By Paul Williams, Director

The threat of cyber-attacks is, sadly, becoming a real and unavoidable cost of doing business in the world today.

Our remote IT support service team is always on hand to help businesses that might be impacted by cyber-attacks.

And, although we advise our clients on mitigating these risks when updating their infrastructure or systems, we’re also having to consistently review new progress, tools and strategies coming into the market to help prevent cyber-attacks.

After all, prevention is always better than cure in these scenarios.

The scale of the problem

I read a piece from the BBC that revealed the true scale of the problem for UK businesses. And it didn’t make comfortable reading.

The BBC article here was inspired by the latest edition of the Hiscox Cyber Readiness Report, which reveals that 55 per cent of UK firms had faced a cyber-attack in 2019. That’s risen from 40 per cent last year.

It also shows that many businesses think, incorrectly, that they weren’t at risk, and almost three quarters of firms were ranked as ‘novices’ in terms of cyber readiness.

Average losses from cybercrime are soaring, often running into six figures, and budgets for cyber security in the UK are some of the lowest in the world.

It’s not a pretty picture.

But, at Highstream, we can help to prevent – or at least do everything in our power to prevent – cyber-attacks having a devasting impact on your business.

Some simple steps to improve your security

Hiscox say the introduction of the EU’s new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) rules, to which many thousands of businesses have adapted, has helped boost awareness of the issue and encouraged business leaders to take action.

That’s good news. But the report revelations around the number of business that are failing to act, or unsure what to do, is a real and live issue.

We would always advise that businesses take a series of key steps to protect their company and employees.

This blog, for example, gives you five simple steps to stay cyber-safe, and it’s worth reading if you’re unsure what to do.

Just like cyber-attacks becoming a commonplace cost of doing business, so should putting the effort into cyber security – so, get some routines going!

Simple steps like regularly changing and protecting passwords to your online accounts, using a business application platform which integrates threat protection (Microsoft 365 Business is our preferred choice and we can advise on this), backing up your data and thinking about moving to cloud-based systems, can all help.

And if you’re in doubt, speak to a good and trusted IT specialist and partner – or a few if you know that many – to get best practice advice.

Get in touch for a free consultation

We’re open to speaking to any organisation who feels that their cyber security could be improved, so if you’re looking for a trusted IT partner then please get in touch with us at information@highstream.co.uk