Why Cyber Crime is a huge risk to Birmingham businesses and what you need to do to prepare
- 2nd August 2017
- Posted by: Mark Dodds
- Category: Video
Fraud and Cyber Crime are the most common offences in the UK today, with small businesses among the biggest victims. Watch our overview video below:
Once upon a time not so very long ago, businesses wrote all their important data down on paper and kept it locked away. It was time consuming, impractical, and accounted for thousands of miles of filing cabinets gathering dust over the years. These days we’re far more sophisticated than that thanks to computers and the internet, but it also comes at a cost.
Cyber Crime is now the biggest threat to Birmingham businesses. And the really scary thing is that as technology becomes more accessible, it’s now easier than ever before someone to steal your data and potentially damage your business forever. What was once thought to be the domain of evil computer geniuses with a grudge has now become relatively straightforward for any savvy opportunist to try. And as hackers have become more commonplace, so have their scams.
According to the Office of National Statistics, one in ten people in England and Wales reported a Cyber Crime in 2016 and it now accounts for 40% of all crimes in the UK. From online shopping fraud to phishing emails and viruses, we’re a Nation at the mercy of fraudsters who want to cause chaos and make a fast buck at our expense.
Half of the Cyber Crimes committed come from hackers who are based abroad, and it’s now smaller businesses with less than watertight security protocols that they’re targeting.
And yet, despite the risks, business owners still have a lackadaisical attitude towards internet security. When we’re busy at work, it’s easy to become frustrated with on- screen prompts and updates that take precious minutes away from an already overpowering workload. Many of us see the “your virus protection is expiring” message as an annoying pop-up, set a reminder to deal with it another day and forget about it. All too often, that “another day” passes further and further into the future and isn’t given a second thought until it’s too late.
The Cyber Security of Your Organisation is Your Responsibility
The security of any business ultimately lies with the most senior person there- not the IT guy, you. That means you’ll have to make yourself aware of all the major threats and take appropriate action to protect yourself. Even if you invest in the best security software on the planet, it will be up to you to ensure it’s all up to date and installed correctly.
Keeping your business as safe as it can be should be a top priority; just as important as increasing sales targets or recruiting more staff. No business should take risks with data security anyway, but the advent of the GDPR means that the knock-on effects of a breach are more serious than ever.
It seems as though hardly a day goes by without a new Cyber Crime making the headlines, but the most shocking and high profile was the attack on the NHS in May 2017. What may have seemed like a solid, impenetrable organisation was thrown into complete chaos at the hands of hackers, with issues still affecting important services for weeks after the event. This followed other high profile attacks on businesses including TalkTalk, VTech and Carphone Warehouse, proving just how easy it is for cyber criminals to find their way into any organisation and cause major disruption.
The good news is that it’s entirely possible to protect your business from cyber crime- all you need is know-how and the right support. You can download our Guide today for some handy tips and tricks below: