Microsoft Copilot for Nonprofits: A New Dawn of Productivity

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Microsoft Copilot for Nonprofits: A New Dawn of Productivity

In this webinar, you will learn:

  • What is Copilot, and how does it work

  • How Copilot can change the way you work by integrating with your existing Microsoft 365 suite

  • How Not-for-Profits can benefit from using Copilot, and what are its main features and advantages

  • Cyber Security – how to become Copilot ready in a few simple steps

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Microsoft Copilot for Nonprofits: A New Dawn of Productivity

In this webinar, you will learn:

  • What is Copilot, and how does it work

  • How Copilot can change the way you work by integrating with your existing Microsoft 365 suite

  • How Not-for-Profits can benefit from using Copilot, and what are its main features and advantages

  • Cyber Security – how to become Copilot ready in a few simple steps

“The migration to Azure and M365 has accelerated Intelife’s ability to deliver services to our clients within their community, plan and manage service delivery from the home office without  compromising productivity and information security obligations.”

- Brendan Spencer, Former IT Projects Manager, Intelife Group

“We don’t have a problem with IT because we have Bremmar looking after us. They know the intricacies of the NFP industry and through their dedicated team structure, they have a good understanding of our organisation and are able to deliver the solutions we need. The whole team relationship is also critical.”

- Bill Dyas, Former Rosewood’s Internal Project Manager

“Work out where you are and where you need to be, then choose a partner who understands the NFP community and how it works differently. A partner like Bremmar gives you an extension of your team.”

- Aaron Divitini, Corporate and Quality Manager, One Tree Community Services

“Bremmar really brings together the strategy element, project element and managed service element all in one. They also have solid knowledge of the NFP and Aged Care sectors which is pretty niche. After a number of successful projects, we’ve been able to bring people along the journey and that wouldn’t have been possible without the hard work and guidance of the Bremmar team.”

- Enda Fahy, Southcare CFO

"To have Bremmar as an escalation point gives me a lot of confidence to support the team and manage the systems better. They've got a great breadth of expertise across all Microsoft products, which means I can get answers quickly, learn and improve my skills as I go."

- Seth Phillips, Operations and Facilities Coordinator at Lifeline WA

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Microsoft Copilot for Nonprofits: A New Dawn of Productivity

Simplifying the care worker experience with a single-user interface

Download our Free Premium Guide for NFPs and Simplify the care worker experience

Is your Not-For-Profit failing to improve its productivity? 

Simplifying the care worker experience with a single-user interface

A single-user interface unifies tools into an adaptable platform, enabling seamless transitions across devices and different work arrangements. In this guide, we’ll look at how Bremmar and Microsoft 365 play a pivotal role in this transformation, enhancing efficiency without limiting care workers’ capabilities or compromising security. It represents a step towards greater convenience and effectiveness in care work.

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Simplifying the care worker experience with a single-user interface

A single-user interface unifies tools into an adaptable platform, enabling seamless transitions across devices and different work arrangements. In this guide, we’ll look at how Bremmar and Microsoft 365 play a pivotal role in this transformation, enhancing efficiency without limiting care workers’ capabilities or compromising security. It represents a step towards greater convenience and effectiveness in care work.

“The migration to Azure and M365 has accelerated Intelife’s ability to deliver services to our clients within their community, plan and manage service delivery from the home office without  compromising productivity and information security obligations.”

- Brendan Spencer, Former IT Projects Manager, Intelife Group

“We don’t have a problem with IT because we have Bremmar looking after us. They know the intricacies of the NFP industry and through their dedicated team structure, they have a good understanding of our organisation and are able to deliver the solutions we need. The whole team relationship is also critical.”

- Bill Dyas, Former Rosewood’s Internal Project Manager

“Work out where you are and where you need to be, then choose a partner who understands the NFP community and how it works differently. A partner like Bremmar gives you an extension of your team.”

- Aaron Divitini, Corporate and Quality Manager, One Tree Community Services

“Bremmar really brings together the strategy element, project element and managed service element all in one. They also have solid knowledge of the NFP and Aged Care sectors which is pretty niche. After a number of successful projects, we’ve been able to bring people along the journey and that wouldn’t have been possible without the hard work and guidance of the Bremmar team.”

- Enda Fahy, Southcare CFO

"To have Bremmar as an escalation point gives me a lot of confidence to support the team and manage the systems better. They've got a great breadth of expertise across all Microsoft products, which means I can get answers quickly, learn and improve my skills as I go."

- Seth Phillips, Operations and Facilities Coordinator at Lifeline WA

Let us transform your IT while you take care of our community

We have been recognised

We are
experienced

Industry leading specialist

We strive for customer success

We know urgency matters

We know
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Simplifying the care worker experience with a single-user interface

Building a security culture: Cyber Security essentials for NFPs, Aged Care, and Disability Care organisations

Download our Free Premium Guide for NFPs and Build a Cyber Security Culture

Is your Not-For-Profit failing to prepare for a cyber attack? 

Cyber Security essentials for NFPs, Aged Care, and Disability Care Organisations

In this new Bremmar guide, we call on our extensive experience within the NFP and Cyber Security space to help you better understand the shifting face of cyber crime, the evolving challenges it creates, and the right strategies to enhance your data security, counter unwanted threats, and uphold trust with clients and the broader industry.

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Cyber Security essentials for NFPs, Aged Care, and Disability Care Organisations

In this new Bremmar guide, we call on our extensive experience within the NFP and Cyber Security space to help you better understand the shifting face of cyber crime, the evolving challenges it creates, and the right strategies to enhance your data security, counter unwanted threats, and uphold trust with clients and the broader industry.

“The migration to Azure and M365 has accelerated Intelife’s ability to deliver services to our clients within their community, plan and manage service delivery from the home office without  compromising productivity and information security obligations.”

- Brendan Spencer, Former IT Projects Manager, Intelife Group

“We don’t have a problem with IT because we have Bremmar looking after us. They know the intricacies of the NFP industry and through their dedicated team structure, they have a good understanding of our organisation and are able to deliver the solutions we need. The whole team relationship is also critical.”

- Bill Dyas, Former Rosewood’s Internal Project Manager

“Work out where you are and where you need to be, then choose a partner who understands the NFP community and how it works differently. A partner like Bremmar gives you an extension of your team.”

- Aaron Divitini, Corporate and Quality Manager, One Tree Community Services

“Bremmar really brings together the strategy element, project element and managed service element all in one. They also have solid knowledge of the NFP and Aged Care sectors which is pretty niche. After a number of successful projects, we’ve been able to bring people along the journey and that wouldn’t have been possible without the hard work and guidance of the Bremmar team.”

- Enda Fahy, Southcare CFO

"To have Bremmar as an escalation point gives me a lot of confidence to support the team and manage the systems better. They've got a great breadth of expertise across all Microsoft products, which means I can get answers quickly, learn and improve my skills as I go."

- Seth Phillips, Operations and Facilities Coordinator at Lifeline WA

Let us transform your IT while you take care of our community

We have been recognised

We are
experienced

Industry leading specialist

We strive for customer success

We know urgency matters

We know
our stuff

Cyber Security essentials for NFPs, Aged Care, and Disability Care Organisations

Simplifying Frontline Worker Experiences & Building a Security Culture

Watch our Simplifying Frontline Worker Experiences & Building a Security Culture event

Is your Not-For-Profit failing to prepare for a cyber attack? 

Strengthen Your Not-For-Profit Cyber Security and integrate frontline workers

In the videos, Brenton Harris, Bremmar’s Managing Director, and Rushad Billimoria, NFP, Aged Care and Disability Care specialist, shared how to supercharge your frontline worker experiences and improve your organisation’s cyber security practices.

The content explores topics such as Simplifying Care Worker Experience with a Single-User Interface and Building a Cyber Security Culture Beyond Staff Awareness.

Fill the form and watch it now!

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Strengthen Your Not-For-Profit Cyber Security and integrate frontline workers

In the videos, Brenton Harris, Bremmar’s Managing Director, and Rushad Billimoria, NFP, Aged Care and Disability Care specialist, shared how to supercharge your frontline worker experiences and improve your organisation’s cyber security practices. The content explores topics such as Simplifying Care Worker Experience with a Single-User Interface and Building a Cyber Security Culture Beyond Staff Awareness. Fill the form and watch it now!

“The migration to Azure and M365 has accelerated Intelife’s ability to deliver services to our clients within their community, plan and manage service delivery from the home office without  compromising productivity and information security obligations.”

- Brendan Spencer, Former IT Projects Manager, Intelife Group

“We don’t have a problem with IT because we have Bremmar looking after us. They know the intricacies of the NFP industry and through their dedicated team structure, they have a good understanding of our organisation and are able to deliver the solutions we need. The whole team relationship is also critical.”

- Bill Dyas, Former Rosewood’s Internal Project Manager

“Work out where you are and where you need to be, then choose a partner who understands the NFP community and how it works differently. A partner like Bremmar gives you an extension of your team.”

- Aaron Divitini, Corporate and Quality Manager, One Tree Community Services

“Bremmar really brings together the strategy element, project element and managed service element all in one. They also have solid knowledge of the NFP and Aged Care sectors which is pretty niche. After a number of successful projects, we’ve been able to bring people along the journey and that wouldn’t have been possible without the hard work and guidance of the Bremmar team.”

- Enda Fahy, Southcare CFO

"To have Bremmar as an escalation point gives me a lot of confidence to support the team and manage the systems better. They've got a great breadth of expertise across all Microsoft products, which means I can get answers quickly, learn and improve my skills as I go."

- Seth Phillips, Operations and Facilities Coordinator at Lifeline WA

Let us transform your IT while you take care of our community

We have been recognised

We are
experienced

Industry leading specialist

We strive for customer success

We know urgency matters

We know
our stuff

Simplifying Frontline Worker Experiences & Building a Security Culture

Cyber Security Strategy, Compliance & Reporting Briefing for Not-For-Profits

Watch our Cyber Security Strategy, Compliance & Reporting Briefing for Not-For-Profits

Is your Not-For-Profit failing to prepare for a cyber attack? 

Strengthen Your Not-For-Profit Cyber Security

CPA Australia and Bremmar hosted the Not-for-Profit Cyber Security Strategy, Compliance & Reporting Breakfast on August 29th.

The WA Division of CPA Australia and Brenton Harris, Managing Director at Bremmar, discussed key cyber security topics:
• Essential 8 compliance
• Safeguarding devices
• Risk mitigation
• Incident response planning
• Reportable data breaches
• Cyber insurance tips
• Staff training

After watching the presentation, you will be able to identify potential cyber risks and gain valuable insights to strengthen security measures and drive impactful change within your organisation.

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Watch the Video

Watch the video

Strengthen Your Not-For-Profit Cyber Security

CPA Australia and Bremmar hosted the Not-for-Profit Cyber Security Strategy, Compliance & Reporting Breakfast on August 29th.

The WA Division of CPA Australia and Brenton Harris, Managing Director at Bremmar, discussed key cyber security topics:
• Essential 8 compliance
• Safeguarding devices
• Risk mitigation
• Incident response planning
• Reportable data breaches
• Cyber insurance tips
• Staff training

After watching the presentation, you will be able to identify potential cyber risks and gain valuable insights to strengthen security measures and drive impactful change within your organisation.

“The migration to Azure and M365 has accelerated Intelife’s ability to deliver services to our clients within their community, plan and manage service delivery from the home office without  compromising productivity and information security obligations.”

- Brendan Spencer, Former IT Projects Manager, Intelife Group

“We don’t have a problem with IT because we have Bremmar looking after us. They know the intricacies of the NFP industry and through their dedicated team structure, they have a good understanding of our organisation and are able to deliver the solutions we need. The whole team relationship is also critical.”

- Bill Dyas, Former Rosewood’s Internal Project Manager

“Work out where you are and where you need to be, then choose a partner who understands the NFP community and how it works differently. A partner like Bremmar gives you an extension of your team.”

- Aaron Divitini, Corporate and Quality Manager, One Tree Community Services

“Bremmar really brings together the strategy element, project element and managed service element all in one. They also have solid knowledge of the NFP and Aged Care sectors which is pretty niche. After a number of successful projects, we’ve been able to bring people along the journey and that wouldn’t have been possible without the hard work and guidance of the Bremmar team.”

- Enda Fahy, Southcare CFO

"To have Bremmar as an escalation point gives me a lot of confidence to support the team and manage the systems better. They've got a great breadth of expertise across all Microsoft products, which means I can get answers quickly, learn and improve my skills as I go."

- Seth Phillips, Operations and Facilities Coordinator at Lifeline WA

Let us transform your IT while you take care of our community

We have been recognised

We are
experienced

Industry leading specialist

We strive for customer success

We know urgency matters

We know
our stuff

Cyber Security Strategy, Compliance & Reporting Briefing for Not-For-Profits

Protect your organisation with Bremmar’s Security Partnership

Protect your organisation with Bremmar's Security Partnership

Be aware of your organisations security posture and risks.

 

 

 

 

Contact us!

"The current IT initiatives with Bremmar have had a big impact on us achieving our purpose here at Lifeline WA. The enablement it has had to all employees to allow them to get on with their roles and concentrate on the services they deliver is important to us. And reducing the amount of paper that's going around the office, reducing the amount of process and procedure that we have. Any automation that's been put in has been key to achieving that."

Mitigating Cyber Risks in Human Services: Bremmar’s Holistic Security Approach 

The number of cyber attacks has been rising worldwide. Cyber Security has become the focus of the news and a central topic in organisations from different sectors. 

According to the Microsoft Digital Defence Report 2022, Not-for-Profit organisations are the second most cyber-targeted industry. With the ever-evolving digital landscape, organisations must adapt to new trends and standards, and address any cyber security gaps that may arise due to a lack of knowledge. 

The Australian Cyber Security Centre (ACSC) recognised the threat and created the “Essential 8 Security Framework”. This framework is a valuable guide for all Australian businesses, for profit and not-for-profit, in safeguarding their data and systems from potential attacks by establishing a strong defence against cyber threats. 

The NFP, Aged Care and Disability Care industries handle highly sensitive client data, creating specific industry challenges and requirements around cyber security. To address the particularities of these sectors, Bremmar developed two products that cater for the specific demands and pain points of the human services sector and can be scaled depending on the size of the organisations – also helping organisations to leverage their Microsoft 365 licence to comply against the Essential 8 framework. 

Microsoft 365 Security Partnership and Security Standard 

Microsoft 365 Security Partnership 

Bremmar offers tailored and holistic IT services to Not-for-profits, Disability organisations and Aged Care providers, from consultation, strategy, IT support, productivity solutions and cyber security. Through Bremmar’s unique offering, the Microsoft 365 Security Partnership, clients have access to industry and security consultants on a quarterly basis to implement and progress a range of solutions to assist their in-house IT team or Managed Services Provider in filling in Cyber Security gaps. 

“The Cyber Security Partnership journey starts with a Microsoft 365 Secure Score Report, which is about the Security of their Microsoft 365 environment. We also perform an Essential 8 compliance assessment to see where the organisation stands at certain point in time”. Explains Brenton Harris, Bremmar’s Managing Director. “We print off those reports and then have a workshop with the client once a quarter to help them assess and improve their cyber security leveraging their existing Microsoft 365 platform”, he adds. 

Clients on the Microsoft 365 Security Partnership are also eligible for a Quarterly Vulnerability Scan. “This is a tool we deploy on all endpoints where we scan the organisation’s computers and survey infrastructure to identify app vulnerabilities and find holes/gaps. As a result, we often end up with an overall picture of where all the organisation’s cyber security gaps are”, explains Brenton. 

“From there, clients can choose extra add-ons to the Microsoft 365 Security Partnership. We call these extras services, packages, which are projects with a set scope, timeframe and deliverables that are recommended at the beginning of the organisation’s journey, for example, rolling out Microsoft Defender – the antivirus product from Microsoft – in only two weeks. The goal of these extra services (packages) is to make clients’ cyber security more robust in a short timeframe.  “, he completes. 

Security Standard 

Bremmar’s Security Standard, on the other hand, is a more comprehensive solution focused on delivering compliance and security cadence to the organisation from the initial engagement.The process starts with Bremmar assessing the organisation’s cyber security compliance against the Microsoft 365 Secure Score Report and the Essential 8 Framework. These reports give Bremmar a deeper understanding of where the security gaps are so solutions can be rolled out upfront.  

“With the Security Standard, we come in and we roll out all the projects we need upfront and then we deliver compliance on an ongoing basis”, explains Brenton. “The biggest pain point organisations have is becoming compliant quickly, the second is the energy it takes to assess the reports and make decisions – and there are many meetings to decide what to do first. With the Security Standard, we help the client achieve compliance in a short timeframe”, Brenton completes. 

The journey to a secure and compliant organisation  

The Security Standard journey starts with Bremmar educating clients and stakeholders about cyber security and the risks of ignoring compliance, setting ongoing reporting schedules and creating a well-developed response plan to mitigate damage in case of a compromise. 

The first step is to raise awareness about specific risks the organisation faces. To tackle this, the Bremmar team hosts workshops and aims to explain the potential consequences of cyber attacks and the risk of sensitive data breaches to stakeholders, from frontline workers to board members. 

“The boards of Not-For-Profits, for example, have been driving hard for cyber security compliance”, explains Brenton. “As directors of the organisations, they have a high level of liability if something goes wrong”, he completes. 

Once the clients understand the significance of cyber security, they need to designate a cyber security “champion” – Someone within the organisation responsible for overseeing and coordinating all cyber security efforts and ensuring that the necessary measures are in place. 

Bremmar then assists clients evaluate their internal capabilities and determine whether they have the necessary expertise and resources to manage their cyber security effectively. If there are gaps in their skillsets, they may consider engaging an external provider like Bremmar to supplement their capabilities and provide specialised cyber security services. 

The next step is to assess the client’s current cyber security state by: 

  • Thoroughly evaluating their existing cyber security measures. 
  • Identifying any vulnerabilities or weaknesses
  • Determining areas that require improvement. 

This assessment provides a baseline for the client’s cyber security posture and helps in identifying specific areas that need attention. 

From there, it is vital to leverage frameworks and tools. Clients can benefit from adhering to established cyber security frameworks such as the Australian Essential 8 and the American National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), which provide a set of recommended security controls to mitigate common threats.  

Clients should also establish a regular reporting mechanism that provides visibility into their security status, identifies emerging threats, and tracks the progress of security initiatives. This reporting enables informed decision-making and timely remediation of any cyber security issues. 

Response planning is an integral part of any cyber security journey. Clients need to develop a comprehensive response plan that outlines the steps to follow during a cyber security incident. This plan should include procedures for detecting, containing, and recovering from security breaches and communication protocols to ensure effective response coordination. 

“It is vital to determine who gets the phone call at night, for example, when the mailbox gets hacked. Is it the CFO, or is it someone else? And do they know how to handle that situation? Should they turn everything off? The accountable person needs a process in place and to be aware of what to do. We can help them make those crucial decisions and create that process”, explains Brenton. 

By following these steps in Bremmar’s Security Standard journey, clients can establish a solid foundation for cyber security efforts. They can proactively address their vulnerabilities, align their practices with industry standards, and continuously monitor and improve their security posture. This journey enables clients to protect their valuable assets, maintain the trust of their stakeholders, and mitigate the potential risks posed by cyber threats. 

At Bremmar, we understand the human services sector’s unique challenges and offer tailored services to help drive business success. Let us help you streamline your IT operations and enhance your organisation’s cyber security. 

Cyber Security Journey

In the security standard journey, clients embark on a systematic process to enhance their cyber security measures:  

  • Education and Awareness: The journey begins with educating clients about the importance of cyber security and creating awareness about the risks they face. Understanding the potential consequences of cyber threats motivates clients to take action and prioritise cybersecurity.

  • Assessment and Gap Analysis: Clients comprehensively assess their current cyber security state. This involves evaluating their security measures, identifying vulnerabilities and weaknesses, and conducting a gap analysis to determine improvement areas.

  • Framework and Best Practice Adoption: Clients leverage established cyber security frameworks, such as Essential 8, to align their practices with industry and best practices. These frameworks provide a roadmap for implementing effective security controls and mitigating common threats.

  • Skill Set Evaluation: Clients evaluate their internal skill sets and resources to determine if they have the necessary expertise to address their cyber security needs. If gaps are identified, they may seek external assistance from cyber security specialists like Bremmar to augment their capabilities.

  • Ongoing Reporting and Monitoring: Establishing a robust reporting mechanism is crucial for clients to monitor their cyber security posture continually. Regular reporting provides visibility into security metrics, identifies emerging threats, and tracks the progress of security initiatives. This enables informed decision-making and timely remediation of vulnerabilities.

  • Response Planning and Incident Management: Clients develop a comprehensive response plan to handle cyber security incidents effectively. This includes defining incident response procedures, establishing communication channels, and conducting regular drills to ensure preparedness in the event of a breach.

Contact us!

Let us transform your IT while you take care of our community

We have been recognised

We are
experienced

Industry leading specialist

We strive for customer success

We know urgency matters

We know
our stuff

Our Engagement model

Engagement model

Awards and Accreditations

2021 Partner of the Year
Finalist Nonprofit Award

Gold Cloud Productivity
Gold Collaboration and Content
Gold Communications
Gold Project and Portfolio Management

What's new at Bremmar​

Protect your organisation with Bremmar’s Security Standard

Protect your organisation with Bremmar's Security Standard

Be aware of your organisations security posture and risks.

 

 

 

 

Contact us!

"The current IT initiatives with Bremmar have had a big impact on us achieving our purpose here at Lifeline WA. The enablement it has had to all employees to allow them to get on with their roles and concentrate on the services they deliver is important to us. And reducing the amount of paper that's going around the office, reducing the amount of process and procedure that we have. Any automation that's been put in has been key to achieving that."

Mitigating Cyber Risks in Human Services: Bremmar’s Holistic Security Approach 

The number of cyber attacks has been rising worldwide. Cyber Security has become the focus of the news and a central topic in organisations from different sectors. 

According to the Microsoft Digital Defence Report 2022, Not-for-Profit organisations are the second most cyber-targeted industry. With the ever-evolving digital landscape, organisations must adapt to new trends and standards, and address any cyber security gaps that may arise due to a lack of knowledge. 

The Australian Cyber Security Centre (ACSC) recognised the threat and created the “Essential 8 Security Framework”. This framework is a valuable guide for all Australian businesses, for profit and not-for-profit, in safeguarding their data and systems from potential attacks by establishing a strong defence against cyber threats. 

The NFP, Aged Care and Disability Care industries handle highly sensitive client data, creating specific industry challenges and requirements around cyber security. To address the particularities of these sectors, Bremmar developed two products that cater for the specific demands and pain points of the human services sector and can be scaled depending on the size of the organisations – also helping organisations to leverage their Microsoft 365 licence to comply against the Essential 8 framework. 

Microsoft 365 Security Partnership and Security Standard 

Microsoft 365 Security Partnership 

Bremmar offers tailored and holistic IT services to Not-for-profits, Disability organisations and Aged Care providers, from consultation, strategy, IT support, productivity solutions and cyber security. Through Bremmar’s unique offering, the Microsoft 365 Security Partnership, clients have access to industry and security consultants on a quarterly basis to implement and progress a range of solutions to assist their in-house IT team or Managed Services Provider in filling in Cyber Security gaps. 

“The Cyber Security Partnership journey starts with a Microsoft 365 Secure Score Report, which is about the Security of their Microsoft 365 environment. We also perform an Essential 8 compliance assessment to see where the organisation stands at certain point in time”. Explains Brenton Harris, Bremmar’s Managing Director. “We print off those reports and then have a workshop with the client once a quarter to help them assess and improve their cyber security leveraging their existing Microsoft 365 platform”, he adds. 

Clients on the Microsoft 365 Security Partnership are also eligible for a Quarterly Vulnerability Scan. “This is a tool we deploy on all endpoints where we scan the organisation’s computers and survey infrastructure to identify app vulnerabilities and find holes/gaps. As a result, we often end up with an overall picture of where all the organisation’s cyber security gaps are”, explains Brenton. 

“From there, clients can choose extra add-ons to the Microsoft 365 Security Partnership. We call these extras services, packages, which are projects with a set scope, timeframe and deliverables that are recommended at the beginning of the organisation’s journey, for example, rolling out Microsoft Defender – the antivirus product from Microsoft – in only two weeks. The goal of these extra services (packages) is to make clients’ cyber security more robust in a short timeframe.  “, he completes. 

Security Standard 

Bremmar’s Security Standard, on the other hand, is a more comprehensive solution focused on delivering compliance and security cadence to the organisation from the initial engagement.The process starts with Bremmar assessing the organisation’s cyber security compliance against the Microsoft 365 Secure Score Report and the Essential 8 Framework. These reports give Bremmar a deeper understanding of where the security gaps are so solutions can be rolled out upfront.  

“With the Security Standard, we come in and we roll out all the projects we need upfront and then we deliver compliance on an ongoing basis”, explains Brenton. “The biggest pain point organisations have is becoming compliant quickly, the second is the energy it takes to assess the reports and make decisions – and there are many meetings to decide what to do first. With the Security Standard, we help the client achieve compliance in a short timeframe”, Brenton completes. 

The journey to a secure and compliant organisation  

 The Security Standard journey starts with Bremmar educating clients and stakeholders about cyber security and the risks of ignoring compliance, setting ongoing reporting schedules and creating a well-developed response plan to mitigate damage in case of a compromise. 

 The first step is to raise awareness about specific risks the organisation faces. To tackle this, the Bremmar team hosts workshops and aims to explain the potential consequences of cyber attacks and the risk of sensitive data breaches to stakeholders, from frontline workers to board members. 

 “The boards of Not-For-Profits, for example, have been driving hard for cyber security compliance”, explains Brenton. “As directors of the organisations, they have a high level of liability if something goes wrong”, he completes. 

Once the clients understand the significance of cyber security, they need to designate a cyber security “champion” – Someone within the organisation responsible for overseeing and coordinating all cyber security efforts and ensuring that the necessary measures are in place. 

Bremmar then assists clients evaluate their internal capabilities and determine whether they have the necessary expertise and resources to manage their cyber security effectively. If there are gaps in their skillsets, they may consider engaging an external provider like Bremmar to supplement their capabilities and provide specialised cyber security services. 

The next step is to assess the client’s current cyber security state by: 

  • Thoroughly evaluating their existing cyber security measures. 
  • Identifying any vulnerabilities or weaknesses
  • Determining areas that require improvement. 

This assessment provides a baseline for the client’s cyber security posture and helps in identifying specific areas that need attention. 

From there, it is vital to leverage frameworks and tools. Clients can benefit from adhering to established cyber security frameworks such as the Australian Essential 8 and the American National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), which provide a set of recommended security controls to mitigate common threats.  

Clients should also establish a regular reporting mechanism that provides visibility into their security status, identifies emerging threats, and tracks the progress of security initiatives. This reporting enables informed decision-making and timely remediation of any cyber security issues. 

Response planning is an integral part of any cyber security journey. Clients need to develop a comprehensive response plan that outlines the steps to follow during a cyber security incident. This plan should include procedures for detecting, containing, and recovering from security breaches and communication protocols to ensure effective response coordination. 

“It is vital to determine who gets the phone call at night, for example, when the mailbox gets hacked. Is it the CFO, or is it someone else? And do they know how to handle that situation? Should they turn everything off? The accountable person needs a process in place and to be aware of what to do. We can help them make those crucial decisions and create that process”, explains Brenton. 

By following these steps in Bremmar’s Security Standard journey, clients can establish a solid foundation for cyber security efforts. They can proactively address their vulnerabilities, align their practices with industry standards, and continuously monitor and improve their security posture. This journey enables clients to protect their valuable assets, maintain the trust of their stakeholders, and mitigate the potential risks posed by cyber threats. 

At Bremmar, we understand the human services sector’s unique challenges and offer tailored services to help drive business success. Let us help you streamline your IT operations and enhance your organisation’s cyber security. 

Cyber Security Journey

In the security standard journey, clients embark on a systematic process to enhance their cyber security measures:  

  • Education and Awareness: The journey begins with educating clients about the importance of cyber security and creating awareness about the risks they face. Understanding the potential consequences of cyber threats motivates clients to take action and prioritise cybersecurity.

  • Assessment and Gap Analysis: Clients comprehensively assess their current cyber security state. This involves evaluating their security measures, identifying vulnerabilities and weaknesses, and conducting a gap analysis to determine improvement areas.

  • Framework and Best Practice Adoption: Clients leverage established cyber security frameworks, such as Essential 8, to align their practices with industry and best practices. These frameworks provide a roadmap for implementing effective security controls and mitigating common threats.

  • Skill Set Evaluation: Clients evaluate their internal skill sets and resources to determine if they have the necessary expertise to address their cyber security needs. If gaps are identified, they may seek external assistance from cyber security specialists like Bremmar to augment their capabilities.

  • Ongoing Reporting and Monitoring: Establishing a robust reporting mechanism is crucial for clients to monitor their cyber security posture continually. Regular reporting provides visibility into security metrics, identifies emerging threats, and tracks the progress of security initiatives. This enables informed decision-making and timely remediation of vulnerabilities.

  • Response Planning and Incident Management: Clients develop a comprehensive response plan to handle cyber security incidents effectively. This includes defining incident response procedures, establishing communication channels, and conducting regular drills to ensure preparedness in the event of a breach.

Contact us!

Let us transform your IT while you take care of our community

We have been recognised

We are
experienced

Industry leading specialist

We strive for customer success

We know urgency matters

We know
our stuff

Our Engagement model

Engagement model

Awards and Accreditations

2021 Partner of the Year
Finalist Nonprofit Award

Gold Cloud Productivity
Gold Collaboration and Content
Gold Communications
Gold Project and Portfolio Management

What's new at Bremmar​

Empower your frontline workers with Bremmar’s Productivity Partnership

Empower your frontline workers with Bremmar's Productivity Partnership

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"The current IT initiatives with Bremmar have had a big impact on us achieving our purpose here at Lifeline WA. The enablement it has had to all employees to allow them to get on with their roles and concentrate on the services they deliver is important to us. And reducing the amount of paper that's going around the office, reducing the amount of process and procedure that we have. Any automation that's been put in has been key to achieving that."

The digital landscape constantly evolves, and organisations must stay updated with technological changes. They must adapt to new trends and standards and address any cyber security gaps that may arise due to a lack of knowledge.

For Not-For-Profit (NFP), Aged Care, or Disability organisations, early adoption of key tools available in organisations’ Microsoft 365 licensing, such as SharePoint, Power BI, Power Apps, and Microsoft Defender, can make a significant difference in achieving organisational goals efficiently and securely.

However, it is crucial to consider the pain points of the human services sector and their staff whilst implementing these new tools, such as high staff turnover and low IT (Information Technology) literacy among frontline workers.

Running your organisation from the cloud

Rushad Billimoria, Bremmar’s Lead Consultant for the Not-For-Profit, Aged Care, and Disability sectors, has over ten years of experience implementing Microsoft technologies and educating stakeholders. He explains, “Microsoft has developed a great toolset that we’ve successfully used across multiple organisations. It provides a centralised location for file storage and tools for collaboration, communication, business automation and data analytics, all within a secure cyber environment.”

One of the benefits of adopting Microsoft 365 tools is the shift away from traditional server environments. Keeping hardware in-house requires constant maintenance, upgrades, and risks associated with damage or critical failures. Rushad elaborates, “When you move data into the cloud, you have not only the benefit of having a digital copy but also being able to collaborate and access the file from the office or when caring for clients in remote locations.”, explains Rushad. “We’ve got plenty of clients successfully running primarily through Microsoft 365, especially in the not-for-profit space. Microsoft’s donation licensing and discounted licensing make it a perfect cost point for the sector”, adds Rushad.

Automation and efficiency at the tip of your workforce fingers

Efficiency is key when running successful organisations. Streamlining processes and enhancing operational workflows improve staff experiences and enable resource allocation to other, more high-value areas.

Many organisations still rely on manual processes, such as paper-based forms or Excel registers, which create cumbersome tasks and workflows for staff. “For instance, when recording and reporting incidents, staff may write down details on paper and wait until they are in the office to send the information via email. This can lead to incomplete or unreadable data, posing risks and non-compliance with industry regulations”, explains Rushad.

The Lead Consultant also highlights that numerous back-and-forth approval processes involve printing, signing, and scanning documents, which is time-consuming, especially with a high volume of clients and tasks. Rushad affirms, “We can minimise manual processes and administrative tasks by creating digital workflows and automation that improve efficiency and save staff time”. “According to a Forrester Total Economic Impact study, organisations that use Power Apps can save up to 1.6 hours per week for 80% of their users in three years and have an up to 74% lower application development cost”, he completes.

“Digitising forms can be accomplished through various methods such as using Microsoft Forms, an online web-based platform, or a more sophisticated PowerApp”, says Rushad. “We can, for example, use an Incident Management App that streamlines the process by making forms accessible even on mobile devices”, he completes.

Another advantage of having digital forms is that they remind the workforce about the essential information to capture. Once submitted, the data flows through an automated workflow, reaching the relevant approvers. Rushad adds, “Everyone involved in that process will be notified, streamlining the process from the source to the approval.”

Rushad shares a real-life example: “Bremmar had an Aged Care facility where we implemented an Incident Management App, and the number of incidents lodged grew three times.” This growth was not due to increased incidents but because the previous process was complicated, resulting in incomplete information capture.

Digitising processes significantly improve daily organisational operations from a compliance perspective. When processes are easier to manage, staff members are more likely to adhere to them, and there is buy-in from the team members.

Building a collaborative and cyber secure workspace

One significant advantage of Microsoft 365 is that it is highly accessible from any device. Frontline workforce personnel can travel with mobile devices, allowing them to access files in SharePoint conveniently. However, Rushad acknowledges the increased security risks associated with accessibility. Microsoft 365’s security features like Defender and Mobile Application Management address these concerns, ensuring secure access to sensitive information, even remotely or through staff devices.

The security solutions offered by Microsoft 365 enable remote access to files without compromising stakeholders’ privacy – the employer can’t access staff personal information – or the organisation’s data security.

Rushad emphasises that Microsoft 365 is the central repository for files and systems and that organisations may have different third-party Software as a Service (SaaS) systems hosted in the cloud, such as care and finance systems. “To make the experience seamless, Bremmar creates an employee hub, such as a SharePoint Intranet, to provide easy access to all required files, documents, and web-based SaaS applications. This portal enhances staff productivity, fosters a sense of community, and ensures the organisation’s missions and values are communicated effectively”.

This process also aids in employee onboarding, as policies, procedures, how-to videos, and self-help guides can be accessed easily through SharePoint. “Storing essential documents securely in the cloud mitigates the risk of losing paper documents or files stored on physical servers”, says the Lead Consultant. Another advantage of SharePoint is the versioning feature. “Documents can be restored to previous versions if needed, preventing mistakes or the deletion of essential information in the file”, he completes.

From an individual perspective, Microsoft 365 enables staff, especially the ones with low IT literacy levels, to access what they need without struggling with the technology – particularly important for frontline workers fulfilling the organisation’s mission.

Microsoft Teams -a tool beyond video calling or chat for the Remote Workforce

Microsoft Teams has become an essential tool, particularly in remote work scenarios. It offers features such as virtual meetings and instant chat, which organisations have widely used. However, most organisations still need to know the benefits of adopting Teams Calling. The tool brings landline extensions into the digital space, making it mobile and highly accessible for the staff. “It enables seamless communication regardless of the work location or whether the workforce is in or out of the office”, explains Rushad.

Bringing such communication platforms into a unified interface offers many advantages, such as a single sign-on, standardised security and leveraging the investment on the platform. However, achieving buy-in from the entire organisation is crucial, and Bremmar’s Microsoft 365 partnership service helps stakeholders understand the benefits of adopting these tools. “We partner with organisations deeply to understand their pain points, requirements and details. That could be from securing data accessed externally to aging infrastructure. We learn their pain points and tailor solutions with demonstrations, guidance and advice”, affirms Rushad. “We also create roadmaps and plan how to integrate and enable the stakeholders, executives and the board”, he completes.

“At Bremmar, we recognise the human services sector challenges and offer tailored services to support you in achieving your mission, and we look forward to helping you make a positive impact in your organisation”, completes Rushad.

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The Not-for-Profit industry faces growing challenges that come with an increasingly digital landscape. According to the Microsoft Digital Defense Report, the sector is ranked second among the most targeted industries for cyber attacks.

Your organisation’s data safety and cyber security are paramount to keeping a pristine reputation. To help you enhance your NFPs’ cyber security, Bremmar created the exclusive webinar “Cyber Security Executive Briefing for Not-For-Profits”.

During this engaging webinar, we shared practical strategies and expert advice to help you fortify your cyber defences. You will learn the following:

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Improve your Not-for-Profit's Cyber Security

The Not-for-Profit industry faces growing challenges that come with an increasingly digital landscape. According to the Microsoft Digital Defense Report, the sector is ranked second among the most targeted industries for cyber attacks.

Your organisation’s data safety and cyber security are paramount to keeping a pristine reputation. To help you enhance your NFPs’ cyber security, Bremmar created the exclusive webinar “Cyber Security Executive Briefing for Not-For-Profits”.

During this engaging webinar, we shared practical strategies and expert advice to help you fortify your cyber defences. You will learn the following:

  • Cyber security frameworks, including ACSC Essential 8
  • Setting up your NFP to manage cyber threats
  • Leveraging Microsoft Licensing to achieve Essential 8 compliance
  • Bremmar NFP cyber security offerings

Don’t miss this opportunity to gain valuable insights and take proactive steps to safeguard your organisation’s sensitive data and reputation. The recorded webinar allows you to watch at your convenience, ensuring you don’t miss a moment of valuable information!

“The migration to Azure and M365 has accelerated Intelife’s ability to deliver services to our clients within their community, plan and manage service delivery from the home office without  compromising productivity and information security obligations.”

- Brendan Spencer, Former IT Projects Manager, Intelife Group

“We don’t have a problem with IT because we have Bremmar looking after us. They know the intricacies of the NFP industry and through their dedicated team structure, they have a good understanding of our organisation and are able to deliver the solutions we need. The whole team relationship is also critical.”

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“Bremmar really brings together the strategy element, project element and managed service element all in one. They also have solid knowledge of the NFP and Aged Care sectors which is pretty niche. After a number of successful projects, we’ve been able to bring people along the journey and that wouldn’t have been possible without the hard work and guidance of the Bremmar team.”

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