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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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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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Monday 26 November is the 332nd day of the year, meaning there are just four weeks to go until Christmas. But, even more newsworthy than that, is that it’s also Cyber Monday 2018.

The floodgates will now officially be open for 24 hours of bargain hunting at all major retailers, but if you’re looking to capitalise on these flash sales too – as a buyer or a retailer – it’s important to keep an eye out for the digital criminals lurking in the shadows. Here’s why they love Cyber Monday just as much as the rest of us…

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As you approach the peak of your SME’s mountain, it’s important that your IT support is reaching the highest heights too.

By now, you should really be reaping the rewards of that hard climb, and that’s why now is a great time to take a step back and let the experts take care of their respective fields – especially when it comes to the dreaded realm of IT.


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Bitcoin and blockchain tech have been dominating headlines recently, but to many business owners not in the know, they remain something of a mystery. Yet with a growing belief that blockchain is – in fact – changing the world at a significant pace, it’s probably a good idea to at least try and get your head around what it is.

So, what exactly do you need to know?

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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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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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Smart speakers have become very popular, with millions already having been sold in the UK. Google Home, Amazon Echo Dot and other voice-controlled technology now take pride of place in many family homes – and even offices – with the novelty and convenience of their versatile functions making them highly desirable devices.

They can be everything from the DJ in the corner – fulfilling your every musical request – to your personal shopper, weather forecaster and virtual PA. Some voice-activated speakers also have cameras that can be operated remotely, acting as a basic home surveillance device – or even a way to check in on pets while you’re at work!

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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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