Don't be cyber-complacent

IT security is a business problem, not a technology problem

Technology issues like cybersecurity are problems for the IT department to worry about, right?

Wrong! Cybersecurity should be an issue of concern for your entire organisation.

Almost every business has some kind of IT infrastructure. While IT might not be what your business does, nowadays IT is what makes your business run efficiently and effectively.

When a security breach or malfunction occurs, your business’ ability to operate can be severely affected. Invariably, this will lead to the business losing money and having its reputation damaged.

If you think that your organisation is too small to suffer an attack, think again.

Here’s why we think that IT security should be at the top of every business’ list of proprieties.

Beyond the cybercrime headlines

Understandably, the media tends to focus on high-level breaches at major organisations. But smaller breaches occur on an almost daily basis.

A small business in South Wales which is filing for administration after losing all its data in a ransomware attack is unlikely to grab too many headlines. Whereas a hacking incident at a global organisation which jeopardises the personal data of millions of customers will.

Both businesses may experience the same financial and reputational cost but large global corporations are likely to have a process and budget to manage it with relative ease.

Smaller companies don’t tend to have such buffers and the impact of a data breach can often be the end of a once-buoyant business. 

Spotting the signs of cybercrime

A cyber-attack could come from any direction. Here are some of the most common approaches:


A phishing attack where an infected email or attachment is opened, resulting in the company and its clients being open to further attacks.


A pharming attack that redirects a website’s traffic to a fake website, where users’ information is compromised.


A type of malicious software that encrypts a victim’s files and demands a payment to release them, Ransomware is one of the fastest-growing forms of cyber-attacks.


A DDoS (distributed denial-of-service) attack is a malicious attempt to disrupt normal web traffic and take a site offline by flooding a system, server or network with more access requests than it can handle.

Viruses and worms

A virus is a piece of malicious code which is loaded onto a computer without the user’s knowledge and spreads to other computers. Worms are similar but they do not need to attach themselves to a program. They continually look for vulnerabilities and report back any weaknesses.


Malware (malicious software) can be installed on your computer without your knowledge. Spyware and adware is downloaded when you open attachments, click links or download infected software. Trojans disguise themselves as legitimate software but perform malicious activity when installed.

Creating an IT security strategy

There are many types of attacks but the one thing that they all have in common is that they could have been avoided by following some basic steps.

Using antivirus software will certainly help but if a business wants to protect their company, employees and clients from possible attack, they’ll need to factor this into a broader IT security strategy.

If you’d like to find out how our IT security services can for part of a wider strategy, get in touch today.

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