A cyber attack or data breach is no laughing matter. They could cost you big time and that’s even without the potential GDPR fines from the end of May 2018. But we’d like you to have a damn good laugh at our expense and invite you to join us for a fun evening of laughter, fine food and refreshments on the evening of Thursday 24th May at the 99 Comedy Club in London’s Leicester Square.
Now that Spring is finally here, you can stop hibernating and get out and about again! What better way to do so than to join AVR for Afternoon Tea at our Twyford office on Friday 27th April? Enjoy delicious sandwiches, cakes and refreshments, enter our prize draw and take home an AVR goodie bag!
With the dramatic increase in cyber attacks, the growth in ransomware and the forthcoming GDPR regulations, the necessity for businesses to fully protect their networks, endpoints and data has never been so critical. This was the core of the messaging that Andy James of Custodian360 delivered to over 70 attendees at the First Friday Club network event at the Cote Brasserie in Reading on Friday 6th April.
‘Protect your endpoints’ is the key message from all the IT security experts and with good reason. With all of us having so many devices – mobiles, smartphones, tablets, laptops, desktops, etc – the cyber attack or data breach threat is broader than ever and this fractured approach works in the cyber criminals’ favour. Many solution providers claim to have a product that can defeat or prevent an attack but few can claim total protection. One that can is McAfee©, arguably the most recognised IT security brand and market leader in Endpoint Security.
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?
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?