Think you're not at risk? Think again.
It's easy to believe that cybercriminals are not interested in your business, either because you're not a big household name or don't have thousands of staff across dozens of locations.
Sadly, that hasn't been true for some time. These days, cybercriminals don't go after specific targets. Instead, they release malware and other bad software into the wild, seeking out easy targets.
How easy it is to be affected:
It only takes one computer on your network to be a little out of date, to allow bad software to get in
Or one member of your staff clicking a dodgy link in a spammy email
Or a USB stick with infected software placed into one of your laptops
Most businesses are a lot more hackable than they realise. And the consequences are huge...
If you are hit with something like Cryptolocker, you can get locked out of your devices and data for days. It takes a lot of time, effort and often cash to get back to business as normal.
Here's a bold challenge for you. I'm confident that if I were to visit your business today, I'd find a weakness in your IT system within just 57 minutes.
I call this our 57-minute Data Security Challenge. I bet I can uncover a way to get into your system or an unsafe working practice. All I'll do is ask you some questions and have a quick look at your computers, and the systems your staff are using.
You see, cybercriminals are always looking for ways into computer systems, and countless business owners make it really easy for them. Just having anti-virus software in place, even if it's really good, simply isn't good enough in 2018.
There are a lot of great anti-virus products out there, but never assume they will protect you from all threats. If cyber attackers really want to find a way in, there are plenty of other options available to them.
It's all about perception. One of the biggest security problems I see every day is the attitude that it's only the bigger companies that are at risk. The fact is, companies of all sizes face exactly the same threats. And cyber attackers particularly love the ones that a blase approach to security.
Cyber attacks can disrupt and cause sizeable financial and reputational damage to even the most resilient organisation. If you suffer a cyber attack, you're at risk of losing assets, reputation and business, and potentially face regulatory fines and litigation.
If you're worried about the state of your cyber-security, or simply want me to come to your office and perform our 57 Minute Data Security Check for your own peace of mind, simply fill out the form below and I'll be in touch.
A few other common misconceptions we hear every day:
"Cyber threats are always external."
False! The vast majority of data breaches happen internally. Some are deliberate and others are completely unintentional. With more businesses employing short-term staff and giving all and sundry access to internal systems, it’s easy for data to end up in the wrong hands.
Then there are the countless employees who innocently click infected links or open email attachments that put their entire networks at risk. Most of the time, your biggest threat isn’t a cyber baddie lurking in the shadows. It’s the lovely, friendly person who makes everyone a cup of tea in the morning and makes one easy mistake. Without even realising it.
"Nobody could ever guess my password."
If only this were the case. To the seasoned cyber-criminal, passwords are surprisingly easy to figure out.
We all know what a pain it is to have thousands of different passwords using upper and lower cases and funny symbols, so this is where a lot of people cut corners. The vast majority of users choose passwords that mean something to them, like a name or important date, and they use them over and over again. Fido never knew he would be immortalised in password form.
If you use the same password for multiple accounts, you might as well not have one in the
"I'm safe from viruses because I only open emails from people I know."
Aaaah, but cyber attackers are much cleverer than that. They’re able to create incredibly realistic looking email accounts that can fool even the most eagle-eyed administrator into opening a dodgy attachment. They replicate email addresses that almost identical to the real thing, even down to the signature and phone number. At five minutes to home time on a Friday afternoon, would you be on the ball enough to notice? Don’t count on it.
"Cybersecurity is an expense I can't afford."
Fair enough, when you’re running a business you want to keep costs down. But the fact is, you stand to lose a lot more money if you take chances with your cyber security than if you get the cover your business needs.
When you consider the fact that non-compliance with the new GDPR can mean multi-million-pound fines (and carries a thorough risk to your business’s reputation), spending a bit of money on protecting your data is actually the smart thing to do. IT security is an investment, not an unnecessary expense.
Let's take a look at the stats*:
*conducted by the digital culture, media and sport committee
Over four in ten of all UK businesses suffered at least one cyber breach in 2017.
Over half of small businesses have been targeted.
81% of attacks are due to employee negligence and poor password management.
The average number of records stolen per attack has risen from just over 5,000 to 9,350 - an increase of 87%.
The average cost of a data breach comes in at just over £1.2m.
But the scariest fact is this...
87% of small businesses still think they won't be targetted by cyber attackers
It’s true, smaller businesses are different to huge multi-national corporations. But that certainly doesn’t make them less attractive to cyber attackers. Quite the opposite. It makes them positively irresistible.
One of the most important differences is that the big boys usually survive attacks because they have sufficient resources to fall back on. Small businesses, on the other hand, usually don’t. About half of all small businesses that experience cyber-attacks go bust within the next six months. And the bad guys love that. Bullies pick on weaknesses, after all. If they see you’ve got minimal security measures in place they’ll see it as the perfect opportunity to pick on you.
Seems a bit more real now doesn't it?
So, back to my original question:
When it comes to cybersecurity, you simply cannot afford to take risks and shortcuts. A proactive, pre-emptive approach is what’s needed, and it doesn’t have to cost a fortune.
Contact us today to book your challenge and find out more. Simply fill out the form below and we'll be in touch as soon as we can to arrange your 57 Minute Data Security Challenge:
Or, you can request a call back by simply clicking here.
For any further questions regarding Data Security or for information about whether you and your business could be at risk, please contact Lee Chappell on firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01373 864627.