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 For SME owners, cyber-security is usually right at the top of your support shopping list. Never has this been more apparent than in recent months – where reports of data breaches and ransomware attacks have hit the UK headlines.

In August, the government issued a warning after people had received emails purporting to originate within the Ministry of Defence, attempting to make contact or seeking money. It’s exactly this kind of social engineering which cyber-criminals are employing, in order to hook their victims.

By playing to the public’s trust of those in senior positions, SME’s need to be savvy to a new breed of attacker – those which are relying on the ‘Colonel Effect’.

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In an ever-evolving digital world, it’s never been more important for SMEs to ensure they have a safe, savvy and successful IT strategy in place. Although new technologies offer many benefits – both operational and financial – to business owners, there is also an abundance of pesky cyber-threats lurking in the digital space, which SMEs need to do their best to avoid.

With a labyrinth of information and statistics out there, it can be a confusing task to try and streamline your company’s IT approach – unless that is, you follow these five easy steps…

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We’ve said it before in this blog and we’ll no doubt say it again – employees who are not trained and briefed properly on how to safeguard systems and data are the weakest link when it comes to cyber-security.

You can install high-grade IT measures to ward off attacks and repel the most sophisticated of malware, but if your staff don’t know their responsibilities, you are very vulnerable to a data leak.

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So, your start-up has taken off. You’ve brought in new recruits, established a name for yourself and now you’re looking to scale-up. Great work!

But as with everything else in business, you’re more than aware that you can’t just jump in at the deep-end without weighing up the risks and opportunities around you. And one key thing you need to ask yourself before you take that plunge is whether your current IT infrastructure is up to it.

As your company evolves, your IT needs to as well. So, what should you be considering?

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The Government says that almost half of all businesses reported a data beach or cyber-attack in the past year – a sobering statistic for any SME.

And what makes this even more worrying is the impact such an incident can have. If you suffer a breach, that means a hacker has access to your business data, which is a huge problem in itself. But the time spent fixing your systems, the damage to your reputation and potential loss of customers, will all create further issues.

So, if you suspect a breach has occurred, what should you do?

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Monday, 26 March 2018 08:00

Is your printer a GDPR danger zone?

For many SMEs, dealing with sensitive information is just another part of everyday operations. Whether you work within retail, healthcare, security, professional services, law or finance – or pretty much any industry, to be honest! – the chances are you’ll handle some form of personal data in your day-to-day work activities.

You may have heard of a little thing called the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), which is a new legislation devised to uphold the rights of individuals when it comes to how this information is obtained, stored and processed. Set to come into effect on 25 May this year, businesses across the EU – and the rest of the world – are now scrabbling around trying to prepare themselves for the changes as we speak.

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There’s no shortage of information out there about the importance of security when it comes to protecting sensitive data – especially with the GDPR looming. But with just two months to go before this new legislation kicks in, there are still certain aspects that haven’t been given the attention they really need.

One such area is security. There are reams of advice about how crucial it is for businesses of all sizes to have effective defences in place, in order to safeguard personal information – but what precisely does this involve?

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It’s no secret that employees are the glue that hold businesses together. But – in the words of Spiderman’s Uncle Ben – with great power comes great responsibility, and your staff play an absolutely crucial part in upholding the cyber-security of your company.

There’s no getting away from the fact that employees can be culpable of leaving your SME open to being targeted by hackers – whether that’s through failing to adequately protect their remote devices, using public WiFi networks without VPN precautions or being duped by phishing emails, for example. But rather than seeing them as a weak link in your cyber-defences, it’s far more productive to focus your attention on how your workforce can become an extra layer of security rather than a vulnerability.

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Monday, 11 September 2017 13:19

How to prevent cyber-attacks

Despite cyber-attacks on individuals receiving mounting attention in the media, it’s businesses that really need to step up when it comes to combatting cyber-crime. According to a joint study undertaken by the Centre of Economics and Business Research and Veracode, these attacks are costing UK corporations over £34 billion each year. And, with cyber-hacks predicted to increase and cause further catastrophic damage in the future, now is the time to take action.

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Monday, 14 August 2017 09:09

10 tips for working from home or away

Even though the weather might be telling a different story, summer is well and truly here. And as droves of people leave the office on annual leave, some are opting to take their work away with them.

Working from home has become a popular year-round option, with many businesses realising the benefits it has for productivity, morale and flexibility around other responsibilities. And while holidays are primarily for relaxing and taking time out of the office, our busy lives sometimes make it necessary to log on every now and then to keep things ticking over.

So, whether you’re intending to catch up with emails from your back garden or sneak your laptop into your carry-on bag, we’ve put together our top ten tips for working from home or away:

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