What’s your biggest threat when it comes to cybercrime?
This article was posted on Monday, December 10th, 2018 in the category cyber security, and was written by Morton Bell
What’s your biggest threat when it comes to cyber crime?
It’s a common misconception that the biggest cybercrime threats facing businesses and individuals are young hoody wearing hackers, sitting in their bedrooms creating dangerous software in the early hours. Or, more sophisticated figures, James Bond-esque characters sitting in a room full of computers, deep inside a secret facility protected by armed guards.
The truth is, they aren’t. Your biggest threat, sadly, is more likely to be a trusted member of staff who isn’t trying to hack into your systems, but just doesn’t understand anything about cyber crime.
Try as they might, most of the time hackers can only break into your computer network if someone lets them. And 75% of the time, this happens completely accidentally. One wrong click on a link or attachment, and a hacker is inside your system.
If you and your staff don’t know how to recognise common scams like phishing emails, it’s only a matter of time before one of you gets caught out.
We help our clients ensure their technology is protected and their important data and systems are backed up and able to recover quickly following a disaster. Staff training and awareness is part of this.
Speak to us today about protecting your business.
There’s a new IT security risk facing Sheffield’s business.
This article was posted on Monday, September 17th, 2018 in the category cyber security, and was written by Morton Bell
There’s a new IT security risk facing Sheffield’s business.
As more and more of us are signing up for new apps and storing data in the cloud.
Our data security expert, Phill McManus, has been reviewing recent research, which shows up to 55% of files stored in the cloud can contain malware.
This is malicious software, which only needs to be downloaded to one computer – and can then spread easily through a whole network.
In this age there’s an online application to do almost anything you want. This is what the cloud is all about. But, are we paying enough attention to the security risks?
It only takes one infected file on one computer to put your whole business at risk. Because the cloud allows you to access all data from any device, this creates a whole new security challenge.
What’s more, Malicious software can spread very quickly and delete your data. Or worse, lock you out of your systems until you pay the hackers to get back in. This is a massive disruption to any business.
Recently, cloud security firm Bitglass scanned millions of cloud files. It discovered that one in three firms had malware in a cloud application they were using. Whilst most people seem to assume that the big cloud companies detect and delete malware, this isn’t always the case. The role of IT companies in preventing malware is getting harder, because many businesses now use multiple applications across numerous devices.
There are still plenty of things that can be done to protect your business and a security audit of your IT systems is usually a good place to start, to identify all potential risks.
Our Audit – Fix – Protect approach enables us to identify vulnerable areas of your business and implement systems that will shield you against cyber threats today, and as they continue to develop and become more sophisticated in the future.
To arrange an audit and protect your business against IT security risks, get in touch with us.
Ubers massive data breach.
This article was posted on Thursday, November 23rd, 2017 in the category cyber security, data Backup, data protection, and was written by Morton Bell
Ubers massive Data breach and what it means for your business.
Does anyone rob banks any more?
It just seems such an old fashioned way for criminals to make money. When you consider that last year Uber gave some hackers $100,000 not to use the data they’d just stolen from the giant taxi company.
Uber’s recent admission that it had personal details of 57 million customers and drivers stolen is major news. Yet there will be other hacks reported in the months ahead.
Earlier in the year the NHS was held hostage by hackers, causing more than 6,900 appointments – including some operations – to be cancelled.
Data theft has become big business. Either stealing it. Or locking it and charging a fee for its release.
It would be easy to sit back and think your business is too small to be targeted. But sorry, you can no longer be that complacent.
As a busy IT support business, we’re right at the coalface of helping local businesses to protect themselves from attacks. And there’s a horrifying amount of activity from people trying to get into computers they really shouldn’t.
This is a big deal. It’s not just about data. It’s about trust.
Because when data is stolen from a company you deal with, it breaches your trust in that business. Trust is won slowly, and lost quickly.
And from May next year, it’ll also be about the law. The General Data Protection Regulation – GDPR – comes into effect.
The main aim is to give individuals a greater level of control over their personal data. Which means that all companies who hold any customer information will be subject to strict rules.
And penalties for this kind of data breach will become more severe…
While we don’t yet know exactly what happened with the Uber hack, typically hackers get into a system through one of a number of ways:
- Phishing: Your staff accidentally allow hackers in, perhaps by clicking a dodgy link in an email
- Neglect: Operating systems and software quickly get out-of-date, or haven’t had the latest security patches updated
- Stupidity: Accidental loss of data by a member of staff. Like leaving a USB stick or laptop on a train
I would hate to see your business suffer the reputational and profit damage that Uber is about to suffer.
So, a question: Can we perform an extensive security, risk management and GDPR readiness audit on your system please, just to be absolutely sure there are no easy opportunities waiting for a hacker?
Of course there will be a charge for this audit. But we’d rather know exactly what potential problems are lurking, so we can fix them.
Call our team now on 0114 223 8999