The importance of cyber-security for your business

We all know that technology has become an integral part of most organisations and helps us work more effectively. However, businesses need to take steps to protect computer-based equipment and information from unauthorised access, change or destruction.

According to the Cyber Security Breaches Survey published in April 2019, cyber-security is a high priority for 78% of businesses (up from 69% in 2016). While the proportion of businesses identifying breaches or attacks has fallen in the past few years to 32%, the annual cost of these breaches or attacks has increased to an average of £4,180.

Here's some tips on how to stay safe when using email

  • Check the sender’s address very carefully to make sure the domain is correct. Emails can appear to come from authoritative sources or known contacts, but subtle differences in spelling can be easy to miss
  • Look out for odd use of language, unusual phrases, spelling errors or incorrect grammar. Fake emails are often not very well-written
  • Check the email source before clicking links, opening attachments or supplying information. Malicious emails can lead to unauthorised access to your computer
  • Never reveal usernames or passwords. Don’t make payments to bank details sent to you by email either, as viruses or malware can sometimes be disguised as invoices

If you’re in any doubt about an email you receive, call the sender or organisation (using a phone number which you're confident is legitimate) to verify the details.

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