Make Cyber Security Best Practice Your New Year’s Resolution!

It’s a new year and a new chance to improve cyber security in your organisation. Here’s why you should make cyber security best practise your …

It’s a new year and a new chance to improve cyber security in your organisation. Here’s why you should make cyber security best practise your New Year’s resolution in 2017…

What will cyber security look like in 2017?

Following a turbulent 2016, cyber security will be once again put to the test in 2017. Cyber criminals will continue to target businesses attempting to steal data and disrupt services. Experts predict we will see attacks on IoT, large-scale DDoS attacks and a rise in ransomware.

New year and time for an update

It’s essential to take a ‘360-degree’ approach to cyber security throughout your organisation. You need to assess where you might be vulnerable and how this can be improved.

It’s easy to return to work in January and overlook this critical area of investment. We advise making this a New Year’s resolution to ensure your business to ready to face the growing cyber threat in 2017.

Whether you are looking to make one resolution or more than one, we have highlighted 6 to help you on your way. Take a look at our infographic and let us know which you choose!

cyber security NY resolution infographic

Our Team Get In The Festive Spirit By Fundraising For Help4Wales Foundation

The excellence IT office turned into Santa’s grotto for the day to support a fantastic non-profit organisation in Wales We didn’t just deck the halls …

The excellence IT office turned into Santa’s grotto for the day to support a fantastic non-profit organisation in Wales

We didn’t just deck the halls last week, we got into the festive mood by supporting Help4Wales Foundation’s Come as your (s)ELF Day. Find out what we got up to by reading on!

We dressed up to raise money…

The team donated a chosen amount to come into work draped in Christmas novelty. Our staff made an exceptional effort and really dressed the part. We had a mix of Christmas jumpers, Santa hats, fake beards, festive headbands and even tinsel hair accessories!

We posed for the occasion to showcase our fundraising efforts…

Never a team to shy away from the cameras, our commercial team took plenty of photos! We even managed to pull together the majority of the team (including our Engineers) for a full group shot.

Our team got competitive but all in the festive spirit…

Our team put their knowledge of the festive season to the test by taking the 2016 excellence IT Christmas quiz. Our Office Administrator Stuart took home the prize and proved to all that he had really good skills on Google…

We also had a ‘Best Dressed Elf’ competition. Our Finance Administrator, Liam was voted the winner for his Santa hat/Christmas jumper combo.

We indulged in a Christmas feast…

Some of the staff members brought in chocolates, biscuits, and various other snacks to build a festive feast. All to add to this festive occasion.

We all donated and raised money for Help4Wales Foundation…

We raised a grand total of £75.00 for Help4Wales which will go towards Animal Safe Haven, a fantastic service supporting the animals of victims of domestic abuse.

Help4Wales Foundation are a fantastic organisation. If you would like to find out more about them and how to get involved with fundraising for their projects, please visit their website here.

excellence IT festive fundraising for Help4Wales Foundation

 

How Will The GDPR Affect SMBs In The UK?

The impending GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) will impact all businesses. SMBs are advised to consider the regulations and plan ahead ready for 2018 and …

The impending GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) will impact all businesses. SMBs are advised to consider the regulations and plan ahead ready for 2018 and beyond.

How will the GDPR impact your business? The impending regulations will force businesses to pay close attention to data protection. A data breach can result in significant fines (up to €20 million or 4% turnover) alongside additional penalties that can have a serious impact on your business.

 

What does this mean for SMBs?

SMBs need to start preparing for the GDPR. A recent report by Dell has revealed that “Nearly 70 percent of SMB respondents in this region said they are not or don’t know if they are prepared for GDPR.” Lack of awareness and preparation amongst SMBs is concerning experts who are actively pushing organisations to take action.

The GDPR doesn’t roll out until 2018, but the strict regulations will force organisations to prepare early. It’s essential to address data protection across all areas of the business. From an IT perspective, this means safeguarding data and storing it responsibly. The growing cybercrime risk will put your IT security to the test. A breach as a result of poor security could cost your business a hefty sum, not to mention damage the reputation of your brand.

 

How can you prepare?

If you do anything in 2016 to prepare, start by raising your awareness of the General Data Protection Regulations. There are multiple sources outlining the GDPR with details of the enforced regulations and penalties. Official documents will provide the most up to date information to help you learn all about GDPR.

A clear understanding of the regulations will help you consider how this will affect your business and your sector as a whole. If your sector is already highly regulated, then the GDPR could dramatically impact your organisation in order to maintain compliance. Understanding all of this information and how it impacts your SMB will help you plan ahead and set clear priorities.

Remember, when the GDPR official rolls out your data protection process and security measures will continually be put to the test. It’s, therefore, important to consider this in your strategy to protect your business from 2018 onwards.

Manage An Online Business? 3 Reasons Why You Need To Strengthen Cyber Security

Cyber threats are becoming increasingly sophisticated. For online businesses, this makes cyber security a critical priority. If you manage an online business, whether this is …

Cyber threats are becoming increasingly sophisticated. For online businesses, this makes cyber security a critical priority.

If you manage an online business, whether this is an online shop or internet-based service then you operate in a dangerous arena. The evolving threat landscape reveals how cyber criminals are becoming increasingly ambitious to cause chaos and get their hands on sensitive data.

At this festive time of the year, every online shop will be put to the test. The high demand tests not just your efficiency and customer service capabilities but also the strength of your online security.

As we move closer to the end of the year, a proactive cyber security strategy is essential. Experts are predicting a difficult year for security in 2017, therefore planning ahead is crucial to secure your business.

Here are 3 key reasons why your online business needs to strength cyber security:

Maintain customer trust

People are becoming increasingly cautious about where they shop online. Large-scale data breaches often make headlines and this puts doubt in the buyer’s mind. Multiple reports have revealed that customers lose trust in a brand following a cyber security breach. To keep your customers loyal, it’s crucial to prioritise cyber security across your organisation and proactively evolve your approach.

Data protection regulations

All businesses need to prepare and adapt processes in light of the impending general data protection regulations. If your business operates online, it’s highly vulnerable to a damaging attack. When the new data protection regulation come into effect a breach could come with a huge cost implication. Consider how you store, manage and record sensitive data.

Online payment fraud

Hackers are targeting e-commerce sites looking to steal credit card information. With this type of activity on the rise, it’s important to implement measures to protect your customers. Look at setting up verification systems and confirm that your site is PCI compliant. Your website needs particular attention to not only prevent fraud but also manage suspicious activity which could impact your business.

Cyber Security: Small Businesses Need To Take Action

Cyber criminals are targeting small businesses. It’s important to understand the key threats and proactively keep these out of the workplace. We often hear about …

Cyber criminals are targeting small businesses. It’s important to understand the key threats and proactively keep these out of the workplace.

We often hear about large-scale cyber-attacks in large organisations, but cybercriminals are not letting SMBs off the hook. It’s been reported that 1 in 40 small businesses are at risk of becoming a victim of cybercrime. Unfortunately, it’s often the case that small businesses are ill-equipped when it comes to cyber security. This can usually be caused by lack of understanding, awareness and lack of resource.

Take action against cybercrime

As we near the end of 2016, it’s advisable for businesses to reflect on this turbulent year of cyber security breaches. These cyber-attacks clearly demonstrate the growing dangers of the online world, which is something that no business can avoid.
To keep your small business secure, start by improving your awareness. If you understand the threats targeting your business it’s easier to prioritise solutions to build a well-rounded cyber security strategy.

Prepare your business for 2017

Looking ahead to next year, don’t make the mistake of overlooking cyber security. With new regulations such as the impending GDPR, it’s no longer possible to hide from cybercrime and the implications of a cyber breach. Don’t head into 2017 without a cyber security shield around your business.

For advice on this important topic, contact our expert team to discuss your cyber security concerns.