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Darron Millar

Darron Millar is Technical Director at BTA Limited. With 20 years of experience in the IT services industry, his areas of expertise include SME IT Consultancy, Cyber Security, and Project Management. Passionate about IT, Darron is dedicated to being a trusted advisor to clients who wish to leverage technology to enhance and support their business.

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8 Ways to improve your cyber security

Posted by Darron Millar on 29 March 2018

 

Keep your business safe

Following on from BTA’s recent Cyber Essentials Plus Certification, we’d like to offer some guidance on how to improve your own cyber security.

A few things of note:

  • The cyber security industry is growing
  • More malware is being launched than ever before: 230,000 new malware samples appear every day according to the latest statistics
  • More resources are being deployed to counter cyber attacks, with global spending on cyber security products and services predicted to exceed $1 trillion over the next five years
  • It has been predicted that cybercrime will cost the world $6 trillion annually by 2021.
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What is Blockchain technology and how does it work?

Posted by Darron Millar on 28 February 2018

Blockchains could be the most important technological innovation since the Internet itself. Facilitating transactions between organisations and people requires trust. Every day we pay invoices or buy goods and services with debit or credit cards, issued by a bank or credit card company that guarantees these payments. These middlemen are appointed, regulated and audited by governments, providing us with a peace of mind that many of us take for granted.

But what if you could arrange these transactions using technology, providing you with the same guarantees as a regulated bank, but without the middleman? This is what blockchain does. More than that, it provides a mechanism to do business without knowing your counter party or their reputation. In a digital space, the only thing that matters is the number.

 

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Data Storage for SMEs: What you need to know

Posted by Darron Millar on 31 January 2018

According to a 2017 Fujitsu study among senior finance professionals in small and medium sized businesses (SMEs) data storage requirements are predicted to double over the next four years.

The study also revealed that this rapid data growth is a huge concern for 76% of businesses that fear it will lead to escalating data storage and management costs.

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GDPR – What is it and how does it affect SMEs?

Posted by Darron Millar on 05 September 2017

I have to start this blog article by saying I am not a lawyer and so if you are reading this I would urge you to take legal advice for your particular situation.

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Two Questions All IT Directors Should Ask Themselves

Posted by Darron Millar on 12 November 2015

Ten years ago we thought we were in the midst of a digital revolution. But many would argue, if that was revolution, what we are in now is a total transformation.  Information technology is more integral to competitive advantage and organisational success than it ever has been in the history of business. As a result companies are introducing an increasing number of digital projects, across a variety of different platforms—meaning IT Directors and their teams are having to juggle an unprecedented amount of work.

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Top 5 Security Issues SMEs Should Know About

Posted by Darron Millar on 22 October 2015

You probably have an alarm system for your home (or at least a very good lock and a very loud dog), because you know burglars are constantly lurking.  But it is doubtful you have the right cyber security protection for your business, or even consider cybercrime a real threat.

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26 Billion Connected Devices By 2020 Will Dramatically Change Things

Posted by Darron Millar on 01 September 2015

The incorporation of mobile devices into day-to-day life has changed our culture significantly. When Apple introduced “iPhone” less than a decade ago, Steve Jobs famously said, “It’s like your life in your pocket.” Now only eight years after the launch of the first iPhone, it is hard to remember what life was like before you had a full-function information system in the palm of your hand. We have all come to rely heavily on these devices, which as a result is driving mobile profits up and creating a market that didn’t even exist a short time ago.

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What is your competition up to? Use These 6 Apps to Find Out.

Posted by Darron Millar on 16 July 2015

If you are like most business owners, you probably find yourself checking out your competitors to get a feel for their prices and services. With these six apps, you can make this job a little bit easier by seeing what others have to say about your competitors (and what they are saying about you!).

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Tip of the Week: Practical Ways to Make Your Smartphone Distraction-Free

Posted by Darron Millar on 11 May 2015

Mobile devices like smartphones and tablets are marketed as powerful productivity tools. However some workers may find their device’s apps to be more of a distraction than an aid to productivity. So what is a distracted smartphone owner to do?

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