Recent research has shown that every 45 seconds, a business in the UK suffers a cyberattack. This means that if you are not protected against attack and don’t have an understanding of the latest vulnerabilities your company, your data and your customers are at risk. Unless, that is, you become Cyber Essentials certified.
The surface web – the part of the internet we are all familiar with – sees billions of searches every year, which sounds like a lot. However, this ‘clear web’ only represents around 4% of the World Wide Web. A much larger part of the web lurks underneath the surface and is known as the dark web. It is not indexed by search engines such as Google, but it is equally important for IT professionals to monitor. The anonymous and encrypted nature of the dark web, makes it the perfect place for cybercriminals to carry out their misdemeanours, which is why dark web monitoring services are so important as you never know when it could be your business data up for grabs.
As a business owner you will often face the dilemma of whether to outsource the services you need, or employ people to cover the key skills needed in-house. Sometimes, it makes sense to have your own internal departments and teams, but when it comes to requirements such as IT, it can often be beneficial to outsource, particularly if you don’t have the space or budget to hire people in-house. Though we could go on forever, there are 5 key reasons why we think your business could benefit from outsourcing IT support:
Spring officially arrives in the UK on 20th March and with it comes the concept of spring cleaning and getting everything tidied up, freshened up and ready for the rest of the year ahead. Spring cleaning isn’t just about dusting your office and shredding the paperwork you no longer need, it can also be a great opportunity to audit your IT systems and processes, getting rid of anything that is not working for you and implementing procedures to protect your data and enable you to work more efficiently.
We used to talk about cloud computing being the future, but now it is very much the present, and something which once you make the switch to, you simply can’t do without. Offering businesses a flexible and scalable solution to storage and day to day communications, one of the most popular services is Office 365. This suite of products enables you to access company data on the move and is ideal for today’s remote workforce.
Let’s set the scene. It’s 2021, and much like 2020, the majority of the UK’s office-based workforce is working remotely. This dispersal of people and endpoints makes keeping track of and protecting logins to your IT hardware and cloud-based systems almost impossible without the help of a firewall.
Patch management describes the process of applying updates and fixes, known as ‘patches’, to software to fix any bugs and protect against newly found vulnerabilities. Any software can be exploited by cyber attackers as if they discover the vulnerabilities before all users have had a chance to apply the latest patches, they can exploit this to their advantage.
Last year we spoke a lot about how to protect your business IT systems, as growth in home working due to the Covid-19 pandemic had caused an increase in cyber attacks. Now, as 2021 starts to take shape, it is clear that the pandemic is going nowhere, and thus the risks to your business data are higher than ever. Whether you are in the workplace, working from home, or have teams split between the two, the chances are that you are logging into systems and online accounts in the course of your day to day operations. Without the proper protection in place, you could be compromising sensitive details about your business, your workload and your customers.
To help you navigate your way through the working year, we have prepared these 5 top tips to protect your business data online:
2020 has certainly been a tumultuous year for businesses. With the Covid-19 pandemic forcing many companies to adapt the way they work and home working becoming normal in many industries, it has certainly been a year that has changed the way we need and use IT. Going forward in 2021, and what we hope will be a much more stable year, there will be an increased demand for remote access solutions for businesses that continue to accommodate homeworking, as well as an increased focus on cyber security to protect against the additional threats the pandemic has exposed. With that in mind, if you can only choose 5 of our business IT services for the new year, here are the five we think you should pick.
With many businesses closing over the festive period and staff taking time off, it’s easy for IT systems to get forgotten about. The last thing anyone needs though, is a problem come January, when it’s back to business. This year there will be the added issue of people working from home, so it is not only workplaces, but also IT equipment and connectivity within employees’ homes that you will need to protect in order to avoid an IT disaster over Christmas.
At Matrix IT we want your business to start the New Year on a high, so we’ve put together our top tips to help you prevent IT disasters during the festive break.