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Cybersecurity and Your Business: What is Going to Happen in 2018?

In year 2017, we recorded a number of cybersecurity issues that were overwhelmingly challenging for many businesses and governments. The year witnessed sophisticated attacks ranging from the Equifax breach to state-sponsored attacks and Russian manipulation of social media to the Wannacry hack. All these attacks created many problems for businesses from which many entrepreneurs are yet to recover. For instance, the WannaCry ransomware attack in May infected over 400,000 machines worldwide in over 150 countries. In UK alone, about 47 NHS organisations were affected, leading to operations delay around the country.

Now that 2018 is here, what is going to happen? Are we going to see improvements in the methods and techniques used in combating cyberattacks? I’m not trying to be a prophet of doom, but the reality is that cybersecurity is going to be the biggest technology issue in 2018. Data breaches will be bigger and hackers will get smarter than ever. Although governments and business owners will put certain measures in place to improve the safety of their data in 2018, the problem is that they may not be able to keep up with the pace of the crime as many of the safety measures would eat deep into their budgets.

Notwithstanding, if you’re a business owner, it is imperative that you watch the trend in 2018 and take decisive actions to protect your data. Taking these measures will help you to stay abreast of new developments on cybersecurity matters. So, whether you own a small business or you run a large corporation, you should be on the lookout for new trends in 2018 and how they are going to affect the way data are protected. Entrepreneurs should also create measures with which they can safeguard their data. 

Trends to Watch in 2018

  • Last minute rush for compliance: By May this year, the deadline for compliance with the UK’s General Data Protection Regulation standard will elapse. One of the trend to watch out for in the next few months is the race for compliance as almost 80% of firms in the UK are yet to comply with the GDPR standard. It has been said that organisation that fails to comply with the regulation will face severe penalty.
  • Tech tail-chasers: There is no doubt that the tech industry develops at the speed of light. More also, customers will continue to demand for the fastest and most responsible services ever. Hence, top executives in the industry must continue to chase new information. Thus, the trend in 2018 will see service providers trying to stay up-to-date with latest innovations and abreast of latest developments in the tech industry.
  • Scouting for talent: Business owners understand the importance of talents in combating cyberattacks. Hence, the search for competent data scientists and high-end software developers will be trending this year among tech firms aiming toward digital transformation.

Understanding and following trends in the industry is not enough, you also need to take decisive defensive measures to protect your data from being infiltrated.

5 Cybersecurity Defense Measures to Implement in 2018

Adhering to the following tips will help to improve your IT security this year:

  1. Train and Retrain Your Employees

Training and retraining of your employees is one of the sure-fire ways to keep them abreast of best security practices in the IT industry. So if you plan to keep your data protected this year, it’s time to train your employees to protect sensitive information by educating them to recognize and avoid cyber threats like phishing and scams. It is not enough to have a network firewall installed to protect your business, the humans protective skills also need to be upgraded too. 

  1. Have Enforceable Security Policies in Place

Data protection and safety will be a major focus for every business and government in 2018. Hence, it is important that you create enforceable security policies that explain how data is used and stored in your organisation. You should also have a dedicated point where security threats to your business are reported. In addition, you should have experts in place who will analyze threats to your data and then deal with the situation accordingly.

  1. Always Assess Your Network for Vulnerabilities

IT security is a continuous exercise because new threats keep popping up every now and then. And 2018 won’t be an exception. It is, therefore, important that you assess your IT network often to check for weaknesses and vulnerabilities that may allow unauthorized access to your company’s information. In order to protect your data, you must patch any hole found in your security immediately as well as upgrade your outdated software or hardware. Never give hackers any opportunity to leverage on your negligence to penetrate your business’ privacy.

  1. Be Sure to Backup Your Data

With the changing dynamics of technology and the increasing desperation of hackers, you may not be able to predict when and how your business will be attacked. So, it is imperative that you have your data backed up. Backing up your data is the only way you can have 100% access to your lost data perchance you’re hit by cyberattacks. It is, however, important that you test-run your backup facility to be sure if it will work so you won’t be disappointed in the case of an emergency.

  1. Always Monitor Your Network Security

Most business owners do not really know when their network has been compromised. Thus, they may not realize any breach on their network until things have gone out of hand. This is why it is recommended that you should consider engaging a service provider like Allteks Ltd who can help monitor your network security in case you’re not tech savvy. Network security monitoring will help you detect both internal and external threats on time.

Conclusion

Although cybersecurity is now topping many business agendas, no one really knows what 2018 has in stock for us. This explains why you should always stay on top of your game when it comes to protecting your business from security breach and data compromise.

How Allteks can help you protect your Business in 2018

None of us like to focus too much on things that may never happen, but when your business is at stake, you should be prepared. Allteks has been providing managed services and bespoke IT consultancy to businesses across the UK since 2001. With so many potential threats coming into play every single day, it pays to have a knowledgeable defence team on your side.

Armed with up to the moment information about potential hacking threats and protected by the latest hardware and software security solutions, your business and all of its functions will continue to be safe and secure. Call to speak to one of our security experts today, and get the peace of mind you so rightly deserve.

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