Mike Foreman
Since Mike started with AVG in 2007, Mike has taken on a number of roles; including being Managing Director for three years and most recently restructuring the global sales and operations and adopting an updated channel strategy. 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 which led him to selling the business to AVG’s parent company and Mike joining the team as Managing Director of AVG UK.

Under Mike’s leadership, AVG has become the leading consumer antivirus program in the UK. His resourcefulness has led to building and launching AVG’s monthly billing platform, in which Virgin was the first customer, and increasing the local retention rate.

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

Five Password Tips for Better Small Business Security

(1) Comments | Posted February 6, 2015 | 3:37 AM

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 December 5, 2014 | 11:41 AM

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 June 10, 2014 | 9:55 AM

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 May 6, 2014 | 7:20 AM

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 January 31, 2014 | 7:25 AM

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 January 14, 2014 | 7:02 AM

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 November 22, 2013 | 3:50 AM

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 October 8, 2013 | 8:14 AM

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 June 27, 2013 | 1:04 PM

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 May 30, 2013 | 6:13 AM

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 May 18, 2013 | 11:42 AM

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 May 6, 2013 | 7:58 AM

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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WordPress Hackers Serve Up Cautionary Tale to Small Businesses

(0) Comments | Posted April 29, 2013 | 4:06 PM

What company today operates without a website? Practically every firm in every business segment has a web-facing front end to act as a customer store front and product or service information channel.

If your company's website 'goes down' for any reason, the loss of face and reputation can be long...

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BYOD Threatens to Create an IT Shadow Culture

(1) Comments | Posted April 12, 2013 | 8:52 AM

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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Small Business Awareness of the Cloud's Benefits Is Growing

(0) Comments | Posted April 1, 2013 | 12:41 PM

Last week I was invited to take part in The Guardian Small Business Network's Live Q&A session on cloud computing for small business. It's really great to see so much lively and open debate in the mainstream media about cloud computing and what it means for small to...

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Cloud Adoption Constrained by 'Lack of Understanding'

(0) Comments | Posted November 6, 2012 | 4:17 AM

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 October 18, 2012 | 5:19 AM

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 October 3, 2012 | 1:03 PM

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 September 27, 2012 | 8:08 AM

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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