24/09
2019
Insurance claims rise as business email compromise increases
Posted by Ash Khagram on 24/09 at 10:00 AM Office 365, Security,
Insurance claims rise as business email compromise increases

One of the largest insurance companies in the world has reported* that business email compromise (BEC) now tops the list of cyber threats. In 2017, BEC accounted for 11% of cyber security insurance claims. That number grew last year to 23%, with ransomware in second place at 18% and...

13/09
2019
Is your child’s school protected from hackers?
Posted by Jack Smiddy on 13/09 at 10:00 AM Education, Security,
Is your child’s school protected from hackers?

Parents and students were recently alerted to a cyber incident at a school in Plymouth. The school had been breached by a group of hackers using a ransomware attack which prevented staff from accessing school files unless a ransom was paid. This attack was by malware experts who...

10/09
2019
Why Office 365 multi-factor authentication is the enemy of hackers
Posted by Chris Wheeler on 10/09 at 10:00 AM Office 365, Security,
Why Office 365 multi-factor authentication is the enemy of hackers

One of my previous blog posts focussed on phishing and what to look out for when using any email platform to protect you from threats from both inside and outside the corporate network. While phishing targets businesses or individuals to reveal sensitive information or to unleash...

02/08
2019
Email scams are on the increase - how can you protect your business?
Posted by Chris Wheeler on 02/08 at 10:00 AM Cloud services, Security,
Email scams are on the increase - how can you protect your business?

Hackers were recently thwarted from stealing funds from 200,000 potential victims, thanks to intervention from the NCSC (National Cyber Security Centre). The fraudsters were very devious and used an airline company to offer people cheap deals on flights. Once they clicked on the...

26/07
2019
Cyber security still challenging businesses despite the risk
Posted by Chris Wheeler on 26/07 at 10:00 AM Security,
Cyber security still challenging businesses despite the risk

As a B2B IT provider, swcomms has frequently written about the risks posed by hackers to businesses and yet a recent survey has revealed that many are still failing to get to grips with cyber security. I understand why businesses do not want to think about security. It’s a lot to...

23/07
2019
Helping law firms embrace flexible working demands
Posted by Joe Kavanagh on 23/07 at 10:00 AM Cloud hosted telephone systems, Internet connectivity, Law firms, Office 365, Security,
Helping law firms embrace flexible working demands

Law firms have a traditionally been overseen by cradle-to-grave partnerships with all fee earners and support staff working traditional 9 to 5 hours. According to ‘The biggest challenges facing the legal profession in 2019*, this set-up is changing with more firms embracing remote and...

19/07
2019
Why spear phishing could be a threat to your business
Posted by Elaine Bellamy on 19/07 at 10:00 AM Security,
Why spear phishing could be a threat to your business

Recent reports have revealed a new strain of malware has been making the rounds and infecting desktops and IT systems. The virus, called Astaroth, has been around since late 2017, but has been limited to Africa and Europe with most attacks occurring through spear phishing. What is...

17/05
2019
Enjoy automatic security patches with an up-to-date Wi-Fi infrastructure
Posted by Richard Wareham on 17/05 at 10:00 AM Security, Wi-Fi,
Enjoy automatic security patches with an up-to-date Wi-Fi infrastructure

Businesses use wireless local area networks (WLANs) or Wi-Fi to enable the efficient use of wireless devices in the workplace as well as offering internet access to visitors. They will have invested in LAN switches, routers and wireless access points to build their WLAN, but how long...

30/04
2019
8 reasons why you should use Cisco Umbrella
Posted by Rudi Weiss on 30/04 at 10:00 AM Cyber security, Cisco Umbrella, Cloud services, Security,
8 Reasons why you should use Cisco Umbrella

Ensuring your network is secure can become a constant struggle as your IT team applies the latest updates and patches while monitoring alerts to stop threats before they become an issue. The other side of security is monitoring the content staff are viewing to ensure they don't...

09/04
2019
What is my starting point for selecting a backup solution?
Posted by Colin Woods on 09/04 at 10:00 AM Cloud services, Data centre, Security,

Data backup and disaster recovery decisions should start with the board. It is up to them to decide how much data or work they are willing to lose and how long they are prepared to wait to get access to that data. These are the Recovery Point Objective (RPO) and Recovery Time...

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