July 25, 2019

This may sound like a strange question but many Office365 email users assume that their email is completely safe within Office365 and can’t be lost.

This is not entirely true.

First, some interesting statistics.

Almost 1 third (32%) of companies surveyed by global Office365 partner Skykick reported some loss of data within Office 365 (email and OneDrive).


May 22, 2019

I want to put my firm’s data in the cloud but I’m not sure of the data ownership implications.

The ownership of data in the cloud is a critical issue for professional services firms to understand and manage but determining ownership can be difficult depending on the cloud vendor.

While the cloud frees up business to be more flexible and productive choosing...

May 8, 2019

Why is Australian based cloud storage so popular with professional services firms in Australia? These top 6 reasons show how useful cloud storage can be.

May 7, 2019

We’ve all heard stories of computers being attacked by Ransomware because Ransomware attacks are one of the most damaging and effective types of IT security threats. But why is this is so?

Its largely due to the fact that it’s almost impossible to detect and stop the  attack with traditional AntiVirus software. The damage done can be so seve...

May 1, 2019

We all want to get more from our day at work. Caffeine always helps  but here are a few ways cloud services are doing their bit.

1. Maximises our time – finding small pockets of time in our day is like gold! As business owners we want to make sure we’re being productive but waiting in that airport lounge or travelling home on the train is very frustrating...

April 16, 2019

Do you proactively protect your data? Protecting business assets is one of the key responsibilities of business management and yet your data can often be overlooked as a critical asset until it’s too late. For some, data is out of sight and out of mind. Complete data loss is typically more likely to occur than most assume and the impact of losing busines...

April 3, 2019

The latest quarterly report from the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner (OAIC) shows that the legal sector reported the 3rd highest number of data breaches from October to December 2018 with 64% of the reports attributed to malicious or criminal attacks.

April 1, 2019

Cloud security in a nutshell

We’ve all seen and heard the hype – the cloud is the greatest thing since sliced bread! But what exactly is the cloud? Are there different types and which one is secure enough for professional services firms to trust?

A useful definition of the cloud for business owners is as a business consumption model rather than a technology...

March 6, 2019

Is the Internet you provide your kids with at home and your staff with at the office safe enough? Are they exposed to inappropriate content or contact from others? Are they using it at inappropriate times for inappropriate things?

With over 95% of homes and businesses now accessing the Internet every day, access to information, entertainment and online soc...

March 1, 2019

Four Habitat3 clients share their top 3 reasons for choosing to host their data and applications in a private cloud.

1. Tamworth Tax Team (small tax accounting firm) 1-5 staff

For Julie Staples, Director of Tamworth Tax Team moving to cloud hosting saved huge amounts of time.

“Prior to hosting our HandiSoft tax lodgement software in a private cloud we spent...

February 1, 2019

When professional services firms review cloud services they often ask providers questions like “is it secure?”, “is it reliable?” and “is it backed up?” but providers will always answer these questions with one answer – yes.

We believe the five questions to ask that better identify if a cloud service will be acceptable to an Australian professional service...

February 1, 2019

Defeat ransomware and the criminal gangs that use it by hosting your data and applications on a private cloud server.

Ransomware is designed by extortionist criminals to lock up your critical business data and prevent you from accessing it unless you pay them a ransom. Usually businesses are the target as they cannot function without their data. A detailed...

December 5, 2018

What makes private cloud hosting private, who uses these private clouds and how can they be identified?

These are some of the questions firms are asking as they look for opportunities to use outsourced hosting providers rather than reinvest in new equipment for their offices.

The UNSW Faculty of Law’s Cyberspace Law and Policy Centre defines a private cloud...

November 14, 2018

As most principals and practice managers know, law firms go through the expensive and distracting process of updating their office technology every few years.

Replacing the office server has traditionally been at the heart of this equipment replacement project and tended to pose the highest level of risk including data loss, downtime and cost overruns.

In r...

September 13, 2018

As with the many benefits of using cloud based services it is not until a practical scenario plays out that the true value of a particular benefit really shines through.

One of the benefits we often mention to potential clients is the fact that using a private cloud server to host their applications and data means they no longer depend on the functionality...

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