In November we launched our new seminar series covering all things IT. The first InnoTech event took place on 28th November at the Apex Waterloo hotel in Edinburgh where we explored transformational technologies that can help drive digital strategies forward.

More than 30 attendees learned about how other organisations are deploying innovative technologies to drive efficiencies and productivity, empower employees and help them remain competitive, all while ensuring protection against cyber threats and preparing for GDPR as we fast approach the May 2018 deadline.

Engaging and informative

Presentations came from a number of Castle experts as well as an engaging and informative session on Cybercrime from Eamonn Keane of Police Scotland and the lowdown on GDPR from Grant Campbell of Brodies LLP.

Kevin McDermott discussed the plethora of cloud options available within the workplace, explaining the differences between on premise, private and hybrid cloud options, and concluded that the best option very much depends on the needs of the individual organisation.

Jim Weston helped to demystify Office 365, explaining the individual components that can be used through it and the backup benefits it can deliver for continuity of business.

Cybercrime is evolving

Eamonn Keane highlighted the alarming rate at which cybercrime is evolving. He said:

“We’re going to see a proliferation of malware and ransomware thanks to our increased social activity online. Cyber criminals are looking at everything you’re doing online.”

So how can organisations ensure they are protected? Andrew Cruickshank explained the benefits of Disaster Recovery as a Service as protection against cyber breaches as well as traditional disasters such as fires and floods. Rapid data growth and operation challenges such as the cost and complexity of storage were mentioned as two of the data protection challenges facing many organisations, but the benefits of being able to easily restore your data after an incident heavily outweigh the challenges.

Relevant and interesting

The day was a resounding success, with feedback including comments such as:

“It was an enjoyable day out, and I felt that the subjects covered were all very relevant and interesting. Kudos to Castle staff who were there on the day for a fun and well-organised event. It can often be difficult to strike a balance with these kinds of things, but at no point did it feel like a hard-sell, and the day showcased Castle in a very favourable light.”

Thanks to all who attended and a special thanks to Eamonn Keane and Grant Campbell for presenting. If you’re interested in the next InnoTech session, please keep an eye out for details on our Events page and our Twitter and Linked In pages.

For more information on any of the topics covered or future InnoTech events, get in touch.