19 April 2017

computer codeOne in five UK firms was hacked last year. One in five. That’s according to the latest research from the British Chamber of Commerce.

Although, I have to admit, I am not surprised. In fact, I would have thought the numbers would have been higher. We see attacks on our networks every single day and it’s a constant challenge to stay one step ahead.

Hackers are not only becoming increasingly sophisticated, but they are increasing in numbers too. Hacking is a lucrative and competitive practice that’s not only about making more money but causing more damage than the hacker before you. Groups like Anonymous have also made hacking become a tool for social change – if you’re seen to be behaving untoward, you’re more than likely to find yourself the target of cybercrime and see your issues plastered across the internet.

That’s the reality of the online world that we live in now. And it is a matter of evolving with the times. If you list all of the physical security threats – like shoplifters, burglars, fraudsters, etc – it would read as much of a threatening list as the cyber threats; the difference is that we know how to protect ourselves from these threats. Cybercrime is still new and we’re still learning how to lock our online businesses down. Looking back at the research it is shocking to see that only 24% of businesses have security in place to guard against hacking.

That’s why, this year, I am fully focussed on helping businesses to do just that. We’ve invested in Secarma, acquired an ethical hacking business called Pentest, and added Secure-IA to our business portfolio to bring ultra-secure hosting facilities to our clients.

This year has to be the year of security. It is well beyond the time when we need to talk about staying safe online; with GDPR on the horizon, Brexit throwing data protection up in the air and hacking becoming an everyday occurrence, now is the time for action.

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