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What Entrepreneurs Need to Know About Information Security

Security of information and data in small businesses is a growing concern. Although cyber attacks remain more common in larger organisations, research by the UK government shows that 87 per cent of small businesses have had to deal with a security breach at some point in the past year, compared to 76 per cent the year before.

Cyber criminals have figured out that small businesses and entrepreneurs tend to take information security less seriously, and with the typical budgetary constraints of a small enterprise, often do not prioritise the need for information security. This makes any start-up company, sole trader or small business a prime target for hackers and attacks, and means any entrepreneur needs to be aware of the critical information relating to security of their business.

What do Entrepreneurs really need to know about Information Security?

Best Practices For Computer Usage In The WorkplaceUnderstanding the risks to your business

To understand the risks that a small business or entrepreneur may face in the online environment, it is important to understand what is at risk. The main areas of risk include:

  • Your money – the theft of cash from your bank account, credit card fraud and other financial losses
  • Your IT based systems and services – viruses, malware and malicious hacks can render computers, servers and software useless
  • Your information – your customer details, information about employees, product information, information about deals and marketing and much more.

No matter what size of your business, an attack that compromises any of these areas could be crippling for your reputation, your ability to function and your future.

Who poses a threat to small businesses?

Most people consider criminals to be the biggest threat to businesses, and while professional criminals are known to attack all sizes of businesses, there are some other threats to consider. People who work with you, for you or who you do business with have the ability to compromise your systems, either maliciously or by accident. Business competitors may have the motivation to attack your systems in order to gain an advantage over you.

What threats should you be aware of?

These main threats are the ones which all small businesses and entrepreneurs should be aware of:

  • Unauthorised access to or theft of computers, tablets, laptops and smartphones
  • Attacks on your website or network from a remote location
  • Attacks on a third party system where your information is held, such as your bank or your hosted services
  • Accessing information via staff or colleagues who work for you.

What are the impacts of an attack?

An attack can take various forms and have a variety of impacts on a business, ranging from a mild inconvenience to a disaster. You could be vulnerable to financial losses, either directly through fraudulent activity or indirectly through loss of information, intellectual property or the inability to conduct business.

You could also be financially damaged as a result of the costs associated with getting your systems up and running again, and could be liable to a fine if personal data is compromised. Your reputation could also take a hit, leading to loss of business in the future, and should information about your suppliers or clients be compromised, they could end up suffering in the same way, too.

What should you be doing about it?

There are simple measures to implement in order to improve your system security, including using strong passwords, firewalls, keeping software up to date and encrypting data. However, the first step to take is to have a professional company such as the NCC Group undertake an audit of your systems and information. This will identify where your biggest risks lie and give you helpful direction as to what steps need to be taken to protect your business.

Do you have any other valuable info on information security that entrepreneurs could benefit from? Please endeavour to share them with us using the form below.

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TechAtLast Writing Challenge: Win an IPAD 3 or AMAZON KINDLE HD from us

We’re back again with another exciting challenge for people to benefit from TechAtLast. Last year, we organized a wonderful contest, giving out over $1000 in prize to our participants on this platform, and this year, we’re back once again to shower prizes on our readers and friends for participating in 2014 TechAtLast Writing Challenge. The prize budget as at now is over $2000.

This challenge is for serious minded individuals and those who have been yearning for an opportunity to get featured on this blog for years.

Now, you get that chance to showcase your talent and let our readers and the world as a whole know all you’ve got to offer.

Starting from today, the contest is going live and in few moments, we will be explaining how you can benefit from this rare opportunity.

And mind you, we have Apple iPad and Amazon Kindle HD among the prizes for winners!

2014 TechAtLast Writing Challenge

1. Like TechAtLast on Google+, Pinterest, Facebook, and follow on Twitter and subscribe to our newsletter.

2. Write an quality article ( well researched, well referenced and informative) of 1500-2500 words on Technology How to Guide, Tutorial + images and if possible, include video link to better improve the article.

3. Submit to the site administrator for proper review & publishing. Within 24 hours of after submission, if accepted,  your article will be scheduled for publishing (we’ll inform you of this via email).

4. Share and recommend to your friends once it is live (please do not use bots to increase shares on your content or else, you’d be disqualified immediately).

5. Engage with the readers by answering questions and responding to comments; providing help and solution to questions raised….(and also make sure that all conversation are clean).

Please Note: Comments like “thank you for coming,” “you’re welcome,” “i love your article,” won’t be counted as valid because they increases server load, but instead, answer questions and provide concise help to better elaborate your points in the post.

6. Share more and more…..

How You Get Rewarded for Your Efforts

Our team of moderators will manually look out for the best 3 viral article published by all participating authors. And here are yardstick/factors/signals for selecting those three (3) wonderful and exceptional articles:

1. Social Media participation & interaction: Those are Twitter tweets & retweets, Facebook like & shares, Pinterest pins, Google+ shares & plus ones, Stumbles, Digg and LinkedIn engagements.

2. Total number of reasonable comments on your article with reasonable engagement from other readers.

3. Page views on your post throughout the duration of the challenge.

4. Most popular posts throughout the whole challenge with most shares, likes and retweets on social media.

WHAT WILL BE YOUR PRIZE?

  • The first position takes an Apple iPad 3 with 32GB memory and WI-Fi version, we could have given an iPad 4, but we will get there someday.

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  • The second takes our Amazon Kindle Fire HD, with 32GB internal memory. An Amazon tablet, isn’t that amazing?
  • For all other participants that did pretty well, we have some great and wonderful software products in our library,  you will take a full year license key.

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  • That is not all, we are considering making few souvenirs (TechAtLast customized) which we will ship to you, they may include (T-shirts, hand bands, Face caps etc.).

All other prizes will be announced as the challenge proceeds, many of our sponsors are already contacting us with great gift items, so you are not here to loose.

BRAINS AND SPONSORS OF THIS CHALLENGE

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Click here to register your details for an account on the website which would include your personal details. And within 24 hours, we shall get back to you if your application is approved or not.

Happy writing!

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Dealing with online attacks – tips for starters

These days, there are few businesses that aren’t online. Whether you’re self employed or part of a much larger company, most businesses will have some form of online presence. For many, it will be an important part of drawing customers or making profits.

As such, it should be of no surprise to know that this can result in companies being targeted. This can be for financial information, sensitive customer data or even just to make your website unavailable. In any of these cases, it is not something you want to happen.

To this end, here’s a quick overview on what you can do to protect yourself and your company. Likewise, it helps to know what your options are should anything actually happen.

Steps to deal with online attacks

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Protection yourself first (be prepared)

The best thing you can do is to protect yourself first, rather than waiting for something to happen.

Attacks can come in many forms, from simple viruses and infections to more complicated DDoS attacks (Distributed Denial of Service) attacks that slow down your systems by overloading them. For each of these you will want some form of relevant protection.

When it comes to cyber security you have plenty of options, but testing should always be included. Testing to see what should be done to protect your valuables would prevent your company from unprecedented events. Cyber Security at NCC Group is a perfect testing tool you can use for such if need be. Rather than just offering you a basic package, this will offer actual testing to see where your system holds up and where it doesn’t – it’s finding these holes that will allow you to fill in any potential risks before someone else does.

Aftermath

Likewise, it helps to have a plan of action should something go wrong. If someone does gain entry there are a number of questions you will likely want answered – how did they get in? What did they take? How can I prevent this from happening again? Of course, to answer the last question you need to answer the first two.

If something should occur, the best response is to quickly look into computer forensics – a service available from NCC Group. Setting this service up will provide you with quick responses and information on anything that happens. Not only would you be able to get information on how the breach occurred but you’d be enlightened to prevent upcoming attacks like that.

Combine this with adequate protection and cyber security and you should have a multi-layered defence. This will help keep your business safe, yet the simple act of investing in protection will put many thieves and opportunists off. Sometimes it really is better to be safe than sorry.

Protecting your data has to be your number one priority because the moment the data is lost, you’d not be able to regain it back – data protection is a big headache, and taking proactive steps to guiding them away from thieves should be your next subject line.

How do you deal with online attacks? Please share your views with me.

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Cloud storage brings the right solutions for your emails

Email storage capacity has mushroomed in recent years, with the big providers claiming to offer ‘unlimited’ space to consumers. The idea of limitless storage space for emails is a fallacy as the capacity is located on a hard drive which has its space limits! However, as so few of us use more than one fifth of our email capacity, the idea that we have unlimited space at our disposal has a ring of truth. It’s all relative!

Cloud Email host, Why should you move your email to the cloud?

When it comes to companies and organisations however, volume requirements are very real, as is the security of their electronic communications. This is where email storage and online cloud storage play an indispensable role.

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Expert services

So important is the storage of email data for commercial and governmental organisations that it is best to secure the advice and services of a professional provider company such as Mimecast. Just think about all of the information that travels around the world in the billions of emails sent daily. Commercial and governmental communication is bound to contain sensitive data, not just in the email body but also in the accompanying attachments. Working with the experts ensures peace of mind for the security of email correspondence.

The data cloud

With its roots in the 1960’s, the Cloud is not a new idea, but the average email user can find the concept difficult to grasp. The Cloud is a bank of scores of computers connected to the Internet, which store data. This facility has greatly increased the storage capacity and security of email correspondence for businesses and organisations through the services of a provider company which manages digital data.

The benefits of cloudy skies!

It isn’t merely security which is greatly improved through a top provider. Email storage and the filing of other digital data like documents and images are expanded through using the capacity of the Cloud. This means that vital space in on-site computer systems is also freed up for other use as staff members have easy access to material stored through an email provider in the Cloud. What’s more, a company only pays for storage which they utilise, which isn’t always the case with alternatives such as mass private archiving facilities. Additionally, maintenance is taken care of by the provider, freeing the customer of a cyber-headache!