A recent study was carried out showing enterprise is the new target of malware attacks. Although statistics showed a decline in ransomware attacks on individual consumers, attacks on enterprise showed a clear increase. In fact, the research found that there was a 12% rise in targeted attacks on businesses and a steep 33% increase in mobile ransomware. With the workplace steadily becoming a fluid entity rather than a strict office-based environment, this is particularly concerning.
For those unfamiliar, ransomware trojans encrypt data stored on the device disk, blocking the user from accessing any information. A payment is then demanded and if the extortion is not satisfied, the data is gone for good. Within minutes an entire network can be brought down if the ransomware spreads. This is potentially disastrous for those with no protection or counter measures in place.
Nybble currently protect many large organisations in the UK against this threat and if you are vulnerable, please consider giving us a call. We can assess your business and offer solutions tailored individually to need. But, in the meantime here are 5 ways to protect yourself, at least on a basic level:
If you are running an old version of Windows, you must update your system to Windows 10 or consider new computers. Believe it or not, some businesses still use XP or Vista making them extremely vulnerable to attack. If using Windows 7, ensure you have automatic updates enabled and take note that support will be withdrawn from this operating system soon. The updates are specifically designed to protect against ransomware attacks. Make sure you are using the latest version of your browser and that any plugins are current versions.
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Trojans are often spread by email attachments. The people behind them, the attack groups, are getting very sophisticated and it is easy to be fooled if you don’t know what to look for. Their numbers have grown 25% over 2018. Once the file is unzipped, your files are infected and suddenly all your data is locked down. Make sure staff are made aware of the deception and that to leave unopened, anything they are unsure of or that is unknown. It is important to teach them that sender names can be spoofed, if uncertain a quick telephone call can authenticate before the file is opened. The study showed that 48% of malicious attachments were office files, an upward trend from the 5% of 2017.
Symantec found 1 in 10 URL s posed a risk. Again, it is important that before opening anything, you know who the sender is and what they are sending. Having your company files locked and encrypted can spell disaster for a company and with the highly regulated data protection laws it is just not worth the risk to turn a blind eye. If you think it will never happen to you, you are leaving yourself open to the attack groups. Nybble will advise you on the best anti malware products in the marketplace and monitor your systems remotely for any signs of a breach. In the video below you will hear how the city of Atlanta was held to ransom.
The internet of things, range of devices, varied routers and network set ups all need to be checked and overseen. Even then, infection can occur. Attack group numbers rose 25% in 2018 and many are now attacking via other means than downloadable malware. It is well worth the investment to get your entire system checked for vulnerabilities. Our team are experienced enough to spot where you have weaknesses and can run through a range of solutions.
Probably THE most important piece of advice. Nybble will work with you to ensure you have backed up data to ensure that if the worse happens you will not have to pay an extortionate fee due to blackmail because we can get you back up and running in a matter of hours. We have one of the fastest response times in the industry and treat your business like ours.
The explosion of information technology has brought immense change. Consequently, data is instantly available, storing and retrieval of information is easy. Software apps appear daily, managing all aspects of business and our lives. As a result, an array of devices and programming has brought a wave of consultants. All bombarding our inboxes to sell, sell sell.
Hardware is rapidly incorporating artificial intelligence. Digital security is essential and data storage with back-up solutions for disaster recovery a must.
So, how do you as a business keep up? Can your IT personnel cope? Does their training meet current standards? Do they have links with key manufacturers? Understand current legislation? Provide a good ROI? These questions have prompted CEO’s to outsource IT support & services, cutting costs and increasing efficiency.
Entrusting confidential business information to a third party requires serious consideration. Apprehension is justified. Data control is complex and regulated. Above all, incorrect handling of data will have far-reaching, harmful repercussions for your business, staff and clients.
You may have relied on an individual or team for a number of years to manage your IT. Committing funds to training and infrastructure is essential. At some point, you’ll come across issues beyond the capability of your in-house team.
Smaller enterprises may not have the funds to invest. In addition, at the early stages of growth, technology may not be a priority .
Being locked into a contract is a step small businesses are reluctant to take.
We sat down and decided our top 5 benefits of outsourcing your IT management. Hopefully it will give you a much clearer picture, take away some of the concerns and help you to decide if outsourcing is for you.
If I’m paying you to look after my IT, then it will cost me more right?
You are paying an employee £30K a year or more to manage your IT services onsite. It’s difficult for him to attend training because he has to be onsite. His solutions are based on individual knowledge. He may not be able to negotiate good deals or sources. If your company was victim to a denial of service (DDOS) attack does he have the latest information and know how to handle it? If you are a small business, unable to afford a specialist, you will suffer downtime as inexperienced staff try to fix problems.
In contrast, we fully manage your IT. We can be available 24/7 just a phone call away. Furthermore, we eliminate training costs, essential in the constantly evolving world of IT, we provide peace of mind that should disaster happen you’ll suffer minimal downtime. You will be totally compliant with current regulations.
With better time efficiency and higher productivity you’ll boost bottom line. You’ll have the ability to control system use. Misuse will be reported in an unbiased manner. Nybble have solutions to help you view a centrally controlled dashboard, showing all traffic on your networks and highlighted issues.
With access to the latest applications, reduced support costs and higher productivity, you will have a predictable budget for growth. As a result, you will be able to invest capital funds on areas directly related to products, customers and services, having access to extensive specialist knowledge.
You may have put considerable investment into your IT Manager’s skill set. A highly qualified expert will be in demand elsewhere too and the salary will be attractive. Significantly, by outsourcing you pay a set cost, agreed at the onset, for a full team of experts to look after every aspect of your IT. Furthermore, getting you best prices on hardware to use cutting-edge tech to protect your assets
The same person may have looked after your IT since inception. They may be well trained, efficient and loyal. If your business is now thriving and ready for rapid expansion you can partner with us to enhance what you already have. Nybble provide this layer of expertise to many clients who have effective in-house IT teams. We cover periods of sickness, holidays and situations requiring a higher level of skill or knowledge.
An in-house employee ensures the smooth running of systems and services. By having a third party involved you are sharing the responsibility for your infrastructure. As your partner we have a vested interest in keeping the business running smoothly and have great relationships with leading, reliable vendors. All in all, having a backup for trouble shooting makes sense, especially when paying for what you need when you need it.
IT requirements fluctuate. Your particular need may not justify a full time salaried employee. At the same time, you may be dependent on systems to run your business. Paying for emergency help when things go severely wrong is expensive not to mention downtime losses.
With the right service level agreement, help is as needed. Your systems will be monitored with problems fixed without you even being aware there was an issue.
Specialist solution providers demand a high level of skill and experience, they are compliant regulations. They deal with the complexities of virtualisation, data backup, cyber security and disaster recovery planning ensuring your business is efficient and protected. Also, instead of time-consuming recruitment, you have an entire team of experts for less than the price of one. Leaving you free to focus on keeping your customers happy and bringing in new clients.
Most IT solution providers work closely with business partners. At Nybble we are accredited SAGE business partners, Lenovo business partners and Partners with many, many leading suppliers.
We are approved Microsoft resellers and provide licensing to educational institutions. We have strong relationships with leaders in the cyber security world, data storage, data solutions, disaster recovery and back-up providers and supply numerous joint solutions to our varied clients. There is literally no area of IT services or solutions that we do not cover and we work alongside the best in the industry.
You can completely focus on core issues and forget about your technical systems. Issues are remotely monitored and fixed. Help is a telephone call away. An engineer can be on site as fast as travel time allows. If Nybble look after your systems, you will be on a first name basis with the team. We are experienced, down to earth and friendly. No question is a silly question; no problem is too small. To put it another way, we want you to feel confident and enjoy using technology as much as we do.
Our main goal, is to make IT accessible to all. With this in mind, if that means talking someone through a task a couple of times till they understand, that’s fine with us. To feel comfortable you may need help and we won’t blind you with technical jargon.
So there you have it, our reasons for outsourcing and helping you grow, boost your bottom line and have happy, confident end users who know, if they hit an issue, they have someone to call.
In fact, why don’t YOU call us right now? 01254 673 806
Continuing our articles on disaster recovery, data storage and managed Data Backup services, we are fully supportive of World Backup Day 2016.
Whether you are an individual or a business owner, you store far more information digitally than you realise. For some, that realisation only sinks in when that information is lost due to system failure. Out of curiosity, I googled prices for data recovery, carried out within 48 hours, for hard drive failure; what I found was verification for prevention all the way. For business owners who fail to maintain a regular back up plan, the loss of data could lead to a horrific problem and not only financially. Systems fail, hard drives fail and horror of horrors – servers stop working. You simply must not ignore Data Backup; it needs to be a task as natural as putting on your seatbelt.
At Nybble we provide full solutions for your IT requirements. We also provide Data Hosting Services. Using our data hosting exchange solution provides these key features and benefits:
We have some very large companies under our wing and we protect their data and have backup plans in place should something awful happen. All it takes is for one server to go down and a whole section of your business could be unable to function. We have one of the fastest response times in the industry, we don’t tell you it could take up to 4 hours to hear from us, we are accessible 24/7 and our clients appreciate our northern warmth and our plain speak – we don’t make promises we can’t keep. So if you want your IT services managed, made secure, backed up and robust, call us or email us and we will tailor to your requirement.
If you read statistics online and I urge you to read my post on disaster recovery about this topic: http://www.nybble.co.uk/2016/01/disaster-recovery-a-necessity-in-the-digital-age/ it’s a well quoted statistic that a business hit by floods or disaster is allegedly likely to close within 6 months; one of our clients WAS hit by floods and despite doing everything possible to protect against this issue, found his server underwater. Nybble technicians had a new server cabinet installed and 98% of data recovered within 2 hours, everything recovered essential to his business. Call us we can help you.
When was the last time you backed up your information? How would you feel if you lost that fantastic accrued library of mp3’s, that special photo of a loved one you never got around to printing, all your tax records or the software programs you have long ago lost the discs and licenses for? As a business user, do you have a backup of your client list? Is your sensitive information safe and have you got a plan in place should the worst happen, ideally involving backup copies of everything, stored away from your business location?
With reports of another nasty ransomware (malicious code that freezes everything and demands a ransom to unlock) doing the rounds and affecting some major companies worldwide, backup should not be a consideration – it should be a necessity. We will tailor a solution to what you need and what you can afford, call us now and see how we can help.
Posted by Jill Wells 30/03/2016
Further reading: Forbes business article http://www.forbes.com/sites/sungardas/2013/10/31/three-reasons-data-backup-is-different-from-disaster-recovery/#51cfb477b767
Photo credit: http://www.lifeofpix.com/ by Leeroy
With almost all information stored digitally these days, having a secure, reliable back up for data recovery not only makes practical sense but in some cases, is a legal requirement. Ideally, the backup should be located away from the original source to protect against natural disasters, fire, theft, malicious software, hacking attack or hardware failure. Never underestimate the human element, accidental or intentional, a lot of problems have been caused historically by human error or a disgruntled employee. Backing up your data to the cloud is the most common, modern way of protecting yourself. So what is the difference between online back up and online storage? Which do you need for peace of mind or do you need both? Hopefully our article will help you understand data recovery.
Online backup is designed to provide you with a full replica of your data so your business can be back up and running, with as little downtime as possible, should a disaster occur or systems become compromised. Online storage allows you to store pictures, sync and share files and achieve access to individual files from multiple devices. Although online storage has a level of security, specialised data backup providers have much more robust systems in place. So if your concern is for preserving data and valuable files in a safe and secure environment, you don’t use a facility that has been designed to be accessed, synchronised and shared. Although they have many similarities, data recovery resources are clearly very different than data storage solutions.
Nybble are specialists at finding the right product for your organisation, from our own solutions to products supplied through our partners we can find the right match whether you are a small business just starting out, a corporation with a six figure turnover or an organisation requiring a high level protection for legal and litigation reasons – we have clients already benefitting from the protection we can offer. Have an informal consultation with us and see how we can help you.
Key Features & Benefits we can offer:
There really is no need to put yourself or your business at risk, we can tailor a solution to your need. If you are not able to pay the upfront fee demanded by so many providers, talk to us – we can offer managed packages enabling you to be protected from the moment you invite us to help, spreading the cost at a rate you can afford. Nybble has helped to support new businesses and watched them blossom into leaders in their sectors, we understand the pressures and the unique needs.
As Jack Schofield said in his Guardian article, “As Schofield’s Second Law of Computing asserts, data doesn’t really exist unless you have two copies of it. Preferably more. And the only person who can be held responsible for that is you.”
Call us for an informal chat about your data backup requirements, for your business and let us help. For more information, please email Jill@nybble.co.uk with “Data backup enquiry” as your subject line.
Posted by Jill Wells 16/03/2016
Article – “Never Assume your data is safe, even if it’s online” by Jack Schofield, The Guardian http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2008/feb/14/email.yahoo
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Disaster Recovery, do you have a plan in place?
We live our lives online. We store our memories, our favourite articles and sources, our precious photographs, all on our hard drives.
If you have ever had the misfortune of a computer sighing a last breath and being totally unrepairable or a virus which wiped your hard drive then you know the frustration, panic and upset that brings. All those photographs that you will never get back, so much tucked away in files, that you have forgotten the extent of the contents. Now imagine that it’s not just some personal information that has been wiped, it is your business data and you are suddenly plunged into a nightmare. This is why disaster recovery is an essential part of your Business IT solution.
Disaster recovery goes back to the mid to late 1970’s when it was evident that some sort of plan was required. Back then mainframes could be out of action for days without any significant impact. The recovery industry however, was born and in the following two decades the growth of real time processing ensured that dependence on IT systems reached a level where continuity planning became an essential part of any business planning. By the late 90’s onwards, regulatory bodies began to legislate -understanding the chaos, especially in the economic sector, that would ensue should systems fail. Add to that the very real threat of environmental disaster, terrorist attack and cyber crime and suddenly the internet became both blessing and curse to business. Technological advances created the opportunity for off site assistance to become remote and now we have cloud technology and a new world of security needs.
Statistics are everywhere regarding disaster recovery. Whilst researching for this article I discovered that statistics are given without any concrete source to back up the data. One American article claimed that 43% of US companies experiencing disasters never re-open and 29% close within 2 years; the source of this information was said to be the Strategic Research Institute, an organisation that manages conferences for industry. Do the statistics paint a true picture? I found a very interesting different view from 2008 entitled the 80% Myth by Mel Gosling – see further reading.
The fact remains, in spite of statistics being recycled. The need in 2016 for a comprehensive protection plan for industry is beyond any question. Disaster is a server crash away and no business can afford the loss, even as far as time spent on resources to effect a recovery.
In the UK organisations are strongly urged to protect themselves by the London Chamber of commerce and Industry:
“The chronic lack of preparedness on the part of small and medium-sized firms is the greatest avoidable threat in the capital today,” said LCCI president Michael Cassidy. “Directors owe it to themselves, their employees and other firms in the supply chain which depend on them to take action now.”
“Directors should identify an alternative temporary business site which is located well away from the main building. It is imperative that the secondary location is not served exclusively by the same utility companies or communication company as the primary location.”
The simple truth of the matter is you need to prepare. If you walked into a system failure tomorrow could your business survive, could you recover your data, your financial information and your history? Do you have a secondary storage system so you could back up and start again?
Consider the following:
IT systems, no matter how robust, are susceptible to disaster from an increasing variety of sources. Some risks are exceptional such as fire, power failure, extreme weather and criminal sabotage. More common than realised are other factors such as viruses, security breaches, malware, software issues, hardware failure, data corruption and of course the most common – human error.
Data recovery is just one facet of a managed Disaster Recovery Plan, a managed service will tailor make the correct solution for your business after a detailed consultation and adapt as your business grows.
Already this year one of our clients was seriously affected by the extreme weather. Despite having a custom designed refurbished basement with a flood proof system installed, they woke up to a submerged server cabinet when the water pump system failed.
All the live company data was destroyed but thanks to having a managed Disaster Recovery Plan with ourselves we had a new server cabinet installed and 98% of data recovered within 2 hours. We take pride in having one of the fastest response times in the industry. Needless to say our client was well prepared.
For a FREE consultation to protect your business call 01254 673806 TODAY
Posted by Jill Wells 20/01/2016
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For more information on the quote used in this article see http://www.londonchamber.co.uk/ and http://tinyurl.com/hm6d8jx
For more information on the 80% myth see http://www.continuitycentral.com/feature0660.html