Is your business vulnerable?

Cyber security is increasingly becoming a major concern among small and medium businesses, not just large corporations. A new Government study found almost half of UK firms were hit by a data breach or cyber attack in 2016 alone, with the average cost being between £75K – £311K for small businesses. It could potentially put you out of business.

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…

Strengthen log-ins

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.

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Restrict access

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.

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Encrypt backups

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.

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Secure data

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.

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Train staff

Your security measures are only as good as your staff. In many cases, the point of failure lies internally and may have been prevented if staff had available the right resources, procedures and training. Ensure your team are aware of the risks, remain vigilant at all times and help them identify fraud using tools like anti-spam filters.

Test your staff’s awareness with our innovative SpamDefender phishing tool to simulate an attack and help you assess your internal strengths and weaknesses.

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Protect website communications

Make sure any information that’s entered into your website is safe from interception, modification and eavesdropping by installing an SSL certificate. This will protect your online forms and encrypt your data, in turn protecting both you and your customers. Various certificates are available, depending on the size and nature of your site.

We offer various types of certificates to suit your requirements, and are one of the few providers who offer basic SSL for free to all hosting customers.

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Ensure business continuity

Could your business continue operating if disaster struck? Hosted desktop and VOIP telephony will allow you to work from anywhere at any time, despite equipment being stolen or compromised, while a comprehensive disaster recovery plan will help you prepare for anything and get you back on your feet whatever happens.

We can get you back up and running when you need it the most, including replication into a hot standby server scenario to resume normal operations at a short notice.

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We are proud to be 100% UK based, including our support team, and maintain high levels of data security.

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  • Direct telephone and email access to our UK based support team.
  • Our infrastructure is monitored and maintained on a 24-7-365 basis.
  • Our network is designed to be resilient, highly available and self-healing.
  • All our operations conform to ISO 27001 & ISO 9001 standards.
  • All our data centres are UK based and conform to ISO 27001 standards with the option for environments that support PCI-DSS compliance.