Digitisation Of Data – Basic Advice For Reducing Risk

The increased digitisation of data offers many obvious benefits to a small business in terms of keeping track of all your valuable information. However it also brings with it a plethora of new risks and potential problems. These can be avoided or ameliorated by simple planning and thinking ahead (and having someone proficient and skilled in charge of your IT systems, of course!), so it’s handy to have a look at just what they might be so they can be tackled before they become a real issue. Remember, data is just as important to your business as profit is – losing your accounts can be as destructive as burning your money.

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Perhaps the most important thing you can do in order to minimise further problems down the line is effective staff training. This can’t be overstated – if everyone knows what they are doing and what the procedures are, then the likelihood of problems drastically decreases. And that includes yourself, so make sure you’re completely up to speed on all your IT systems before you start teaching everyone else.

 

Having an off-site tech team is recommended, but even once you have one of those in place there are things you need to do yourself in order to make your life easier. Little things, the kind of things a lot of people tend to overlook – such as having strong passwords, for example. “1234” is a recipe for disaster, as are passwords anyone with a knowledge of you or your business would have a decent chance of guessing. Birthdays, children’s names – these are essentially an unlocked door. Use a combination of letters and numbers – preferably one that doesn’t actually mean anything in itself, to make it impossible to guess. And whatever you do don’t write them on Post-It notes stuck around the office!

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Developing an IT strategy is also invaluable. Your IT support provider can help you with this, but it’s good for everyone in the business to know exactly what the procedures are, and that way a lot of problems can be headed off at the pass before you even need to call your off-site support.

As long as you keep ahead of things, and your systems are in good hands, then you’ll be amazed how many problems can be avoided entirely.

If your company requires out-sourced IT support contact 39 Degress today by calling 01279 800039 and speak to an expert about your requirements in further detail. Alternatively fill in our online contact form or visit our website here.

‘More Than Half’ of UK Businesses have STILL not addressed GDPR

‘More Than Half’ of UK Businesses have STILL not addressed GDPR

It has now been over four months since the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) came into force on May 25th, unifying the different levels of data protection across the EU and tackling the issue of exporting data outside the EU. With its main focus being to prevent the collection of unnecessary data on individuals (and to protect what data is collected and maintain the subjects’ rights to privacy), much was made at the time on the impact this would have on business, and many man-hours were spent on ensuring that enterprises across the EU were compliant with the new rules.

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So what has the impact been, in real terms? At the time there were many horror stories and concerns being raised about the unintended harmful effects that GDPR could have on small businesses. The fear was that as they have smaller IT resources, small businesses would find it harder to ensure they were compliant in time, and that they would therefore be disproportionately likely to face fines, and also disproportionately affected by the amounts of money involved.

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Well, the good news is that so far there haven’t been any massive issues. The bigger social media players like Facebook and Google saw the inevitable complaints being sent to the EU Commission, but other than that things appear to be moving smoothly.

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Although whether this will remain the case is hard to tell. In the run-up to the GDPR’s coming into force, IT security firm ESET surveyed over 27,000 companies, and found that more than half of them hadn’t performed an internal audit to see whether they were compliant.

Fortunately, and presumably anticipating this very state of affairs, Data Protection Regulators have shown leniency so far in order to give people time to catch up, but it seems likely that this state of affairs will be subject to change as time goes on. So the lesson is that while it’s still not too late to ensure that you are compliant with the new regulation, it may very well be soon.

BREXIT of cause makes no difference to compliance. GDPR came into effect before the UK leaves the European Union, which means that UK businesses needed to prove their GDPR compliance before, on and after the 25th of May. In addition, the GDPR rules apply to ANY business that handles personally identifiable information of EU Citizens, regardless of where they are located.

If your company are one of the many thousands who have yet to address GDPR contact 39 Degress today by calling 01279 800039 and speak directly to a Data security expert about your requirements in further detail. Alternatively, fill in our online contact form and visit our website here.

Facebook Security Breach: October 2018

Facebook Security Breach:
October 2018

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On Tuesday 25th September 2018, Facebook was the victim of a cyber-attack, which has affected over 30 million Facebook users. This attack is the worst security breach that Facebook has been the victim of, with the hackers successfully accessing the personal data of 29 million Facebook accounts.

Facebook has launched an investigation into this cyber-attack, after discovering that the attackers had obtained tokens from the system, which allows them to request certain information from the platform.

The hackers have accessed a range of information from these users, including their personal information and contact details. For around 15 million users, the attackers obtained their usernames and contact details, and this includes their phone numbers and email addresses.

For the other 14 million Facebook accounts, the hackers accessed the above information, as well as their gender, language, relationship status, religion, hometown, current city, birthdate, education and more.

Facebook users can check whether they have been affected by the attack by visiting their Help Centre. Victims should also have received a message from Facebook themselves, informing whether you are 1 of the 30 million, and explaining which information may have been accessed.

 

Cyber Security for your business

Here at 39 Degress, we believe that cyber security is paramount for running a business. If large organisations are vulnerable to security breaches, it’s important that you are protected from cybercrime.

With our Cyber Security services, we’ll help protect your business against the latest ransomware, malware, hackers and other threats, and ensure that you avoid becoming the victim of cybercrime. Ghost will also ensure that your business-critical data is secure and that your business complies with ISO27001 and GDPR regulations.

Our Cyber Security services include PEN testing, anti-virus and anti-malware, 2-factor authentication, email security and even Certified Cyber Security training for your workforce. To find out more about how Ghost can help improve your cyber security capabilities, call our team today on 01279 800039 and speak directly with one of our experts, who can help you prevent a cybercrime from occurring. You can also find out more by visiting our Managed Cyber Security services page.

Streets2Homes Website GOES LIVE – READ MORE!

We’ve recently launched a new website for the charity Streets 2 Homes in Harlow, with all the expected quality functionality you would expect. The new ‘mobile-friendly’ website includes the ability to donate online and for them to publish their own news items and updates.

Please visit the website https://www.streets2homes.co.uk

Screen shoot of the Website 39 Degress Services Created for Streets 2 Homes Harlow.

We look forward to continuing to donate our time and offer free web hosting to to this Local Charity in Harlow.

The Importance of Data Backup to Your Business When Moving Office

Whether you’re a small company still getting to grips with the business world or a multinational corporation with over 50 years’ experience, keeping your data safe and secure is vital. If it’s lost, you run the risk of it experiencing the detrimental effects to your company.

More and more businesses are switching to online data backup to ensure that valuable company information is safe from potential theft. Not only that, but having data backup online rather than a physical copy means that your information is protected from natural disasters should the unthinkable occur.

Here are the benefits that data backup can provide your business:

Protection

Data storage systems such as cloud storage can provide your business with additional protection should any theft or natural disasters occur. Also, this can be set up to back up files automatically which means you don’t have to do it manually. You can rest assured that every piece of data will be maintained.

Cost Effective

Of course, each business is unique. But what is one thing they all have in common? They are all susceptible to data breaches. If the correct protection hasn’t been put in place, even a small data attack can be detrimental to a new business. Online data backup is only a fraction of the price as setting up an individual system. This is massively appealing to new businesses wanting protection without making a large investment.

Restoration

Another benefit to online data back-up is in the event of a data attack, you are able to restore any lost information almost immediately after an incident has occurred. This means that your business will be able to get back to tip top shape as soon as possible.

How Can 39 Degress Services Help?

Fortunately, our cloud services can dynamically scale to meet the needs of its users, and because the service provider supplies the hardware and the software necessary for the service, there’s no need for your company to deploy its own resources and allocate IT staff to manage the service. If you would like more information to see how 39 Degress Services can help you, please don’t hesitate to get in touch!