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With new research showing that two thirds of British businesses have been targeted by cyber criminals in the past year, security should be the top priority when it comes to strengthening your business’s infrastructure. 

Cyber attacks can lose your precious data, leave your customers vulnerable and reduce faith in your company as a competent or trustworthy business. Though there is never a way to completely secure yourself from malware, plenty can be done to strengthen your business’s cyber security and reduce risk of threat.

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An effective way of protecting your network is by effectively managing the devices connected to it. Network solutions such as Cisco Meraki include powerful administrative tools that enable network managers to easily view devices connected to your businesses network and approve or deny access.

When your security concern stems from a malicious user directly accessing your network, being able to disconnect their device or IP address will remove their ability to do further harm. Similarly, an infected machine can quickly be removed from the business network to prevent the spread of malware.

If you’re interested in business network solutions, The 848 Group are offering a 14 day free trial of Cisco Meraki. Find out more about securing your business network.

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Backing up your files is the oldest piece of IT advice in the book and using an office cloud solution is a great way of keeping your files and documents backed up remotely. They can remove the need for using external hard drives as back ups and makes accessing and sharing documents a breeze, but what happens when your files synched between your desktop and the cloud are corrupted by ransomware?

Office solutions such as Office 365 have the answer. Once your PC has been treated and is virus free, you’ll be able to access previous versions of files saved through the cloud and download versions of the documents uncorrupted by ransomware.

Given the recent epidemic of ransomware attacks, you can defend your business from infection by ensuring employees and team members avoid downloading or opening suspicious email attachments (even from familiar senders).

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Getting the balancing act of passwords can be a nightmare – you need something complicated enough that it can’t be easily guessed yet it needs to be memorable enough for your employees to not be locked out of their accounts frequently.

Online solutions such as Passpack solve this problem by providing a completely secure facility that enables you to generate and store passwords. By using Passpack you are able to make lengthy passwords, heavy on symbols and varying cases that can be copied easily after the two step authentication. Passwords remain secure, un-guessable and ready for those requiring access to various applications.

Protecting your business’s assets is essential and shouldn’t be overlooked when developing a cyber security IT strategy. Your network should be designed to ward off attacks from all angles – register for The 848 Group’s free IT health check and discover where YOU should be improving.