Insider security warning from Sage data breach

Companies should be careful of security risks from employees and ex-employees, following a data breach at global tech company Sage. Sage Group said an internal login had been used to gain unauthorised access to the data of some of its British customers. The personal details of the employees of about 280 British companies were potentially … Read more

More than 60 million Dropbox accounts ‘stolen’

Online cloud storage company Dropbox has revealed that the details of more than 60 million accounts were stolen in a previously announced breach. The company confirmed it forced password changes for a number of accounts following the breach. The announcement highlights the ongoing risk to cloud-based services and the need for constant vigilance. The sheer size of the recent … Read more

Galaxy Note 7 sales stopped due to explosions

Samsung has stopped selling its Galaxy Note 7 smartphone, just weeks after its launch, following 35 cases of exploding batteries. Buyers of the phone have been posting videos and photos showing the device with melted screens and battery packs, reporting that it just caught fire while charging. More than a million Note 7 phones have been sold … Read more

Pan-European project tackles ‘exponential’ rise in ransomware

It’s clear from recent headlines that ransomware is a growing problem. The number of reported incidents is rising and the reason why is simple – people and businesses are paying their attackers. There is help on hand, though. ‘No More Ransom’ is a pan-European project dedicated to helping ransomware victims, so they can get their … Read more

Holidays are the perfect time for a ‘Digital Detox’

Fifteen million UK internet users have undertaken a ‘digital detox’ in a bid to strike a healthier balance between technology and life beyond the screen, according to major new Ofcom research. The majority of internet users say they’re ‘hooked’, spending a day a week online and the Ofcom study revealed some of the effects of … Read more

The IT guy who shut down 90% of his network on purpose

Sometimes, the biggest threat to a business lies within – that’s the lesson that Citibank learnt when a disgruntled employee managed to shut down 90 per cent of its US network. Lennon Ray Brown, who worked full-time for Citibank, was recently found guilty of causing intentional damage of a protected computer. According to the court … Read more

Do You Know What To Do When Your Computer Expert Leaves?

Here’s a scary question most businesses don’t think about: what would happen if your computer guy suddenly quit?
Most business owners think it would only be a temporary inconvenience when, in fact, the opposite is usually true. Want to know how much you are at risk?
Ask yourself the following 6 frightening questions:
  • Do you have written network documentation about your computer network?
    What software licenses do you own?
    What are the critical administrator passwords to your systems and devices?
    How is your computer network structured?
    What hardware do you own and when do your equipment warranties expire?
    Are there cloud vendors for email, online storage, hosted line of business applications, etc. that you currently don’t have?
    You should NEVER allow a single IT person or company to have full control over your network and company. If they suddenly left for any reason, this could lead to huge consequences for your company.

  • Do you know where your backup files are stored and if they are being stored properly?
    If you are like most business owners, you’re too busy dealing with the “crisis of the day” to think about system backups and probably leave tasks to your internal expert. If your database gets fried and your tech is nowhere to be found, you might be in a lot of trouble.

  • Do you have a written plan for restoring your network fast in the case of a disaster?
    If you don’t have a fully tested disaster recovery plan for your office, you could be at risk without ever knowing it until something happens.

  • Do you know where all of your software is stored?
    Bad things can happen to computers and servers, and the situation can be made worse if you are not prepared. Taking a minute to organise and store your software in a secure place can save you a considerable chunk of money in the event that you need to restore a program on your systems. If you don’t have access to the software or don’t know where it is located, you might be forced to buy the software again.

  • Do you know what routine maintenance is being done on your network?
    I know that the very idea of learning about keeping track of all the servers, workstations, and peripherals on your network is dull, but it is important information to maintain.
    If your in-house expert leaves, who will take over?

  • Do you know how to protect yourself from an ugly security breach if your in-house computer expert leaves?
    What happens if your in-house expert leaves with no warning AND still has access to your company’s network?
    As soon as humanly possible, you should disable his or her access, including remote access to your network and all cloud based applications.

So how did you do?
If you answered “no” to even one of these questions, you need to get the answers now before it’s too late.