Results for keyword: data breach

Thursday, 13 December 2018 09:00

How to avoid a CryptoLocker attack

Given that between 60% and 90% of organisations fail after a security breach or data loss – and with plenty in the news about CryptoLocker attacks and GDPR fines – it’s never been more important for SME owners to make sure sensitive company data is stored somewhere safe.

By protecting your data, you’ll not only minimise the level of damage if you were to become the victim of a cyber-attack, but also enable rapid recovery in the event of a power outage or natural disaster, for example.

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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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With one of the UK’s peak sales periods on the horizon – Cyber Monday – SMEs in the retail and e-commerce sectors are gearing up for an influx of website traffic and elevated sales, but what about an increased threat of cyber-crime?

It’s important to be aware that with the bottom line boost also comes an increased risk of cyber-attacks and data interception attempts. So with this in mind, it’s more important than ever that your business is well prepared to defend against – and deal with – any pesky online criminals.

But, how can your firm help reduce the impact of any ‘cyber-shoplifting’ attempts on your in-house operations? We explore some key areas below…

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Wednesday, 31 October 2018 09:00

Reach your IT peak: IT SOS

The adage of hindsight being a wonderful thing has never rung truer than when it comes to managing IT crises.

But for many SMEs, IT security strategy can feel like a bit of a minefield to navigate – with business owners being unsure on what equipment they need to prevent incidents from occurring.

Using the analogy of climbing a mountain, if you set off without adequate supplies and the right clothing, you may find yourself coming unstuck when trying to reach the top. It’s likely that the higher you go, the more problems you’ll encounter and the more underprepared you’ll feel – you may even need to call for back up.

The underlying message above can also be applied to a business in its growth stages. If your IT infrastructure isn’t evolving in line with your company’s needs, you’re potentially leaving your SME vulnerable to the dark side of the digital world – think hackers, for example.

So, an IT SOS plan may be a crucial component of your cyber-strategy – but just how and why do you need one? To reach your IT peak, of course!

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Wednesday, 24 October 2018 08:00

Reach your IT peak: Essentials for scale-ups

Making the leap from start-up to scale-up can be demanding, but ensuring your IT support grows with you needn’t be a tough mountain to climb.

While the coffee machine probably isn’t the only thing starting to feel over-worked, all being well you’re really seeing the benefits of the hours of hard graft you put in during your business’s early stages.

Now the solid foundations are in place, it’s time for a little bit more structure to help you to reach your IT peak.

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For many SME owners, knowing the level of IT support your business needs to operate most efficiently can seem like an impossible – sometimes unobtainable – task.

That’s why, with our latest campaign – Reach your IT peak – we’re focusing on helping SMEs to decipher their individual IT requirements, and find the right level of support for them.

Think about it… it takes a careful balance of strategy and equipment to reach a peak level of IT productivity. And the bigger the mountain – or SME – the higher the level of support needed, meaning that both these factors must adapt accordingly to maintain effectiveness.

This same rule applies to businesses of all sizes, right through from start-ups and scale-ups, to fully-fledged enterprises.

But how can you ensure that your organisation has all the IT support it needs?

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Whether big or small, all businesses know that the data they store is crucial for communicating with people – including employees, stakeholders, potential customers and more, who are vital in helping them successfully fulfil their company activities and objectives.

Given that between 60% and 90% of organisations fail after a security breach or data loss – and with plenty in the news about GDPR fines – it’s never been more ingrained in the minds of SME owners, that copies of this data need to be regularly saved somewhere safe. This is not only to help prevent any information being compromised in a cyber-attack, but also to enable rapid recovery in the event of a power outage or natural disaster, for example.

We’ve talked about the importance of back-up and data replication before, but how do you know exactly what kind of files you need to duplicate, how to do it and when?

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As IT and cyber-threats continue to evolve at a rapid pace, SME owners are increasingly having to upskill in these areas – not only to keep up with the latest tech, but also in order to shape a cohesive and effective business model.

But whilst some have accepted that cyber-strategy is a vital topic for discussion in the boardroom, others are sceptical about who should be carrying the bulk of the responsibility. A recent study found that 84% of directors believe their IT department is able to protect them against a cyber-attack, yet although this good faith in your team is important, trust shouldn’t be used as a shield to deflect responsibility away from board members.

So, why exactly should cyber-strategy be given a place at the boardroom table?

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Thursday, 30 August 2018 09:30

Can free anti-virus software really work?

The rapid evolution of technology means an increasing amount of modern-day business dealings are done digitally. Yet, whilst this convenient click-of-a-mouse approach is making many SME owners’ lives easier, it brings many security risks too.

From data breaches to phishing attacks, we’ve all seen in the news how cyber-threats – in all their forms – have affected businesses worldwide. So, it’s never been more crucial for SMEs to have a finger on the technological pulse when it comes to defending themselves against cyber-attackers. And deterring against viruses and other malware infections is a crucial part of this defence strategy.

But the array of protection options can be overwhelming. Paid-for or free – which anti-virus software will work best for my SME? Aside from being a quirky little rhyme, it’s a question that is causing many business owners to come unstuck. So, how should you decide?

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Our MD Andrew recently shared some essential advice with BQ Live on how to safeguard your SME against a data breach. If you missed the article, you can read it in full below…

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