14 November 2014

Looking back, I think it’s fair to say that 2014 has been one hell of a year for online security exploits. We’ve seen ‘Shellshock’, ‘Heartbleed’ and – earlier this week – ‘WinShock’, a vulnerability in Windows software. And when it comes to security breaches, several big names have fallen foul of hackers stealing and even publishing customer data.

padlock_circuit (2)Personally, this doesn’t come as a huge surprise. I’ve said it before, but there are some very smart people out there with the tools and know-how to sniff out gaps in a business’s armour. The very nature of code – the blueprint of every operating system and application we use – means that it’s always evolving, so getting complacent about security is simply not an option.

As someone who has seen businesspeople in huge distress after security breaches (bear in mind the reputational damage something like this can cause), I feel quite strongly about protecting fellow entrepreneurs from a similar fate. I know all too well the frustrations and worries of growing your business, especially in the early days when cash is tight.

UKFast’s cybersecurity division, Secarma, is a source of great pride for me. The experts that make up this team are some of the smartest people you’re ever likely to meet. Their upcoming Secure-IT event – which is taking place next Wednesday (the 19th) if you’d like to come along – is set to be a great insight into the methods hackers are using to steal valuable company data and the best ways to protect your business.

Feel free to give the UKFast team a call if you’d like to attend. There will be drinks, key speakers and a Q&A panel, as well as plenty of networking time so – if you’re interested – we’d love to have you. One of the best things about Manchester is its hugely supportive business community. So getting together and sharing our knowledge and experience is definitely a positive step in the right direction.

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