Network Security, Data Protection and Cyber Security for Your Business
Some advice and suggestions to help keep your organisation safer from hackers and data loss ... plus an offer for a free network security checkup
Network Security Checklist
When a big business is hacked you hear about it on the news – in the past year companies including TalkTalk and Carphone Warehouse hit the headlines when they fell victim to data breaches – but what you don’t hear so much about is when small businesses are attacked. Historically cyber criminals haven’t targeted smaller firms but since last year there has been a huge rise in these attacks and in a recent Government Security Breaches Survey 74% of small organisations reported a security breach in 2015.
It is impossible to make a modern business network 100% secure but there are certain measures that should be taken to help to mitigate the risks. Our recommendations below are based around the requirements for the Government’s Cyber Essentials Scheme plus a few additional recommendations of our own.
- DOWNLOAD LINK: Download Network Security Checklist
Staff Awareness – Network, Data and Cyber Security Checklist
Aside from all of the talk about hackers and external attacks, still the greatest threat to any organisation’s network and data security is its employees. It’s not just the disgruntled staff members or those about to leave to set up in competition that you need to be aware of – the most common data breaches are caused unintentionally by uninformed staff members.
This list of suggestions provided free of charge by Micro Plus Computers is our top recommendations for staff awareness - but you should make your own decisions as to which of these you implement and add others that are applicable to your business. This information is supplied as-is and may be considered as part of your overall data security and cyber security processes. Please feel free to use this as a starting point and build it up for your own organisation. Bear in mind that your organisation should have a separate data protection policy and internet and email usage policy that may already cover some of these points or could be updated to include some of the following.
If you need any assistance in implementing any of these suggestions or would like information as to how any of these standards can be enforced rather than voluntary then please contact Micro Plus Computers using the contact form on this page.
You should also consider where these might be applicable to any third party contractors that work with your organisation that have access to your IT systems (for example external technical support, software companies, accountants, photo copier companies, CCTV maintenance, premises access controls, telephone companies)
- DOWNLOAD LINK:Download Staff Cyber Awareness Checklist
Limited Offer - Free Network Security Check*
Micro Plus Computers are offering a limited number of Free Network Security Checks to businesses within our coverage area.
We use sophisticated network diagnostic tools that will analyse your network for obvious security issues and produce a report with the findings. Even if you have your own internal IT staff or if you already use an IT support company then we can still carry out the checks and you can use the report we produce to get your existing staff to plug any holes that we find.
There's no cost and no obligation. We hope that you will be impressed by our services and would consider using us at some point in the future or recommend us to other businesses.
About Micro Plus Computers
We work with around 200 Businesses, Schools and Charities throughout Shropshire, Cheshire and Wales to help them get the best value and best performance out of their IT equipment and software plus we also help around 250 home users every week with problems ranging from broken iPhones to wireless network problems. Over the past 24 years we have fixed problems over 23,000 customers in the local area.
If you need technical support for your business, school or home for a one-off incident or for regular, monitored network support with guaranteed response times, Micro Plus Computers is ready and waiting to help.
Just give us a call, drop us an email or call in to see us at our showroom in Oswestry. If you are looking for a new computer, printer, tablet or if you need cables, wireless equipment or inks or just need some advice then pop in to see us - we are open Monday to Saturday.
Our technical team looks after thousands of systems at businesses, homes and schools on a daily basis with 24/7 monitoring, fast response times and guaranteed service levels - and we would love to look after your technology too.
If you need help with any of these then we have experts ready to help you
- Cyber security, firewall services, anti-malware and virus removal
- Drop-in workshop repair service for Computers, Phones, Tablets and Printers
- Design and installation of Networks for Business and Schools
- Hosted Email, Office 365 and Cloud services
- Network server migrations and upgrades
- Wireless network installation - home, business, school, multi-site
- New IT equipment: Computers, Printers, Components, Monitors, Networking
- Regular help desk and technical support services - ad hoc or contract
- Software issues, installations and upgrades
- Broadband problems, troubleshooting, bandwidth optimisation
- Security assessments and compliance audits
- Remote working solutions, work from home, holiday, airport or coffee shop
- Data cabling - from additional network points to complete cable installations
- Data transfer and data recovery services
- Data backup, disaster recovery and business continuity
- ....and just about anything else you might need to make you technology work better
We used the guys at Micro Plus to replace a number of older PC systems with the latest Lenovo PCs and laptops. We had concerns before the project started as we use a lot of older software titles, including some DOS based applications critical to our work. Our fears were unfounded however, and the result is excellent. The new systems are quicker and much more stable and our staff can do what they are paid for more efficiently thanks to Micro Plus. They are now moving our emails and storage to the cloud using Office 365. All together a great service from Micro Plus Computers.
Thought I’d drop you a line now that our new system has settled in. We are all very pleased with it, and especially pleased that we didn’t lose any data, and practically had no down-time. Pete is great – serious IT genius! Please pass on our thanks to Pete and Nick.
Pub Solutions (UK) Ltd
Can I just use this opportunity express my personal thanks and that of the company for the flexible approach you and your team have made to this job and all the hard work during and outside normal working hours that have made the transition for email migration and server replacement as seamless as it has been to most members of staff.
They are always our first port of call in an emergency - being quick to respond when we had a network switch fail - and demonstrated their integrity by selling us a £5 power supply which was the fault and not a new network switch - which maybe some other suppliers might not have been so quick to point out! On more planned purchases, they have given invaluable advice and competitive prices on laptops and other hardware purchases, as well as consumables.
Hunter Bevan Marketing and Design
A big thank you for Micro Plus! One of our Computers went down in a middle of a job - a quick phone call and they were out to sort it. At Scotprint we dont like to let our clients down but with the response we had from you, all the work went out on time. We will always use Micro Plus Computers.
Scotprint UK Ltd
For many years we have treated MicroPlus as always there, no pressure selling, no telesales just how we like it, any problems are no problem. Highly recommended to anyone !!
O G Griffiths
Having known Micro Plus since their inception in 1991 we have found them to be extremely helpful to our business, always willing and able to assist with quality advice and support in an efficient and effective manner. We hold the company in very high esteem.
Bowen Son and Watson
Like any business though a company is judged on its reputation to deal with adversity and thus far Micro Plus has been excellent. I must however highlight Pete though, he is a real asset to your company. Nothing has been too much trouble and unlike our previous support providers nothing is too much trouble, there is a can do attitude and there is easy accessibility to key staff, rather along the lines we try and instil in our own team.
Amberleigh needed a one-stop-shop solution to meet its IT requirements, Paul and Micro Plus give us that service
The technical support and response call out times we have received from Micro Plus computers has been excellent. If excellent was 5 stars we would give them 6.
Director - Vanguard Cleaning Management Solutions Ltd
Micro-Plus have recently installed a new IT system for us. We have been very impressed with the care they took in guiding us through the process. They have been very supportive throughout. We couldn’t have asked for a more professional and helpful service.
Ann Tudor FCA
Tudor Healthcare Accountants
We have been using Micro Plus Computers for 11 years now and I can honestly say I have never been disappointed, we have had complete office systems installed and maintained throughout the years and no problem is too small. I have bought private PCs and laptops with them too. The staff and management are always friendly and approachable and I have no reservations about recommending them to friends, family and business alike.
We were extremely satisfied by the experience received from Micro Plus and we would not hesitate to recommend them to new clients. During the whole process Micro Plus had a man onsite and the desired end result was achieved without any problems. The setup was conducted in a professional way throughout.
Walker Sheppard Group
Foundation Piling Limited have been associated with Micro Plus Computers since 2008 and over the years they have supplied, installed and fitted various pieces of new equipment. In January this year (2014) we had a new Server Installed, and migrated over to Office 365. Your Network Engineer Nick was on site for over a week; Nick is a great guy, and nothing was too much trouble, and he was still working remotely gone midnight some evenings! This in my opinion goes a long way when you are in a very busy business.
Foundation Piling Ltd
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* Network Security Check
The offer of the free network security check is subject to availability, the size of the organisation and the location. This offer may be withdrawn at any time.