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Reasons why cyber security should be top of the agenda

Reasons why cyber security should be top of the agenda
From one MD to another, Andrew explains why cyber security has to be at the top of the to-do list. Trust us, we see cyber attacks on the regular.

Cyber Security has become a hot topic in recent years. From the high profile data breaches and attacks on household names, to the largely unreported issues of ransomware or website hacks, many business have suffered from a cyber attack. Making sure your business is secure has never been so important, especially as more and more data is in the cloud.

In 2018, the UK Cyber Security Breaches survey had some standout statistics:
• Over four in 10 businesses (43%) experienced a cyber security breach or attack in the last 12 months.
• Three quarters of businesses say that cyber security is a high priority for their organisation’s senior management.
• Under three in 10 businesses (27%) have a formal cyber security policy.
• The average cost of a breach was £12,100 for a medium business (rising to £15,300 for a large business).
Source: UK Cyber Security Breaches Survey 2018

The bottom line is that the cyber security threat is real and it is only growing. Trust us, as an IT provider, businesses contact us as soon as disaster strikes, so we have seen the increase first hand. In the past year we have dealt with:
• Ransomware – files are encrypted and inaccessible.
• Phishing – emails that look genuine that then ask you to enter passwords in order to steal sensitive information.
• Whaling phishing – emails targeted at the managing director/ finance department to authorise payments via BACS.
• Brute force attacks – publicly facing remote servers’ usernames and passwords are attacked.

Due to the rise in cyber security attacks, we decided we needed to provide a new service where our technical specialists were proactively checking customers’ security every single month. So, we have set up a Managed Cyber Security Service where we carry out monthly vulnerability scanning to check for any issues, and we also prepare businesses for the government’s Cyber Essentials security standard https://www.cyberessentials.ncsc.gov.uk.

If you’d like to find out more about this, complete the box below or call Jude on 0114 299 4050.

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