Research in March 2016 established that 93% of all phishing emails contained encryption ransomware. By the third quarter of 2016 this figure had increased to 97.25%. Behind hacking, phishing the is the second most popular method of choice when it comes to cyber criminals trying to engineer a data or system breach. It is a problem that just isn’t going to go away and one that is likely to be high up on the list of security priorities for your customers in 2018.
Ongoing network monitoring is becoming an increasingly essential component in effective IT delivery. Crucially, it will enable your clients to enjoy continuous service by minimising the amount of downtime that they experience. This can have many positive knock on effects, from avoiding loss of business to ensuring that brand reputation remains strong. Ongoing network monitoring is a subtle but simple way to improve the service on offer and avoiding downtime is just one of its many benefits.
The EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is scheduled to come into force in the UK in May of this year. It will replace the Data Protection Act and represents a significant upgrade in the rights that exist to protect personal and sensitive data. However, survey data from late 2017 shows that just over half of UK small businesses are still unaware of the GDPR and the business changes required for compliance.