iBox Security http://www.ibox-security.co.uk Wed, 15 Oct 2014 20:52:33 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.0 Hackference 2014 http://www.ibox-security.co.uk/hackference-2014/ http://www.ibox-security.co.uk/hackference-2014/#comments Tue, 14 Oct 2014 12:02:47 +0000 http://www.ibox-security.co.uk/?p=4920 September 19th seems so long ago already, its hard to believe it was a little over 3 weeks ago since we attended Hackference 2014 which was held at Fazeley Studios in Birmingham which is the perfect venue for a developers conference. Hackference kicked off with a great keynote intro from Cristiano Betta who is probably one of the key figures now a days… read more →

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September 19th seems so long ago already, its hard to believe it was a little over 3 weeks ago since we attended Hackference 2014 which was held at Fazeley Studios in Birmingham which is the perfect venue for a developers conference. Hackference kicked off with a great keynote intro from Cristiano Betta who is probably one of the key figures now a days in Europes Hackathon scene – with his intro talk ‘hacking through time and space’ Cristiano gave us an insight into how hackathons have developed around the world and answered one of the most important questions of all – which countries have the best hackers?

*To avoid any confusion the term Hacker doesn’t mean someone breaking into a computer necessarily, more the term encompasses those who ‘hack’ there way into understanding, building, developing, creating something.*

Through out the day there were two tracks for the conference I can’t speak for the talks we didn’t see but I heard they were all fantastic – the talks we saw were:

  • Dan Jenkins Node.js talk which left me with thoughts on going back and revisiting node as its been a while
  • Something to do with Haskell…honestly…great talk but way above our heads
  • NoSQL panel – which gave a great insight into the realm of NoSQL and whether we should look more closely with certain projects at this
  • Laurence E. Day – who delved further into Haskell….seriously…great talk but…lets leave it at that. Great speaker though!
  • Erika Heidis talk on vagrant was really interesting and this is something we have certainly started to take a look at in our development environments

All in all the conference was a great success and hats off to the great team that put it together, we certainly learned a lot whilst there and were very happy to sponsor the event. We are hoping to return next year and sponsor once again as its a fantastic opportunity for all hackers young and old to learn from each other. In fact whilst down there we got to meet up with some of the star developers from 3AAA training providers Birmingham academy who were more than happy to grab a quick photo op with us.

 

Hackference Up and coming Super Stars

 

Unfortunately we didn’t get to stay for the hack the following day but we promise to next year!

Oh and there was SWAG!

conference swag

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Derby Bondholders http://www.ibox-security.co.uk/marketing-derby-bondholders/ http://www.ibox-security.co.uk/marketing-derby-bondholders/#comments Fri, 10 Oct 2014 09:45:36 +0000 http://www.ibox-security.co.uk/?p=4746 iBox-Security have proudly passed our 6 month mark with the Marketing Derby Bondholder scheme which provides financial support to promoting the city around the world. Currently over 200 businesses in the Derby area support the Bondholder scheme by way of an annual membership which aids Marketing Derby to actively promote Derby as well as put together a wide variety of activities for its members from… read more →

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iBox-Security have proudly passed our 6 month mark with the Marketing Derby Bondholder scheme which provides financial support to promoting the city around the world.

Currently over 200 businesses in the Derby area support the Bondholder scheme by way of an annual membership which aids Marketing Derby to actively promote Derby as well as put together a wide variety of activities for its members from networking events, breakfasts, dinners, roundtables,  sporting events and tours around some of the best companies in the area.

The Bondholder scheme aims to help develop, promote and grow the businesses of its members to create further job growth which contributes to the overall growth and prospects of Derby not only as a technological city but as a great place to live.

With the backing of its Bondholders, Marketing Derby provides knowledge to its members about city centre developments, future projects and regular opportunities for discussion around what Derby aims to be as a city and how as a whole we can go about achieving what we need to do.

With regular e-shot newsletters and social media (twitter/linkedin) content, Marketing Derby led by John Forkin has an active online presence with its web site being viewed by tens of thousands of business leaders across the region.

Discussing the strength of having such a prominent group such as the Bondholders, Managing Director Sean Price said, “Although our business spans across the United Kingdom and Europe, our base is in Derby and we couldn’t be happier about being in a city that is renowned for its technical & engineering background, a true city of innovation. Being part of the Bondholders really does allow us to connect with key organisations in the region to help build partnerships and work with some of the best companies the city has to offer both on a client basis and a supplier level. We have helped many organisations in the region with their web and software development needs and consulted with some of the great PLC in the region in their requirements for computer security. We couldn’t be happier with the Bondholder engagement and how the scheme runs.”

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Interview with 3AAA Owner – Peter Marples http://www.ibox-security.co.uk/interview-with-3aaa-owner-peter-marples/ http://www.ibox-security.co.uk/interview-with-3aaa-owner-peter-marples/#comments Mon, 06 Oct 2014 10:15:36 +0000 http://www.ibox-security.co.uk/?p=4864 It’s not every day that you get to interview a successful business man but last week our very own software developer Zak Vickers got the opportunity to sit down with Peter Marples, director of the Derby based IT apprenticeship provider 3AAA. With a hour of his time Zak got to ask Peter some questions about what it takes to run… read more →

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It’s not every day that you get to interview a successful business man but last week our very own software developer Zak Vickers got the opportunity to sit down with Peter Marples, director of the Derby based IT apprenticeship provider 3AAA. With a hour of his time Zak got to ask Peter some questions about what it takes to run a successful business such as 3AAA and how training programmes like apprenticeships can help develop young talented individuals.
Zak who himself had come through the 3AAA training programme, with an hour of Peters time Zak got to ask some very interesting questions leading to an in-depth discussion about work/life balance, building strategic partnerships, developing connections and ensuring you stay motivated in your objectives.

 

Zak Vickers Ready for the interview
The interview began by asking Peter what inspired him to come out of retirement to start a company that’s main objective was to help the talented youth of today thrive in an environment that was right for them. Responding to this, Peter explained that it was the way he developed his own career that, starting as an apprentice and rising through the ranks of Partner and Director in well-respected accountancy firm, inspired him to start 3AAA. This stood as testament that apprenticeships are very practical not only in terms of getting young people into work, but also getting them into highly sought-after, technical roles such as those in accountancy, technology and the social media sector of today’s fast-paced economy.

Peter Marples sat opposite Zak Vickers
Using his wealth of experience in the field of Business Management, Peter went on to provide Zak with some useful insights into his own life, explaining how important it is to select a career that allows you to stay motivated. Zak enquired “How do you approach work-life balance and how can an apprentice apply that?” which developed a conversation that concluded with the statement from Peter; “Having a job that you enjoy will keep you motivated to success”.

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EMBL: Your business is in trouble – you didn’t even know http://www.ibox-security.co.uk/embl-business-trouble-didnt-even-know/ http://www.ibox-security.co.uk/embl-business-trouble-didnt-even-know/#comments Fri, 19 Sep 2014 08:48:38 +0000 http://www.ibox-security.co.uk/?p=4860 Most SMEs will fall into this trap a couple times a year almost if not more, the order book – future orders, the cashflow thats going to keep you thriving as you go through the year. Do you manage it or does it manage you.

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Most SMEs will fall into this trap a couple times a year almost if not more, the order book – future orders, the cashflow thats going to keep you thriving as you go through the year. Do you manage it or does it manage you.

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Our Rules of Web Design… http://www.ibox-security.co.uk/rules-web-design/ http://www.ibox-security.co.uk/rules-web-design/#comments Tue, 26 Aug 2014 15:50:11 +0000 http://www.ibox-security.co.uk/?p=4817 So, you want to create a website? First you need to set some designs in place. This can either be the most simple step or the most difficult, depending on both your level of skill and your ideas. Most people opt to have their sites designed by professionals, graphic and web designers for instance. But, even with that being the… read more →

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So, you want to create a website? First you need to set some designs in place. This can either be the most simple step or the most difficult, depending on both your level of skill and your ideas.

Most people opt to have their sites designed by professionals, graphic and web designers for instance. But, even with that being the case, you still need to give them a rough idea as to what it is you’re looking for.

We like to work to certain guidelines when we sit and design sites. For those stuck for ideas, try working with some of these;

10 – “Less is more…”

Simple sites are always a lot more beautiful and eye catching compared to the cluttered sites that you see around. You know the ones we mean, the ones that bombard you with content as soon as you load the homepage. You haven’t a clue where to look and they tend to give web designers either a head ache or cause them to face plant their desks in despair. I mean, who wants to spend ages looking through links and images just to find that one link they’re looking for? Keeping it simple keeps it easier to use.

9 – “Design, design, DESIGN!”

It’s all about what your clients see upon first entering your site. If you have a cluttered homepage with clashing colours, what will people think about your business? Your site is your primary online representation. See it as setting a social media profile picture, that’s what you want people to see first and foremost. Your site is your profile picture to the rest of the web. The look and feel to your site is the first thing that visitors will notice.

8 – “Need a map?”

The navigation to your site is the backbone to your visitors finding the different areas of your site. This is yet another aspect of websites that cause web developers to face palm. What’s the point in a site if your visitors cannot find what they’re looking for? You could have the best offer on your homepage, beating every one of your competitors, but your contact information is nowhere to be found… There needs to be an easy way for your clients and potential customers to navigate your site with both ease and comfort.

7 – “Deja vu…”

Consistency plays a huge part in both design and navigation for your site. One page should be based on another, and visa versa. Pages within your site should not be so different that they look like they belong to completely different sites. This means colour scheme, layout, navigation and over all feel need to be similar if not the same. Not only does it take away any potential confusion, it makes navigation a lot easier for your clients and overall improves their online experience.

6 – “Colour me intrigued!”

The colours you chose can be the determining factor of your site. This is the point that can either make or break your site. For instance, the designer in me feels physical pain when faced with a neon pink site with lime green features – which has indeed been known to happen. Picking the right colours is crucial, clashing is a complete no no, but you need to make sure there is a strong contract between background and text colour.

5 – “Space, the final frontier…”

If you have a large computer screen you, no doubt, want to use what you’ve paid for… Don’t pack everything into a tiny area, that creates far too much space when viewed on larger screens. If you’re concerned about mobile devices and smaller screens, use separate style sheets for different platforms. Different layouts/designs are usually a given when it comes to designing for both desktop and mobile devices.

4 – “Firefox encountered a problem…”

Developing for multiple browsers is key to success when it comes to web design. You could design and develop the most amazing site in the world… And it could work and look perfect on Safari, but as soon as you visit the site using Firefox it looks a complete mess. While this is completely in the backend of the development, it needs to be accounted for when designing.

3 – “There has been an error processing your request.”

Before your site goes live or you add any content to it, check it for errors. This is anything from broken links to spelling mistakes. This is another aspect that can make or break your online presence. Professional sites don’t have spelling mistakes and typos littering the content. It’s good practice to check these aspects of the site regularly once the site is live. In case there are any things that you miss once it’s live, there are plugins that are available that scan sites for anything from typos to images that don’t load correctly. The developers of the world have you covered there.

2 – “Do you know the enemy?”

Whether your site is straight coded or created using a template, make sure you know how it works or have someone to hand that does know. There’s nothing worse than having an amazing site designed, built and handed over to you then it goes wrong. If you don’t know how fix it then you’re losing air time and any potential business exposure. Make sure that you’re well versed in your site. Know it inside out, where everything is, how it all links together and most of all how to fix it or who to call!

1 – “Are you content with your content?”

Beautiful site? Check. Clear design? Check. Usable layout? Check. Content? Uhhhhhh… What’s a site without content?! Your masterpiece is ready to be finished. Each page needs unique and appropriate content that makes people want to read it. You need to draw your audience in and entice their interest. After all, what’s a site without content?

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EMBL: Why Software is crucial for small businesses http://www.ibox-security.co.uk/embl-why-bespoke-software-is-crucial-for-small-businesses/ http://www.ibox-security.co.uk/embl-why-bespoke-software-is-crucial-for-small-businesses/#comments Thu, 14 Aug 2014 17:27:37 +0000 http://www.ibox-security.co.uk/?p=4803 In the latest IT advice column for East Midlands Business Link, Sean Price, Managing Director of iBox-Security asks whether you’ve got the right software in place to drive your business forward in 2014.

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In the latest IT advice column for East Midlands Business Link, Sean Price, Managing Director of iBox-Security asks whether you’ve got the right software in place to drive your business forward in 2014.

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EMBL: A safety first approach to IT security http://www.ibox-security.co.uk/embl-safety-first-approach-security/ http://www.ibox-security.co.uk/embl-safety-first-approach-security/#comments Tue, 12 Aug 2014 15:16:18 +0000 http://www.ibox-security.co.uk/?p=4806 In the first of several IT advice columns for East Midlands Business Link, Sean Price, Managing Director of iBox-Security discusses computer security from a small business perspective. From system downtime, lowering staff productivity and of course legal and financial problems that may occur due to a cyber attack there are many facets to take into account. These problems stem from poorly configured network appliances, out… read more →

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In the first of several IT advice columns for East Midlands Business Link, Sean Price, Managing Director of iBox-Security discusses computer security from a small business perspective. From system downtime, lowering staff productivity and of course legal and financial problems that may occur due to a cyber attack there are many facets to take into account. These problems stem from poorly configured network appliances, out of date software, weak passwords, staff training and much more.

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Is your computer as secure as your security providers say? http://www.ibox-security.co.uk/computer-secure-security-providers-say/ http://www.ibox-security.co.uk/computer-secure-security-providers-say/#comments Mon, 11 Aug 2014 13:10:26 +0000 http://www.ibox-security.co.uk/?p=4787 We all have, or should have, anti-virus security software on our computers and laptops. The sole purpose of which is to to provide your machine with protection from anything malicious or dangerous. We install them and we trust them,  it’s the logical thing to do. Software that keeps our computers safe? Most of the time for free? Brilliant! Super! Fantastic! … read more →

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We all have, or should have, anti-virus security software on our computers and laptops. The sole purpose of which is to to provide your machine with protection from anything malicious or dangerous. We install them and we trust them,  it’s the logical thing to do. Software that keeps our computers safe? Most of the time for free?

Brilliant! Super! Fantastic! 

But is it? Is it as brilliant, super and fantastic as we are led to believe? While not all of us have the know-how to question the security of this software with research and findings to back us up, a security researcher at COSEINC by the name of Joxean Koret does. He claims that the big name Anti-virus software providers sport some majorly serious security problems. His main claim being that these security programs are as vulnerable to attacks as the apps they claim to protect are.

Korets main point was that Anti-Virus programs are given the highest privileges available. Now, should that program become compromised, that would result in the virus or breach having those exact same privileges. As most of you can imagine, a virus having administrative privileges isn’t the best thing that could happen to your system.

He also explains how anti-virus software is updated via insecure HTTP connections. He states that it would all too easy for potential hackers to attempt a man-in-the-middle attach by intercepting the HTTP connection. This would be done by coming in between the client machine and the server, therefore gaining access to the anti-virus software without being detected.

Koret listed in his report, which can be found here, some of the vulnerabilities he found while conducting his research. Those listed are largely associated with the big name vendors, meaning that thousands of homes across the world are potentially just as vulnerable with the software as they are without it.

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iBox expands development team further in 2014 http://www.ibox-security.co.uk/ibox-expands-development-team-2014/ http://www.ibox-security.co.uk/ibox-expands-development-team-2014/#comments Tue, 29 Jul 2014 10:03:11 +0000 http://www.ibox-security.co.uk/?p=4384 iBox has announced its ambitious plans for further growth over the next 12 months by expanding further, following a number of new client wins the company has identified a need to expand in key areas of software and web. The iBox development team was recently joined by Zak Vickers, who brings with him a wealth of experience in developing back… read more →

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iBox has announced its ambitious plans for further growth over the next 12 months by expanding further, following a number of new client wins the company has identified a need to expand in key areas of software and web.

The iBox development team was recently joined by Zak Vickers, who brings with him a wealth of experience in developing back end web services that will help clients work smarter, more efficiently and allows our bespoke software applications to integrate closer with customers day to day operations.

Working on a new CRM system for an existing client, Zak comments “CRM systems are truly the life blood of growing businesses and having them tie in closely to business processes allows companies not only to manage their sales pipelines but follow up effectively on new leads, repeat business and seek areas of improvement for future growth.”

Sean Price Managing Director comments “iBox work within the web & software development industry, with a core focus on security –  due to the nature of our business, providing computer security consulting – we tie this knowledge and experience in with all software (web or otherwise) that we build.”

Over the coming months, iBox has plans to add further members to our exciting growing company. If you want to find out more – head over to our vacancies page.

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Modern Software Development http://www.ibox-security.co.uk/modern-software-development/ http://www.ibox-security.co.uk/modern-software-development/#comments Tue, 22 Jul 2014 14:48:14 +0000 http://www.ibox-security.co.uk/?p=4737 Software as we know it is changing. At iBox, many of our software projects involve taking offline programs and applications to the cloud and enabling them to be accessed from anywhere at any time. The benefits of live software are endless. From enabling customers overseas to access their account details, to allowing restrictions to be put in place within a… read more →

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Software as we know it is changing. At iBox, many of our software projects involve taking offline programs and applications to the cloud and enabling them to be accessed from anywhere at any time.

The benefits of live software are endless. From enabling customers overseas to access their account details, to allowing restrictions to be put in place within a company for particular members of staff accessing for example a CRM or CMS. Within the development team here, we specialise in creating CRM software for clients looking to really consolidate and manage their customer accounts, communications and transactions.

With these benefits, it comes naturally that there are some drawbacks. With web-based software, security is usually the main concern for our clientele. Luckily our main skillset here is just that. We build our software with powerful tools enabling malicious entry and corruption to become virtually impossible.
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Although the way businesses are using software is changing, the way we build it remains a stressful but very rewarding process. The stages of software development will never change from the time old 7-stage concept of planning, designing, developing, implementation, testing, deployment and maintenance. Each of these being delegated to an individual across teams within iBox Security to ensure the finished product fits the specification, combines form and function, and exceeds expectations. Because that’s what we do.

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