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Over the past year, there have been more data breaches in the UK than there have been rainy days. This fact shows the severity of the current risk that businesses are in, but what are the main causes behind these breaches?

As many as 44 per cent of UK businesses are still not securing their networks adequately.

Despite being a year into the introduction of GDPR, a recent survey of more than 1000 UK businesses showed that 44 per cent are not protecting their client and employee data properly.

The majority of these businesses have insecure networks but there are another 37 per cent who falsely believe that they don’t store important data on their servers. This makes them prime targets for cyber-attacks.

Matt Royle, marketing director at Probrand, says: “More than ever, it’s vitally important for businesses to take data security seriously, the heart of which is network security. Measures should be taken to protect data at the point of storage, in-flight and across mobile devices, and a secure firewall should be applied to stop malicious internet attacks at the perimeter.”

What are the severity of these attacks to your business?

Cyber attacks and security breaches can cause major production halts, extra expenses and regulator fines, as well as loss of consumer trust. All of these factors not only cause a lot of stress to the business, employees and customers, but also put a lot of weight on a company’s bottom line.

What are the most common attacks to look out for?

DDoS attacks, phishing attempts and ransomware are the three most common types of attack.

And what are the best ways to prevent them?

1. Secure your servers with firewalls

2. Protect your network and devices

3. Educating and training employees to spot ransomware

4. Backup your data and anything important

5. Have a significant recovery plan in place and ready

With statistics dictating that it’s a case of ‘when’ an attack happens rather than ‘if’, we’re here to offer you expert advice and support, protecting you from these breaches. Contact us on 01522 883636 and we’ll be here to help.

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