Blog: Email Security

91 % of cyber-attacks start with an email! Now there’s a stat that might surprise you.

Increase your product offering with Communicate’s Partner Programme

With new products and services launching weekly and cyber security threats rising, keeping up with the fast pace technology industry is difficult. Introducing new product offerings to tackle the demand can be a strain on organisations who don’t have the resources of a full security operations centre (SOC) on hand.

Communicate Technology PLC expands with two new apprentices

In recent weeks, there have been many notable news items headlining social media platforms and their data security/availability of user data.

Get Social Savvy

In recent weeks, there have been many notable news items headlining social media platforms and their data security/availability of user data.


Tony Snaith, CEO of Communicate PLC discusses with Insider Media North East what the future of the office might look like as restrictions lift.

Microsoft Exchange Vulnerabilities

In recent days we are sure you will have seen or heard about the latest damage that state sponsored hackers are causing to businesses across the globe.

Hacker or Hacktivist

The ongoing investigation of a cyberattack on the EMA (European Medicines Agency) has revealed that some of the unlawfully accessed documents, some of which related to COVID-19 medicines and vaccines and included internal/confidential email correspondence dating from late 2020, have already been leaked on the internet.

Massive rise in Remote Desktop attacks since Covid-19 lockdown

Since the start of the pandemic, we have noticed a massive increase in cybercriminal attacks, with RDP (Microsoft Remote Desktop Protocol) attacks being at the top of the attack lists in 2020.

Apprentice to 1st Line Engineer

Josh aged 17 began his apprenticeship role with us in September 2019 as an Apprentice IT Support Engineer at our site at Discovery Park, Kent.

Don't get compromised

Passwords for executives within companies across the globe are being sold on underground forums.

Whitepaper SIEM Blog

Cyber-attacks have become smarter and more frequent than ever. Many people assume cyber criminals target large companies, but a Hiscox report states that every 19 seconds a small business in the UK is successfully hacked, an alarming statistic.

Lockdown II: We're here for you

As we headed into lockdown part II of 2020, we touched base with our clients to check in on them and see if they were happy with the services we are providing.

PPE Phishing Malware Blog Post

A new phishing campaign purporting to offer Personal Protective Equipment, but in fact is spreading the spyware agent Tesla, has been increasingly appearing in inboxes over the past few weeks.

Tees Valley cyber security firm shortlisted for the second year in a row

Communicate Technology PLC are pleased to announce that they have been selected as finalists in the ‘Innovative Product of the Year - Threat Detection’ for the 2020 Cyber Security Awards.

Blog 4: Lessons Learned from Penetration testers

In our fourth and final blog in our series, we explore the misconceptions about whether you should have penetration testing (pen testing) for your business.

Blog 3: Data Protection and Penetration Testing

In the third blog of the Penetration Testing (Pen Test) series we explore data privacy and protection issues in businesses.

Four in a row for Communicate

Four in a row for Communicate Technology as they are listed as one of FT 1000 Europe’s fastest-growing companies again.

Coronavirus & Cybercrime: How to stop the spread

Unless you’ve been hiding under a rock recently, you will be aware that we are currently experiencing a global health scare with coronavirus (COVID-19).

Blog 2: Why use penetration testing?

Last week we looked at what and whys of penetration testing. In the second blog of our series, we explore why you should use penetration testing (referred to hereafter as pen testing) as part of your security strategy.

Communicate Sponsor Tees Tech Awards 2020

Tees Tech Award sponsors Communicate Technology PLC believe the event can help local digital businesses raise their profile within the Tees region – and beyond.

Blog 1: What is penetration testing and why should you do it?

Penetration testing or ethical hacking, as it is sometimes called, is by far one of the best methods to strengthen your business’s cybersecurity.

National Apprenticeship Week 2020

It’s National Apprentice Week this week, so we spoke with our latest apprentice Josh Sullivan to find out why he chose the apprenticeship route.

Proof of Concept Exploits Released for Citrix ADC and Gateway RCE Vulnerability CVE-2019-19781

Proof of Concept Exploits have been Released on GitHub for Citrix ADC and Gateway RCE Vulnerability.
As such it is now imperative to implement precautions to prevent your enterprise servers running vulnerable versions of Citrix application delivery, load balancing, and Gateway solutions from getting hacked by cyber criminals and other attackers.

Critical Firefox 0-Day Is Under Active Attack By Criminals Update Your Browser ASAP!

Are you are using Firefox as one of your web browsing applications on your Windows, Linux, or Mac systems?
If you are, you should immediately update your Firefox web browser to the latest version available on Mozilla's website. (Make sure it is the Mozilla Website).

Are You Ready for Microsoft Windows 7 End of Support on 14th January 2020?

Windows 7 End of Life is nigh. From Tuesday January 14th 2020, or sooner for those who do not download a recent security update, Microsoft no longer updates or provides support for Windows 7.

Communicate Kent raises monies for Red Trouser Day

Some of you may remember that, over the pre-Christmas period in our Kent office, Mark Styles and the team ran a snowball throwing competition to raise monies for charity.

Deloitte Technology Fast 500™ rank Tees Valley firm in global list

Tees Valley specialist IT company Communicate Technology PLC has been recognised by Deloitte as one of the fastest growing technology companies in Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA) over the past four years.

Press Release: Communicate Technology PLC expands team with new apprentice

Specialist IT, telecoms and cyber security company Communicate PLC have expanded their Kent office team with an apprentice, Joshua Sullivan, as well as a placement year student from Northumbria University, Aidan Holmes.

Phishing: Would you take the bait?

Phishing is a cybercrime in which a target or targets are contacted by email, telephone or text message by someone posing as a legitimate institution to lure individuals into providing sensitive data such as personally identifiable information, banking and credit card details, and passwords.

Event: Back to basics – how to prevent a breach

There are so many reasons as to why people and businesses get hacked, whether this is credit card data, intellectual property or HR data, the list is endless.

GDPR: A social engineering opportunity?

Over a year since the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) was launched in May 2018, some businesses still don’t have clear policies and procedures to ensure compliance when it comes to quite simple tasks.

Press Release: Communicate PLC relocates to Joseph’s Well to accommodate expanding team

Specialist IT, telecoms and cyber security company Communicate PLC have relocated their office to Joseph’s Well in central Leeds, after outgrowing their office space at Cleckheaton.

The ICO takes its first GDPR bite

It has been widely reported this week that the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has handed out its biggest penalty yet to a company for an information security breach.

Press Release: Shortlisted for Cyber Security Award

Communicate Technology PLC are pleased to announce that they have been selected as finalists in the ‘Innovative Product of the Year - Threat Detection’ for the 2019 Cyber Security Awards.

World Password Day 2019

So much personal and business information now lives online. Just think about your business and personal online banking accounts, bill payment sites, retail sites, social media accounts etc, the list goes on.

Making Cyber Security Simple

North East Times Magazine speaks to Communicate’s Cyber division director David Johnson. David heads up our 24/7/365 UK-based Security Operations Centre (SOC). Here, he shares his expertise on cyber security.

Insider Media - Ask the Expert: Building Connectivity - Future-proofing your property assets

Our CEO, Tony Snaith, spoke to Insider Media about how specialist IT providers can help commercial owners, developers and landlords future proof their properties and stay ahead of the curve.

FT1000 List Hat-Trick

It’s a hat-trick for Tees Valley based Communicate PLC as they appear on the FT 1000 list of Europe’s fastest growing companies for the third year running

National Apprenticeship Week 2019

This week marks National Apprenticeship Week, the annual celebration of apprenticeships bringing the whole community together to celebrate the impact of apprenticeships on individuals employers and the economy.

Blog: Nest Locking us Out

Nest, the Google owned smart monitoring company, has recently started to lock people out of their accounts if they believe your password is not strong enough.

Blog: Security by Obscurity

When thinking about your personal and business’s Cyber Security, more and more one must try to think like a criminal.

Press Release: Zetland Hotel

The Zetland Hotel moves into the 21st century with the support of Tees Valley Business Compass broadband voucher scheme

2018 Highlights

From start to finish 2018 has been a whirlwind of activity, we just don’t know where the year has gone. It is always good to look back on what has been achieved over the last 12 months to see how far we’ve come as a business and a team, so here are our 2018 highlights.

Communicate confirms future growth with new appointment

Tees Valley based Communicate Technology PLC continues to experience significant growth after recently appointing David Johnson to manage the growth of their Cyber division.

Communicate continues its support of Scarborough and Ryedale Mountain Rescue

Communicate PLC has continued its support of the Scarborough and Ryedale Mountain Rescue Team with another annual donation.
The donated funds will help the team to purchase much needed vital emergency equipment.

Who’s patching your systems?

Over the last few years, I’ve seen a rise in breaches being caused by a lack of patching.

Future Building

North East Times talks with Tony Snaith, CEO of Communicate Technology PLC, the rapidly growing IT specialist provider based in the Tees Valley. The ‘one-to-watch’ firm has continued to surpass projections and is yet to slow down.

Communicate appoints cyber sales manager

An ambitious technology firm based in the Tees Valley has appointed Jon Fisher as cyber sales manager, to support their cyber security division.

Scary Seas for the Halloween Downwinder

Last weekend, Saturday 27th October 2018, saw a group of Kent Kitesurfers, including our very own Discovery Park manager - Mark Styles, take to the waves for the inaugural ‘Halloween Downwinder’ to raise monies for the RNLI.

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Communicate Included In FT Future 100 UK

Communicate Technology PLC based in the Tees Valley have been included in the FT Future 100 UK list in the consistent growth category

Blog: Cyber Security and Information Protection Cluster Launch

This week, we had the pleasure of attending the launch of the Tees Valley Cyber Security and Information Protection Cluster (CSIPC) at Teesside University’s Darlington campus.

Blog: Copious Content

One of my roles as a marketeer is to find interesting, pertinent ‘of the moment’ content to circulate, write about and comment on across our social media platforms and website.

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Communicate Expands and Appoints New Client Manager

Tees Valley’s Communicate Technology PLC has appointed a new client manager to support with existing and future growth plans

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Monday Motivation

Many hashtags trend daily and, looking at our Twitter feed today, none more than #MondayMotivation

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Communicate Set For Further Growth

FW Capital backs Tees Valley technology firm Communicate Technology PLC to support further growth aims with an investment of £500,000

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Tees Valley firm launches cyber security division

Tees Valley’s technology firm Communicate Technology continues to thrive with the addition of their new cyber security division. The new division is a natural direction for the firm who provide IT, telecoms and cloud based services to businesses across the UK

IP Expo and Cyber Security Manchester 2018

What an event. Last week we shared our time at IP Expo Manchester with seven partners at our stand in the Cyber Security Zone.

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Building Connectivity

North East Times asks Tony Snaith, CEO of Communicate Technology PLC, how the IT specialist provider is helping business park owners and landlords add value to their package to stay ahead of the competition

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Support Search & Rescue

It has been a time of huge growth here at Communicate ever since we formed in 2012

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Tees Valley company named fastest growing in Europe for the second-year running

Communicate Technology PLC based in the Tees Valley have announced they have been included in the top 1000 list for Europe’s fastest growing companies by the Financial Times

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Prepare for World Backup Day. Saturday 31st March 2018
(Guest Blog by Barracuda)

Did you know that 25% to 45% of businesses never reopen after a disaster? Or that out of the businesses that do re-open, almost 70% of them go out of business within the year, whilst only 6% survive long-term?

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North East Business Awards 2018: Teesside Heat Finalist - Let’s Grow Award

We were very proud to represent our industry last night at the Teesside heat of the prestigious North East Business Awards. Even more so as we were shortlisted in the Let’s Grow category.

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Communicate supports National Apprenticeship Week

This week marks National Apprenticeship Week! We took on our first apprentice 20 year old Jordan Woollett in September 2017 and we haven’t looked back.

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Property Week recognises Communicate as one of the best places to work in the UK

Tees Valley’s Communicate Technology Ltd has received national recognition as one of the best places to work in the property sector by Property Week

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Chairman Appointed at Communicate Technology PLC

Property and real estate expert Chris Oliver, who was an early investor and advocate of Communicate, was appointed Chair of Communicate Technology PLC on 1st January 2018 and will bring with him a wealth of knowledge and experience in the commercial property sector.

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Communicate Expands Its Offer With New Service

Touchdown Offices acquired by Communicate in June 2016, will be operating as a division of Communicate Technology PLC as of the 1st January 2018.

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2017 Successes and Highlights

It has been a busy year at Communicate and, looking back over 2017, we cannot believe just how far we have come.

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Communicate Hits Record Sales in Third Quarter

Teesside’s Communicate Technology PLC celebrates hitting £1m of reported sales for the first time in a quarter as it heads up national growth and is set to break further records in quarter 4.

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Built For Speed

Fast-growing Communicate Technology PLC, based in the Tees Valley, provides telecoms, internet, cloud services, hardware and software, cyber security and technical support to businesses, organisations and commercial property management companies across the UK

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Touchdown Offices Ltd Donates £3k to Scarborough and Ryedale Mountain Rescue

Touchdown Offices Limited part of the Communicate PLC group has donated vital funds to Scarborough and Ryedale Mountain Rescue Team.

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National growth for Communicate

A SPECIALIST technology company is expanding nationally after winning a major contract with a London property group.

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Case Study: OFP Timber Framed Houses Ltd

OFP Timber Framed Houses Ltd (OFP), which specialises in the design and manufacture of high quality, timber framed homes, was introduced to Communicate as it was relocating from its facilities at Stonar Lake Industrial Estate to a set of new units and offices at Discovery Park, Kent.

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Broker’s Breach

My relaxing Friday evening was rather interrupted last week by an email titled ‘Important information about your personal data’, landing in my personal inbox.

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Held To Ransom

With the second Global Ransomware attack in as many months hitting companies across the world, how do you protect your business from being their next victim?

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Press Release: Landscape Networks Acquired

Communicate PLC in control of the fast-changing landscape of Business Park IT Operations.

Communicate PLC acquires Landscape Networks to add strong IT security capabilities to this rapid growth business model

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Telegraph Business Club

Our Founder & CEO, Tony Snaith discusses how he has built a business model specifically for business parks...

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