In today’s world of text speak, instant messaging, emoticons and emoji’s, less is more! For most people, mobile phones are the primary form of communication and their use within business is now ubiquitous. As capable as mobile devices – smartphones, tablet devices, laptops – are at easing communications and improving productivity, if there is not structure and control to their usage, there is a risk that they can open the organisation to a cyber attack or data breach, particularly if the mobiles are the employees own as in BYOD – Bring Your Own Device. So businesses need TBH – To Be Honest and KISS – Keep It Simple Stupid! No offence!
‘I’m too small to be a target’ must be one of the most common phrases we hear when talking to companies about cyber attacks and data breaches. It’s understandable when the media is quick to broadcast news of large scale computer virus or Ransomware attacks on well-known businesses. The reality is quite different. Statistics from Small Business Trends shows that 43% of cyber attacks target small businesses, with just 14% being effective at mitigating attacks and sadly 60% of small companies go out of business within six months of a cyber attack.
Here we go again! Another major, global Ransomware attack has launched that is causing havoc and disruption to businesses and organisations across the world. The cyber-attackers are demanding ransoms to release or unlock data, which in most cases will never be recovered. There is an answer. There is total and complete managed Endpoint Protection that will protect and detect against the threat.
AVR is running a Custodian360 webinar at 4.00pm GMT today, Wednesday 28th June, where we will talk about the current threat and examine the forensics of the attack that some are calling Petya and some are not! To register for the webinar, complete the form below and we will confirm your registration immediately.
Whilst you may be tiring of hearing about Ransomware and would love to ignore it, it’s becoming less likely it will ignore you! With a sharp increase in the number of cyber attacks highlighted by the recent, formidable WannaCry attack which crippled many NHS Trusts, Ransomware is a clear and present danger for all businesses and organisations.
The good news is that you can protect against Ransomware and other malware and stop it completely, avoiding the disruption we have recently seen across the media. We invite you to join AVR and SentinelOne for breakfast in Manchester on Wednesday 12th July 2017 and find out how.
InfoSecurity, Europe’s premier Information Security Conference and Expo arrives at Olympia London on Tuesday 6th to 8th June where AVR and Custodian360 will be there! AVR will be guiding people through the maze of hundreds of exhibitors, identifying the right solution providers. Custodian360 will be exhibiting on the show floor, demonstrating its unique Total Managed Endpoint Protection solution. We’d love you to join us!
Friday the 12th of May 2017 saw the first Ransomware worm that we have seen in the wild wreak havoc across the globe, striking indiscriminately at those running Windows XP, Windows Server 2003 or un-patched Windows 7 Operating Systems. This worm has exploited the vulnerability MS17-010 allowing it to spread through a network at alarming speed and with no user interaction.
This week we are running webinars at 3.00pm and 4.00pm GMT every day where we will talk about the current threat landscape and show WannaCry in action before taking a deep dive into the forensics of the attack. To register for one of these, complete the form below and we will confirm the joining details immediately.
The media has been swamped with reports of the large scale Ransomware attack that broke on Friday 12th May. In the past, Ransomware was more about affecting single users but Wannacrypt (or Wannacry as it is also known) changed that and became the first Ransomware worm with the ability to search out other vulnerable computers and infect them.
Companies across the world were shut down and unable to work. Many today are working to restore systems from back-up and put their businesses back online. If you were not affected then that’s good news but without scaremongering, can you afford to remain unprotected against threats like this? Now is the time to act.
Mobile devices are vital business tools. The benefits in communication, productivity and access to information are undeniable, but with cyber attacks on the increase, they can provide an additional route for malware attackers to access your network and steal or corrupt your critical data. The ingenuity of cyber criminals knows no bounds and effective threat protection requires intuitive, intelligent and comprehensive technology that can adapt to the ever changing threat landscape. Lookout and AirWatch can deliver the protection your business demands.
AVR’s IT Security Assessment will check if you’re really protected.
So your business network has Anti-Virus software and a Firewall installed and you may have some form of threat protection solution too. Or do you? The BBC reports here on a survey by the British Chamber of Commerce that one in five UK businesses were attacked last year, yet only 25% have some form of protection. Are you really confident your business is fully protected? Take advantage of our free, no-obligation IT Security Assessment.
Times are changing in security and at AVR!
The Cyber Security world seems to have come around full circle in the past few years! Who would have thought that 15 years on from launching a business called Anti Virus Reseller we would be here again, all talking about Malware, Ransomware and (Next Generation) Anti Virus!
One thing that hasn’t changed is AVRs’ family feel and I am delighted to be able to tell you that we are adding to the family as I am expecting a precious baby girl in May! My partner Ross and I have wanted to start a family together for some time now so we are truly over the moon!