How does Cyber Security protect us and why is it so important?

Every piece of sensitive data your business puts out into the digital world needs protection. Cyber security is the barrier between your business and the criminals who seek to harm your business through cyber attacks. Having robust cyber security in place is a vital part of protecting both your business and the people who work there.

The UK has the highest number of cybercrime victims per million people in the world. With the average estimated cost of a cyber attack being around £4,200 for small businesses (rising to £19,400 for medium and large businesses) most companies can’t afford not to take cyber security seriously. Alongside the financial impact, falling victim to cyber attack poses a serious risk to a business’s reputation, and may seriously impact the trust employees and clients feel towards it.

So, how does cyber security protect us?

What is cyber security?

A common misconception is that the installation of one simple anti-virus program will protect your business’s digital systems and networks from interference. Sadly, this is not the case.

Cyber security is an umbrella term, which not only includes anti-virus software, but also the prevention of potential hacking and unauthorised data access, protection against ransomware, providing regular system updates – and a whole lot more. One anti-virus program cannot cover all of this, but cyber security & protection services from a trusted IT company can.

Who is responsible for upholding cyber security?

When it comes to information technology security, you’re only as strong as your weakest link. Therefore, it’s important that every IT user within your business has a thorough and up-to-date understanding of how it works.

It’s easy to think that, once you have your security measures in place, you are no longer at risk of being vulnerable to cyber attack. Compare it to paying for a state of the art new lock system for your front door, only for someone to unlock that door and let a criminal in – despite it being state of the art, the lock becomes ineffective.

In cyber security terms, you can be equipped with all the recommended security tools, but if just one person within your business responds to an email requesting pertinent information, or inadvertently enters sensitive data into a malicious website, your systems will be exposed. In essence – your front door will be left open.

Why choose PC Comms?

When you choose PC Comms as your IT Support partner, we will implement multiple security best practises in your business. We’ll also alert you to the latest threats and advise what you can do to limit your risk of falling prey to them. We will work with your entire team, arming them with knowledge on what to look for and how to protect themselves and your business.

We take information technology security incredibly seriously, and are proud to be one of a select group of companies in the South West to be awarded the Cyber Essentials Plus accreditation. Our systems are regularly tested to check for and fix any weak points, and we use Government backed cyber security best practises to protect our company, employees, and data.

Our highly skilled staff can also help your business achieve these valuable standards. Taking steps to meet Cyber Essentials criteria demonstrates to your employees and clients that you’re serious about cyber security and ensuring everyone’s data is protected.

Contact us now for a no obligation discussion about how we can help your business. We also offer a free vulnerability scan of your current network, which will identify any possible exploits or vulnerabilities that you may not be aware of.

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