As a result of the COVID-19 outbreak, everyone's suddenly talking about working from home, but many smaller businesses don't have the facilities or policies for this already set up. It's important that businesses take an intelligent, considered approach to this and don't just give their staff unfettered access to the work network - cyber criminals are watching closely to take advantage of businesses allowing remote access haphazardly, so those that aren't careful could go from a remote workforce business to no business in short order.
Technology has changed our world dramatically, but it can be difficult to know what’s the right technology for the job at hand. Our mission is to find the best solution to help you build a better business. Reduce business risk, improve reliability, increase staff productivity, reduce operating costs, increase business confidence, extend equipment service life and improve capital investment return. Technology should be as transparent as possible to your staff and your customers – as far as you’re concerned it should just work, day in and day out. That’s our goal: to provide you with a complete technology solution so you can get on with the job of being great at what you do, confident your technical infrastructure is robust, reliable, and the most efficient use of your resources.
Office Manager, Better Choice Mortgage Services
'Xion Technology provides extensive IT services and solutions fundamental to our operations. We’ve entrusted them with every part of our business’s technology for 15 years and they've built an extremely reliable foundation for us to operate from. I wholeheartedly recommend them for any business's technology needs.'
Operations Manager, The Truffle & Wine Co
'Xion Technology's knowledge and advice is always cutting edge and we’ve come to rely on the great value, performance, and exceptional reliability of the systems they’ve designed and built for us. They have a strong security focus and the world would be a much safer place if more businesses followed their ethos. I know that I can trust the advice I receive from them which saves me considerable time.'
Street Artist Management, GigList, Perth Open Mic
'Trevor at Xion Technology genuinely cares about doing a great job for me. It's just good old fashioned attention to detail. He has so much experience, I know I’m going to get the most cost effective options. Whenever we have IT issues, I always have a calm, confident attitude to it because I know I can just pick up the phone and he’ll figure out the issue and come up with the best solution. He’s been providing us with all our IT needs for about 15 years, and it’s been so great to not have that hassle anymore!'
Remedial Massage Therapist
'Xion Technology has provided us with IT support for more than six years. Trevor is friendly, professional and an excellent communicator. He’s always happy to take the time to explain all our options in plain English, which is really important for a non-IT person! I really appreciate that I have someone I can trust that I can call upon – no matter how complex or simple, Xion Technology is always there to help me figure it out.'
On April 14 Intel disclosed their architectural vulnerability to a new group of side channel attacks collectively called MDS (Microarchitectural Data Sampling). Intel have provided microcode updates to their manufacturing partners for firmware updates, as well as to Microsoft, Linux and other OS developers for integration in future software patches.
We still get asked this question frequently. In simple terms, virtualisation is taking your existing physical computers and making a ‘software’ copy of them. This is quite easy, because all the configured, important parts of your servers are already software anyway – the operating system itself, the programs you run, and the data you’re storing. Virtualisation platforms have a standard (identical) software version of the computer ‘hardware’ for all the virtual computers to run on top of – think of it like every computer in the world having identical hardwareSEE DETAILS
The vast majority of products greater than two years old don't have firmware patches available on the manufacturers' support websites. In reaching out to Gigabyte support to determine if they did, in fact, have firmware available for a particular model, we were then provided with the file. When we asked why they have firmware available that isn't being published on the product's support page, they responded with this disturbing revelation: At present, we provide bios with Intel's Spectre microcode updated for old models by customers request.
Following up from our recent article on the Meltdown and Spectre vulnerabilities, we’ve had confirmation from Gigabyte that Award BIOS motherboard products cannot apply the Intel CPU microcode that patches the Spectre flaws. According to them this affects all Award BIOS products from all manufacturers. In that case, even though the CPUs may be supported by Intel, the platform itself is not, so there’s no way to apply the CPU microcode and protect that system from Spectre. There’s a possibility that Microsoft may release a future patch that includes theSEE DETAILS