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UK Businesses faced over 600 cyber attacks a day each in 2017

In 2017, 43% of UK businesses fell victim to a cyber attack, with each UK business being each being targeted on average 230,000 times each. With a success rate of 57% we need to stop looking at cyber attacks as a possibility, but as an eventuality. With over 1.3 trillio.. Continue

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Steven Gifford

In 2017, 43% of UK businesses fell victim to a cyber attack, with each UK business being each being targeted on average 230,000 times each. With a success rate of 57% we need to stop looking at cyber attacks as a possibility, but as an eventuality. With over 1.3 trillion attacks targetting UK businesses, it is our responsibility as cloud solution aggregators to ensure you are equipped to safeguard your end-users.

Of the 159,700 successful incidents that were reported in 2017, 93% of all attacks could have been avoided were it not for the plain human error. By improving best practices, organisations can very easily safeguard themselves against the majority of threats by taking the simple steps of always making sure that software.

But what are these simple steps?

Providing end to end protection for your end-users can seem like a daunting task, with no single solution providing all the answers, but what are the priorities you need to be talking about with your customers?

Secure connections with a firewall

Whilst most operating systems come with a personal firewall, this is often insufficient to protect against a determined attacker and fails to protect the entire network. As part of any cybersecurity solution, your priority should be finding a dedicated boundary firewall to stop unwanted visitors in their tracks. Additionally, a powerful network scanning tool can help plug any vulnerabilities in your network, such as with IoT devices.

Ensure all software is up to date

The infamous WannaCry ransomware attack that affected over 300,000 systems worldwide and brought the NHS to a standstill could have been prevented by simply ensuring software was up to date. WannaCry targetted a vulnerability is the Windows Operating System that had already been patched months prior, but due to organisations failing to update in a timely fashion they were left exposed to a devasting attack. An automatic software updater as part of your solution offering removes the risk of human error and is a must for any cybersecurity solution.

Vigilance

88% of UK data breaches are caused by human error, not cyber attacks. Educating your end-users and even the individual employees will help to mitigate this, but where possible we should be seeking to eliminate the opportunity for human error. Simple tools such as Anti-Spam filters to keep phishing emails out of employee inboxes combined with a "Real Site" checker will minimise the risk of a fatal human error and utilising a sandbox will provide a safe space where IT teams can safely test risky or suspicious files.

Backups

Sometimes, despite our best efforts, a breach is unavoidable, which is where a powerful backup system, with minimum downtime, can significantly reduce the damage to a business. Often end-users believe that their data is safe by relying on O365's built-in backup, but this does not represent a true backup and even where data can be restored the turnaround time is slow. The simple question to be asking your end-users is, "How much will it cost you per hour to go without your organisation's files?".

Our Cybersecurity Health Check can provide insights for you and your end-users about where the vulnerabilities might sit and how you can rectify them. Take the health check today.

 

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