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CyberSecurity

With daily reports of new incidents of cyber crime, (hacking, ransomware, credit card fraud etc), it is more important than ever to ensure that you have a robust and up to date security solution to cover internet browsing, online banking, email and e-commerce.

The Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) has carried out an extensive survey and
has discovered that smaller firms are collectively attacked seven million times a year, costing the UK economy an estimated £5.26bn.  Read the survey here: http://www.fsb.org.uk/media-centre/press-releases/small-businesses-bearing-the-brunt-of-cyber-crime.

Coupled with an alarming rise in ransomware (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-36459022), we advise immediate action to ensure your finances and data are as secure as possible with daily off-sited backups should the worst occur.  Ransomware is malicious software that scrambles the data on a victim’s PC and then asks for payment before restoring the data to its original state. The costs of unlocking data can range from hundreds to thousands of pounds.

At the very least, we would advise the following:

  1. Ensure you have a good quality anti-virus and security software package on all PCs, laptops, tablets and smartphones.
  2. Ensure that your chosen software is up to date at all times.
  3. Run regular security scans with your chosen software.
  4. Implement an online data backup regime that will securely (encrypted) and automatically store a backup of your data away from your premises.
  5. Regularly test your backup to ensure that your data is backing up correctly.

It all sounds like a lot of work, but if you need any help or advise whatsoever, we are only a phone call away.  We’re always happy to offer advice on the right tools and the correct implementation.

Stay safe!

 

Monday, June 13th, 2016 by Rod Glenn About Us

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