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Cyber Security

Keeping calm in a crisis

By | Cyber Security, GDPR, IT Support, Training
Leadership in crisis

We’ve been seeing a lot of clever Phishing email attacks lately, where the hacker gains access to your email and plays a long game. Once employees realise what is happening, the first response is quite naturally one of sheer panic.

If you are a company owner or team leader, it’s important that you can remain calm in a crisis and can inspire those around you to do the same. In some situations, though, it’s hard to achieve calm when it feels like the walls are falling down around you. Technology related disasters can test even the most stoic of leaders and cause mass panic.

Hackers might pretend to be you, emailing your staff asking them to make a bank payment. The message will be laced with urgency and you’d be surprised how many staff will fall for it.

Once your email has been compromised, there are many things they can do to damage your business. Seeing such a situation unravel in front of your eyes will inevitably cause panic, confusion and distress. Our advice is to not put yourself at risk in the first place, and to take measures now to prevent an attack in the future.

These kinds of scenarios are common to us and we’re constantly adding new tools to our toolkit of services to help to protect you. Be a good leader and take proactive action to protect your business and your employees. Contact us to get the ball rolling.

Why you need to tighten up your IT security

By | Cyber Security, GDPR, IT Support
IT security GDPR fines

It is second nature for us to make sure our cars, offices and homes are locked up, with windows and doors closed so intruders  cannot gain access to our belongings.

So why  don’t we treat our IT security with the same level of caution? With the GDPR now in place, the importance and necessity of securing all personal data is a must.

However, with 44% of businesses stating last year that they don’t view strong security as a priority can you really say your data is secure? Do you trust your business and the businesses you work with to protect your data and make sure their IT security is up to standard?

At TecSec Services Ltd, we believe IT…… Read on

70% of businesses are still behind on the GDPR

By | Cyber Security, Data Protection, GDPR
comply with GDPR

Believe it or not, it’s been almost five months since the GDPR came into force.
International statistics suggest that 70% of businesses are unable to address individuals’ requests for copies of their personal data – a core element of Articles 15 and 20 of the regulation. Many other companies said they had struggled to get their policies and procedures up to scratch and admitted they were adopting a ‘head in the sand’ approach.

As of September 2018, the Information Commissioners Office (ICO) was yet to prosecute any non-compliant organisation. But that doesn’t mean they’re not going to, and it’s expected that those falling behind will be identified in the very near future.

It seems that a lot of businesses don’t want to draw attention to the fact that they weren’t compliant with the GDPR when it came into force on 25 May. Instead, they are taking no action and remaining non-compliant.

There are two points that we really want to stress here:
1) Admitting that you aren’t currently compliant will not, in itself, result in a fine or you being reported to the ICO. This would only happen if a breach has occurred since the 25 May 2018 which is reported to the ICO.
2) Remaining non-compliant simply isn’t an option. The GDPR is law, therefore, if you don’t comply, you are breaking the law.

We have recently been talking to many companies in and around the Sheffield City Region who have reached out for help, acknowledging that running the risk of non-compliance simply isn’t worth it.

Don’t be afraid to ask for help. It isn’t too late and within just a few days, we could get your organisation compliant with all your data security requirements.

TecSec is an IASME certified body with the GDPR gold standard, and we are also an IASME Certification Body. This means we can work with clients to bring you in line with the IASME standard, and compliant with the GDPR – helping you to avoid a hefty fine should you be found to breach the regulation.
To put your business’ data security in the safest hands, just get in touch with us today.

You could be one click away from disaster

By | Cyber Security, GDPR

Do you know what phishing really means? How it happens, what the consequences can be, and more importantly, how to prevent it happening?

At its simplest, it’s a hacker sending you an email, pretending to be someone else. Perhaps a supplier sending an invoice, or even an email from a customer. Someone in your business (maybe even you) clicks on a link in the email, genuinely not meaning to do any harm. That’s it, just like that, the hacker gets access to their computer. And often from there they will spread malware into other parts of your IT system.

At TecSec we see this a lot and it’s worrying how effective hackers can be. We often hear that business owners believe their staff will never fall for such a thing. In our experience, the smartest most reliable people are the ones most likely to fall for it.

Our brand-new guide will show you how to protect your business. We hope you’ll find it easy to digest and understand, with some simple steps you can implement straight away. Just click on this link to download your copy.

If you would like to speak to a trusted IT professional about protecting your company from phishing attacks, just get in touch with us.

Is working on your commute worth the risk to your data?

By | Cyber Security, Data Protection, GDPR
Commuting risk

The BBC recently featured an article querying whether commuters should be paid for the extra work they complete whilst travelling.

Whilst we applaud people’s dedication to their jobs, from an IT security perspective, they are posing a risk to their company by working outside of the secure office environment.

If you’re using an un-secure connection to visit websites that don’t have an SSL certificate (meaning their website is read as ‘not secure’ by your web browser), it could result in your login details being intercepted using packet sniffing.

What is packet sniffing? Continue reading…

The IT problem that will affect 1 in 3 businesses

By | Cyber Security, IT Support
2020 problem

In 2020, some of the most commonly used business software is coming to the end of its life. That means it will no longer be supported by Microsoft, and as a result, anyone using that software will be faced with several problems.

If it breaks, it’s not going to get fixed and support will be hard to come by when you come across a problem. End of life software is not compliant with the GDPR, which means your business is non-compliant. Perhaps most worryingly, end of life software is extremely vulnerable to hackers, you simply aren’t protected well enough.

What software are we talking about? Continue reading….

Hackers accessed 10 million records in Dixon’s Carphone breach

By | Cyber Security, Data Protection, GDPR
Dixons breach

Last month Dixon’s Carphone revealed that the huge data breach it suffered in 2017 was far worse than estimated with approximately 10 million personal data records accessed by hackers, rather than the 1.2 million records originally reported.

The personal records of 10 million customers have been accessed by hackers. These records include details such as names, addresses, phone numbers, dates of birth and email addresses. And, whilst Curry’s PC World states in the email that it has “no confirmed instances of customers falling victim to fraud as a result” this doesn’t mean that customers aren’t at risk. What are the hackers doing with this data?

What can you do to avoid falling foul of a scam? Read on…..

Facebook’s mistakes and what your business can learn from them

By | Cyber Security, Data Protection, GDPR, Risk Management
Facebook mistakes

Facebook’s mistakes.

It wasn’t so long ago that Mark Zuckerberg was the poster boy for online entrepreneurs.

Facebook changed the way we connect with people forever, and he started it all from his bedroom when he was still just a teenager. Then, the Cambridge Analytica scandal broke, and suddenly Facebook’s founder had fallen from grace.

Billions of Facebook users became worried about the darker side of the social network. Whilst trust in the platform plummeted, Google searches for ‘How to delete a Facebook account’ climbed.

Continue reading……..

TecSec Services Ltd are now IASME Gold certified

By | Cyber Security, Data Protection, GDPR
IASME Qualification

TecSec have achieved IASME Gold certification which covers Cyber Essentials, IASME Governance and GDPR requirements.

They are ramping up Cyber security in Sheffield City Region after becoming the region’s first Certification Body for the prestigious IASME standard for cyber security, complete with the GDPR gold standard.

Read our article to find out how this will affect your business.