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Security: we all do it

Why do we lock our front door when we leave the house? Why do we put a padlock on our bicycle? Why do we look ‘the wrong way’ down a one-way street before crossing? Why do we avoid dark alleys and warn our children about strangers?

The answer is simple. We’re protecting ourselves from people who break the law. We don’t know who they are, or where they are, so we take precautions and throw a protective blanket over our whole lives.

So why do so many of us leave ourselves open to cybercrime?

Are you prepared for cyber attack?

According to the 2019 Hiscox Cyber Readiness Report, 61% of UK businesses reported cyber incidents within a 12-month period. The report shows a correlation between degree of cyber readiness and the cost of cyber incident: the more prepared you are, the smaller the cost. And therefore, the less prepared you are, the greater the cost.

This latest Hiscox Cyber Readiness Report also shows that a massive 72% of businesses in the UK are unprepared for cyberattack.

This means that 72% of businesses in the UK are inadequately protected against cybercrime, which could come from anywhere in the world. Criminals might be out to steal data in order to hold it for ransom, or to sell it to a third party. Or they might be acting with malicious intent to cause harm to a particular firm by infecting its IT systems with viruses or flooding them with data that will cause them to crash.

Protect your business

The 28% of businesses who are prepared, to some degree, for attack, are firms that use services like Fortify24/7. This multi-layer system of cybersecurity protects your IT systems through prevention, monitoring, and reactive technical assistance. As well as high-end security software, which is linked to our own monitoring and management system, we provide the services of an experienced technician, who will carry out checks and remedial action – either onsite or via remote support. 

But did you know that around 90% of data breaches are caused by human error? At Fortify24/7, we believe that an important part of cybersecurity is user training. There will always be crime in the world, and that’s why there’s sophisticated software to combat it. But if every member of your team has the right knowledge, they can play their part, too, in protecting your business and their own livelihood from those faceless, destructive criminals.