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With one in three companies having suffered a data breach due to mobile devices, when it comes to ensuring the security of your IT systems, it’s important for SMEs to have the right policies in place!

So, whether your company provides phones, tablets, USB memory sticks and laptops, or you employ more of a Bring-Your-Own-Device (BYOD) approach, some clear guidelines are vital. This not only ensures staff members are clear on what data and services they can access on their personally-owned equipment, but it also helps to keep security tight and data breaches at bay.

So, what exactly should be included in a mobile device policy? Our tech-sperts share some advice below…

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It’s no secret that emails have become a bit of a culture – or necessary evil – for the modern-day business. And with data revealing that there are around 124 billion business emails sent and received each day, it’s vital your IT infrastructure is supporting this wave of digital correspondence.

From IT solutions which enhance email operations, to general employee best practice on how to deal with that never-ending inbox, there are many ways to improve the way your SME manages its e-communications.

Here we cover both the technical and organisational side of things, to help keep your company’s email strategy as streamlined and stress-free as possible…

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With five years and four months being the estimated average time that a person spends on social media in their lifetime, it’s no surprise business owners are seeing an increasing number of employees flicking onto their own profiles – when they really should be concentrating on work.

What many companies don’t realise though, is the detrimental effect social media in work time can have on staff productivity and – often overlooked – IT operations.

In fact, one in eight organisations has suffered security breaches because of a social-media-related cyber-attack!

But, it’s not really about stopping employees using social media altogether – no matter what, it will always be a core breaktime activity. It’s more about preventing them from using it in an uninformed and unsafe way.

Yes, the key to reducing the minutes staff spend checking their friends’ feeds and updating their statuses could help improve your IT security. But how? Ultimately, it’s down to two core factors… cyber-security education and awareness!

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One of the most common inlets for cyber-attackers is via email. In a recent study, it was revealed that the number of phishing attacks rose by 250% in the period between January to December 2018.

And, with another revealing these fraudulent emails prove the biggest headache for SME owners, it’s vital that businesses know how to spot them, to avoid any data interception, company downtime or potential GDPR fines.

From opening attachments and giving out personal details, to clicking on seemingly non-dodgy links, more companies than ever are being stung by easy-to-avoid cyber-attacks.

However, while clever online criminals are masters of deception and camouflage when it comes to making emails look legitimate, the devil really is in the detail – if you know what you’re looking for!

If you’ve received an email to your company inbox and you’re questioning its genuineness, here are seven tips to follow, to help you identify whether or not that the email in question is in fact a phishing scam…

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When it comes to IT operations, often all is well if things run smoothly and as expected – yet, if there’s one tiny glitch, many organisations simply ground to a halt. And, this is not only detrimental for staff productivity, but also for business performance as a whole.

So, why is it important for SME owners to put their planning hats on when it comes to in-house tech? And, how can you plan for the worst when it comes to your cyber-operations? From security to back-ups, we take a look at this in a little more detail…

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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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So, it may be a new year, but unfortunately that doesn’t mean that all 2018’s cyber-problems have disappeared in a puff of smoke. In fact, there’s lots of noise in the media regarding how 2019 is set to be an even bigger year for the ever-evolving technology landscape – with an increasing focus on cyber-security, ransomware and remote working.

With this in mind, what are the real IT issues and security trends that SME owners across the country should be keeping their eyes peeled for?

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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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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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