London businesses still at risk from cyber-attacks

Cyber criminal at work

Thousands of small businesses in London continue to be at risk from malicious attacks because they don’t have the right cyber security in place.

 

That’s according to a survey by telecoms giant BT, which found that too many small firms are relying on security products designed for the consumer market rather than business-grade cyber-security solutions.

 

Worryingly, it found that around one in 20 (4%) of businesses have no security in place at all.

 

BT’s findings followed hot on the heels of the UK Government’s Cyber Security Breaches Survey 2022 published at the end of March which found that four in ten (39%) of UK businesses had “identified a cyber-attack” over the last 12 months.

 

According to the research, phishing – where firms are tricked into handing over sensitive information – accounted for eight in ten (83%) of cyber-attacks. One in five (21%) of firms said they had been made aware of a more sophisticated attack such as a denial of service, malware, or ransomware attack.

 

A third (31%) of businesses said they had been attacked at least once a week adding to the growing list of cyber-crime statistics.

 

Once again, these surveys underline the daily threats businesses face and the constant need for 24/7 protection. And one way to do that is to outsource IT and cyber security to a managed service provider (MSP).

 

At Techsolve, we do everything we can to ensure systems are protected and information remains out of the hands of the bad guys. Our approach to security not only keeps systems and data secure, we also work to keep your people safe as well.

 

And we make sure that if the unthinkable does happen, we can get you back up and running again with the minimum of fuss.

 

Our fully managed approach to security includes:

Data security and compliance
Keeping your information – and the information belonging to your clients and customers – safe while complying with legislation such as GDPR.
Threat management technology
Ensuring systems are in place to shield you from malware, phishing, viruses, ransomware and other cyber threats to protect data, users and networks.
Multi-factor authentication
More and more firms are using multi-factor – or two-factor authentication – as an additional layer of password protection. The Government’s Cyber Security Breaches Survey 2022 found that just over a third of businesses (37%) have this in place which suggests this is one area where more can be done to beef up security.
Security awareness training
Ensuring the right security systems are in place – and up to date – is vital. But we also make sure that staff are up to speed about the latest security threats by running training courses and simulating attacks to ensure staff remain vigilant.
Business continuity and disaster recovery
To us, ensuring the right security systems are in place is a no brainer. So too is making sure your data is backed-up regularly as well. It means, that if the worst does happen, Techsolve will be at your side to get your business functioning again and fast with the minimum of downtime.

It doesn’t matter whether security is done in-house or outsourced. The important thing is that businesses continue to take security seriously and ensure that their systems and data are fully protected against the latest risks. By doing so, it ensures you’re protected. It also means the online world in which you operate is safer too. After all, no one wants to be a cyber-crime statistic.