Key reasons why Disaster Recovery limits cyber-attack damage

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Experts are already predicting a bumpy year for cyber security in 2017. Whilst proactive security is essential, effective disaster recovery could just save the day …

Experts are already predicting a bumpy year for cyber security in 2017. Whilst proactive security is essential, effective disaster recovery could just save the day if a dreaded cyber-attack hits your business.

Think 2016 was a bad year for cyber security? In 2017 security experts are predicting that cyber criminals will execute more sophisticated, advanced attacks.

It’s a no-brainer that in your business there will be a keen focus on keeping the hackers out but there is always a risk of a security breach. Cyber criminals are determined to exploit vulnerabilities. A key part of your defence should include your plan of action should your business suffer a cyber-attack.

A cyber-attack could be critically damaging

We all know this is the truth, and this is why businesses across the globe are awakening up to the importance of cyber security. But what happens if a hacker succeeds in executing a breach?

The short answer: You risk exposing your business data, disrupting service delivery and the repercussions could be costly.  If your business suffers a cyber attack, it’s essential to limit the damage. It’s at times like these when disaster recovery steps in to save the day.

Reducing the impact of a cyber attack with disaster recovery

When developing a post-attack strategy in your business, take a well-rounded approach. If you assess how your data could be compromised, who this will affect, and how it will impact business operations then you can prioritise your disaster recovery process.

Disaster recovery looks different in every business, therefore, you need to consider how this fits with your organisation and your sector.

It’s important to think about the following:

  • How are you going to be able to recover data? Attacks such as ransomware hold data hostage. Effective backups can be your lifeline if you hit by this malicious malware.
  • What is your communications strategy? Your staff will need to know how to respond and customers will need to be made aware.
  • How can you measure the impact? If your business is breached, you will need to know the extent of the damage.
  • How can you analyse what happened? To recover your business, you will need to understand how the breach happened and how it can be prevented in the future.

How can the cloud transform your business?

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The majority of organisations are now operating in the cloud and reaping the benefits. Has your workplace migrated to the cloud? There are many ways …

The majority of organisations are now operating in the cloud and reaping the benefits. Has your workplace migrated to the cloud?

There are many ways to deploy cloud computing in your business. You could migrate an area of your business or your entire operation. Either way, there are many benefits to be reaped from operating in a cloud environment.

These benefits can be ‘transformative’ for both SMBs and enterprises alike. Focusing solely on SMBs, the cloud can enable significant growth and improvement.

To capture the reasons behind our statement above, we’ve compiled a list of 3 reasons to highlight how the cloud could transform your business:

Cutting costs

What could your business do with extra room in the budget? You could invest in service updates, new employees or incentives to reward customers. The cloud helps you cut back on your IT expenses. You could save on hardware, maintenance, support fees and energy.

By saving in these areas and reinvesting into other areas of the business you can achieve more year on year.

Flexibility in the workplace

A cloud-based work environment is flexible, agile and scalable. Your employees can collaborate more efficiently and work off-premise, giving them more freedom in their role.

It’s been reported that by 2020 there will be 6.1 billion smartphone users globally. To adapt your business and workplace for the rise of mobile, the cloud is the ideal solution. Your employees can leverage working on mobiles without storing data directly on devices.

Customer experience

Your employees are not the only ones who can benefit from a cloud environment, there are perks for your customers. The high availability of cloud computing helps you maintain an efficient, consistent service to keep up with customer demand.

The scalability of the cloud can also be a great advantage to your customers. The increased level of storage can help you scale up and adapt in response to demand and volume.

 

Adapt these to your business. What are you trying to achieve in your organisation? Migrating to the cloud could be a strategic move that could transform how you operate as a business.

Take note that Gartner Analysts have predicted that “by 2020 a corporate ‘no-cloud’ policy will be as rare as a ‘no-Internet’ policy is today.” The cloud will continue to transform businesses as it evolves. Is your business ready?

Make Cyber Security Best Practice Your New Year’s Resolution!

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It’s a new year and a new chance to improve cyber security in your organisation. Here’s why you should make cyber security best practise your …

It’s a new year and a new chance to improve cyber security in your organisation. Here’s why you should make cyber security best practise your New Year’s resolution in 2017…

What will cyber security look like in 2017?

Following a turbulent 2016, cyber security will be once again put to the test in 2017. Cyber criminals will continue to target businesses attempting to steal data and disrupt services. Experts predict we will see attacks on IoT, large-scale DDoS attacks and a rise in ransomware.

New year and time for an update

It’s essential to take a ‘360-degree’ approach to cyber security throughout your organisation. You need to assess where you might be vulnerable and how this can be improved.

It’s easy to return to work in January and overlook this critical area of investment. We advise making this a New Year’s resolution to ensure your business to ready to face the growing cyber threat in 2017.

Whether you are looking to make one resolution or more than one, we have highlighted 6 to help you on your way. Take a look at our infographic and let us know which you choose!

cyber security NY resolution infographic

Our Team Get In The Festive Spirit By Fundraising For Help4Wales Foundation

The excellence IT office turned into Santa’s grotto for the day to support a fantastic non-profit organisation in Wales We didn’t just deck the halls …

The excellence IT office turned into Santa’s grotto for the day to support a fantastic non-profit organisation in Wales

We didn’t just deck the halls last week, we got into the festive mood by supporting Help4Wales Foundation’s Come as your (s)ELF Day. Find out what we got up to by reading on!

We dressed up to raise money…

The team donated a chosen amount to come into work draped in Christmas novelty. Our staff made an exceptional effort and really dressed the part. We had a mix of Christmas jumpers, Santa hats, fake beards, festive headbands and even tinsel hair accessories!

We posed for the occasion to showcase our fundraising efforts…

Never a team to shy away from the cameras, our commercial team took plenty of photos! We even managed to pull together the majority of the team (including our Engineers) for a full group shot.

Our team got competitive but all in the festive spirit…

Our team put their knowledge of the festive season to the test by taking the 2016 excellence IT Christmas quiz. Our Office Administrator Stuart took home the prize and proved to all that he had really good skills on Google…

We also had a ‘Best Dressed Elf’ competition. Our Finance Administrator, Liam was voted the winner for his Santa hat/Christmas jumper combo.

We indulged in a Christmas feast…

Some of the staff members brought in chocolates, biscuits, and various other snacks to build a festive feast. All to add to this festive occasion.

We all donated and raised money for Help4Wales Foundation…

We raised a grand total of £75.00 for Help4Wales which will go towards Animal Safe Haven, a fantastic service supporting the animals of victims of domestic abuse.

Help4Wales Foundation are a fantastic organisation. If you would like to find out more about them and how to get involved with fundraising for their projects, please visit their website here.

excellence IT festive fundraising for Help4Wales Foundation

 

How Will The GDPR Affect SMBs In The UK?

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The impending GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) will impact all businesses. SMBs are advised to consider the regulations and plan ahead ready for 2018 and …

The impending GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) will impact all businesses. SMBs are advised to consider the regulations and plan ahead ready for 2018 and beyond.

How will the GDPR impact your business? The impending regulations will force businesses to pay close attention to data protection. A data breach can result in significant fines (up to €20 million or 4% turnover) alongside additional penalties that can have a serious impact on your business.

 

What does this mean for SMBs?

SMBs need to start preparing for the GDPR. A recent report by Dell has revealed that “Nearly 70 percent of SMB respondents in this region said they are not or don’t know if they are prepared for GDPR.” Lack of awareness and preparation amongst SMBs is concerning experts who are actively pushing organisations to take action.

The GDPR doesn’t roll out until 2018, but the strict regulations will force organisations to prepare early. It’s essential to address data protection across all areas of the business. From an IT perspective, this means safeguarding data and storing it responsibly. The growing cybercrime risk will put your IT security to the test. A breach as a result of poor security could cost your business a hefty sum, not to mention damage the reputation of your brand.

 

How can you prepare?

If you do anything in 2016 to prepare, start by raising your awareness of the General Data Protection Regulations. There are multiple sources outlining the GDPR with details of the enforced regulations and penalties. Official documents will provide the most up to date information to help you learn all about GDPR.

A clear understanding of the regulations will help you consider how this will affect your business and your sector as a whole. If your sector is already highly regulated, then the GDPR could dramatically impact your organisation in order to maintain compliance. Understanding all of this information and how it impacts your SMB will help you plan ahead and set clear priorities.

Remember, when the GDPR official rolls out your data protection process and security measures will continually be put to the test. It’s, therefore, important to consider this in your strategy to protect your business from 2018 onwards.