Cyber crime – is your business taking this seriously?

Cyber crime is definitely one of the hottest topics of the moment

Was the US election result swayed by Russian hackers? Who was behind the Cyber crime Travelex ransomware attack that brought everything to a standstill? What about the Easyjet data breach?

To think that cyber crime is something that affects only larger business is to ignore the reality.

The fact is, whether you sell on the web, hold client or customer information online or keep any other sensitive data, you are a potential target for cyber criminals. If you don’t protect online information properly, then you have a disaster waiting to happen – any breach could shatter your company’s reputation and drive future customers away.

Part of the problem is that SMEs don’t necessarily have the resources to dedicate to cyber security. But if your company hasn’t prioritised this issue, you need to act fast.  With General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) now in full force, the fines for non compliance can be crippling.

So how do you take steps to ensure your data is secure?

Without doubt, the best plan is to consult professionals who understand cyber security and the demands of GDPR.

If your budget won’t stretch to that, the government publishes useful guidance called 10 Steps to Cyber Security as well as a dedicated Cyber Essentials website. The latter contains a self-assessment questionnaire, as well as the opportunity to apply for Cyber Essentials accreditation – which is mandatory if you ever bid for government contracts.

And if you don’t take action?

The reality is that cyber crime is becoming ever more sophisticated, and unless you take the right steps your business could find it becomes a very easy target. It’s just not worth risking your reputation and future – or, indeed a very large fine.

We take Cyber Security extremely seriously at THP and have now attained the Cyber Essentials Plus accreditation.  If you need any help or advice on how to do that for your business please don’t hesitate to give us a call.

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About Mark Ingle

Owner-manager business specialist, Mark Ingle is key to building relationships with clients at the Chelmsford office. “I like to see clients enterprises grow and succeed.” Mark explains, “The team here has a lot to offer and I can see a lot of new businesses responding to that.”

Having worked for accountancy practices in London and Essex, Mark has worked with a range of companies varying in size. For Mark, THP stands out for its “local firm approach with the resources of a larger practice.”

Although a keen traveller, Mark is focused on giving his clients at THP the highest service, “Right now, I aim to help the clients we have to the best of my ability which will help me attract more of the right clients in the future.”

Mark’s specialist skills:

  • Annual and Management Accounts
  • Tax and VAT
  • Strategy and Business Planning
  • Marketing and Sales
  • Business Development
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