Cybersecurity is a growing concern for many businesses. Technology is essential, but the risks posed by invisible cyber-threats are a major worry. In this article, we explain what you need to know to protect your business.

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There has been a spate of headlines about cybersecurity: hacked confidential information, or businesses falling victim to cyber-fraud.

High profile attacks frequently hit the news. You may think you’re immune from such things. But, if your business is connected to the Internet then you’re at risk.

The cybersecurity landscape – types of threat

The forms of cyber-attack change constantly: technology moves on and the potential grows with complexity.

The attack that hits the news most is theft of sensitive information – banking details, or personal information.

You may recall the attacks on TalkTalk, Ashley Madison and VTech – just some of the notable cases reported last year.

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At the lower end of the scale it may just be your Web browsing habits . In extreme cases it can in the form of targeted industrial espionage.

The most frequent attacks cause disruption – denial of service, malware, viruses, phishing and spam.

The cost to you

The damage caused by cyber-attacks can be severe and far-reaching. The implications may include:

  • Hard Cash

    Fraudulent emails dupe finance teams into making payments – they look authentic. Or you may be asked for money after a ransomware attack to have your files decrypted.

  • Information

    Attacks can be destructive and lead to loss of essential company data. You could lose your business as a consequence.

  • Lost time

    The attack will impair your operation through lower productivity. If you get away with just a slow-down you’re lucky – cleaning-up a virus can take hours to avoid re-infection.

  • Reputation

    Passing an attack to business partners is never good. At best it shows you’re unprepared, but if you’re behind quantifiable losses the harm is irreversible.

What you can do to protect your business

  • Prevention is better than cure

    The best policy is to prevent attack.

    Good practice costs nothing – being security conscious – using strong password policies and applying access rights – plus raised awareness and using common sense.

    There are numerous security tools, such as antivirus software, firewalling, and universal threat management (UTM). These are usually low cost and constantly updated by security gurus.

    In effect they’re an insurance policy, mitigating the danger of a critical business loss with a low, predictable outlay.

  • Make a plan

    You should plan the steps your organisation will take in response to attacks.

    You must take immediate action to stop the attack spreading – for example, disconnecting your business from the Internet or isolating offending computers.

    An equally important consideration is continuity – what you must do to keep your operation running sufficiently, and make good any losses.

  • Recovery – when all else fails

    There’s always a chance that an attack may slip through.

    Recovering critical systems and information as quickly as possible is traditionally done with backup. There are options, depending on budget, covering all permutations of recovery times, geography, and data changes. A rigorous plan for backup recovery and continuity is essential.

    Some organisations retain logs of warnings, and make predictions based on experience.

    Finally, good virus clean-up tools will allow you to take fast remedial action.

Industry-leading solutions from Air-IT

Air-IT offer a range of backup, business continuity and security solutions for all types and sizes of business helping you to be safe, secure and assured that you can recover your data in the event of any unforeseen security breach or disaster.

We partner with industry-leading experts such as Sophos, Datto, Dell SonicWall, Cisco and StorageCraft, and all our technicians are fully trained and accredited.

So, if you need help with your organisations IT Security, backup and business continuity planning please contact us today on 0115 880 0044 to speak with an expert member of our team.

Need help or more information?

If you’re having trouble with your IT and Communications, need IT Support, want a little extra help internally or with a project, then please do get in touch. We’d be more than happy to discuss your needs and advise you further. Alternatively, discover Cyber Essentials accreditation and our cyber protection solutions.

For more information about our partnerships and accreditations, please see the About Us section of our website.