On the back of listening to our clients and having an ear to the ground in the IT sector, we were delighted to jointly host a cybersecurity event in Liverpool last week.
We invited some of our clients to keep them updated about things happening in the technology sector as well as a number of other North West based SMEs with the aim of giving them useful tips about what they can do to protect their businesses and a chance to discuss any pressing cybersecurity issues.
The discussion was expertly chaired by Frank McKenna from Downtown with great input from everyone. Vic Brown from the award-winning HR recruitment company, High Performance Consultancy was also on hand, providing important policy advice along with her positive experience on how tech has helped take her business to the next level.
We discussed how rapidly advancing technology has been a game-changer for those SMEs who have embraced it and yet, it has highlighted the fact that most businesses do not have the appropriate cybersecurity solutions in place. Unsurprisingly, several companies in the room had experienced being hacked in the last month and two in the last week alone. One business had recently lost £20,000 from one incident.
So, my advice to everyone who attended our event and indeed anyone who has a business is this:
- Without delay, check what data backup you have in place, where it is stored and ask your IT provider, is it appropriate?
- Make sure you have appropriate data security policies in place and that they are implemented to protect you, your staff and your business. Speak with your HR department
- Educate yourself and your staff through internal or external training about what to look out for to avoid cyber-crime and what to do, should you be a victim
At The PC Support Group we hold regular events to educate SMEs on cybersecurity and we have produced a free cybersecurity guide. If you are interested in attending any future events or wish to receive our guide please contact us here or send us an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or phone us on 0330 886 116 and we would be more than happy to arrange a visit to see how we can protect and enable you to reach your business goals through our exceptional service and IT expertise.
Managing Director, The PC Support Group