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More than ever, internet security is a top priority for many businesses - big and small. Every business needs protection, and as people are working from home, your business should be protected online as well. If you're using VoIP phones in your business, it's important to ensure that your internet security for VoIP is set up correctly. More than ever, internet security is a top priority for many businesses. Every business needs protection, especially online as well. If you're using VoIP phones, it's important to ensure internet security for VoIP.
Public networks expose your business to security threats. Switching to a VPN can greatly help in reducing those threats.
Mitigating risks would be nearly impossible if you don't have any type of IT compliance policies for handling data or protecting it from external threats that might seek out personal information about customers who use online services, such as e-commerce websites. Even brick and mortar organisations use software to perform activities like accounting, reporting, back-office management, and so on.
To simplify things, cybersecurity companies essentially live by three steps: prevention, detection and reaction. A lot of individual cybersecurity tactics include one or two of these steps, but not the full coverage.
You've probably heard the classic business email compromise (BEC) scam about Nigerian princes who want to deposit money in people's bank accounts - but first...
You need more than the latest antivirus software to ensure your company’s network is secure. A cybersecurity audit helps you create a complete picture of your security strategy.
You may or may not be aware of the criminal underbelly of the internet known as the dark web and its potential security risks to your organization. One of the fastest paths to a hacker’s payday is leveraging user login credentials to enter a network or application and then methodically navigate toward theft of private data.
In our modern-day and age, cyberattacks can seem like a thing of the past. After all, we know so much more about the internet and security than we did ten years ago, right? It’s actually more nuanced than that. Though we do have more advanced technology than we once did, we also have to be on the lookout for new security risks. As new technology is being developed, so are techniques to find vulnerabilities with it. Because of this, keeping your organisation safe is about more than just using secure technology. Keeping yourself genuinely safe is a matter of keeping up-to-date with the industry.
With data breaches increasing annually, businesses need to be more vigilant in implementing security measures. Large companies also experience mega data breaches that affect their business, but the hacks rarely lead to closure. However, breaches in small businesses may not be large-scale, but the affected companies have a slim chance of recovery.
Contained within the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is an obligation to notify the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) of a data breach which meets certain criteria: The GDPR introduces a duty on all organisations to report certain types of personal data breach to the relevant supervisory authority. You must do this within 72 hours of becoming aware of the breach, where feasible. If the breach is likely to result in a high risk of adversely affecting individuals’ rights and freedoms, you must also inform those individuals without undue delay. You should ensure you have robust breach detection, investigation and internal reporting procedures in place. This will facilitate decision-making about whether or not you need to notify the relevant supervisory authority and the affected individuals. You must also keep a record of any personal data breaches, regardless of whether you are required to notify.
Did you know, research across the British business sector revealed that 70% of IT security breaches are caused by human error. To combat this IT security risk and safe guard your business, you need to establish an effective human firewall of informed employees. One of the key methods cybercriminals are using is ransomware, most famously the Crypto-locker malware and its numerous variants, which encrypts the files on a user’s computer and demands the user pay a ransom, usually in Bitcoins, to receive the key to decrypt the files. Here are the top 2 ways to safeguard your company against Ransomware:
Most of us would be inclined to think of cyber criminals as a lot of lawless occupants of the deep, a gang of individuals that trade exploit kits and stolen data and operate in a chaotic and disorderly manner. But the reality is, cybercrime is now a multibillion ‘business’ and one that is seeking to be as innovative and disruptive as your next tech company. The only difference is that cybercriminals act in a destructive manner and quite frankly, most businesses blindly deny how effective and ingenious they can be – the perfect storm conditions for any business to get caught off guard and become the victim of cybercrime.
Your employees are the backbone of your business. The life and soul of the organisation, the people creating and pushing your product or service. So, surely, they can’t be putting your business at risk? Well, that’s where you’re wrong. It’s 2018, and not to make you skeptical, but there’s a lot of malware out there ready to cause you and your business all sorts of security issues.
IT security covers the integrity of computerised business systems, as well as the protection of privacy, sensitive information, and commercial secrets. Few would doubt the need to assess security, nor the problems that can arise from overlooking it.
Any business is only as secure as its weakest link. These days, hackers and other cyber criminals will use a variety of methods to try and get access to a company’s servers, targeting the weaker points of a security system. These weaker points are commonly associated with your employees who are often the easiest way around your network’s defences
The digital security threat landscape is constantly evolving. Leaks, hacks and other breaches are happening more and more due to human error or software vulnerabilities and getting harder to predict or fix. This rise in cybersecurity threats also means that sophisticated endpoint security is becoming increasingly important. Today, we’re breaking down what exactly endpoint protection entails and how our preferred endpoint protection software can help.
Most people have heard of the dark web but many are unsure of what exactly it entails and why it’s so dangerous for businesses. Today, we take a look at this murky part of the internet and go through some simple steps you should take to protect your business from criminals on the dark web.
After January 14th, 2020, Microsoft will no longer offer support for Windows 7. This means that there’ll be no more patches or updates for this operating system, and they’ll no longer offer free customer support for it. If you’re part of one of the 43% of organisations that still uses Windows 7, you need to understand what this news means for your business so you can make the right choice for what to do prior to January 2020.
If you’re interested in gauging how good your organisation’s IT security really is, you should consider applying for a Cyber Essentials certification. Read on to discover how this scheme can help you identify IT security threats and what you need to pass.
Spam is not only annoying – it can be seriously dangerous for your business. While cybersecurity awareness training can do wonders to minimise risks posed by spam, it’s only one side of the coin: you also need intelligent protection in the form of a strong spam filter.
We all know what spam is. No, not the tinned meat kind, but the annoying email messages that look so dodgy you might wonder how anyone could fall for these scams. However, the reality is that many people do fall victim to cybercrime originating from spam and phishing emails. Sometimes, differentiating between scam messages and legitimate emails can be harder than you’d think, meaning that no one is immune to this form of cybercrime
Do you know how computer viruses spread? How about what tools hackers use to gain access to your computer so that they can record everything you do on it? Viruses and spyware are terribly scary prospects to most internet users. However, most people don’t have a very comprehensive understanding of how they can protect themselves or their business from these weapons of cybercrime.
Antivirus presents a vital wall of defence against cybercrime and your business. Without it, your devices could be infected with malware within minutes. That being said, as we touched on in last week’s blog post, a host of new, exceedingly complex and intelligent threats is challenging established cybersecurity solutions like nothing before.
In our blog posts this month we’ve talked at length about all the different threats your business networks are facing today. It’s becoming increasingly clear that traditional antivirus solutions are struggling to offer full protection against these new threats. If your business security still relies largely on an antivirus solution, it’s time to consider your options. You could either add another level of security to your business or even fully replace your antivirus with something else.
The terms “deep web” and “dark web” are ones often thrown around in the media pretty much interchangeably, but there are some very important distinctions to be made between the two. In today’s blog post well do just that, providing comprehensive definitions for both so that you can better understand what cybersecurity risks your organisation faces from those willing to exploit the anonymity certain parts of the internet offer.
Innovations and improvements in technology bring many changes in how organisations and companies handle their businesses. As the changes are inevitable, every person needs to embrace the change. This leads to the world taking this paradigm in every industry by the incorporation of the new technology. Despite the upsides associated with these technologies, there are several challenges that organisations suffer from. Cyber attacks are one of the fast-growing cybercrime that occurs every year. According to studies, there is a significant increase in such crimes due to the novel technology shift. These crimes have impacted the companies affected, causing data loss and huge losses that befall them. To reduce cases, it is paramount to conduct a security audit to aid in the identification of the loopholes that are in the system. Frequently, the phrase “what question should be asked when conducting a security audit” appears during a security consultation by different companies. This article will highlight all the details you need to know about a security audit before implementation.
It used to be the case that the most prevalent misconception people had about cloud-based apps was that they were inherently unsafe. This was due to a misunderstanding about how data is stored and protected in the cloud. This is no longer the case, with more and more organisations now relying on cloud-based productivity suites like Office 365 for a big part of their daily work. That being said, there are still many misconceptions people have about the level of cybersecurity Office 365 apps offer by default, which is why today, we’ll take a closer look at what Microsoft can and can’t do to protect your organisation’s data.
We know that most people will find Information technology (IT) security and all of its various aspects confusing. IT is an overly broad term used to describe the concepts and strategies that organisations use to protect digital information from unauthorised access to files and databases, tampering of data, disclosure of confidential information, disruption of services or destruction/deletion of files. IT security protects all of the above areas and their data in storage as well as during transmission across networks.