Cyber-attacks are all-too commonplace for small – medium businesses in Kent.
It comes as data reveals Kent has the third highest rate of cyber attacks in the country, with 58.8 crimes committed per 100,000 people. Eset’s UK cyber crime report cites hacking social media and email accounts as the most common of all types of cyber crime, with 15,367 reports (46.7%) in 2020
Kent Online – April 2021
No matter how many times a cyberattack hits the headlines, we hear the same things from business owners across the county…
- We’re not that big.
- It won’t affect us.
- We are small compared to the large company’s that hit the headlines.
- We’ve got it covered already…Well, we have antivirus.
The fact is, there are more small – medium sized businesses in Kent and across the UK than larger ones.
SMEs account for 99.9% of the business population (6.0 million businesses). SMEs account for three fifths of the employment and around half of turnover in the UK private sector. Total employment in SMEs was 16.8 million (61% of the total), whilst turnover was estimated at £2.3 trillion (52%).
Cyber Criminals know that business owners think this way. They know that the larger, more lucrative targets are likely to have solid cybersecurity in place. They also know that you probably don’t.
What you must understand is that these attacks are usually not specifically targeted. In most cases (with exception of some of the really large companies like The NHS or Talk Talk ) these attacks are completely random attempts to see if they can gain access to your systems via some outdated security vulnerability or to temp you or your employees to click a link, allowing access.
Often, these can be by way of a spurious email purporting to be from someone that it isn’t (either a member of staff or a well-known company like Amazon or Apple) in order to get you to click on the link, supply a password or forward money to a fake bank account. An infected file, document, or image which, when clicked/opened can put the ransomware attack in motion.
According to IT Pro: Ransomware attacks in the UK increased by 80% in the last three months as hackers continue to take advantage of mass remote working.
Can you imagine how you would feel if your business were to be compromised? It’s not a nice place to be.
Here are some simple ways that you can help to prevent your business from being vulnerable to cyber attack:
- Good, working, up-to-date anti-virus and Anti-malware software.
- Be vigilant and if you don’t know the sender or it looks even the slightest bit suspect, then don’t click it (however tempting)
- If you are targeted with something more serious like a brute force attack (where your server is bombarded with username/password login attempts, block their IP address
- Do you work with countries from the old eastern block or china? No? block them
- Scan your systems regularly.
- Conduct Dark Web scans to see if any of your passwords have been compromised and are available on the internet.
- Check your email for automatic forwarding accounts.
- Don’t send money to a client’s purporting to have a “new bank account” without phoning them first.
- Set up some cyber training for you and your team to ensure they know what to look for.
- Have someone monitor your systems for any sign of cyber-attack 24/7/365 (it doesn’t sleep)
- Have a robust working backup, at least daily, (that you’ve checked works by way of regular test restores).
- Make certain that you use strong passwords and that you don’t use the same one for multiple things.
- Ensure that your software is updated to the latest version. They release security updates all of the time.
- Complete regular Cyber Training to ensure that you are aware of the new and current trends.
- Keep your social media separate – personal and business. Social media is one of the main sources that can be trolled to get further information on you. For example, your pet dog’s name that you use as a password.
- Be vigilant when using public wifi networks. Don’t update passwords or fill in personal information forms when connected to them. (additionally, when using these networks, be careful who is physically sitting or standing next to you, what can they see you typing)?
- Be strict with employees and their ability to install software onto their work pcs and laptops. Set up access rights and security across all platforms.
- Use two-factor authentications wherever possible. Most access software, (Office 365, bank accounts, have this in place already, but it’s not everywhere).
We’ve put together a FREE essential guide to help you to combat Cyber Crime across your IT Network.
Inside this essential guide, you’ll discover:
- 6 Sure-fire ways to avoid Viruses, Trojans, Worms and Spyware.
- 5 Top tips on How to Secure your Data.
- 6 Methods to put in place to avoid Spam and Junk.
- 8 of the best ways to avoid being “Phished”.
- 10 ways to ensure that you only choose the most Secure Passwords.
- 9 practical ways to ensure you keep safe on the internet.
- 3 Top tips on how to use Removable Media Securely.
- How to secure your Mobile Workforce.
- 3 Ways to ensure the best ways to Buy Online.
Download our FREE 51 Network and Cyber Security Tips. Full of FREE practical tips that you can start implementing into your small business today.
Computer Rescue offers a complete range of IT Support and Cyber Security Services, all priced according to your requirements and needs of the business. All of our IT Support and Cyber Security Services are tailored and bespoke to your individual company and as a result, the pricing will vary depending upon need.
Computer Rescue was set up to prevent Small – Medium businesses from being ripped off with unnecessary IT Support costs and as a company it’s important that we gain and cultivate our business relationships with our customers and not just their wallet.
Get in touch with us today to find out more about the IT Support and Cyber Security services that we offer and how we may best be of assistance to you. We can get you started with a FREE IT Network and Cyber Security Assessment to make sure that all of your systems are working as they should be.
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