According to a recent report, new figures have shown that a third of small and medium businesses have been major targets of cyber attacks within the past five years.

In fact, cyber crimes are more common towards SMEs today than ever 1591018 960 720

Why has there been a recent rise in cyber crime?

Almost 60 per cent of companies see security as being the biggest concern within their company, and it’s not hard to see why.

“Technology today has levelled the playing field between SMBs and their enterprise counterparts to the point that the size of an organisation has lost much of its previous importance. Smaller IT organisations now have the capabilities to better compete with larger companies, but with that comes the realisation these organisations have the same challenges the enterprises face,” said Mike Puglia, chief strategy officer, Kaseya.

With more companies relying on technology to keep their business operating smoothly, this has now, unfortunately, become the number one target for criminals to focus on.

Being able to run a company continuously is often challenging enough, with more than four out of five businesses admitting to having at least one IT network problem or outage over the past 12 months. In fact, 45 per cent reported two to four outages that lasted longer than five minutes. This can be highly disruptive for both employees and customers.

As an SME, what can you do to prevent downtime or data loss?

The simplest way to deal with an attack is to be prepared for one.

The best advice we can give you is to make sure that you are backing up all of your data and files regularly (at least once a day) and securely, training your staff about cyber security and the impact of a cyber-attack, and ensuring you have the latest anti-virus and malware software installed.

If you have any questions or worries regarding cyber crime and the safety of your company, contact our team and we’ll be happy to share our advice – 0800 9520652.