Seven tips to help safeguard your business from phishing scams

Phishing scams have become one of the most popular tools in the cyber-criminal’s kit bag, representing a significant threat to any individual or business. Phishing is a form of identity theft that uses fraudulent websites and false emails to attempt to illicit and steal personal data. While a common danger, there are some simple tips to remember – some of them common sense – in order to ensure you do not fall foul of such scams.

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1. Question the questioner

If you receive an email asking for confidential information, you should be immediately wary. Legitimate organisations will never contact you via email asking for sensitive information such as bank details or passwords.

2. Take some time out to have a think

Scare tactics are often used in phishing scams, hoping this pressure will cause victims to reveal information. Take five minutes to consider what you’re being asked, and, if in doubt, contact the organisation directly to validate the authenticity of their request.

3. Peruse the privacy policy

Much of the spam you receive on a daily basis is a result of signing up to various websites or mailing lists, which then sell your email address to another company, thus potentially opening it up into the hands of phishing criminals. Before signing up to anything, it is worth checking the website’s privacy policy, which can usually be found at the foot of the page.

4. Beware of mail shots

Fraudulent emails are often not personalised and are instead sent out randomly to a number of recipients. If you find an email asking for a generic request for information, you should be suspicious and avoid responding.

5. Avoid any requests for data via an imbedded form

Forms embedded within email messages are particularly vulnerable, as senders can access all the information entered.

6. Leave links alone

Do not click on any links contained within emails for websites unless you are absolutely sure they are authentic.

7. Keep up-to-date

Making efforts to ensure all computer systems have adequate and up to date internet security software will greatly help protect your computer systems and the individuals that use them from falling foul of phishing scams, as security software is able to detect and block fake websites. Banking and shopping sites are also authenticated through the software.

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UK directors ‘recognise importance’ of cyber security

For a large majority of businesses, the internet is a hugely important tool. Having a web presence such as a website or digital marketing is no longer simply a nice-to-have for many firms, but an absolute necessity.

While being online can bring many benefits to firms, it is an unfortunate truth that it does also open many businesses up to potential threats. Sadly, in the past, a number of organisations have suffered significant consequences from failing to take the issue seriously.

Fortunately, new research has suggested that many large UK businesses now understand the issue better than ever before. The survey by consultancy ComRes asked 200 board directors from UK companies with more than 500 employees to give their views on the importance of cyber security.

The study found overwhelmingly that businesses recognise the role cyber security plays in their organisations, with 71 per cent of directors even going so far as to suggest companies should be penalised for failing to meet basic requirements.

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Furthermore, 77 per cent also said regulators should act tough on companies found not to have proper defences in place. Half of respondents also said they viewed cyber threats as a bigger risk to their organisation than other issues, such as market volatility.

However, despite this sentiment in favour of security, many directors did admit to not reading up on government resources created to help businesses to prevent cyber attacks, including the Cyber Essentials and Cyber Streetwise campaigns.

So what can we take from this? Well, it is clear that the message on the importance of cyber security is getting through to businesses more than ever. Indeed, it is hard for it to be ignored when even part of the first US presidential debate between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton was related to the issue.

However, as ever, there remains work to be done to ensure companies of all sizes are properly protected. While larger companies may have in-house IT teams with expertise in the area, it is vital that small and medium-sized businesses seek advice on ensuring that their online and IT systems are robust and safe from potential risks.

 

 

 

 

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Nimbus CS is Recruiting – Technical Support Engineer

Due to the success of our Belfast site – doubling our headcount over the last year, we are now looking for experienced support and implementation staff to assist our existing technical team.

This is an excellent opportunity to become a key part of a fresh organisation, who are seeking to bring in an experience Service Desk Specialist to support and assist with implementations for production and internal environment.

WHAT YOU WILL BE DOING…

No two days are ever the same in our company and it is a very exciting, yet challenging environment which will involve working as part of a 10 member team assisting clients with common IT related problems and providing 1st / 2nd level support to clients across the UK & Ireland. You will be involved with a very busy service desk and will gain exposure during projects and implementations.

Ideal Skills and Qualifications:

  • Dealing with common desktop and server issues, troubleshooting Microsoft and 3rd party Applications.
  • Working knowledge of Windows Operating Systems (Win7, Win 10, Server 2008 & Server 2012) to more than just a basic level.
  • Excellent networking knowledge, the ability to program a basic router or fix switching issues.
  • Production knowledge and awareness of Microsoft Office product suite – not just using it, but installing and troubleshooting common user queries and in particular MS Outlook.
  • Installation, and troubleshooting of common ADSL queries and wireless environments.
  • Mobile email for remote users with iPhone / Android / Windows Mobile troubleshooting.
  • Local USB and Network based printer support to manage print queues
  • Good knowledge and understanding of PC builds, motherboards, CPUs, memory, disks etc.
  • Administration of Active Directory 2008 and 2012
  • Excellent LAN/WAN and TCP/IP troubleshooting skills
  • Willing to travel throughout UK & Ireland, work out of hours and weekends as and when required.

Desirable:

  • HP Server, Desktop, Switch experience
  • Windows Server & Exchange
  • Support for VM & Hyper-V

If you are interested please send us your CV for consideration.

Nimbus CS
Adelaide Business Centre
4 Apollo Road,
Belfast,
County Antrim
BT12 6HP

Tel: 028 900 800 30

Email: careers@nimbuscs.com

Nimbus CS is Recruiting – 3rd Line Systems Engineer

Due to the success of our Belfast site – doubling our headcount over the last year, we are now looking for experienced support and implementation staff to assist our existing technical team.

This is an excellent opportunity to become a key part of a fresh organisation, who are seeking to bring in a 3rd Line Systems Engineer to support and scale the infrastructure for production and internal environment.

WHAT YOU WILL BE DOING…

Day to day will involve working as part of a 10 member team implementing network and server solutions and providing 2nd / 3rd level support to our client base. You will be involved with managing projects from the initial design to implementation. Projects will include complex multi-tiered customer solutions so you will be expected to manage your own workload and the project throughout its life-cycle. The projects will involve extensive experience of working with Windows, HP Servers, Active Directory, and VMware environments.

Ideal Skills and Qualifications:

  • 3+ years experience working with Windows OS
  • Design and configuration of network and firewall environments
  • Managing Microsoft Exchange 2007/2010 infrastructure
  • Administration of Active Directory 2008 and 2012
  • Design and configuration of VMWare ESX environments
  • Microsoft Server 2008/ 2012 – Build and administration
  • Excellent LAN/WAN and TCP/IP troubleshooting skills
  • Willing to travel throughout UK & Ireland, work out of hours and weekends as and when required.

Desirable:

  • SAN systems
  • Cisco Routers, Switches
  • Used SCCM or similar for automated build of servers system
  • Design and configuration of Microsoft Hyper-V environments

If you are interested please send us your CV for consideration.

Nimbus CS
Adelaide Business Centre
4 Apollo Road,
Belfast,
County Antrim
BT12 6HP

Tel: 028 900 800 30

Email: careers@nimbuscs.com

 

Five backup tips to prepare your business for the worst

With the growth of computer services and smart technology within the business environment, SMEs are now storing a large amount of new data every day. Within the next 10 years, this data is expected to grow into the millions of terabytes.

This data has now become business critical and an integral part in business process and management. So for every business, losing this data is a disaster. Data loss could potentially mean the business is unable to sustain productivity and meet demand. It could even be the difference between success and failure.

Don’t worry though – by following these five tips, you can ensure your business is prepared for the worst.

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1. Back up regularly

Backups must be made regularly to ensure your data is protected. Start with a full backup of the system, followed by smaller, automatic backups at regular intervals. This saves drive space and decreases the time each backup takes.

2. Make sure you protect your whole system

Windows is complex and data, such as passwords, system settings, and applications are stored outside of files. Therefore find a backup solution that backs up the entire system, so all your data is safe.

3. Backup in the cloud

it is always important to back your data up twice, on your hard disk as well as in the cloud. When data is stored in the cloud, you can restore anytime, anywhere and on any device. With only a few clicks, everything is safe and easily recovered.

4. Run a test

Disaster can strike at any time. That’s why it’s very important to test your backup. Testing the backup is important to ensure it really worked and no unknown issues occurred during the backup process.

5. Backup before installation

Ensure your system is backed up before installing any new programme, driver or update. By doing this, you’re protecting your system and saving your important data.

By following these tips, your business can potentially avoid the pitfalls of data loss, ensuring your key data is recoverable in the worst case scenario and available to access anywhere, at any time. We can help you out with your backups, speak to Nimbus CS.



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