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Now, the topic of cyber-security – and the importance of it – is nothing new to the business scene. But despite SMEs knowing that effective defence mechanisms are crucial to help protect against cyber-attacks and hacking attempts, many still don’t have the optimum level of protection for their business.

And, with two thirds of SMEs – or 67% – being more concerned about cyber-threats now than they were 12 months ago, it goes without saying that it’s worth investing the time and effort into safeguarding your systems from a dreaded hacking or data breach situation.

While anti-virus software plays a key role in preventing pesky attacks from happening, unfortunately this alone will not conserve your SME’s cyber-safety – there’s a lot more to it than that…

So, if you do one thing this month, ensure your cyber-security is as strong as it can possibly be. We’ve put a few steps together to help you along the way!

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As a business owner, keeping your employees safe online sounds like it should be easy, but with the increasingly sophisticated hacking tactics of cyber-criminals, this sadly isn’t the truth – in most cases at least.

Despite the majority of threats originating from outside an organisation, all too often actual cyber-security incidents emerge due to the actions of someone much closer to the office – an employee.

There’s no hiding from the fact that 2018 was replete with cyber-attacks and data theft – with at least one breach appearing in the news each month, and it’s important to be aware that sadly, this trend is likely to continue in a similar vein throughout 2019.

In fact, it was only last week that one of the biggest data breaches in history was recorded – with 772 million email addresses and 22 million passwords having been leaked at once. So, how can SMEs ensure their staff – and systems – remain safe? Well, if you’re unsure, the following tips are a useful place to start…

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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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Tackling cyber-crime and deterring malicious attacks is inevitably an ongoing battle, and there are a whole host of ways you can protect your SME from the ever-evolving threats out there.

Having strong passwords, encryption and anti-malware software in place are just some of the simple steps you can take to safeguard your systems – not to mention backing up your files to ensure your data won’t be lost if you do suffer a breach.

But the real secret to effective cyber-security? Your people!

Check out our short animation to find out why… 

 

Are you stuck with how to safeguard your SME’s systems? We’re experts in cyber-security and can work with your IT team or act as an outsourced one to ensure you’re well-protected. Get in touch to find out more!

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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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All businesses have policies on matters from maternity leave to grievance procedures, which are shown to new staff members on arrival. Once a recruit has been briefed on the really important things – such as where the teabags are kept and how it’s decided what station the office radio is tuned to – there will also be a bundle of paperwork to read and sign.

When it comes to IT, social media policies are probably the most prevalent – these advise employees on proper usage and whether or not it’s okay to post in working hours. But someone potentially being rude about you online, or scrolling through Twitter on your time, is only a small part of the risk when it comes to staff and tech.

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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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You’ve bought your factor 30 and some new sun shades… but have you thought about the security of your devices when you leave the UK?

Whether you’re travelling on business or for fun, the chances are you’ll be taking a whole load of data along for the ride via your phone, tablet or laptop. And, of course, it’s not just that bottle of shampoo in your washbag that could leak.

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When the GDPR comes into effect on 25 May, anyone dealing with personal data within an organisation will have to adhere to certain rules to ensure the information is adequately safeguarded. We recently shared some expert guidance with the Manchester Business Post on the different levels of responsibility that exist when it comes to data processing – if you missed the online article or magazine, you can read our advice in full below…

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Monday, 08 January 2018 08:00

What are the dangers of ‘ghost’ users?

Are you afraid of ghosts? Maybe you should be – and here’s why…

We’re not talking about the kind that groan and clank and go bump in the night – rather the ones that can haunt the forgotten corners of your business systems, sometimes with catastrophic results.

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