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

Why the silent treatment will not be an option for your business

If your business stores any personal information – and that includes name, email address, and telephone numbers – you need to be aware of the data protection changes that will be enforced from May 2018 when the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) replaces the Data Protection Act. A common question is what about the Brexit… 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

Will marketing make companies miss the May 2018 GDPR deadline?

We all do marketing to make us stand out from the competition and show the compelling reasons to have the product or service we provide. But sometimes a marketing message doesn’t give the complete picture. For the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), this could lead companies to believe they comply but actually have several outstanding issues to address.… Read More

Windows 10 Anniversary Update – Security Features

The Windows 10 Anniversary Update will be launched on 2nd August 2016.  Alongside changes to the Start menu, Windows Ink and extensions to the Edge browser are changes to Cortana (the intelligent personal assistant) and three security features. The first is Windows Defender Advanced Threat Protection (WDATP). It is aimed at enterprise customers to detect, investigate, and… Read More

Apple and Differential Privacy – is it different and is it private

Apple has announced that iOS10 will use ‘differential privacy’ to maintain the privacy of the data is collecting. Apple SVP Craig Federighi said that the ‘…great work in iOS 10 would be meaningless if it came at the expense of your privacy’. I will admit that I had not come across Differential Privacy before so… Read More

Do you suffer from Business Incontinuity?

A business doctor writes “on a regular basis I am asked to treat companies that have suffered from the silent SME killer – Business Incontinuity. The symptoms of this problem are often missed, and it is only when something happens that requires the Business Continuity Plan to be put into action that the problems emerge.… 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