Threats to cyber security

Threats to cyber security shouldn’t keep you up at night. These days, there are many software solutions and practical steps available to keep your personal data, cryptocurrency and sensitive information out of the hands of cybercriminals.

However, no business is ever entirely protected from cybercrime. Back in August, British police alleged that we were on the brink of a “cybercrime crisis” unless we evolved quickly. They also reported, despite falling numbers of crime in general, that cybercrime has been on the rise for many years, and many perpetrators go undetected. With this in mind, what are the biggest threats to cyber security facing businesses today?

Threats to cyber security: when to worry

Although cyber security is a real threat to many UK businesses, as long as you have taken the right precautions then there is no need to worry. There is plenty you can do to prevent your systems being hacked, and there are practical steps to minimise the fallout should your defences become compromised. Before you can protect your business from cybercrime, however, you need to know which areas of your business are the most vulnerable.

Currently, the biggest threats to cyber security in the UK are as follow:

Unsafe passwords

It’s easy to believe that no one could ever crack your complicated password, but this simply isn’t the case. Cybercriminals are becoming more sophisticated, and many have software that allows them to crack a password made up of random numbers and letters in a matter of minutes. To make matters worse, recent statistics show that 75% of millennials (who now make up a large number of the workforce) admitted to using the same password across multiple platforms. Two-step authentication, facial recognition, fingerprint technology and voice-activated software are just some of the alternative solutions you can try.

Cyber skills shortages

Despite the fact that cybercriminals are becoming more prolific, there is a distinct lack of skilled cyber security professionals entering the workforce, according to the European Cyber Security Challenge. Therefore, to keep up with growing threats to cybersecurity, you may need to extend your workforce to employees with different educational backgrounds and consider bringing more tech-savvy millennials and Generation-Zers into the workplace.

IoT vulnerabilities

The ability to connect our speakers, fridges, kettles and heating systems to the Internet of Things is potentially life-changing. However, IoT has many vulnerabilities that are yet to be properly addressed. Luckily, the right security provider can make sure any major vulnerabilities are eliminated and keep your network secure.

How we can help

We know that threats to cyber security should always be taken seriously. However, we want you to get on with what you do best – running your business – while we, the experts, make sure your network is protected. We will design an effective security solution bespoke to your business, while also providing ongoing IT support to keep all your data and information safe. To find out more, contact us online or call 020 3355 7334 today.