.

The G7 is tipped to receive some major updates from the G6, including an advanced iris scanner and Qualcomm’s latest chipset.

All eyes are on CES 2018 – the global consumer electronics and technology trade show – which takes place next month in Las Vegas.

Nokia 9

Nokia made a big comeback this year with a wide-range of devices including the popular Nokia 6 and their flagship Nokia 8 smartphone.

The Nokia 9 will be another step forward, improving on the 8, with a larger screen and faster processor. The release date is still unknown but it is anticipated early 2018.

Looking to upgrade your business mobiles? Get in touch for our latest offers. Telephone 0845 606 1000 or email solutions@atlasict.co.uk.


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GDPR update

GDPR update

The General Data Protection Regulation is now less than six months away. Has your business taken action?

The GDPR actually became law in April 2016, but given the significant changes some organisations will need to make to align with the regulation, a two-year transition period was included. Organisations should not expect any grace period from regulators beyond 25th May 2018. Some EU member state regulators have already gone on record to say there will be no enforcement holiday for organisations that fail to comply.

What are the main requirements?

The GDPR imposes a wide range of requirements on organisations that collect or process personal data, including a requirement to comply with six key principles:
  • Transparency, fairnesss and lawfulness in the handling and use of personal data. You will need to be clear with individuals about how you are using personal data and will also need a “lawful basis” to process that data.
  • Limiting the processing of personal data to specified, explicit and legitimate purposes. You will not be able to re-use or disclose personal data for purposes that are not “compatible” with the purpose for which the data was originally collected.
  • Minimising the collection and storage of personal data to that which is adequate and relevant for the intended purpose.
  • Ensuring the accuracy of personal data and enabling it to be erased or rectified. You will need to take steps to ensure that the personal data you hold is accurate and can be corrected if errors occur.
  • Limiting the storage of personal data. You will need to ensure that you retain personal data only for as long as necessary to achieve the purposes for which the data was collected.
  • Ensuring security, integrity, and confidentiality of personal data. Your organisation must take steps to keep personal data secure through technical and organisational security measures.

Does the GDPR apply to my organisation?

The GDPR applies more broadly than might be apparent at first glance. Unlike privacy laws in some other jurisdictions, the GDPR is applicable to organisations of all sizes and all industries. Specifically, the GDPR applies to:
  • processing of anyone’s personal data, if the processing is done in the context of the activities of an organisation established in the EU (regardless of where the processing takes place);
  • processing of personal data of individuals who reside in the EU by an organisation established outside the EU, where that processing relates to the offering of goods or services to those individuals or to the monitoring of their behaviour.
  • The EU is often viewed as a role model on privacy issues internationally, so we also expect to see concepts in the GDPR adopted in other parts of the world over time.
  • The GDPR applies more broadly than might be apparent at first glance. Unlike privacy laws in some other jurisdictions, the GDPR is applicable to organisations of all sizes and all industries.

Partnering is the most effective way to ensure that your business is ready for GDPR in May 2018. We can work together to ensure your business is compliant with the new laws.

Contact us for more information. Telephone 0845 606 1000 or email solutions@atlasict.co.uk.


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O2 Double Data offers

O2 Double Data offers

Get double data on a range of business tariffs for a limited time only!

SIM-only, no handset

Handsets include Apple iPhone 6S 32GB and Samsung Galaxy A5 2017

Handsets include Apple iPhone 7 32GB and Samsung Galaxy S7 

Handsets include Apple iPhone 8 64GB and Samsung Galaxy S8

For more information on any of the data offers please call 0845 606 1000 or email solutions@atlasict.co.uk.


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Horizon Smartphone App

Horizon Smartphone App

The Horizon Smartphone App allows you to make and receive calls using the Horizon IP telephony service from your iOS or Android device.

This is ideal for people who often work remotely or work from different locations where it is not practical to install a handset.

In addition, the app also provides presence and instant messaging between users, keeping you connected to work colleagues no matter where you are.

A Horizon account enabled for the iOS or Android soft-client is required to use the app. Prices start from £2.50 per user.

For more information call 0845 606 1000 or email natalie.steele@atlasict.co.uk.


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Microsoft 365 Business

Microsoft 365 Business

Empower your team, safeguard your business and simplify IT management with a single solution, purpose-built for your business.

Microsoft 365 Business brings together features from across Microsoft’s offerings in a solution designed for small and medium-sized businesses.

It’s powered by Office 365 and Windows 10, with device management and security features to help ensure your company’s data is protected.

Key features:

  • Create with Word, Excel, PowerPoint and more.
  • Connect with customers, coworkers and suppliers.
  • Bring together teams and resources, all in one place.
  • Access your work securely from anywhere.
  • No WiFi, no problem. Work offline and sync later.
  • Safeguard company data across PCs, phones and tablets.
  • Help protect against phishing and security threats.
  • Be secured with the latest versions of Office 365 and Windows 10.
  • Easy employee setup and deployment.
  • Manage users and devices with a single dashboard.
  • Single login for all services and devices.
  • Available on Windows, iOS, Android, Mac, and through web browsers.

Watch the video below to see how you can use 365 Business to protect company data on your mobile devices, including iOS and Android:

Alongside its release, Office 365 is also receiving new features as it expands to 96 new markets. Translation tools for Microsoft Word have been revamped, which now supports 60 languages and can translate sections of text or an entire document, saving the results as a separate document.

OneDrive users can now choose whether they want their files stored online or on their disk at anytime with a double click, and the service now also supports 3D objects, allowing users to upload their concept designs without needing a plugin.

Speak to one of our IT & Digital Specialists for more information on 365 Business or any other Microsoft products. Telephone 0845 606 1000 or email solutions@atlasict.co.uk


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