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Think your business it too small to be attacked by a hacker? Think again. It doesn’t matter if you’re a 2-person start-up running out of a spare bedroom or a multi-million pound corporate goliath, the risk of being hacked is just as real. In fact, the latest Government Security Breaches Survey found that nearly three- quarters (74%) of smaller UK-based organisations reported a security breach in the last year - a sizeable increase on the 2013 and 2014 survey. Will you know? The problem with hacking, is that many organisations won’t realise it’s happened until it’s way too late. A hack doesn’t have to be grandiose or something that’s going to bring down your entire IT infrastructure. In fact – more often then not, it will be the exact opposite - the goal of the attack being to stay undetected as long as possible whilst gaining access to your valuable digital assets such as company, product, financial and customer data. All it takes for you company to be hacked is for someone to click on a link in a phishing email or for someone to be lax with their password information. You could even be hacked when you nip off to grab a coffee or go to the loo - if you’re foolish enough to leave your workstation / laptop unlocked and unattended. Damage So what does it mean if you’re attacked? The hackers have taken a bit of data… so what? Well – apart from the potential of having valuable product data leaked to your competitors and your bank accounts sucked dry, there’s also a significant risk of brand damage. Your customers won’t take kindly to having their private information leaked and as news spreads of the hack, potential new clients will be put off as well - and that’s going to hit your bottom line. Encrypting Of course, data is not always stolen - in some cases, hackers simply hold it hostage by encrypting it so you can no longer access it. The only way you’ll ever be able to access your data again is by paying a ransom and even then, there’s no guarantee you’ll get it back. Fines So at best, hacking is going to cause major disruption to your organisation and at worse you’ll no longer have an organisation left to have disruption in. The issue of hacking / cyber security for small businesses has been made even more pressing recently by new European regulations aimed at protecting customer data. The EU’s new General Data Protection Regulation will come into force in 2018 and could result in companies being fined up to €20m or 4% of their annual turnover, whichever is greater, for allowing any security breaches to compromise their customer data. How to protect? So how should you protect your small business from being hacked if you don’t have the expertise in house? Managed IT services providers like us here at DGT Technology are a great step in the right direction. We live and breath IT and security and have both the expertise and the technology in-house to provide your organisation with the very best 24/7 protection and whilst you might see our services as an additional monthly expense, it’s a small price to pay when compared with a €20m euro fine or worse still, the end of your company altogether. To arrange a free IT consultation with one of our experts, contact us today on 0208 819 1360.
2016-03-24 /  Article #5

Do you really need to worry about being hacked?

Microsoft Registered Partner Small Business Specialist VAT number GB 873185892 Registered company number 5440703
50 Liverpool Street London EC2M 7PY Covering London Central, City, Docklands, London West End, Shoreditch, Stratford, Hackney, and surrounding areas.
Copyright 2015 DGT Technology Ltd Privacy Policy About us
0208 819 1360
Think your business it too small to be attacked by a hacker? Think again. It doesn’t matter if you’re a 2-person start-up running out of a spare bedroom or a multi-million pound corporate goliath, the risk of being hacked is just as real. In fact, the latest Government Security Breaches Survey found that nearly three-quarters (74%) of smaller UK-based organisations reported a security breach in the last year - a sizeable increase on the 2013 and 2014 survey. Will you know? The problem with hacking, is that many organisations won’t realise it’s happened until it’s way too late. A hack doesn’t have to be grandiose or something that’s going to bring down your entire IT infrastructure. In fact – more often then not, it will be the exact opposite - the goal of the attack being to stay undetected as long as possible whilst gaining access to your valuable digital assets such as company, product, financial and customer data. All it takes for you company to be hacked is for someone to click on a link in a phishing email or for someone to be lax with their password information. You could even be hacked when you nip off to grab a coffee or go to the loo - if you’re foolish enough to leave your workstation / laptop unlocked and unattended. Damage So what does it mean if you’re attacked? The hackers have taken a bit of data… so what? Well – apart from the potential of having valuable product data leaked to your competitors and your bank accounts sucked dry, there’s also a significant risk of brand damage. Your customers won’t take kindly to having their private information leaked and as news spreads of the hack, potential new clients will be put off as well - and that’s going to hit your bottom line. Encrypting Of course, data is not always stolen - in some cases, hackers simply hold it hostage by encrypting it so you can no longer access it. The only way you’ll ever be able to access your data again is by paying a ransom and even then, there’s no guarantee you’ll get it back. Fines So at best, hacking is going to cause major disruption to your organisation and at worse you’ll no longer have an organisation left to have disruption in. The issue of hacking / cyber security for small businesses has been made even more pressing recently by new European regulations aimed at protecting customer data. The EU’s new General Data Protection Regulation will come into force in 2018 and could result in companies being fined up to €20m or 4% of their annual turnover, whichever is greater, for allowing any security breaches to compromise their customer data. How to protect? So how should you protect your small business from being hacked if you don’t have the expertise in house? Managed IT services providers like us here at DGT Technology are a great step in the right direction. We live and breath IT and security and have both the expertise and the technology in-house to provide your organisation with the very best 24/7 protection and whilst you might see our services as an additional monthly expense, it’s a small price to pay when compared with a €20m euro fine or worse still, the end of your company altogether. To arrange a free IT consultation with one of our experts, contact us today on 0208 819 1360.

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