Cybercrime is not new, but it is a complex ever-evolving field. Criminals often try to hide their identity by using the Dark Web and Virtual Private Networks, but but all activity leaves a digital footprint which can quite often be traced.
It is more than being held to ransom by CryptoLocker Ransomware, it only takes one data breach to cause significant, long-term damage to the reputation of your business. In recent years Cyber Security has become one of the most important elements of successful IT strategies.
We can take preventative measures to protect you or your organisation by increasing security awareness, hardening your network against attacks and securing user devices.
In addition, the UK Government launched the Cyber Essentials scheme in 2014 which sets a minimum standard of security that organisations should follow. If your company does business with any Government or NHS departments you may have already been asked to comply with Cyber Essentials. Being certified shows potential customers that you are professional, take security seriously and that their data is secure. We can take you through the certification process from beginning to end.
According to the National Cyber Security Council cyber security is an implied necessity of the GDPR:
“The GDPR requires that personal data must be processed securely using appropriate technical and organisational measures. The Regulation does not mandate a specific set of cyber security measures but rather expects you to take ‘appropriate’ action. In other words you need to manage risk. What is appropriate for your organisation will depend upon your circumstances as well as the type of data that you are processing and therefore the risks posed, however there is an expectation you have minimal, established security measures in place. The security measures must be designed into your systems at the outset (referred to as Privacy by Design) and maintained effective throughout the life of your system.” ref: https://www.ncsc.gov.uk/GDPR
Your data needs to be protected against more than just external hackers and internal security risks. Don’t forget that badly configured systems can leak data and that malware can steal or encrypt data – both are significant threats. One of the most common methods we see is the phishing of user credentials, especially of those with administrator rights.
Whether a small business or large corporation, we can review your current security infrastructure and make recommendations and changes to improve the protection it provides.