Mike Foreman
Mike is European managing director at technology start-up Nuro Secure Messaging.

Drawing on his fifteen years’ experience as a business owner and senior executive with one of security industry’s best-known software brands, Mike has been blogging about business cybersecurity issues since 2012. He is also an accomplished speaker, addressing delegates at major public events like Mobile World Congress as well as numerous business conferences.

Prior to his present position Mike served with AVG in a number of capacities including three years as UK Managing Director and latterly as General Manager AVG Business responsible for global sales, operations and channel strategy. He also oversaw a number of strategic business acquisitions.

Mike’s association with AVG began in 2002 when he was running his own business as AVG’s UK partner. He established the company’s entry into the UK through online sales, reseller channels, a UK-based customer service and technical support department. Under Mike’s leadership, AVG became the leading consumer antivirus program in the UK at which point he sold the business to AVG’s parent company and joined its executive board.

Prior to his work with AVG, Mike was Managing Partner at F1 Services, an IT reseller. He holds a BSC Hons from Coventry University and his specialties include Operations, Strategic Planning, Business Management, Customer Service and Technical Support.

Entries by Mike Foreman

Is the Writing Finally on the Wall for Email?

(3) Comments | Posted 25 May 2016 | (15:35)

Phishing emails. From the enticing "We are looking for employees, click here to visit our site;" and the intimidating "Your invoice is overdue;" to the classic "Document" they slip through our anti-spam defences every day. Hackers' use of phishing scams to con their way into corporate networks has been an...

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Five Password Tips for Better Small Business Security

(1) Comments | Posted 6 February 2015 | (08:37)

Ever since the commercialization of the World Wide Web in the late '90s, passwords have been a front-line security method for doing business online. Yet, despite huge advances in technology, password practices for the majority of people have not evolved that much. It is another example of human beings being...

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Why the Internet of Things is a Game-Changer for Britain's Small Businesses

(0) Comments | Posted 5 December 2014 | (16:41)

I'm sure that by now you've heard a lot about how the Internet of Things (IoT) is going to change all of our lives for good. But, what does it really mean for businesses?

Similar to when wearable technology first emerged in the consumer space, we recognised the potential...

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Small Business Has More at Stake Than Most

(0) Comments | Posted 10 June 2014 | (14:55)

Developments in the case against alleged ringleaders of a cybercriminal gang thought to be behind some of the most successful computer malware attacks of recent years took a dramatic turn last week. US authorities revealed they had managed to disrupt one of the two largest global cybercrime botnets...

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Small Business Must Come to Terms With Life After XP

(0) Comments | Posted 6 May 2014 | (12:20)

Microsoft's decision to stop supporting the Windows XP operating system last month has caused quite a stir in business circles. The market share for the XP operating system still stands at around 30% and was probably a contributing factor why Microsoft supported it for so long. In an...

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Government's Online Start-ups Push Is Admission of Broadband Postcode Lottery

(0) Comments | Posted 31 January 2014 | (12:25)

Having once been a small business owner myself I applaud this week's pledge by the British government to simplify regulations for start-ups by removing or amending around 3,000 rules that will save the nation's small businesses a total of £850 million a year. I also believes in greater...

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What Smaller Businesses Can Learn From the Staysure Hack

(0) Comments | Posted 14 January 2014 | (12:02)

Business owners generally accept that the security of their clients' private and confidential data is paramount and that they ought to have the best controls and protection they can afford if they are to keep themselves from being hacked.

After all, nearly everyone these days is transacting online on a...

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Don't Let CryptoLocker Hold Your Business to Ransom

(0) Comments | Posted 22 November 2013 | (08:50)

This month the UK's National Crime Agency (NCA) issued a warning to small and medium-sized businesses and millions of bank customers asking them to be particularly vigilant about clicking on attachments within suspicious emails following a spate of incidents involving the CryptoLocker malware.

There is nothing particularly new...

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Privacy Climbs the Small Business Security Agenda

(0) Comments | Posted 8 October 2013 | (13:14)

If the fallout from this summer's NSA surveillance scandal has taught us anything it's that privacy isn't just for those with something to hide. Every business large or small is entrusted with company and/or customer confidential data that it needs to keep safe. Absolute privacy for that data...

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Lax Consumer Habits Online Are on Collision Course With Business Security

(1) Comments | Posted 27 June 2013 | (18:04)

Not so long ago consumer use of technology and business use were poles apart. Businesses were very security conscious, deploying network security software and often developing strict security policies and guidelines for their employees to adhere to. Consumers on the other hand were less cautious in their behaviour but showed...

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SMBs Expect Lenders to Cover Cybercrime Losses - Don't Bank On It!

(0) Comments | Posted 30 May 2013 | (11:13)

The typical small to medium sized business (SMB) faces an increasingly high probability of financial loss due to online cyber security fraud and malware attacks.

This simply stated fact of business life comes from the UK's Federation of Small Businesses (FSB), which this month partnered with the British...

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Cloud Security - It's Just What You Ordered

(0) Comments | Posted 18 May 2013 | (16:42)

The size and shape of the small to medium size business is changing. Not in overall physical terms you understand, but on the inside we are faced with new ways of working driven by the efficiency offered through cloud computing services.

Gone are the days when your IT purchases could...

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Government throws spotlight on small firms in fight against cybercrime

(0) Comments | Posted 6 May 2013 | (12:58)

Cybercrime remains one of the greatest threats to UK business. Latest government figures calculate that it costs the country £27bn each year, with £21bn of that cost shouldered by business.

When it comes to the types of enterprises targeted by criminals you may be surprised to hear...

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BYOD Threatens to Create an IT Shadow Culture

(1) Comments | Posted 12 April 2013 | (13:52)

When it comes to the Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) to work debate you probably think you've heard it all. But have you considered how BYOD may be introducing risks other than simply exposing company data to unprotected devices? If left unmanaged, a whole shadow IT culture can quickly develop...

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Cloud Adoption Constrained by 'Lack of Understanding'

(0) Comments | Posted 6 November 2012 | (09:17)

Many small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) are failing to get to grips with cloud computing and in doing so are missing out on a myriad of potential business benefits, according to the latest research by software security company AVG Technologies.

The AVG report reveals the "the majority" of smaller businesses...

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Security doesn't have to be stressful

(0) Comments | Posted 18 October 2012 | (10:19)

Owner-managers have many things on their mind but IT security needn't be one of them
As an over-worked owner-manager you may not have heard of the term "perimeter protection" but you are almost certainly used to it. If you regularly check to see that your antivirus and firewall software...

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Is the Price Right?

(0) Comments | Posted 3 October 2012 | (18:03)

Every business needs to be secure and just about every entrepreneur has understood that. So why do so few smaller businesses take the protection of their technology seriously?

There are a number of reasons for this, but for many it's sheer complication. Not that the companies offering security systems have...

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Is Technology Holding Back your Business?

(0) Comments | Posted 27 September 2012 | (13:08)

Every business starts off able to grow freely. Employees bring something positive and productive to the company and you can point to the income they have achieved. However, when the company begins to expand or needs to invest more on systems to support the business - that's when owner-managers can...

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