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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

To find out more about our Cyber Security services, click here.

For any Cyber Security emergencies contact us today.

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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Why your business needs consistent email signatures

With studies estimating that the average employee within a business sends 35 emails a day, for those who are looking for the next great business idea, it may be closer to home than you realised. Email has been, and continues to be the number one medium for business communication. Which is why email signatures are a great tool which has been used by progressive businesses for years. Despite this, many small businesses are yet to utilise this highly effective technique.

So why should your business make the upgrade to using managed email signatures? We list the top reasons we believe you should use email signatures below.

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We are a Saint! How we help our community through IT

At m3 Networks we believe that giving back to the local community is a responsibility which should be fulfilled by all capable businesses. m3 Networks are delighted to support Saints in the Community for the second year in a row. This charitable organisation offers a range of activities for both adults and children, as well as informative events and campaigns.

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10 Years of Success: a sit down with m3

From redundant to robust, we are thrilled that we will be celebrating our 10th birthday this Sunday, 18th of August 2019! It has been 10 years of hard work, and although there have been a few bumps on the road, we believe it has made us stronger than ever.

In 2009, m3 Networks started out as three colleagues made redundant due to a business closure. Mark Lamb, Mary Brodie, and Mark Riddell decided to set out on their own journey. m3 was formed the day after leaving their previous employer; they believed they could build something great, and here we are!

After 10 years in business, 5 office moves, hundreds of clients later, and now a team of 11, our founders sat down and discussed what 10 years of success means to them.

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Proud team! – Ruth and Jay’s 1000th reviews

At m3, we do not just routinely handle any IT issues our clients have; their feedback and reviews mean a lot to us. For this reason, we implemented SmileBack. SmileBack is a tool which allows our customers to leave a review for every interaction they have with our help desk, good or bad. Our dedicated help desk technicians work hard to keep up our good reviews; and it shows. Our current percentage of positive scores on SmileBack is over 99%, with us having raked in thousands of reviews. Ruth Lamont and Jay Mace, two of our many amazing technicians have both managed to reach their 1000th reviews! This is certainly no easy task – read on to find out how they feel about this achievement.

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Cyber Essentials from a clients perspective

Recently, we had the pleasure of meeting and getting feedback from Louise Rogers from Human Resources Intelligence. Louise spoke to us about her experience with m3 and how we assisted her business achieve Cyber Essentials Plus certification.

Cyber Essentials is a UK Government scheme to enable business obtain a minimum level of cyber security. In Scotland, up to £1,000 funding is available to help business achieve Cyber Essentials.

You can find out more about Cyber Essentials and how to apply for funding here.

Also, find out more about Louise and her company here.

Why SMEs should outsource their Cyber Security

Cyber attacks are a recurring threat, with almost a third of businesses in the UK reporting cyber security breaches in the past year. As of previous years, this is much higher, particularly among mid-sized enterprises (60%). In a rapidly changing technology landscape, outsourcing cyber security services can help your business remain agile, protect sensitive data, control costs and monitor threats continuously.

Here are the top five benefits of how outsourcing your cyber security services to professionals can minimise your businesses exposure to cyber attacks.

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Why are you not Cyber Essentials certified yet?

According to the Cyber Security Breaches Survey 2019, the average cost of all breaches identified in the last 12 months for small businesses was £1,210 while for medium businesses, it was £3,770. Also, around 32% of businesses reported having cyber security breaches in the last 12 months.To meet these cyber security challenges, the UK government has implemented a range of schemes and initiatives. Of all the initiatives, Cyber Essentials (CE) is possibly the most useful for SMEs.

“Only 30% of the enterprises mentioned implementing changes to cyber security because of GDPR.” – Cyber Security Breaches Survey 2019

According to a report by NIG, almost 80% of data breaches can be prevented by implementing Cyber Essentials. This initiative brings many benefits to businesses looking to get certified; here are the five most important benefits:

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