What Is Open Source Software and What Are Its Advantages

01.07.2024 - Technology, Digital Sovereignty

In today’s digitized world, open source software (OSS) has established itself as one of the driving forces for innovation and collaboration. This blog article looks at what open source software is, where it comes from, what its benefits are, the most well-known examples and how the technology landscape has changed.

Schleswig-Holstein Kicks Out Microsoft and Opts for Open Source

13.06.2024 - Digital Sovereignty

The digital rudder is currently being turned in Schleswig-Holstein: Microsoft has to go, and open source software is making its grand entrance. The small federal state in the far north is thus taking a bold step towards digital independence. But what is behind it?

Helvetization of Swisscom

13.06.2024 - Digital Sovereignty

When Swisscom integrates foreign hyperscalers such as Microsoft Azure into Swiss life, you might think it’s adding a pinch of “global spice” to our digital soup. But despite the attempt to “Helvetize” these global technology giants, one critical point often remains in the background: American law snaps everywhere, even across the pond!

Free Network, Free Choice

13.06.2024 - Digital Sovereignty

Net neutrality and independence are hot topics in the digital world. But why is this so important?

Open Circle Opens New Location in Berne

23.05.2024 - Media, News

Open Circle is celebrating the opening of its new location in Berne today, May 23, 2024. This was made possible by the new collaboration between Open Circle and icx, which is a win-win situation for both IT companies. Thanks to icx, Open Circle can provide even better support to Bernese customers from the consulting, asset management, healthcare, construction and real estate sectors and further expand its market share in Berne. icx benefits from the ISO certification and the independent IT solutions it can now offer. A jointly acquired client in Berne shows the initial success of the collaboration.

Open Circle starts cooperation with asset manager Boreal Capital Management

17.05.2024 - Media, News

Boreal Capital Management has started working with the IT provider Open Circle as part of the new FINMA authorization. Following an extensive evaluation of various service providers, the asset manager opted for the ISO-certified Swiss Business Cloud provider. The go-live took place in April. Open Circle is thus further expanding its position as a leading IT solution provider for clients with a high demand for digital sovereignty.

Open Circle Expands Operations Center

04.03.2024 - Media, News

Open Circle sees progress not just as a part of their work, but as the essence of their corporate culture. Their commitment to outstanding customer service and sustainability is evident in every step they take. This was particularly evident in the recent expansion of their Operations Center.

Open Circle presents the future: Launch of the Managed Workplace

19.02.2024 - Technology, Solutions, Media, News

The Managed Workplace revolutionizes the way we work by combining the management of all IT devices, software distribution, configuration and security checks. We rely on proven open source tools that intelligently combine to create a modern, digitally sovereign working environment.

RFID and NFC: How to Use Them and Protect Your Data

27.11.2023 - Security

Pay in seconds without having to search for the right amount, identification and admission in passing: RFID and NFC technology have made our everyday lives easier and more convenient. The WLAN-like symbol with the four radio waves on the cards and transponders shows that an RDIF signal is being transmitted. We explain how these technologies work, where they are used and how you can effectively protect your data.

Password manager – manage passwords securely

20.11.2023 - Security, Solutions

Passwords play a crucial role in the security of our personal data online. As we need access data for many different online services and accounts these days, it can be difficult to keep track of all our passwords. To avoid falling into the trap of using the same password everywhere, it is advisable to use a password manager. This way, complex passwords can be managed securely.

Backup Methods for Your Business

02.11.2023 - Security, Solutions

In the digital era, data is the backbone of any business. Data loss can be catastrophic – from business interruption to significant financial loss. Whether it’s human or technical error, […]

Open Circle Strengthens Customer Success Team

02.10.2023 - News, Media

IT service provider Open Circle brings Thanuja Parameswaran and Caroline Oestvold on board. This increases the customer support team from three to five people. Destina Meier, Elsbeth Schmid and Dominique Heinzler were previously responsible for the well-being of customers.

Successful ISO recertification

20.04.2023 - Security, News, Media

IT service provider Open Circle was audited in March according to ISO 27001, 27017 and 27018 and successfully re-certified. In addition, the company received the ISO 9001 certificate again for three years.

Thomas Kessler is new Board Member

23.03.2023 - Media, News

Thomas Kessler has been a new member of the Board of Directors (BoD) of the Swiss IT solution provider Open Circle since the end of January. He supports Open Circle […]

11th Ansible Zurich Meetup

19.12.2022 - Technology, News

On Tuesday, November 29th, Puzzle ITC and Isovalent hosted the 11th Ansible Zurich Meetup. About 50 Ansible gurus and those who want to become one were able to follow three […]

Possible Power Shortage

29.09.2022 - Security

Due to the current situation, there is a threat of a power shortage in the coming winter. We asked Christoph Stucky, Chief Information Security Officer at Open Circle, how he assesses the situation, how Open Circle is prepared for the situation and what companies can do now to prevent it.

Penetration Testing

30.06.2022 - Security

Together with external security experts, we at Open Circle carry out a comprehensive security test of our Swiss Business Cloud (SBC) every year. In so-called penetration tests, the experts specifically attack various areas of our cloud and thus check them for any security gaps.

Taking off together – at Open Circle

16.06.2022 - News

20 years of Open Circle – a milestone in our history. After a year of waiting, the time finally came on May 14, 2022: Time for party!

Personnel changes at C-level of Open Circle

04.04.2022 - News

Open Circle AG optimizes its organization and, among other things, adjusts the management accordingly. The reorganization becomes visible through different changes.

Chip design

12.10.2021 - Technology

That microchips are ubiquitous has been brought home to us in recent months with their scarcity. Many industries have had to interrupt or reduce production because they were unable to procure the required number of microchips. But how is such a chip designed in the first place? How do you get the complexity of several billion switching elements under control and how do these circuits finally get onto / into the silicon?

10th Ansible Zurich Meetup

30.09.2021 - Technology, News

The 10th Ansible Zürich Meetup took place on Tuesday, September 28 at the CUBE Event Hall and was the first real-life event after a long break due to the Covid Pandemic.

Flubot – Malware via SMS

01.07.2021 - Security

Do you own an Android phone and have received an SMS message with a link to a voice message? Then you should delete this message unread, because behind it there is most likely a new malware called “Flubot”, which has recently become active in Switzerland.

Merger Young Solutions AG with ITIGO AG and new name Open Circle AG

13.12.2020 - Media, News

Young Solutions AG and ITIGO AG merge. Together we will become Open Circle AG. After an intensive preparation period and the formal resolution of both general meetings, the merger was published in the SOGC on Friday, December 11, 2020, and thus officially sealed.

Data processing in the USA not permitted

13.10.2020 - Security

The Swiss-US Privacy Shield Regime, which was denied recognition by the Federal Data Protection and Information Commissioner (FDPIC) on September 8, 2020, serves as the basis for adequate data protection for data disclosures from Switzerland and the USA. The Privacy Shield Regime does not provide an adequate level of protection according to the Federal Data Protection Act (FADP). In doing so, the FDPIC is following the decision of the European Court of Justice, which declared the Privacy Shield agreement between the USA and the EU to be invalid.

Sustainably productive in the home office

14.04.2020 - Solutions

Did you know that commuting is considered the biggest obstacle to happiness? Since the turn of the millennium, the number of people who regularly work from home has more than tripled, according to a study by the Federal Statistical Office (2019). This is due to the sharp increase in digitalization and the implementation of new forms of work. This allows you to offer home office in the long term without having to sacrifice productivity.

Exposing phishing and acting correctly

08.06.2018 - Security

According to Cisco’s annual cyber security report, cyber criminals attempt to obtain trustworthy data from unsuspecting Internet users every second with the help of approximately 3,000 manipulated sender addresses. Learn more about phishing in our blog-post. 

GDPR: EU data protection officer mandatory for Swiss companies?

29.03.2018 - Security

In just a few months, on May 25, 2018, the new EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) will come into force. As a consequence, the appointment of an EU data protection officer will become mandatory for many Swiss companies that do not have a domicile in the EU.

We are ISO 27001 certified!

18.05.2017 - Security, News

It is with pleasure and pride that we announce that after several months of preparation and a two-day audit, Young Solutions AG has been officially ISO 27001 certified since 26.04.2017. The successful certification is at the same time also a sign of quality for customers, partners and suppliers.

Screen connections briefly explained

10.04.2017 - Technology

Most modern monitors offer multiple ports, just like PCs and laptops offer multiple ways to connect monitors. Most users understand relatively little under the abbreviations HDMI, DP, DVI, VGA and USB-C. Most are content to find a suitable cable to connect the screen. It is worth considering which connections offer what.

ISDN switch-off

09.01.2017 - Solutions

Did you know that Swisscom plans to switch off all analog and ISDN connections at the end of the year? Do you, like many other small(est) companies, still use ISDN? Then take action now and switch to VoIP.

Are password changes necessary?

04.01.2017 - Security

We often hear and read that regular password changes increase security. Many companies also force their employees to do this. But does this really lead to more security?

Simply secure passwords

30.12.2016 - Security

Hand on heart: Do you use one and the same password for several online services? Or far too simple passwords, because it is almost impossible to remember a good password? Then you may be living dangerously.

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