Poor Cyber Security – Is It Holding Back Your Business?

Worcestershire’s ‘Be Cyber Secure’ programme was launched last week. The programme helps Worcestershire based SME’s protect and improve their cyber security, enable business growth and achieve cyber accreditation. The programme draws on a partnership of several Worcestershire based organisations such as; Worcestershire Business Central, University of Worcester, National Cyber Security Centre and borwell ltd. A
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NHS Cyber Attack

Last Friday’s cyber attack affected computers in the NHS, other government departments and businesses and organisations across over 100 countries.  The organisations breached were (are) still using Windows XP, Windows 7 or Small Business Server 2003.  All these products are obsolete.  Microsoft do not officially support them. Windows XP support ended over three years ago! 
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Cyber Security; Same National Threat Level As Terrorism

The threat level of cyber-attacks is currently the same level as terrorism in the UK according to the country’s secret service. We all rely on online services on a daily basis, as does the UK Government and a secure online environment is crucial for national security. HM Government also provide many online services to citizens
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1 In 5 Respondents Have Fallen Victim To Cyber-Crime In The Past Year

Respondents to a recent Chamber of Commerce survey have reportedly fallen a victim of cyber in the past year alone. It also revealed that big businesses seemed to be the big targets, but smaller businesses were still being targeted also. The news that Cyber-attacks risk companies’ finances, confidence and reputation as well as jeopardising customer
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Gateway To Cyber-Crime

A recent report from the National Crime Agency (NCA) has detailed the “pathways” being explored by young people, resulting in criminal activity.  The report details the increasing number of younger people getting involved with game-cheat websites or forums that talked about ways to change or ‘mod’ games. The internet is creating a new type of
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Superfast Broadband In Worcestershire

Superfast broadband is a reality for some in the UK, however there are still many businesses mainly in rural areas, that are struggling with reliable internet connections. The British Chamber of Commerce (BCC) released their Digital Economy Survey on the 27th March, revealing that despite companies saying that fast broadband was extremely important to their
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Shortage Of Digital Skills Is Hampering Business Productivity And Growth

The Digital Sector is one of the fastest growing in the UK and contributes to the economy at twice the rate of other non-digital sectors. The UK already leads the world when it comes to new technology. We make more contactless payments than any other country and are natural innovators, eager to incorporate the latest
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UK Tech Based Salaries Are Reportedly ‘among the lowest in the world’

A recent report from Hired revealed that UK tech salaries are among the lowest in the world, and in comparison to 2016’s report is actually down by 1.7%. At present the average tech salary in London is £56k, the only other countries lower than this in the study are France and Singapore. When also factoring
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Lawyers and Accountants Are Becoming Prime Targets For Cyber-Criminals

Hackers are increasingly going after law firms, following ‘the big money’. The US Securities and Exchange commission have reported that just 7 firms in America were hit with over 100,000 attacks over a three-month period last year, resulting in two organisations being compromised and over 60 gigabytes of data being stolen. In the UK it
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Integration: The Key To Increase Productivity And Profitability

Many businesses are using a process that has not been reviewed or audited because “that is how it has always been done”. Or they are using multiple systems to record the same information, meaning duplication of effort and time, reducing the amount of profit the company can make. Understanding business processes and how IT systems
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