it is important protect your data to avoid a costly or potentially catastrophic breach
Is your business vulnerable?
Cyber security is a major concern among small and medium businesses, not just large corporations. The 2021 Cyber Security Breaches Government Survey found that four in ten businesses (39%) and a quarter of charities (26%) report having cyber security breaches or attacks in the last 12 months. With attacks on the rise and many more home workers since the pandemic, its important protect your data to avoid a costly or potentially catastrophic breach.
UK Businesses at Risk?
Nearly half of all UK businesses suffered a cyber breach or attack in the past 12 months. This increases to two-thirds for medium and large businesses.
Staff Awareness is Vital
The most common types of data breaches relate to staff receiving fraudulent emails, followed by malware, phishing and ransomware.
Data Breaches are Disruptive
6 in 10 of businesses affected by a data breach say it adversely impacted their organisation, such as temporary loss of staff resources, files and network access.
What can you do?
There are a number of ways to protect your business against cyber threats. Although some require an in-depth review of your infrastructure to identify vulnerabilities, many security measures can be simple to adopt, like strengthening internal system access through two-factor authentication or IP restrictions. Below are some tips to get started…
Start by looking into how your team accesses systems and files. You can strengthen your company log-ins easily with two-factor authentication (2FA), RSA keys or SSH key files to remove the inherent weakness of user-generated passwords. This is a relatively simple way to strengthen your security measures and make it much more difficult for cyber criminals to gain unauthorised access.
We offer various options for strengthening log-ins, including two-factor authentication, RSA keys and SSH key files, to all customers as an additional feature.
Gain more control of who can access your systems and files with IP and geolocation restrictions or a VPN, depending on your requirements. The former will restrict access to your IP address or a specific location, such as your head office, while the second option is great if you want to restrict access but still need to be able to log-on remotely.
Many of our clients lock down access. We are happy to discuss your individual requirements to identify the best solution for you, contact our support team to find out more.
Backups are essential and will protect your important files and systems, but only if they are taken regularly and stored safely. Follow our blog’s advice to create reliable backups. There are many reasons you may need to rely on a backup to recover your files and be able to continue operating, such as natural disasters, equipment failures and cyber attacks.
All our client backups are encrypted and stored in geographically diverse locations for optimum security. Cloud backup solutions start from as little as £0.04 a month per GB with a backup license at £15 a month.
Storing your servers on-site can place you at risk of theft, natural disasters, equipment failure and unauthorised access. In the event of a power cut, all your systems would go down and may take hours to be restored. It may be beneficial to consider your hosting options and review whether it would strengthen your position to store these in a secure, off-site location or switch to a VPS solution.
Colocate your server with us in an ultra secure data centre to ensure optimum security within ISO 27001 and PCI-DSS compliant environments. We monitor our infrastructure on a 24/7/365 basis.