Cyber crime – a constant threat to your business.

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Cyber crime – a constant threat to your business.

Over the past year there have been some very high profile cyber attacks on organisations in the UK, the most infamous being that which infected the NHS in May 2017.

It is not thought that this attack was originally targeted at the NHS, in fact most cyber attacks are random, exploiting email systems and insecure networks wherever they can be found. Therefore you should not think that smaller organisations fall under the threat radar. In fact the risk of cyber attack is growing and far reaching.

Many of these threats are known as ransomware attacks where your data, whether it be the files on your PC or your customer database on the server are encrypted, and a ransom, usually in Bitcoin, is demanded before you are given access again.

Key to the recovery from these attacks is a good backup procedure and a disaster recovery plan. However, very few businesses have either and even more have never tested their backup system. In these cases, you may have to engage with criminals with little hope of ever getting your data back.

Other threats involve the theft of data, in many cases sensitive personal identifying data of your clients, suppliers and employees. In these cases, it may not be something as headline grabbing as a cyber attack, it could simply be careless protection of data on a PC that was left on a train.

Organised crime has also been quick to take advantage of the opportunities offered by the Internet, particularly the growth in e-commerce and online banking. Specialist criminal groups target individuals, small businesses and large corporate networks to steal personal information in bulk in order to profit from the compromised data available to them.

For more information on protecting your business from cyber security threats, advice on PCI and GDPR compliance and disaster recovery contact CloudSpark at info@cloudspark.co.uk or call 01603 673160

Under the new GDPR regulations, Directors of companies which process personal data (including CCTV recordings) will need to take a much more robust approach to personal data management and cyber risk to avoid finding themselves exposed personally.

CloudSpark Solutions Ltd provides a complete suite of IT solutions from cloud computing support and development, security and disaster recovery advice to fully managed traditional IT Support.

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By |2018-02-16T16:17:30+00:00February 19th, 2018|Categories: Cyber Crime, Security, Technology News|Tags: , , , , , |0 Comments
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