What’s the worst that could happen?
This article was posted on Monday, March 11th, 2019 in the category data protection, Disaster recovery, and was written by Morton Bell
What’s the worst thing that you can imagine happening to your business’s premises? Burglary? A flood? A fire? A cyber attack?
Whilst statistically, the chances are low that something severe will happen, we cannot ever be certain. Natural disasters happen, accidents happen and unfortunately, crime – both on and offline – most definitely happens. If any of the above did happen to your business, the speed at which you can get back up and running will depend entirely on how well prepared you are in the first place.
The process of getting ‘back to business’ is called disaster recovery and in the IT industries this refers to your telephony, email, servers and all IT equipment such as computers and printers. In preparing for a disaster event, you can set a Recovery Time Objective (RTO) which sets out exactly how long you can afford to be offline, and helps you, with your IT support company, to put measures in place that will enable you to achieve this RTO should a disaster event happen.
Downtime costs money. It affects your productivity, your reputation and could land you in hot water with the Information Commissioner’s Office if you are found to have not taken sufficient steps to protect and retrieve sensitive data. Why take the risk? Getting a disaster recovery plan in place is straightforward and will give you peace of mind that in the event of a disaster, you are well equipped to recover.
Get in touch with us if you’d like to speak about your disaster recovery plan.
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.
Storing your data in the cloud: is it safe?
This article was posted on Monday, November 12th, 2018 in the category Cloud, data Backup, data protection, and was written by Morton Bell
Storing your data in the cloud: is it safe?
It used to be very difficult to do work anywhere other than your office, you had to think ahead and email yourself documents or save them on a USB stick.
Now of course, we have the cloud and all the flexibility and opportunities that it offers. But, does it bring a whole new set of things to worry about? With your important and confidential business data floating around cyber space, should you be worrying about cyber criminals accessing it?
With different hacking scandals all over the news, it’s understandable to be a bit anxious about moving your data to the cloud. You might have already taken the plunge and now the headlines are making you wonder if it’s still the right thing.
Whether your data is still on your own server, or in the cloud, you don’t have to worry. Cloud computing is safe and secure when it’s managed properly. You can also set up a system that gives you the flexibility of the cloud, with the comfort of your own server.
Backup4Business is one of the UK’s most respected data backup providers. We were one of the first three companies to offer online backup in the UK and we’ve continued to innovate. We truly understand cloud computing and the risks and opportunities it offers.
Disasters can happen. Whether it’s an online attack or a physical event that affects your server – such as a flood – if you have the right backup systems in place, it is possible to recover quickly.
We provide data backup that is designed to help clients recover quickly and securely in the case of a disaster event. Speak to us today about your business back up needs: 0114 223 8999.
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