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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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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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Cyber-crime is an issue that undoubtedly spans the globe and with an ever-accelerating rate of technological evolution, it’s no wonder that incidents are becoming more commonplace – not to mention increasingly sophisticated! But is it really an issue that all organisations need to be concerned about?

The no-frills answer to that question is yes. Cyber-criminals don’t discriminate between business types or industries – and they certainly don’t let size put them off either. Whether a multinational corporation or a regional start-up, cyber-attackers show no mercy.

It’s in this respect that SMEs shouldn’t be lulled into a false sense of security and think that cyber-criminals won’t target their business – threats are around every corner of the digital minefield, and attackers are sure to strike if a firm’s guard is down.

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Silos are for farms, not SMEs – unless, of course, your SME is an agricultural company that needs to store grain or compress green crops for sileage.

In that case, of course, silos would be very useful. Otherwise, avoid them at all costs.

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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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If there’s one lesson to be learned from the recent £400,000 fine served to Carphone Warehouse following its 2015 data breach, it’s that there are no shortcuts when it comes to data protection. And with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) now just a matter of weeks away, a breach under the new legislation could have even more disastrous consequences.

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