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What is cybersecurity?
Cybersecurity is a broad term that describes the steps taken to protect systems & data against cyberattacks. Cyberattacks are increasingly complex and whether they’re random or targeted – they have the potential to decimate IT systems & any data they hold.
Why do cybersecurity attacks happen?
Attacks happen because cybercrime is lucrative – plain & simple. A hackers primary aim is to steal, capture, hold hostage or destroy information – usually for financial gain. Well known attacks such as crytolockers encrypt information before demanding a ransom, usually in the form of cryptocurrency. It’s quite literally a virtual Wild West on the Internet, but with more opportunity & less chance of getting caught. While most attackers aim to make money from their activities, there are also a growing number of attacks referred to as hacktivism which are carried out with social or political aims. The key thing to remember is that cyber criminals are incredibly proactive, and they carry out their activities much like a gang would on the streets. The key to successfully dodging their attacks is to be as proactive as they are about staying secure.
Who is a target?
Many common cybersecurity targets are random – they’re on websites as downloads or hidden as dodgy email attachments but they are increasingly targeted and highly sophisticated. Any individual or organisation that uses the Internet is at risk. Certain sectors like healthcare, finance & government are at heightened risk due to the value of the data they process.
The high-profile attacks on the NHS in 2017 were an example of a highly targeted attack – up to 70,000 devices were affected in the NHS alone. The hackers targeted systems using out of date, unsupported software like Windows XP and Windows Server 2003. The NHS was still using these systems years after they reached end of life.
Types of cybersecurity attacks
There are a huge range of cybersecurity threats – new attacks emerge every day. Common attacks include:
- Denial-of-service (DoS)
- MITM (Man-in-the-Middle)
Cybersecurity & the Law
In the UK laws such as the Computer Misuse Act 1990, the Data Protection Act 2018 & the GDPR (General Data Protection Regulations) 2018 make it an offence to engage in hacking, data theft & privacy breaches. If you’re involved in data breaches involving personal data, you often have a legal obligation to report it to appropriate authorities. In July 2019 the Information Commissioners Office (ICO) used their powers to fine British Airways & the Marriott Hotel Chain £300m. The ICO has taken on a 3rd more staff to help enforce relevant data protection law. What’s clear is that the government is taking cybersecurity very seriously & placing the responsibility for compliance on firms that process data. Cybersecurity can no longer be an afterthought where budgets allow.
What can I do about cybersecurity?
Certifications won’t keep you safe on their own, but when they’re carefully integrated into your business they’re one of the best ways to harness global best-practice in your cybersecurity strategy. Cybersecurity certifications such as ISO 27001, Cyber Essentials Plus & CompTIA are a few of many available. The best certifications will include a physical audit of your systems – where a third party checks you’re actually secure. Certifications are also a great marketing tool & source of competitive advantage for your business – many companies now only work with certified suppliers.
Secure infrastructure means little if cybersecurity isn’t part of your culture. Human error is the leading cause of cybersecurity breaches and often as simple as someone opening a malicious email attachment when they thought it was genuine. Building a culture of cybersecurity is important, and this needs to come from the top of your organisation. Simple steps like training your staff on how to react to common threats are advantageous, as well as having a robust & easy-to-understand set of information security policies. If you lack the resources to offer training in-house, there are specialist firms which offer training courses on a wide variety of topics.
By adding a few extra defenses to your network you can drastically reduce cyber risk throughout your business. The bigger your business, the more complex these systems are likely to be. Common cybersecurity controls will include perimeter firewalls, web content filtering, database encryption, antivirus & strong passwords. More advanced controls extend to DMARC, intrusion detection systems, mobile device management, DNS filtering, DDoS Mitigation & regular vulnerability scans. The important thing here is to ensure that your systems are well designed, well managed, suitable for your business & budget appropriate. Cyber security doesn’t have to cost the earth.
Not all business insurance policies cover cyberattacks, so it’s worth taking out a separate cyber insurance policy to cover this risk. When you apply for cyber insurance you’ll be asked to highlight all the controls you have in place. Your controls demonstrate how serious you are about cybersecurity and therefore how risky you are to insure. It really pays to have a sufficient cyber strategy in order before you apply for cyber insurance.
How we can help
Your network is one of your most business critical assets. Our cyber security solutions protect your systems against attack, building a cohesive defence that secures your data.
We deliver expert independent cyber security analysis, advice & consultation to help you improve your cyber security practices. Our approach ensures your critical systems are secure, protected and fit-for-purpose. Every recommendation we make is backed by decades of industry knowledge.
Whether you are new in business, recovering from an attack or looking to transform your business, contact us today to discuss your needs with our experts.
Your first step to improved security begins with an IT security assessment. Our assessments scan your entire network, exposing weaknesses and evaluating cyber security risks. A thorough analysis and improvements report provides expert insights into the integrity of your network, helping you make informed decisions about the state of security in your business.
Attacks happen, but backups mitigate their affect on your business. A secure data backup works as a virtual snapshot of your environment. In the event of an attack, a separate copy of your critical data can be restored. This mitigates the breadth and depth of a cyber security incident, saving your business expensive data recovery costs and the risk of damage to your hard-earned reputation.
Our disaster recovery solutions incorporate elements of data protection, policy and business continuity. We use scenario testing to fault-find your systems against various potential events, then configure your network for rapid and complete recovery. When a disaster occurs, simply activate the plan and let us do the rest for you.
Potential disasters can include Acts-of-God, malicious attack, ransomware, hardware failure or theft. The type of disaster doesn’t matter to us, what’s important is that your systems are available when you need them to be, with as little damage as possible when things go wrong.
Fears over security remain one of the greatest barriers to cloud adoption, particularly after GDPR. We help overcome this challenge by enhancing our clients cloud security capabilities, helping them ringfence assets while taking advantage of what the cloud has to offer. Our solutions span initial design & solution identification to implementation, improvement & support.
Powered by the #1 provider of threat intelligence and Smarter Cybersecurity® solutions for small to medium-sized businesses, our fully-managed antivirus stops threats in real-time. We deploy, support & maintain antivirus coverage to secure all endpoints – including servers, workstations & mobile devices. As part of our offer we include management reporting to meet compliance & auditing requirements.
Cyber Security Policy Development
Driven by decades of experience in the field, our consultants formulate robust cybersecurity policies to meet the compliance & governance needs of diverse clients. Our proven track record of successful policy implementation ensures a professional, comprehensive service that empowers best-practice at every stage of the compliance lifecycle.
iQuda holds credentials across a range of global standards including ISO 27001 & UK-specific standards including NHS Data Security Protection standards & Cyber Essentials Plus.
Managed IT Solutions
Managed IT Support places your network and systems in professional hands. For a fixed monthly fee, all aspects of support, maintenance and management are taken care of. Our managed IT support service includes unlimited remote support and IT help desk support, unlimited maintenance, all scheduled onsite visits and more.
As part of the service, we include a cyber security prevention strategy and regularly analyse your network to help prevent threats from occurring. With 24/7 monitoring on every device covered by support, we track how your systems perform at all times. Potential issues are immediately signposted and flagged for resolution, leaving your network as secure as possible. Managed IT support is available for desktops, servers, mobile devices and all other business technology devices.
SPAM & Threat Filtering
Web-filtering serves as a fast-acting barrier between your network and the world-wide-web. Your filtering solution is configured according to your own preferences, allowing you to control web access within your organisation. Web filtering can be configured according to global best-practice, category-based filtering, predictive threat intelligence, or per-user. This solution is trusted by a number of leading schools, healthcare providers and corporate offices around the UK.
Web-filtering can help prevent access to potentially dangerous website content and automatically guides your stakeholders through a safe web-browsing experience. Our solution is a market-leading preventative business protection mechanism and can help protect your organisation from online cyber security threats. Deployment is fast, and 100% cloud-based, requiring no additional hardware to operate effectively. Desktop, server and mobile device compatible.
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iQuda is a multi-award winning cybersecurity solutions provider working in Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire, Buckinghamshire & London. Areas we currently support include Hemel Hempstead, Aylesbury, Chesham, Amersham, Dunstable, Berkhamsted, Tring, St Albans, Barnet, Watford, Kings Langley, Abbots Langley, Harpenden, Hatfield, Luton, London and surrounding areas.