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.
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 catapulted even the most technology-resistant businesses into the digital age. The Covid-19 pandemic, and subsequent lockdowns, forced most office-based businesses into a new home-working era. With this has come an increase in cyber security threats, and in particular, phishing emails.
With every new development, whether positive – such as an advance in technology, or negative – as in the case of Covid-19, comes increased opportunities for cyber criminals to expose the cracks in our defences.
In the last few months, as a result of the pandemic, a record number of businesses have switched to remote working, using cloud technology such as Office 365 to ensure that they can operate fully with the majority, if not all key staff working from home rather than in the office. However, despite the many benefits of the shift to remote working, it has also exposed businesses to further security threats, for example, consent phishing attacks.
Cyber security is a phrase we often hear in relation to businesses that operate online and the people who buy their products and services. It explains how organisations and individuals reduce the risk of cyber attack, and with cyber crime on the rise, it’s a really important element of the digital age that we simply cannot ignore. So ask yourself, do you have the right cyber security services in place to protect your data? If the answer is no, or you are not sure, please read on to find out what threats you might be vulnerable to and how Matrix IT can help.