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Saturday February 22 2020 00:02:27 GMT

IT’s just the job!

IT’s just the job!

Sourcing talented technicians is high-priority at Holker IT.

But while finding the right quality of people to join our team is essential, it can also be time-consuming and unproductive.

Until, that is, we found an answer at GK Recruitment.

Over recent months we have taken on no fewer than five new technicians via the GK Recruitment process.

Jan Cook, operations director here at Holker IT said: “Finding GK Recruitment has been a godsend. While sourcing talented technicians is imperative, it can also be time-consuming and unproductive.

“Our clients have come to expect the best in service levels, particularly through our renowned helpdesk, and we need people who fit the profile of our business. Given their speciality in IT recruitment, we decided to give GK Recruitment a go and the decision has paid off several times over.

“But it is not just a case of them finding us good technicians, it is the way they have integrated into our business. They understand what we are about and what we are striving to achieve going forward because they listen, understand and manage the brief.

“Their senior recruiter, Earlan Kirwan, took time out to spend a day at our helpdesk to get a proper feel of what we do, and understand the holistic approach we take with our staff and customers. That was very impressive and the results of their efforts are there for all to see.”

Based in Chorley, GK Recruitment has 14 years’ experience in the field, and managing director Gary Keay said: “Holker IT is a perfect fit for us, a thrusting IT company with a good reputation and a desire to keep on growing.

“Candidates are always going to be interested when opportunities come along at firms of such stature and we are delighted have forged this partnership with them.”

Picture Caption: Left to right: Andrew Dunkerley (Holker IT), Earlan Kirwan (GK Recruitment Senior Recruiter), Jason Duckett (Holker IT), Gary Keay (GK Recruitment Managing Director), Katie Suthers (Holker IT), Matthew Metcalfe (Holker IT Managing Director) and Phil Wiggans (Holker IT).

Holker take triple jump forward

Holker take triple jump forward

We are delighted to further strengthen our fast-growing team with a trio of new faces.

Locals Simon McGowan and Jordan Woodcock have joined the company as Account Manager and Service Desk Engineer, whilst Slovakian Martina Giles Kusakova has returned ‘home’ to Lancashire.

Holker IT managing director Matthew Metcalfe said: “It is certainly a positive sign that we have had to bring in three new faces.

“We have seen a real spike in business over recent months – particularly in relation to Cyber Security – and there is scope within the team for further growth in the near future.”

Burnley-born Simon, 35, has joined the company’s sales department and will be tasked with liaising with customers and new business development.

With well over a decade’s experience in commercial sales, Simon graduated Burnley College with a Business Administration NVC in 2004 before joining and progressing through the ranks at Walker Farrimond.

Simon is joined by Martina, who takes on the role of Business Administrator.

Originally from Slovakia, Martina spent eight years in Cyprus where she worked as a Crewing Officer for a shipping company.

Whilst in the Mediterranean, the 32-year-old met her now-husband Chris before moving back, in October, to his hometown … none other than Burnley!

The new trio is completed by 25-year-old Jordan, who joins as Service Desk Engineer.

Another graduate of Burnley College, Altham-based Jordan – a keen Motocross enthusiast – boasts a diploma in Engineering and will join the companies revered helpdesk.

Photo: (l-r) Simon McGowan, Martina Giles Kusakova, Matthew Metcalfe and Jordan Woodcock.

Job vacancy – Business Administrator

Job vacancy – Business Administrator

Position: Business Administrator 

Salary: Dependant on experience

Job Summary

The focus of the role is to deal with administration activities across multiple departments. The environment can be challenging but working with different departments is very varied and will give a great understanding of the business. Working in the sales department you may be the first point of contact for customers, who may need assistance with orders and information. Working with the accounts and technical department will be more about data collation and inputting.

Duties of an Business Administrator:

  • Processing a high volume of product orders.
  • Processing data for all sales transactions
  • Checking prices and contracts are up to date.
  • Arranging appointments for the team to visit new and established customers
  • Taking phone calls from customers/Answering customers telephone queries
  • Communicating internally important feedback from customers
  • Support accounts dept through processing supplier/sales invoices
  • Serve as liaison with other departments in the company
  • Involvement in customer contract reviews
  • Inputting invoice information into various systems including SAGE
  • Renewals, pricing and invoicing of hardware warranties
  • Support Finance department with month end duties

 Requirements for the role:

  • High organisational skills and ability to manage several tasks at the same time.
  • Ability to prioritise own workload.
  • Strong communication skills.
  • IT competent with skills including use of Excel and CRM systems.
  • An administrative or customer facing background.
  • Must be detail oriented.
  • Analytical thinker

To register your interest, please send a copy of your CV to jobs@holkerit.co.uk


To be noted:

  • This is not an exhaustive list of duties and responsibilities, and the post holder may be required to undertake other duties which fall within the grade of the job, in discussion with the Shareholders at Holker IT.
  • This job description will be reviewed regularly in the light of changing service requirements and any such changes will be discussed with the post holder.
  • The post holder is expected to comply with all relevant policies, procedures and guidelines, including those relating to Equal Opportunities, Health and Safety and Confidentiality of Information.
Getting Started with IT security

Getting Started with IT security

One of the frequently asked questions posed to us at Holker IT is “How do I get secure?” And that is usually followed by “Isn’t it expensive?”
For the first question, there’s no such thing as being completely secure. Rather than thinking of security as a destination, think of it as a journey on which you need to keep moving and always stay ahead of the criminals and bad guys.
The followup question is really easy to answer quickly – it doesn’t have to be expensive. In fact your first step on the journey can be entirely free!
The first step we’d recommend is to give us a call and arrange a meeting with one of our specialist security consultants. They will meet with you and help you understand the types of security services and milestones, which you may be interested in achieving.
There are a few initial steps our consultants usually recommend such as:
  • An audit of your current technology and infrastructure
    • This will allow our team to understand your organisations’ current technological level and provide you with a report containing suggestions for improvement.
    • Holker IT can provide specific support or entirely implement any changes to your network or technology, including recommending and installing any hardware – and most importantly, configure it the right way!
    • A gap analysis to identify and explain the gaps between your security and the Cyber Essentials standards. Cyber Essentials is a government backed scheme and an excellent entry into organisation-wide security certifications and a great step into compliance for your company https://holkerit.co.uk/services/cyber-essentials. A gap analysis will mean our team can provide you with a report of your current security status and actions to implement, to get your organisation ready for this certification.
  • Organisation-wide awareness training
    • A good awareness training scheme can ensure your staff know what signs to look for with regards to threats.
    • Trained staff can be an asset to your organisation’s security rather than a possible vulnerability.
 After those steps, there are plenty of tasks Holker IT can help you plan into your security strategy such as:
  • Improving your processes and procedures with an information security management system and a relevant certification like ISO 27001.
  • Regular offensive security testing including expertly performed penetration testing or vulnerability scanning.
  • Providing a senior security consultant to attend board meetings as your CISO for regular strategic updates.
 Whether you want to seriously improve your security, improve your compliance to win larger contracts, or are just curious as to where you could begin, it has never been more simple to start your security journey.
Malware Mimicked 2016’s Petya Ransomware

Malware Mimicked 2016’s Petya Ransomware

On 27/06/2017 a piece of malware, thought to be similar to last month’s WannaCry ransomware, shut computers down worldwide. 

The malware mimicked 2016’s Petya ransomware leading researchers to initially believe this was a modified version with updated exploit code including the notorious EternalBlue utilised in WCry.  After further research, however, it was discovered that this malware had much worse consequences than encryption – it aimed to wipe as many infected hard drives as possible.  It is extremely unlikely that paying any ransom will help you against this malware.

As well as EternalBlue, PetyaWrap (or NotPeyta or ExPetr), utilises PsExec a command execution tool on Windows systems which is preinstalled with the malware and if that doesn’t work it will use LSADump which will look for passwords still held in working memory in order to gain administrative privileges and propagate further.

To protect against this it is first imperative to have your system patches up to date to protect from EternalBlue, it is also very important to have administrative privileges restricted wherever possible so that PsExec cannot run any commands, finally, any good anti-malware software should catch these three spreading methods as all are common infection techniques.

At Holker IT we take protecting our customers seriously, if you require support with managing your IT infrastructure and security please get in touch.

Holker ‘Secure’ a Key Player in Cyber Crusade

Holker ‘Secure’ a Key Player in Cyber Crusade

We have recently welcomed to the team, Ric Derbyshire – Chair at the NW Cyber Security Cluster – as our InfoSec Director.

The progressive move will enable Holker IT to offer increased support to local businesses concerned about the on-going threat of ‘hacking’.

And Ric, 27, who is currently studying for a PhD in cyber security at Lancaster University, believes there will be many mutual benefits.

“Holker IT is already ahead of the game through having an in-house cyber security department and this is also a great opportunity for me to get more hands-on experience in the cut and thrust of day-to-day business.

“Cyber security is a very big deal and no company is safe from attack. My part-time role as a penetration tester with Holker IT means I can get out to businesses and perform ‘cyber attacks’ to illustrate vulnerability and outline the solutions available.

“Studying for a PhD makes it difficult for me to run a company of my own so this involvement with Holker IT is perfect.”

Holker IT Financial Director James Dewhurst, who invited Ric on board after working with him at the NW Cyber Security Cluster, said: “Ric’s knowledge of cyber security and all the many complexities is clear to see.

“He is a young man with an excellent pedigree and a growing reputation. It is a key appointment for us and we are delighted to secure his services.”

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