Alastair Hamilton, CEO Invest NI speaking at Nimbus CS office opening.

 

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UK small businesses subjected to 230,000 cyber attacks in 2016

Small business owners across the country encountered almost 230,000 cyber attacks throughout 2016, according to a new report from the broadband provider, Beaming. In addition, the average number of cyber attacks reaching business firewalls breached the 1,000 per day mark for the first time ever in November, reinforcing the need for adequate cyber security and IT support.

The targets of the attacks by cyber criminals appeared to shift as the year progressed. In Q1 2016, around a third of all cyber attacks on UK SMEs involved attempts to gain access to company data. However, between Q1 and Q4 2016, there was a 310% rise in the amount of cyber attacks on connected devices controlled remotely online such as building control and CCTV systems. Putting that into even greater context, by the close of 2016, over 90% of all cyber attacks on UK SMEs targeted Internet of Things devices.

Beaming’s report also indicates that cyber criminals are becoming increasingly sophisticated in their approach, with fives times more unique IP addresses utilised to cloak attacks on Britain’s small business community in 2016, 98% of which were located overseas.

Increasingly, cyber attacks are computer scripts that trail the internet for glaring flaws and weaknesses in business firewalls. The very nature of the Internet of Things means that businesses are creating problems for their company’s firewalls by giving third-party suppliers direct access to any devices connected to their systems.

Sonia Blizzard, managing director of Beaming, said: “It is imperative that companies regularly review their firewall policies to ensure they are as restrictive as possible and prioritise security over convenience.

“Once inside, it is relatively easy for hackers to take over connected devices and lie dormant before misusing those assets as part of a bigger hack or distributed denial of service attack at a later stage.”

If you’re a small business owner that’s unsure whether or not your IT system is bullet-proofed against cyber attacks, at Nimbus we can work with you to refine your network setup. For many businesses operating online, their IT systems have simply evolved without a rock-solid strategy, leaving critical weaknesses open to cyber criminals. But you don’t have to deal with the threat of cyber attacks alone. Our team of experts can provide invaluable IT support, from antivirus hardware and software to virtual server solutions.

Simply pick up the phone and call us on 028 900 800 30 or fill in our simple online enquiry form to take advantage of our free audit of all your business systems.

 

 

 
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3 cyber security misconceptions that could destroy your business

If you run a growing, medium-sized business, it probably generates a lot more data than it did when it was a small start-up. What’s more, you may be be dependent on this data for planning your business strategy, managing customer accounts and even ordering the right amount of stock. Clearly, it’s essential for you to protect your information. But did you know that the biggest threat to your data might be internal? We’re not talking about disgruntled employees or even outdated computer systems: we’re referring to the misconceptions that surround cyber-security. As a busy business-owner, you probably don’t have a lot of time to brush up on data-protection and make sure you’re not acting on false information. That’s why we’ve compiled a convenient list of common misconceptions that may put your data at risk. Don’t fall into the trap of believing them!

1. “Storing data in the cloud is dangerous”

Many people believe that putting their data online makes it vulnerable to hackers and other digital miscreants. As a result, they only store their data on the hard-drives of their computer systems. Sadly, this isn’t a wise course of action. If you don’t have an online, off-site backup, your data can easily be lost as a result of accidental damage to your computers. What’s more, storing your data on your own computer system doesn’t make it invulnerable to hackers. Provided your computer system can access the internet, hackers can get at the data on it, even if it isn’t actually stored online. In reality, it is often safer to store data in the cloud. By storing data on hosted cloud servers, you are putting it in the hands of IT professionals who have very advanced data-protection systems in place.

2. “I’m not an attractive target for hackers”

Many businesses fall victim to hackers, viruses and other cyber-security threats simply because their owners think they don’t have to worry about them. You may not believe that you’re an attractive target for hackers, but the reality is very different: hackers will attack any system that has a security weakness they can exploit. Sometimes, they will attempt to profit from it, other times they simply do it to cause mischief. You can’t predict whether you will become a target or not for the simple reason that you can’t reliably predict hackers’ motives. What’s more, viruses and other cyber-security threats spread mindlessly, without a guiding human agency. Even if no-one wants to access your data, viruses and malware could still destroy it.

3. “I have an anti-virus programme, so I’ll be fine”

Anti-virus and anti-malware programmes are great. They are the first-line of defence against incoming threats. However, they can’t protect you from every conceivable threat to your cyber-security. Sometimes, you need support from IT experts who know how to combat cyber-security threats, so make sure you have an IT support contract that’s right for you. Here at Nimbus CS, we can help you protect your computer system from deliberate intrusion, viruses and malware. You can help us to help you by not believing the misconceptions that we’ve listed in today’s blog entry. Contact us to find out more.

 



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