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Protecting small businesses against big threats.?

Microsoft 365 offers an incredible service for little investment. Tools like Teams made remote-working during lockdown not only possible, but seamless.

However, if you’re able to access your company’s data from anywhere on the planet – cybercriminals can also try to access your environment, from anywhere on the planet…

And that’s where Identity and Access Management comes in. Over the past few years, Gartner has ranked Microsoft as a leader in five different areas of security, including Identity and Access Management. And they really know what they’re talking about!

More information about securing your Microsoft 365 environment can be found in our latest white paper From minnows to whale sharks: why securing Microsoft 365 should be a top priority for all businesses.

How hackers have adapted to target the big and the small.?

It used to take tremendous effort and skill for hackers to hack… but cyber criminals, like everyone else, have had to adapt. And they really have.

As a terrifying example, login credentials for organisations are now traded online for only a few pounds each. Cybercriminals operating illegal ‘Ransomware as a Service’ businesses help run the whole attack, including providing the decryption methods and handling the ransom payment, for a share of the profits.

And even with all that going on, low-level cybercriminals can now easily perform ransomware attacks, meaning smaller companies with less security are very much in the crosshairs.

You can read our full white paper: ‘From minnows to whale sharks: why securing Microsoft 365 should be a top priority for all businesses‘.

As cybercriminals cast their net wider, no business is safe.?

In our latest white paper, we look at why securing Microsoft 365 should be a top priority for all businesses. In the UK alone an average of three companies fall victim to a cyberattack – every day.

And, as we all know, it’s hard enough trying to run a business as it is – without the worry that your company could be the victim of a ransomware attack. Although once only a concern for large corporations, cybercriminals have now cast their nets wider; hauling in businesses of every size.

You can read the full white paper, right here: ‘From minnows to whale sharks: why securing Microsoft 365 should be a top priority for all businesses‘.

Preparing for a flexible future?

It’s no secret that working from home and cyber attacks are both on the increase. An IoD survey found that almost 75% of businesses planned on ‘maintaining the increase in home working’. And if that trend is likely to continue, it would be ignorant not to follow suit and step up the IT security that makes your business possible (for all those devices, applications, passwords that can make or break a day at the office).

🧐 For instance, did you know that at least 65% of people reuse passwords on multiple sites… despite 91% of them knowing that it’s risky?

…sound like anyone you know? 🤷‍♂️🤦‍♂️

💡Sometimes what we need is a team of people who really know their stuff to put together a really useful guide with interesting information, best practice and practical tips. And sometimes, someone like HTG – People-first Technology pops up and…BAM 💥

And they’ve done just that. Download the white paper today.

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Human operated ransomware is “preventable disaster”?

Human-operated ransomware campaigns are one of the most significant and impactful trends in cyberattacks today, according to the Microsoft 365 Defender Threat Intelligence Team.

Hands-on keyboard attacks start small, but in the background, something bigger is happening. Watching your every move. Noticing patterns. Identifying weaknesses. And then BOOM.

We’ve helped some pretty big players over the years. But we know that businesses prefer to keep these things on the DL, so we’ll never share this information – and you certainly won’t find any case studies or testimonials. You’ll just have to take our word for it on this one. Offering a discreet service lets our clients know that we’re serious about their security.

And if you haven’t watched the webcast from Microsoft yet, we’re going to share it again.

Protecting cloud and on-prem. It’s time to plan!?

We’re always banging on about cloud-based security. But it’s important to remember that human-operated ransomware attacks aren’t a cloud-only problem. These highly sophisticated attacks know no boundaries and can impact on-prem, too. In fact, it’s easier to protect your cloud environment than it is your on-prem environment. Weird eh.

If you’d like to know why, get in touch and we’ll delight in telling you more! We don’t like to be pushy – it’s just not in our nature. But when it comes to something as serious as this, we implore you to get your security plan in place. And, if you do have one, implement the darn thing. This is the party you can never be too early to.

Whether or not your security plan is in place, we’re offering free 1-2-1 30-min sessions with one of our wizards of tech. We can guarantee that you will take at least one thing away that will improve the security posture of your business. And that will make us sleep better at night. It’s a win/win.

But if a free security review is not for you, we really really really want you to watch this instead.

Human-operated ransomware: what we all need to know?

Human-operated ransomware is different to the cyberattacks that we usually hear about. They’re incredibly sophisticated and inherently difficult to spot.

As the name suggests, they require a human touch: invaders infiltrate, watch for patterns, highlight weak points – and then strike many months, or even years, later. By which point the attackers will know more about you and your business than you do.

And as they move laterally across your business, they can (and will) cause immeasurable damage as they go. Microsoft’s Principle Cybersecurity Consultant, Jim Moeller, warns that “we’re facing one of the greatest threats to cybersecurity, ever seen.” And that should’t be taken lightly.

We don’t like to be pushy. But when it comes to something as serious as this, we are…a bit. It’s so important to have a security plan in place. If you do, implement it. And if you don’t, get in touch! This is the party you can never be too early to.


The new kids on the cyber-security block?

Human-operated ransomware attacks. They’re the new kids on the cyber security block. And they mean business. Well, they actually mean potential catastrophic damage to your business. And by business, we actually mean your data, identities, and a demand that runs in to thousands (or even millions) of pounds.

We don’t like to be pushy or overbearing. But this is serious. Businesses must have a security plan in place. And if you do have one, implement the darn thing!

We feel really strongly about keeping businesses secure. And, of course, once personal passwords are being used in a business environment, we’re not just talking business. We’re talking about the security of you and your family’s personal data, too.

In fact, we feel so strongly about it, that we’re offering free 30 min 1-2-1 no obligation security reviews for our new or existing customers.

Human-operated ransomware attacks are a threat to us all. To understand more about their risks and how to securely safeguard your business, this webinar from Microsoft is an eye-opener – even for the non-techies!