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Cyber Awareness

Cyber Awareness

As I go around the SME community, it never ceases to amaze me that many SME owners don’t see the value of cyber awareness training for their staff and I can’t help wonder why not. After all, we would argue that it is one of the single biggest wins against cyber-crime that an SME can take, at a minimal cost in turns of time and money. So why do I think this is?
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Security and Risk Management

Security and Risk Management

On my travels around small to medium businesses, discussing Cyber Security and how it may impact them, one of the things that does stand out, amongst quite a few, is the almost total lack of understanding about security architecture. So, I thought I’d discuss it with a wider audience via this medium.
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Cyber Security Awareness Training for Non Technical Staff

Cyber Security Awareness Training for Non Technical Staff

Cyber Awareness Tra8ning, or rather the lack of, is a favourite hobby horse of ours, particularly as it affects non technical staff where it is vitally important for both managers and employees. If you don’t know what threats exist, them how can you look out for the signs, and how can you effectively target your security spend. Likewise, staff have to know what to look out for, how attacks are formulated and how they are carried out. A good motivator for staff is that, to put it bluntly, their jobs are on the line if the business is hit badly and loses money. Most SMEs are running businesses where cash flow is king and they simply can’t afford the kind of hits that many are experiencing.
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IT Security v Cyber Security

IT Security v Cyber Security

I spent Wednesday at a trade show in Peterborough. Had some very interesting conversations with a number of people from multiple different verticals, but all fitting comfortably within the SME bracket. When discussing Cyber security, the conversations tend to take a very familiar turn. The cry of, ‘I’m covered, my IT support company has put in a firewall and some anti-virus. They tell me all is good’. Slightly depressing but hardly surprising.
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NCSC Warning of Increased Cyber Threat due to the Ukraine Situation

NCSC Warning of Increased Cyber Threat due to the Ukraine Situation

Interestingly the National Cyber Security Centre, part of GCHQ, have issued guidance and a warning over the potential for increased cyber threats to the UK as tensions between Western Allies and Russia, ramp up.
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