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The ultimate guide to protecting your company from cyber threats

22nd January 2024 | Modified: 24th January 2024

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You go into your office and find yourself locked out of your computer and, it gets worse you’re being asked for a ransom to retrieve your access, here’s how you can stop that.


From small companies to large corporations, nobody is safe from a cyber attack. More than 2.3 million cases of computer crime have been reported; that’s about 46% of UK businesses have experienced a cyber attack. 

From small companies to large corporations, nobody is safe from a cyber attack.

As a business, you can certainly reduce the risk of cybercriminals attacking your business and holding you to ransom, or worse still shutting you down. Here are our top five tips to help reduce being a cyber attack victim.


Train your staff about cyber security

It’s imperative to train your team about the cyber security measures that you have put in place. Remember the expression, you are only as strong as your weakest link. Share with your team how to safeguard themselves and the company, from cyber attacks. And refresh training regularly.


Back up your Data

Back up your data regularly. Think of your data as the crown jewels. There are plenty of ways to back up and protect your business; from cloud storage, optical media, an external hard drive, or a NAS device, whatever is convenient for your business, but make sure it’s secure.


Passwords and multifactor authentication

There’s just no excuse for poor passwords. Did you know that 0123456 is the most common password as of 2021. Use numbers and symbols, as it makes it harder for cybercriminals to hack. And wherever possible, use multifactor authentication. It’s a great way of making sure that the right person is accessing your data.


Keep all your software updated

Cybercriminals love exploiting the various bugs that are inherent in software. So patch management is vitally important. You can reduce your vulnerabilities by making sure you update with the latest software update releases, as soon as they are available from the developers. A lot of patch management can be automated, which makes it so much easier.


How to put together a Disaster Recovery Plan (DRP)

A DRP is an insurance policy, it’s what to do if the unexpected happens, like the roof caves in, or the building gets flooded. Disaster can come in many guises, so consider all the risks that might befall your business. Create multiple plans for multiple situations. Test your DRP, and keep testing it. Never say never when it comes to your disaster recovery plan.


Keeping your business safe and out of harm’s way can be a full-time job. These tips are just some of the things you should do, but there are lots of things to consider when protecting your company. If you would like to know more about protecting your IT infrastructure from online fraud, then contact CNC on 01273 384100 or email

The ultimate guide to protecting your company from cyber threats

By Gary Jowett

Gary has always focused on making sure the most appropriate solution is provided to help customers, not just what's new and shiny. With over 30 years in the IT industry Gary has the experience to tell the difference between something that's game-changing or is just a passing fad!


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