What is cyber security?

Over 4 in 10 of all UK businesses suffered a breach or attack in the last 12 months.

  • Over 4 in 10 of all UK businesses suffered a breach or attack in the last 12 months.
  • Downtime has the largest impact
  • 50% target SMEs. Half of all cyber attacks target Small Businesses
  • 978 million people were affected by cyber crime in 2017
  • The estimated cost to the global economy is $172 billion (US) in the past year

Implementing a few simple security improvements throughout your business today, can dramatically reduce the risk of becoming a victim of cyber crime in the future.

What is cyber security?

Effective cyber security reduces the risk of cyber attacks, and protects organisations and individuals from the unauthorised exploitation of systems, networks and technologies.

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Cyber security, is the protection of computer systems from the theft and damage to hardware, software or information, as well as from disruption or misdirection of services.

Cyber attacks can disrupt and cause considerable financial and reputational damage to even the most resilient organisation.

If you suffer a cyber attack, you stand to lose assets, reputation and business, and potentially face regulatory fines and litigation – as well as the costs of remediation.

Larger organisations tend to have an appreciation of the cyber threats they face. Many small to medium-sized enterprises are unclear about the ways in which they’re vulnerable or think they will not be a target. The recent surge in instances of Ransome ware attacks has made many SME’s realize that they too are vulnerable

With the General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) to come into force at the end of May 2018, it is more important than ever that SMEs protect their data from attack to protect their client data and their business from regulatory fines or litigation.

For many SMEs the move to cloud based infrastructure is a major step in ensuring Cyber Security, but it may not be enough.

UK ICT IT Support solutions can help protect and improve your business with our innovative products and services. We can become your outsourced IT department or IT Manager, leaving you free to run your business. From our Telford Head Office and Call Centre we provide IT Support throughout the West Midlands

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UK ICT have selected Go Secure as our strategic business partner to help clients develop and maintain robust cyber security.

Types of Cybercrime

Email Phising Scams

This is where a cyber criminal sends an email asking directly for sensitive information, or containing a link to a fake page. Both request sensitive personal or financial information such as passwords or credit card numbers. For example, have you ever received an email from a business that looks authentic, asking you to click on a link and provide your username and password? This could be an example of a typical email phishing scam.

Hacking Attempt

Hackers use a variety of methods to access your accounts or other devices including unsecured wifi connections. Once they have a compromised email, they could use it to take over a business’ accounts, or even to compromise a business’ website. 

Ransomware

In this scam, hackers encrypt your computer/s data, leaving it un-useable, then demand a fee to unlock them. Paying the fee may or may not actually unlock your data.

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Identity Theft

By gathering personal data on social media and other online activities, hackers can gain access to bank accounts and other personal information.

Privacy or Data Breach

Personal data is extremely valuable to a hacker and can be sold to the highest bidder. This information can then be used by the hacker to attempt to scam.

Social Engineering

Social engineering uses deceptive practices to get you to share your confidential or personal information. The hacker may pretend to be from your business’ IT department, or from your email or website provider. Their goal is to gain access to your accounts or the material you’re working on. Phishing is another type of social engineering, as the attacker is trying to trick you into clicking on a malicious link or attachment, or to divulge your password or other other sensitive information through a fake website.