Is cyber crime a threat to SMEs?

With reports of SMEs averaging four cyber crimes every two years and 10% of the population being victims in the past year, it has to be seen as a real threat. But what does this actually mean to a business? The first thing to do is get beyond jargon like phishing, ransomware and DDoS attacks. Cyber… Read More

Why keeping information secure is much more than an IT issue

When I ask business owners what they are doing to keep their business information secure, the vast majority say it is an IT issue and I should talk to their IT team or the company used to maintain their IT systems. But what about dealing with risks from your staff, lack of adequate physical security or keeping… Read More

Is that the drip, drip, drip of your data?

It may seem obvious, but some businesses don’t appreciate that securing information means you need to know what you have and where it gets stored. Not so long ago you knew that information stored electronically would be held on servers within your building(s), at a secure data centre or on backups held by a trusted… Read More

Data encryption

Sensitive information needs protecting from unauthorised access. Paper records such as staff details can be locked away. Information held electronically needs to be encrypted, the device it is held on may also need to be encrypted to provide another layer of security. For encryption to work, the key used to encrypt the data has to be secret… Read More

Actions taken against servers and mobile devices

A report by the Aberdeen Group on full-disk and file-level encryption includes information on actions taken against servers and endpoints. An endpoint being a laptop, mobile device, removable media etc.  Although there is nothing totally unexpected in the figures, it helps to have this type of information to show senior management where threats are coming… Read More

New security features in iOS9

Along with longer battery life, updates to apps and the long awaited ability to work in 2 apps at the same time iOS9 has 2 features to improve security. The first is a longer passcode, up from 4 to 6 digits, and two-factor authentication when you sign in from a new browser or on a new device.… Read More