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Humans are responsible for cybersecurity – not technology

This blog is devoted to taking responsibility for cybersecurity in your organisation. If you are the leader or decisionmaker, who else is going to lead with this?

If you are not the decisionmaker, and there has been no cyber risk assessment, the organisation could be in trouble and may not recover from attack.

I recommend that you read Whaling for Beginners

You can obtain a free PDF or e-Book version from the link above.

In this short, based-on-fact and gripping modern-day fable, a company boss clicked on a link sent from an old (and presumed forgotten) school chum.

He regretted it immediately. The malware in the link proceeds to not only hack his company network, but their client’s networks too.

The book charts the fallout for the company but also forces the boss not only to take responsibility for his own culpability but also to realise that the tech alone does not protect you.

Without security policy, risk assessment and mitigation you are vulnerable.

“We took technology at face value. Technology is nothing without people. People use technology. They can use it and they can abuse it.

They can let it make them lazy, or they can use it to be amazingly creative. The point is, it’s a tool. It’s only as good as the people that use it. I’m the fool that clicked on a link in an email that I shouldn’t have.

I assumed that the antivirus would save me. I assumed that my firewalls, my expensive tech, my IT team made me immune to my own carelessness. They didn’t….”

If you’d like to discuss the above further please get in touch by calling 0207 241 2255 or simply schedule a session with me using my calendar link.

Improve how you work from home or the office with Microsoft Teams

Unless you have been living on another planet, you’ve probably noticed that things have been a little strange, lately.  Covid has changed the way we do pretty much everything and it looks as if it will be some time before things go back to the way they were.  If at all.

On the up side, you may have discovered that your business can be more flexible with the way your people work, than you’d imagined. With many people working from home to some extent, remote working has become a viable, permanent option for many organisations.  And if your people are getting on well with it, what’s not to like?

People can work in a way they’re comfortable with; you could make a big financial saving on office space and travel; and you’re literally giving your people the gift of time, because they no longer have to commute.  But the important thing to always keep in mind is how you’re going to continue to collaborate as a team.

It’s likely that you’ve already looked at some of these potential issues during lock-down. Have you found the best solution for your people? If not, it’s time you looked in detail at Microsoft Teams.

Microsoft Teams has it all when it comes to uniting your business and helping you to get the job done.  Download this month’s guide, for a step by step closer look at Microsoft Teams.

Give Teams a go and see how it could work for your business.  We are always on hand if you need any guidance and can also give help and advice on any other aspect of your business’s IT and data security.

You can call us on 0207 241 2255 or simply fill out the contact form on our website and we’ll quickly get back to you. If you’d like to schedule a call directly with Ben, please connect via his calendar link.

Why time is the real finite resource

What does Bill Gates, a brain surgeon and a road sweeper all have in common? They only have 24 hours in a day.

Even Bill’s billions don’t get him any special time dispensations or perks. While this may seem obvious, if we have a hard limit on how long we have to spend in our work life and home life how does this affect our ability to get what we want?

If time is short, how can we tell if what we are doing right now is really the best use of our time?

Is the task important? Am I the best person to be doing this task?

Am I doing this task because I am avoiding what I really should be doing right now?

I ask myself these sorts of questions regularly because I often feel pressed for time – whether I am working or not. Effective time management is challenging in the 21st century because there are so many things we could do or think we could do. We are over-saturated with information. There is no way I could read every link in every email sent to me asking me to read a white paper or attend a webinar.

I am learning to be more selective in what I read and what I do as I realise that I can’t do everything. One thing I do spend some of my time on is how to focus my activities and prioritise my tasks so that I do the most important things first! The very fact that we are all faced with this conundrum means that there are many helpful books and even simple articles that can help us get better at time management.

This link provides some useful and straightforward steps that can help!

If you’d like to discuss any of this further please get in touch by calling 0207 241 2255 or simply schedule a session with me using my calendar link.

 

Make cyber security part of your business’s culture!

Cyber crime is the number one threat to businesses everywhere, that’s why cyber security should be at the forefront of your business culture! Everyone knows about the risks, but every day thousands of people click on infected links, give out their bank account details to fraudsters and leave their mobile phones on trains. Read more

Received an extortion email? What should you do?

Extortion emails are, unfortunately, more commonplace than you may think. Read more

Five terrifying password security stats!

Yes, we’re talking about password security again. Why? Because huge data breaches continue to happen. Every. Single. Day. This month’s guide will quickly give you pause for thought when it comes to protecting your business with regards to passwords. Read more

Why security awareness training is a must!

Want to know why security awareness training should be part of your IT security policy?

Any well-adjusted business in 2019 knows all about cyber-crime. It knows about the risks posed and how important it is to have a coherent IT security strategy in place. This is so that if or when something bad happens, they are ready and able to execute their business continuity plan. Read more

Are you prepared for the 2020 problem?

In January 2020 Microsoft is ending the life of some of its most popular products, including Office 2010, Windows 7, and selected business server software. That presents businesses everywhere with several very worrying problems: Read more

What actually is a password manager?

Like most of us, juggling 25 unique 18 character passwords in our heads is a big ask. And then remembering which one works with which account can be frustrating, let alone if you are forced to change one. The modern approach is to use a password manager. Read more

11 scary signs your business has been hacked!

Worried your business may have been hacked and that you might not have noticed? If you spot just one of the signs highlighted in this month’s guide, you could help protect your business from a potential catastrophe! Read more