About NetUtils

We operate as a specialist integrator of network, security and data solutions across the industry. Gathering together those with the skills and expertise to assess, champion and partner with the best innovation and technology available. Combining top tier solution providers and our own expert team we offer you decades of knowledge and experience in maximising your security investment. With our 25-year heritage comes over 450 years collective experience available to you in a million-pound team of industry leading specialists. By design we are structured to be guided by our technical arm, ensuring our core business is driven by solid technical policy. Working with over 400 enterprise and service provider clients, including household names across financial, education, public sector, manufacturing and healthcare brings a multitude of variance in challenge and opportunity. Our technology subject matter experts work with all our clients to meet their individual needs, both in the immediate and into the future for the threats yet to come.

[Press] NetUtils strengthen public sector offering with leadership, Crown Commercial Supplier status and managed services investment.

Steve Nicholls joins UK’s most qualified cyber security provider to focus on helping public sector organisations strengthen security and gain better value for money.

Kent, United Kingdom – 6th, July 2021, NetUtils, a leading IT specialist has appointed Steve Nicholls as its new Commercial Director– a move that coincides with its acceptance onto the Crown Commercial Services Technology Services 3 framework and major SoC investment to deliver flexible cyber security services to public sector organisations across the UK.

Over the last 28 years, Nicholls has gained a proven track record working in high pressure, high growth environments at leadership positions within SolarWinds and telent including successful, large scale projects with the MOD, London Ambulance Service, Maritime and Coastguard Agency, Network Rail and DEFRA. 

Steve Nicholls

It is clear that the impact of the recent health crisis has led to a significant increase in our national debt and the public sector is likely to face a period of belt tightening in response.” says Nicholls. “Yet, the ongoing digital transformation across national government, local authorities, health and education shows no signs of slowing down. This makes robust and cost-effective IT and cyber security a major requirement and the perfect focus for a highly-regarded specialist such as NetUtils that is well-known for delivering cost effective services.”

NetUtils has also been accepted across multiple lots of the recently published Crown Commercial Services Technology 3 procurement framework. The seven lots span areas including technology strategy and service design, operational services, major services transformation programmes, integration, and management.

The appointment of Nicholls is part of a multi-million-pound investment by NetUtils to recruit additional staff with enhanced training and expanded data centre capacity to deliver an enhanced IT services portfolio. For public sector, this includes a highly integrated managed cyber security service to help organisations strengthen their security posture and meet growing compliance requirements such as the Cyber Essentials Plus framework that becomes mandatory for all NHS Trusts this year. 

NetUtils has also created special public sector pricing for its 16 cyber security managed services ranging from Endpoint Protection and Email Security all the way up to fully fledged SOC services.  “The public sector has different procurement, operational and contractual requirements than the private sector and our new portfolio reflects these nuances with an offering that is not just technically sound but also commercially compelling,” Nicholls adds.

With a heritage spanning over 27 years, NetUtils is one of the UK’s longest serving specialist integrators of network, security, and data solutions. Today, it serves over 400 public sector, enterprise and service provider clients including many listed within the FTSE 100. NetUtils has built a reputation for technical excellence and is the most certified Juniper Networks partner in Europe and maintains over 420 industry and vendor accreditation within its team including CISSPs and CISMPsFortinet’s NS7, and Juniper JNCIPs. NetUtils is one of only a handful of UK suppliers to maintain  ISO 9001ISO 27001 and Cyber Essential certification. 

Although a new addition on the Crown Commercial supplier framework, NetUtils has worked with over 200 public sector clients during the last 27 years. These include central government agencies, local, district and county councils, numerous NHS trusts and every ‘blue light’ emergency service. 

The extensive list includes the Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea, Fife Council, State Hospitals Board for Scotland, London Borough of Hammersmith & Fulham, Police & Crime Commissioner for South Yorkshire and Newcastle Upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Trust.

Ashok Thomas

“Public sector has always been a major area for us and Steve joining the team along with our acceptance within the Crown Commercial Services framework is a new focus that recognises that the public sector needs better value for money from IT – and especially within cyber security,” says Ashok Thomas, CEO for NetUtils. “We are a highly focused and agile supplier that has built our business organically by delivering tangible results for our customers and our ongoing investment will help us to address the needs of a larger public sector client community.”

About NetUtils

NetUtils are a leading UK specialist integrator of network, security and data solutions for enterprise, telco, MSPs and ISPs. With more than 27-years history and over 400 enterprise and service provider clients including household names across finance, education, public sector, manufacturing, and healthcare, NetUtils brings its customers the depth and breadth of people, technologies and services to improve business performance in this ever-changing digital world.

NetUtils Media Enquiries:

Kara Jenkinson
Head of Marketing
t: 020 8783 3800 e: kjenkinson@netutils.com

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NetUtils Named a Supplier on Crown Commercial Service’s Framework

Kent, United Kingdom – June 2021, NetUtils have been named as a supplier on Crown Commercial Service’s (CCS) Technology Services 3 (RM6100).

Crown Commercial Service supports the public sector to achieve maximum commercial value when procuring common goods and services. In 2019/20, CCS helped the public sector to achieve commercial benefits worth over £1bn – supporting world-class public services that offer best value for taxpayers.

NetUtils, a leading cyber security and managed services provider have recently announced they are to feature as a supplier on the Crown Commercial Services Technology Services 3 (RM6100) framework. NetUtils are now able to provide their wide and diverse portfolio of cyber security and networking products and services via the platform.

Technology Services 3 (RM6100) is the next iteration of Technology Services 2 framework, which continues to cover traditional Information and Communication Technology (ICT) services, from strategy through to transition and operational deployment. 

The agreement includes new services which have been requested throughout the customer and supplier engagement. This means whether a customer simply needs to buy support for end user devices or a complete long-term transformation of their technology services, Technology Services 3 is the ideal route to market, with services ranging from more ‘off-the-shelf’ services designed to meet a simple set of needs or more bespoke solutions to meet a complex set of customer requirements.

Lot 1 – Technology Strategy & Service Design

What it’s for?

  • If a customer needs to make a change to their technology estate, but doesn’t know what direction to go in and needs expert help, this is the Lot they’d use

 Why would the Customer use it?

  • When a customer requires market expertise to help set their technology strategy and then create the supporting service design
  • To create an output that would then provide an implementation roadmap via the other lots within TS3

Lot 3b – Operational Management

What it’s for?

  • To provide customers with the operational management of the complex technology estate that supports their organisation from infrastructure to security

 Why would the Customer use it?

  • To access the right tools and processes required to manage a complex technology estate effectively
  • To implement effective and robust cyber security across all their technology from physical devices to networks to access management

Lot 3c – Technical Management

What it’s for?

  • To provide access to the expert support required for the hardware and software that underpins customers technology estates

Why would the Customer use it?

  • When they have a complex network supporting wired, wireless, and mobile connectivity that needs ongoing management and support
  • To ensure they are able to effectively track and maintain all their technology assets from acquisition through to disposal

About NetUtils

NetUtils are a leading UK specialist integrator of network, security and data solutions for enterprise, telco, MSPs and ISPs. With more than 27-years history and over 400 enterprise and service provider clients including household names across finance, education, public sector, manufacturing and healthcare, NetUtils brings its customers the depth and breadth of people, technologies and services to improve business performance in this ever-changing digital world.

NetUtils Media Enquiries

Kara Jenkinson
Head of Marketing

t: 020 8783 3800 e: kjenkinson@netutils.com

NetUtils Talks Security

NUTS Episode 1 (15 minutes)

Tune in to hear from Malcolm Orekoya, our CTO and host of the series and guest JP Kehoe from SKOUT Cyber Security as they introduce NetUtils Talks Security (NUTS) in our very first episode. Created with small to medium sized organisations in mind we’re here to help you make sense of the ever-changing cyber security landscape with real life information and actionable advice on how you can get protected. 

Discover more about:

  • The growing skills gap, the pace of change when it comes to cloud adoption and not to mention COVID
  • The increase in tempo and the complexity of cyber attacks with cyber security becoming more of a priority 
  • The need for partnerships and collaboration within organisations to harness unique skill sets

We’re NUTS About Security

Don’t forget you can register to attend here https://netutils.com/netutils-talks-security/

Robert Harris Joins NetUtils As Director of Global Service Providers

Cyber security and managed service provider announces its plans for their growing service provider team.

Robert Harris, NetUtils, Director of Global Service Providers

Kent, United Kingdom, Monday, 15th March 2021, NetUtils welcomes Robert Harris to the family to provide superior support to their existing customers and with a vision to broaden its global footprint within Tier 1 managed service providers.

“I am delighted to announce the signing of Robert Harris as Director of Global Service Providers to the team.” said Ashok Thomas, CEO for NetUtils. “Robert brings an outstanding wealth of global and partnership experience and the skills required to serve our broad range of Global Tier1 managed service providers.” 

“Joining NetUtils is an exciting prospect and challenge. I look forward to not only exploring and deepening their existing Tier1 managed service customers but also to support in progressing the growing number of prospects and opportunities we have seen develop over the coming months.” said Robert Harris, Director of Global Service Providers for NetUtils.

About NetUtils

NetUtils are a leading UK specialist integrator of network, security and data solutions for enterprise, telco, MSPs and ISPs. With more than 27-years history and over 400 enterprise and service provider clients including household names across finance, education, public sector, manufacturing, and healthcare, NetUtils brings its customers the depth and breadth of people, technologies and services to improve business performance in this ever-changing digital world.

NetUtils Media Enquiries:

Kara Jenkinson
Head of Marketing
t: 020 8783 3800 e: kjenkinson@netutils.com

w: www.netutils.com

NetUtils launches ‘Platinum’ managed cyber security services to help large enterprises rationalise the new normal

Cyber security pioneer launches UK’s most comprehensive managed service offering 16 core features with 24/7 SoC to help larger enterprises strengthen their end-to-end cyber security posture

Kent, United Kingdom – February 2021, NetUtils, a leading IT specialist has launched the UK’s most advanced and highly integrated managed cyber security service aimed at helping larger enterprises to improve cyber security defences while reducing operational cost and complexity. 

The new “Platinum Tier” includes a fully staffed, 24/7 Security Operations Centre (SOC) and is backed by NetUtils continued certification around the ISO 9001 and ISO 27001  standards and as a registered  Crown Commercial Service supplier.

The new top tier service offers every element a large enterprise should deploy based on best practice methodology and includes Advanced Endpoint Protection, Vulnerability & Patch Management,

Managed Firewalls, Email Security Gateway, Privileged Access Management and Cloud Access Security Broker capabilities. The built-in SOC services provides full-time security monitoring across devices and applications including Office 365 along with structured Security Awareness Training sessions and ongoing helpdesk service. The Platinum tier is available at under £45 per user per month with significant discounts for larger organisations.

“Larger enterprises are faced with the dual challenges of managing more remote staff while still trying to deliver the core IT projects that are critical to the business. Our Platinum Tier Managed Cyber Security services are based on feedback from several enterprise customers around what they need – and is effectively a formalisation of a number of disparate services that we have been delivering successfully for many years.,” says Ashok Thomas, CEO for NetUtils. “When you look at the overall cost and especially when you factor in our 24/7 SOC capability, our Platinum service will typically save enterprises with a 1000 staff or more, hundreds of thousands of pounds each year in operational cyber security costs – with the assurance of transparent SLA’s and round the clock expertise.”

The new Platinum tier managed security services also aim to address several challenges that have accelerated due to the ongoing pandemic including critical digitisation projects, reduction in IT budgets and ongoing cyber security skills shortage. According to recent research by PWC, a consultancy, that questions over 3000 senior executives at larger organisations; 96% of executives have shifted their cybersecurity strategy due to COVID-19 while 55% of respondents lack confidence when their cyber spending is allocated towards the most significant risks.

NetUtils has built a reputation for technical excellence and is the most certified Juniper Networks partner in Europe and maintains over 420 industry and vendor accreditations within its team including CISSPs and CISMPsFortinet’s NS7, and Juniper JNCIPs. As part of the managed cyber security services launch, NetUtils has invested over £1.2 million adding more staff, enhanced training, and additional data centre capacity to meet growing demand. 

As David Bundock, COO for NetUtils explains, “Our top tier managed security service helps to address the operational challenges and skills retention issues that larger organisations are facing at a time when external factors such as COVID and Brexit are impacting core business processes. Our technical expertise and ISO compliant processes can help large enterprises improve cyber security though a trusted partnership that allows them to focus on their core business without compromising on active cyber security controls and monitoring.”

More information on the new managed cyber security services including the new Platinum tier is available via https://netutils.com/managed-service-bundles/

https://netutils.com/managed-service-bundles/

About NetUtils

NetUtils are a leading UK specialist integrator of network, security and data solutions for enterprise, telco, MSPs and ISPs. With more than 27-years history and over 400 enterprise and service provider clients including household names across finance, education, public sector, manufacturing, and healthcare, NetUtils brings its customers the depth and breadth of people, technologies and services to improve business performance in this ever-changing digital world.

NetUtils Media Enquiries:

Kara Jenkinson
Head of Marketing
t: 020 8783 3800 e: kjenkinson@netutils.com

w: www.netutils.com

SonicWall NetExtender VPN Client and SMA 100 Zero-Day

Cyber Security Threat Advisory
25th January 2021

*Update 1/25: From SonicWall, “While we previously communicated NetExtender 10.X as potentially having a zero-day, that has now been ruled out. It may be used with all SonicWall products. No action is required from customers or partners. Current SMA 100 Series customers may continue to use NetExtender for remote access with the SMA 100 series. We have determined that this use case is not susceptible to exploitation.”

Threat Update

SonicWall has released a statement regarding their investigation into a “coordinated” attack against their internal network that they believe made use of zero-day vulnerabilities in their remote access point products.

Technical Detail & Additional Information

What Is The Threat?

The statement released by SonicWall does not offer a detailed account of the breach or the vulnerability, however they do state that they believe the attackers utilized zero-day vulnerabilities for their NetExtender VPN Client and Secure Mobile Access platforms. These platforms are used by enterprise environments to secure access to their internal networks, so any unreported and unpremeditated vulnerabilities represent a significant security risk for any enterprise that utilizes their products. They also do not reveal any information about the nature of the breach and how their network was affected.

In their coverage of the incident, ZDnet reports that, “Multiple sources in the threat intel community told ZDNet after the publication of this article that SonicWall might have fallen victim to a ransomware attack”. This has not been substantiated by SonicWall at this time.

What Is The Exposure Or Risk?

Affected Devices:

  • NetExtender VPN client version 10.x (released in 2020) utilized to connect to SMA 100 series appliances and SonicWall firewalls.
  • Secure Mobile Access (SMA) version 10.x running on SMA 200, SMA 210, SMA 400, SMA 410 physical appliances, and the SMA 500v virtual appliance.

According to SonicWall, the SMA 1000 series is NOT susceptible to this vulnerability.

What Are The Recomendations?

At the time of writing this advisory, SonicWall has not released any patch fix for the suspected zero-day vulnerability, however, they do recommend enabling MFA across all their devices. They have also provided the following remediations for each affected platform version:
SMA 100 Series: This product remains under investigation for a vulnerability, however we can issue the following guidance on deployment use cases: 

  • Current SMA 100 Series customers may continue to use NetExtender for remote access with the SMA 100 series. We have determined that this use case is not susceptible to exploitation.
  • We advise SMA 100 series administrators to create specific access rules or disable Virtual Office and HTTPS administrative access from the Internet while we continue to investigate the vulnerability.

References:

For more in-depth information about the recommendations, please visit the following links:

Advisory Source: https://getskout.com/cybersecurity-threat-advisory-0003-21-sonicwall-netextender-vpn-client-and-sma-100-zero-day/

NetUtils New Managed Services Offers Enterprise Grade Cyber Security For Smaller Businesses Budgets

UK’s most qualified cyber security provider launches four new managed service bundles to help businesses gain enterprise class technologies at SME per user pricing

Kent, United Kingdom – 9th, December 2020, NetUtils, a leading IT specialist has launched a new, highly integrated managed cyber security services portfolio to help businesses gain enterprise class protection at competitive price points to suit small and medium sized organisations.

The new four tier bundles combine between 4 and 16 cyber security services ranging from Endpoint Protection and Email Security all the way up to fully fledged SOC services with prices starting at just £8 per user per month.

With a heritage spanning over 27 years, NetUtils is one of the UK’s longest serving specialist integrators of network, security and data solutions for enterprise, telco, MSPs and ISPs. Today, it serves over 400 enterprise and service provider clients including many listed within the FTSE 100. NetUtils has built a reputation for technical excellence and is the most certified Juniper Networks partner in Europe and maintains over 420 industry and vendor accreditation within its team including CISSPs and CISMPs, Fortinet’s NS7, and Juniper JNCIPs. Netutils is also ISO 9001 and ISO 27001 registered and a Crown Commercial Service supplier.

“Managed security services provide a huge array of benefits for our enterprise customers yet have tended to be outside of the price range of smaller business that are just as likely to be attacked by cyber criminals,” says Ashok Thomas, CEO for NetUtils. “By building a set of integrated managed security services, using multiple vendors along with our own 24/7 teams, we are typically able to deliver our bundles at an overall cost that is between 40% to 70% less than a small business trying to buy and implement all of the separate solutions – and that’s even before staffing costs.”

The new managed security services also aim to address the significant skills shortage that UK   businesses face in recruiting and retaining skilled cyber security professionals. A problem highlighted by the 2020 ISACA’s Global State of Cybersecurity that found 62% of respondents indicated that their organisation’s cybersecurity team is either somewhat or significantly understaffed.

One of the first organisations to sign up for the new managed service is London based Polar Capital, a specialist investment fund manager. As Mike Catlin, CTO explains, “In the past, we have run some of the elements within the NetUtils managed service in-house but the cost of the hardware, licensing fees and difficulty in finding staff with strong cyber security skills has been a real challenge.  NetUtils helped us setup our existing IT systems and the new managed services provide us with better cyber security protection backed by a skilled team and for a lower cost.”

NetUtils has invested over £1.2 million adding more staff, enhanced training, and additional data centre capacity to deliver the new cyber security services. As David Bundock, COO for NetUtils explains, “Our aim is to offer the same level of professionalism and technical expertise that our current clients receive to a wider range of organisations that are keen to focus on their core business – while letting a trusted partner take care of the security burden.”

As part of the launch, NetUtils are offering a free Dark Web scan to any organisation to evaluate areas of risk around security credentials and the potential benefits of moving to its managed services model. For more information, please visit https://netutils.com/dark-web-id-lp/

About NetUtils

NetUtils are a leading UK specialist integrator of network, security and data solutions for enterprise, telco, MSPs and ISPs. With more than 27-years history and over 400 enterprise and service provider clients including household names across finance, education, public sector, manufacturing, and healthcare, NetUtils brings its customers the depth and breadth of people, technologies and services to improve business performance in this ever-changing digital world.

NetUtils Media Enquiries:

Kara Jenkinson

Head of Marketing

t: 020 8783 3800 e: kjenkinson@netutils.com

w: http://www.netutils.com

NetUtils Named A Supplier on Crown Commercial Service’s Framework

Kent, United Kingdom – November 2020, NetUtils have been named as a supplier on Crown Commercial Service’s (CCS) Technology Products Catalogue framework.

NetUtils, a leading cyber security and managed services provider have recently announced they are to feature as a supplier on the Crown Commercial Services Technology Online Purchasing Content Framework. NetUtils are now able to provide their wide and diverse portfolio of cyber security and networking products and services via the platform.

The Technology Online Purchasing platform gives buyers a flexible, cost effective and efficient route to buy a range of technology products through an online catalogue. It is available to the UK public sector and their associated bodies and agencies.

Ashok Thomas, Chief Executive Officer, NetUtils said: “With continuously shrinking budgets and the growing IT skills gap the need to be on frameworks supports our vision in helping public sector procurement and gives them a trusted commercially aware partner to work with now and in the future.”

About Crown Commercial Service

Crown Commercial Service supports the public sector to achieve maximum commercial value when procuring common goods and services. In 2019/20, CCS helped the public sector to achieve commercial benefits worth over £1bn – supporting world-class public services that offer best value for taxpayers.

About NetUtils

NetUtils are a leading UK specialist integrator of network, security and data solutions for enterprise, telco, MSPs and ISPs. With more than 27-years history and over 400 enterprise and service provider clients including household names across finance, education, public sector, manufacturing and healthcare, NetUtils brings its customers the depth and breadth of people, technologies and services to improve business performance in this ever-changing digital world.

NetUtils Media Enquiries

Kara Jenkinson
Head of Marketing

t: 020 8783 3800 e: kjenkinson@netutils.com

w: www.netutils.com

Network Utilities joins Nokia Global Partner Program

Kent, United Kingdom – October 2020, Network Utilities today announced it has signed a channel partner agreement with Nokia.

As a result of this relationship, Network Utilities will market, distribute and service Nokia’s product line of AAA services and cyber security products.

Ashok Thomas, Chief Executive Officer, Network Utilities said: “Network Utilities is delighted to be partnering with Nokia to bring its AAA and cyber security solutions to our customers. We feel Nokia is the perfect partner to bring the breadth of experience and end-to-end solutions needed to help customers secure themselves against today’s ever evolving threats.”

Phil Siveter, Head of Enterprise UK&I, Nokia said: “The Global Partner Program is important to Nokia as it gives us a route into new and exciting enterprise customers. We are pleased to welcome Network Utilities to the Nokia Global Partner Program to drive growth and establish new customer relationships together.”

About Network Utilities

Network Utilities are a leading UK specialist integrator of network, security and data solutions for enterprise, telco, MSPs and ISPs. With more than 25-years history and over 400 enterprise and service provider clients. Network Utilities represents a great vehicle to share Nokia’s formidable capability traditionally housed in the telco arena with its enterprise customers.

Network Utilities Media Enquiries

Kara Jenkinson
Head of Marketing

t: 020 8783 3800 e: kjenkinson@netutils.com

[Webinar On-Demand] Security Awareness During Times of Disruption

A recent report reveals a massive 667% increase in spear-phishing attacks due to the current pandemic, with over 9000 phishing attack campaigns, related to COVID-19, being detected in March versus just over 1100 in February and only 137 in January. These attacks are taking on all forms including; brand impersonation, business email compromise, scams and even blackmail. *

Organisations like yours have asked traditional office-based employees to work from home. The potential for cyber criminals to get your users to react to these types of spear-phishing attacks is high due to the coronavirus theme being exploited and all organisations need to ensure their users remain vigilant.

Is your newly formed remote workforce armed with the knowledge to keep themselves and your network safe? Watch our webinar below and learn:

  • About the tactics the bad guys are using now to exploit COVID-19
  • Why remote workers are an easy target for cyber criminals
  • How to enable your last line of defence with tools and training
  • Why security awareness training is critical within your security strategy

Now more than ever Security Awareness Training is vital for your remote employees and your network.

* Source: Barracuda Sentinel [https://blog.barracuda.com/2020/03/26/threat-spotlight-coronavirus-related-phishing/]