Your 5 step plan to prepare and protect your business from cyber-crime

Some type of incident relating to cyber-crime was reported by two thirds of all organisations a couple of years ago.

That number is going to be higher now due to changes we have made in the last year to work from home, possibly in a rush, creating further opportunities  for fraud.

Overall the world economy loses more than $1 trillion to cyber-crime every year. That’s a figure that’s increased by over 50% since 2018.

Your business needs to be as prepared as it can be against the threat of cyber-crime.

Ransomware: How to spot an attack before it does real damage

Ransomware attacks are on the rise and they are one of the most troubling things that can happen to your business and its data.

Hackers take control of your computers, cloud accounts, network and encrypt all your data, making it unusable. They won’t undo the damage unless you pay a “ransom” fee.

They can do so much damage because they secretly break in to your system a long time before the attack is launched but you can keep an eye out for symptoms you’ve been breached and hopefully take back control before it is too late.

Top 5 Phishing Scams: How many have you heard of?

Which of these phishing scams have you heard of?

You’ve probably all heard of phishing.

This is where someone send you an email, pretending to be someone else (like your bank), to try to get sensitive information from you.

How about vishing? Or smishing? Or even whaling?

These are all forms of phishing designed to steal your information, and ultimately your money.

We explore each one in our brand new video.

The more aware you and your staff are; the better protected you’ll be.

4 signs you’re under attack from ransomware

A ransomware attack is one of the most terrifying things that can happen to your business.

This is the computer attack where a hacker locks you out of your systems and data. And you must pay a ransom, typically in Bitcoin, to get access again.

What most people don’t realise is that hackers access your system weeks before they launch the attack. It takes time for them to set it up, and prevent IT security experts from helping.

So there are signs to look out for – ways to spot if your system has already been breached, and an attack is imminent.

Download our brand new guide and know how to keep your business safe.

Look out for the Covid-19 scams that can steal your data

There are those who will exploit any situation and that includes cyber-criminals during the pandemic.

In lockdown many people will turn to social media for advice, news, and so on.

Working from home may mean that you are using machines that haven’t the same level of protection or you don’t have colleagues in the same office to ask for advice.

Our new video will show you scams that you and your work colleagues should watch out for – at work and at home – share it with others- the more people who know what to look out for the less chances for the cyber-criminals to get their way.

Are you ready for working from anywhere?

2020 threw a massive curveball at us.

After the urgent rush to work from home in March, many businesses now have some staff still at home, with others in the office.

And it’s looking like (cliché alert) this will be the “new normal”.

Seeing as we don’t know what the next few years have in store us, this is a great time to make sure that all of your team can work from anywhere, on any device, any time.

That gives you maximum flexibility and minimum future disruption.

We’ve put together a brand new guide to show you the most important things to consider with a permanent flexible working arrangement for your people.

Keeping your business data safe

Could your team tell the difference between a genuine email from Dave in accounts, and a very convincing fake? This is a great time for cyber security training. We’ve written a free guide to help get you started

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What does ransomware mean to you?

It’s one of the fastest growing crimes in the world.. but what does it mean to you?
Ransomware can be scary.
What if you switch on your work computer tomorrow morning and instead of the screen you normally see, the screen goes totally red.
Your then shown a message saying that your business’s data has all been locked and that the only way to retrieve it will be to pay thousands in Bitcoin.
Statistics suggest is not a rare event. It happens to businesses every day – everywhere – even in Ryedale. Every business is at risk. And it can be one of the hardest things for us as your IT support company to fix.
We’ve written a brand new guide.

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How to protect your data from ransomware

Have you heard of malware? That’s scary enough – but have you also heard of ransomware?

This is where criminals lock you out of your data. And you have pay to get access to it again.

Our new video has three ways you can protect your business from ransomware.

Urgent Advisory: How to avoid current online and phone scams

We’re helping every person and business in Ryedale to stay safe, by issuing this urgent advisory.

Hackers have become very creative in the last few weeks, leveraging the Coronavirus to target people.

We’ve seen a massive surge in attacks.
Click to read our full advisory