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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.
When it comes to outsourcing cybersecurity, there should be no hesitation. Here are five reasons that explain why.
With the ability for hackers to establish a beachhead in your business with little to no effort, security awareness training of your employees about current security threats, company security policies, and the personal role each plays in keeping your business safe from cyber threats is essential.
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.
Backup and disaster recovery planning is, unfortunately, one of those things that too many companies pay lip service to. It is time-consuming, it needs to be regularly reviewed and updated, it should be tested periodically and it doesn’t appear to add anything to the profitability of the business. This is all true until something goes wrong. At that point having a disaster recovery plan can make the difference between rolling up your shirt sleeves and sorting things out as quickly and efficiently as possible or realising that you may never be able to recover at all. If you have worked in the business world for any length of time it is likely that you can think of at least one example of a company that found itself in difficulties that were compounded by the lack of a recovery plan. It isn’t uncommon to see companies focused on the day-to-day challenges and not paying too much attention to “what ifs”.
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.
In today’s computerised world of business, cybersecurity is more important than ever. Digital networks are almost universal, while fraudsters are increasingly innovative. Around the clock, miscreants and criminals scan unsecured networks (and those with poor defences) to find the latest Achilles’ heels. Unfortunately, chinks in corporate computing armour and the digital defences typically used by SMEs are still too common, if the statistics tell us anything.
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
One of your most important jobs as an IT manager is managing your organisation’s IT budget. As your budgeting and planning here will affect everyone in your organisation, it’s essential that you put in the time and effort to make sure you get it right.
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.
Today, we’re breaking down the pros of having an asset register for your IT resources and how to optimise it so that you’re never left in the dark. We’ll go over what an asset register is and how to set one up or optimise your existing system. This will help you make the most out of this resource that offers greater visibility into your business.
We’ve quickly become very dependent on our smart devices. The average Brit checks their phone 28 times a day; that’s almost twice per hour if they get 8 hours of sleep. So it’s no wonder that personal mobile devices – smartphones, tablets and laptops – have become a very common sight in the modern workplace. Not only that, but with the rise of remote working, people are doing more and more work on their own devices.
When a layperson is asked about cybersecurity, “firewall” is likely to be one of the first phrases that come to their mind. You might well be one of these people. But do you actually understand what a firewall does and how it protects your device and company network?
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.
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
Without encryption, the ways we use the internet today would look very different. Using things like online shopping, banking and other services online would be much more difficult and unsafe. That’s because websites that have access to your personal data, such as bank details and passwords, encrypt it in order to protect you, their customer. This makes encryption one of the best ways to shield your organisation’s sensitive data from malicious cyber attacks.
Do you know how often your employees change their passwords? Do you have guidelines in place around setting strong, separate passwords for each online account? If you do, good for you! However, this alone isn’t enough to secure your online accounts anymore.
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.
The cybersecurity threat landscape has always been one prone to quick changes, meaning that organisations of all sizes have been left to play catch-up. With a host of new, more sophisticated forms of IT security threats gaining momentum and business networks becoming increasingly complex, your traditional antivirus software is no longer sufficient for keeping your business, staff and clients safe.
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.
Video conferencing is becoming increasingly common as more people work from home. While platforms such as Microsoft Teams make it simple to set up and run basic meetings, it’s very useful to know some of the best practices around running video meetings to make sure they’re as easy and productive as possible. With this in mind, today we’ll take a look at some things to keep in mind for virtual meetings whether you’re an organiser or an attendee.
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.
Cloud-based storage and applications are touted as the way of the future, promising organisations greater flexibility and productivity as well as fewer IT-based headaches. But understandably, many business leaders still have their questions about the security of these systems: how safe is their company data when it’s being stored on a separate company’s servers? How effective are these products at filtering out cybersecurity threats? What if our internet cuts out one day? To help answer these questions and more, we’ve put together a guide to the strengths and weaknesses of Office 365, which is one of the most popular of these cloud-based suites available today. Read on to discover where Office 365 excels (pun intended) and where you might want to add an extra layer of protection for your productivity and company data with third-party products like TitanFiltering.
As Office 365 is hugely popular worldwide, it makes for a very attractive target for cybercriminals. This shouldn’t be a reason not to subscribe to this cloud-based suite, but it is a good idea to understand where Microsoft has built a good layer of security around its products and where it might be a good idea to strengthen those defences with third-party tools. Today, we’ll go over IT security threats posed by malicious websites and spam email and how well-equipped Office 365 is to combat them. We’ll also take a look at TitanFiltering, our preferred product for boosting Office 365 security.
Technology has completely transformed the way we do business over the past couple of decades. With quick developments happening in the world of tech all the time, it can be hard to keep on top of the latest updates. In today’s blog post, we’ll go over the many benefits of technology recommended practices around cybersecurity and cloud computing for small businesses, from making sure you stay GDPR compliant to happier, more productive staff and improved communication. This way, you can see the wide-reaching benefits of updating your technology to meet the latest standards and following best practices related to them.
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.