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5 Questions You Need To Ask Your IT Department

Choosing the wrong IT company to support your network can be incredibly frustrating and expensive, and could end up costing you in downtime, data loss and expensive repair bills, not to mention the headaches and frustration.

It can be difficult to know the things you should look out for in an IT company, especially when the industry throws a lot of jargon around which may overwhelm someone who doesn’t specialise in the field.

This is why we put together this report, to arm you with the information you need to make an informed decision and avoid getting burned.

Here are 5 questions you need to ask your IT department.

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Best Practices for Remote Working This Winter

It’s that time of year again – the weather is unpredictable as ever, and we can rely on one fact – it’s going to be freezing cold. With erratic weather, there may be days where it is simply not safe enough for your employees to travel to the office. At such a busy time of year, this could have a big impact to your business; loss of productivity, getting quotes out to clients, or processing payroll. This is why business owners need to have policies in place in the event of staff working remotely. Among the many factors to consider, below we list the best Cyber Security practices you need to protect your company.

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9 Things Your Boss Expects You To Know About Cyber Security

Keeping up with the latest Cyber Security breaches can be a daunting task, however there are measures that you just can’t skip following. If the business you work for doesn’t have an IT or Cyber Security service provider, it can be tough. Not only that but you will be held responsible if you slip up and become the reason your employers data is breached. There are certain practices to protect data that your boss just expects you to know.

Your boss expects you to…

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Scam of the Week: Fake Pay Rise Phishing Emails

Found by Cofense, this latest phishing scam seduces those with a soft-spot for cash. Under the disguise of an increase in wages, this scam looks to fool users into giving up their Microsoft Office 365 credentials.

According to the Cofense Phishing Defence Centre, what makes this phishing attack effective is that it comes from an email which is a mock of the human resources department. It claims that the victim is entitled to a company-wide pay rise to which the intended victim is entitled.

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5 Social Engineering Techniques your staff need to know about

We see it on the news all the time – an elderly couple fell for some phone scam and gave the fraudster bank details, before being robbed of all their savings. This may seem like an issue exclusive to vulnerable groups – and that’s exactly what these fraudsters would want you to think. After all, the more ignorant the public are to this growing issue, the more likely they are to succeed. However, these ‘social engineering’ attacks are becoming more common than ever.

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Cyber Security Alert: Mass Phishing Campaign

The National Cyber Security Centre has posted an alert regarding a huge phishing campaign, believed to have been active since July 2018, but has peaked in activity this October.

Stay alert and informed against the latest attack by reading the report from NCSC:

https://www.ncsc.gov.uk/news/mass-credential-harvesting-phishing-campaign-active-uk

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Email Filtering: A Key Part of Cyber Defence

It is well acknowledged that emails remain the most important vehicle for business communication. With the number of emails being sent per day expected to reach 246 billion by the end of 2019, this heavily utilised tool can be a dangerous trap for unsuspecting users; as much as it can be a business life-line. Most of us already spend enough time using our emails, and with more important things to attend to than figuring out what’s a genuine email and what’s not, keeping on top of it all can be difficult. A great way to make the most of email, and to utilise it as safely as possible, is through mail filtering.

Over 90% of cyber attacks begin with an email

So what is email filtering exactly, and what makes it such a great tool?

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What could your business do with £1000?

For most businesses in this difficult financial climate, £1000 is an amount of money which could be of great use. For some companies, cyber security goes un-prioritised because business owners may think they simply don’t have the budget for it (even if it means risking money and sensitive data in the long run). This is why the Scottish Government have opened up a funding programme for cyber security; specifically towards Cyber Essentials certification.

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