Not only can cyber-attacks punch a massive hole in a business’s wallet costing thousands of pounds, they also cause lengthy disruption to the organisation’s activities. Not enough companies have a plan for what they’d do if their customer database was stolen, their website was forced offline, or they couldn’t access their email or critical data. Most cyber-attacks exploit basic weaknesses in IT systems and software, which are most likely to be found in smaller companies that haven’t put enough thought into protecting themselves.
The article published today by Company Connecting is about the Government-created Cyber Essentials scheme, which helps companies reach the quality of security necessary to avoid being an easy target for cyber criminals. It includes a short interview with David Shuster, Managing director of IT Company Managed IT Experts who have recently successfully been through the Cyber Essentials scheme.
Cyber Essentials claims to help prevent the vast majority of cyber-attacks. Even simple viruses or pieces of malware can result in loss of company and client data, disrupt cash flow and take up staff time. Like in high profile examples you’ll be familiar with, attacks put customers off. Would you give your details to a company with a history of not protecting its customer data? If media pick up on cyber-attacks on a company their reputation may never recover. Not to mention that losing data could breach the Data Protection Act and lead to fines or prosecution.
Small businesses unaware of Cyber Essentials should certainly look into it as any way of keeping your business’s data secure is useful. It also has the benefit of enabling a company to bid for Government contracts which could clearly boost a company’s success.
To read the article, click the link below. Later this week Company Connecting will be publishing a second article on Cyber Essentials, in the form of an interview with Cyber Security company CyberAggress, who help companies through the Cyber Essentials scheme.