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Data breaches are a normal occurrence in 2024!

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The Normalisation of Data Breaches

Data breaches, incidents where sensitive information is accessed without authorisation, have become increasingly common. Small and micro businesses are not immune to these threats, and the consequences can be severe, including financial loss, reputational damage, and legal liabilities.

Why Data Breaches Are Increasing

Several factors contribute to the rise in data breaches:

  1. Increased Digitalisation: More businesses are storing data online, making them targets for criminals. Even people that just use email are at risk!

  2. Sophisticated Attacks: Attackers are using advanced methods to break into systems.

  3. Human Error: Mistakes such as weak passwords or falling for phishing scams often lead to breaches.

Preventive Measures for Small Businesses

  1. Employee Training: Regularly educate your staff about cyber security best practices and potential threats like phishing. Our CyberPATH team can create bespoke training just for you.

  2. Strong Password Policies: Implement and enforce strong, unique passwords across all systems.

  3. Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA): Use MFA to add an additional layer of security, making it more difficult for criminals to gain access.

  4. Regular Software Updates: Keep all software and systems updated to protect against known vulnerabilities. Don't forget linked items like printers, lightbulbs, coffee machines or anything else linked to your computer system via the internet.

  5. Data Encryption: Encrypt sensitive data to protect it from unauthorised access.

  6. Backup Data: Regularly back up data to ensure you can recover it in case of a breach.

Support and Resources

The UK government offers a range of resources to help businesses improve their cyber security posture. Visit the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) for comprehensive guidance on protecting your business from data breaches and other cyber threats.

By implementing these measures, small and micro businesses can better protect themselves from data breaches, ensuring their operations remain secure and their customers' trust is maintained.


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