Cyber Security: Still a hot topic – here’s how to reduce the threat!

Cyber Security: Still a hot topic – here’s how to reduce the threat!

‘Marriott hack hits 500 million Starwood guests’

‘100 million user details exposed’

‘Police investigations into cyber-crime up 14% in a year’

The situation:

These are all headlines from the news over the last few weeks. Unless you’ve been hiding under a rock you will have noticed that cyber security is still a pretty hot topic! This has been made all the more prominent thanks to the GDPR regulations which came into force last year.

The issue:

Huge companies such as British Airways have found themselves in hot water – could it happen to you? The Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport recently carried out a Cyber Security Breaches Survey. It revealed that over 43% of businesses and 19% of charities have suffered from a breach in the last 12 months. The most common consequences were loss of files, corruption of software, website malfunctions and assets or intellectual property being stolen.

The solution:

The good news is that there are simple steps you can take to protect your business from cyber attacks and keep your data secure! Read on for Merr It’s 4 step approach to dealing with this recurring nuisance…

1.Educating employees on how to spot fake emails and counterfeit websites:

The initial risk of a cyber-attack entering your network can be reduced by up to 50%. This is a key element of protection, which in a world filled with software products and ‘cloud-based services’ is often overlooked.

2.Implementing the correct low-cost software products that detect and defend against infiltration:

Coupled with correctly configured systems and internet connections, the points at which undesirable software can enter a network are hugely reduced. This is what is sometimes referred to as ‘reducing the surface area’. Once again, simple changes here can substantially reduce risk.

3.An accurate and proven email/spam filtering platform is a must-have:

Cost is no longer prohibitive and the best of such services are affordable for small businesses. Recent advances mean that we can now offer excellent mail/spam filtering products for as little as £3 a month.

4. Signing up to a pro-active monitoring service:

This means that your servers and workstations are visible to your service provider 24/7. Your network health can be seen at a glance, in real time. It also allows remote support sessions to be provided quickly. This is especially useful in times of crisis, or when the time it takes to make it to your office is prohibitive. The time saved here can be the difference between an attack being just a minor inconvenience, or a major incident that could affect productivity and ultimately profit margins.

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