GDP-AARGH! Is that your reaction when you see or hear anything about the fast approaching General Data Protection Regulation? Many of us feel we have been swamped with alerts and warnings about all the work that is required for GDPR, the consequences if we don’t get organised and our data is breached. All businesses will have to review the way they manage and control data and be aware of the restrictions on marketing but with a little planning and organisation, you can keep your focus on your business. Here’s how AVR can help you!
With the rapid changes in cyber security over the last few years, it’s vital that threat protection solutions match the exploits of the cyber criminals and meet the needs of businesses and organisations to ensure they remain secure. One of AVR’s key service tenets is to keep close to all of our customers and industry prospects to be certain we have the right solutions. One way of doing that is to run surveys where we ask the recipients for their views. We have one currently running that offers a free £10 Starbucks Coffee voucher and we invite you to participate!
Take a look at the headlines on any news media at any time of any day and you could be forgiven thinking that the world has fallen out of love. War, politics, cyber attacks, religious hatred, sexism, racism and so on. Bad news sells newspapers as they used to say. Mid February gives us the opportunity, just for a brief moment, to share the love, albeit in a slightly manufactured way. St Valentine’s Day mostly benefits flower sellers and chocolate manufacturers, but it does remind us that expressing love is no bad thing and at AVR, we have decided to embrace the emotion too!
Now we’re not ones to scare monger but when the head of the UK’s National Cyber Security Centre says that a major cyber attack on the UK is only a matter of time then that seems pretty serious to us! Ciaran Martin who runs the Security Centre suggests that the lessons learned from the malicious cyber activity in 2017 indicates that more cyber disruption is on its way.
So as a business owner or IT professional, what can you do to make sure you’re organisation is not in the firing line?
A newly identified serious mobile cyber security threat has just been announced. Dark Caracal is an advanced persistent threat, which targets mobile devices (#mAPT) across multiple platforms on a global level. Attacking major institutions including government, legal, financial, utilities, manufacturing and defence, Dark Caracal has compromised many devices, accessing hundreds of gigabytes of data, enterprise intellectual property and personally identifiable information from professionals and executives.
Many of the recent comments on cyber and ransomware attacks centres around when an attack is going to happen and not if. Opinion seems to be that no business or organisation is immune from attack and as the data and information held by every company has a value, all companies are targets for cyber criminals. The damage that can be done by hackers accessing your network and obtaining data can be disastrous, affecting the stability and future well-being of the organisation. So identifying where your business may be vulnerable becomes an important consideration. A Pen or Penetration Test will find all the gaps and access points, giving you the opportunity to increase your security and stop intrusions.
What would we do without our mobile phones and tablets? None of us wants to think we are dependent on them but mobile devices have totally revolutionised the way we live and work. Mobiles are vital to businesses but are yours as effective as they could be? Do you have processes that ensure all mobiles are secure and access to valuable business data is controlled? AVR’s 10 Steps to Mobility Success E-Book can help and guide you to creating a mobile device management programme that can help take your business to the next level.
Ransomware remains a major threat to ALL businesses and organisations, but what is it? How does it operate and how can you protect your company’s vital data and endpoints? Together with Endpoint Security specialists SentinelOne, AVR will explain how over drinks and canapes at the elegant King Street Townhouse on the evening of Wednesday 24th January. We would love you to join us!
Writing this post today 20th November, I calculate there are just 25 working days until the end of the year. It’s quite staggering how quickly time passes. How those lovely warm summer days have fast faded into the memory as the cold, damp, dark days of winter approach. So have you achieved all you wanted to in 2017? Can we help you with any outstanding threat protection, data compliance or mobile device management issues? Always happy to chat and provide an alternative quote with no obligation.
One in five small businesses hit by a cyber attack report that the breach cost in excess of £10,000 with one in ten quoting £50,000 as the amount they had to spend to rectify the damage. With over 875,000 small, and medium sized businesses (SME’s) across the UK being attacked in the last 12 months, can SME’s really afford to take a chance on outdated or inadequate protection?