Can you explain: Social Media + Urgency + Seniority = (£35,000)?

The explanation is simple but could be worrying for companies that aren’t managing risks to their business. The cyber threat to UK legal sector report has details about a £35,000 loss to a mid-sized law firm with a multi-million pound turnover from a phishing attack. A combination of social media posts from a senior partner… Read More

Password protecting your Word, Excel, PowerPoint and PDF files #MSOffice

A discussion about security measures with an SME I have been working with highlighted the need to provide some tips on how to protect files. They wanted to add passwords but were not sure of the best way to do this. So here is the way to do it in MS Office applications for Office365.… Read More

What the National Cyber Security Strategy means for your business

On 1 November the UK National Cyber Security Strategy 2016-2021 was launched by the Chancellor. It is a £1.9bn programme to make the UK ‘confident, capable and resilient in a fast-moving digital world’ and protect the UK economy and the privacy of its citizens against cyber attacks that are growing more frequent, sophisticated and damaging. It recognises this isn’t “just” an… Read More

Perception vs Reality of cyber crime

Would you consider your house as secure if it had been broken into in the past year, and the police had not caught the gang that was breaking into most of the other houses on your street? Probably not. Compare this to businesses and cyber crime. A recent report indicates there is a disconnect between the reality… Read More

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

The SMEs guide to the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) will replace the Data Protection Act (DPA) in May 2018. The headline-grabbing impact of the GDPR are the fines; up to €20m or 4% of global turnover (whichever is the higher) depending on the scale of the issue you have with personal data. But it also presents OPPORTUNITIES; to improve… 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

How to survive being number 1

A report has the UK as being number 1. Which you would think is a good thing, but not when it is the number 1 target for spear phishing attacks by cyber criminals. Watch our video for more details.

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

Can I please have your personal information? OK!

What would you do if someone came up to you, leaned over and whispered in your ear can I please have your personal information? Personally, I would tell them to go away, possibly using words a bit stronger than that, and walk away. But every day people are saying it is OK for someone they… Read More