Small Business

How SME’s can be more environmentally friendly

Reduce your environmental impact with these top tips on going green in the workplace
With deadlines to meet and targets to hit, thinking about the environment is rarely a priority in the workplace.

But just a few surprisingly simple changes can have a significant positive impact on the environment – and also on your finances.

The Carbon Trust Standard estimates UK SMEs could collectively save nearly £400 million per year in energy costs, and over 2.5 million tonnes of CO2, by reducing their carbon footprints.
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5 Ways to Stay Safe in a Crowd

In light of recent UK terrorist attacks, it pays to be attentive while in a crowd. By being aware of your surroundings, you can stay safe at home and while abroad on holiday this summer. Here’s how to safely travel in a crowd:

  1. Be aware of the exits while in public or on public transport.
  2. Carry a charged mobile so you can get information on any developing incidents and can call for help if necessary.
  3. Have confidence in police and security forces. Make sure to follow their advice when danger arises.
  4. During an incident, immediately leave the scene as directed by authorities or in the opposite direction of the perceived threat. Find a safe location, and only move if you must find a more secure location.

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WannaCry Highlights Why You Should Prepare For Ransomware

WannaCry, a ransomware program that targets a vulnerability in outdated versions of Microsoft Windows, has spread across 150 countries and infected more than 230,000 computers since it was launched on 12th May. It disrupted many NHS hospitals in England and Scotland, infecting up to an estimated 70,000 devices, including computers, MRI scanners, blood-storage refrigerators and theatre equipment.

The danger that the ransomware program poses is based partially on how invasive it is. After infecting just one computer, WannaCry can spread to every device in a network within seconds. It works by locking users out of their computers before demanding money to regain control of their data. Initially, WannaCry requires about £230, but, if no payment is made within three days, it then threatens to double the amount. If no payment is made within that time, the ransomware program then threatens to delete the files after seven days. (more…)

30 Billion Reasons to Prioritise Cyber Security at Your Company

Two-thirds of UK organisations have not provided their employees with cyber security training, according to a recent survey from professional IT solutions firm, Ultima. What’s more, half admitted they are unprepared for an attack and, if an attack occurs, they have no recovery plan in place. This extensive negligence for cyber security is particularly troubling, as each UK organisation was subjected to 230,000 cyber attacks in 2016, according to research from internet service provider, Beaming. While not every attack was successful, the ones that were cost the UK economy approximately £30 billion in total losses.

The five most common and dangerous cyber threats to your organisation include the following:

1. Ransomware: A piece of malicious software that encrypts all of the data on an organisation’s network and can only be decrypted after paying cyber criminals a ransom.

2. Hacking: A cyber criminal will exploit an unpatched vulnerability within an organisation’s security software to access its data.
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Apps and Smart Appliances May Pose a Significant Cyber Security Threat

Despite the fact that 79 per cent of surveyed UK organisations have some type of cyber defences, 57 per cent of those organisations have experienced at least one cyber attack within the last 12 months, according to a recent survey from multinational defence and security company, BAE Systems. On average, these cyber attacks cost organisations £330,000. However, that figure does not include the cost of business disruptions or the loss of reputation.

These numbers are so high because hackers have more routes than ever to breach your defences—including mobile apps and smart appliances. Whilst mobile apps—such as Slack, Evernote, WhatsApp and Dropbox—may help your employees complete their tasks more efficiently, your IT department may not approve them for official use due to the potential security threats that they pose. Some apps—such as those that are cloud-based—are often granted access to the mobile’s camera, location, data and contacts, which means that a cyber criminal could hack the device through an app and spy on your organisation. (more…)

Small Business Saturday

Small businesses and customers in West Sussex can both benefit from Small Business Saturday on 3rd December.

All kinds of small businesses can get involved, including family firms, local shops, online businesses, wholesalers, business services and small manufacturers.

Businesses can visit www.smallbusinesssaturdayuk.com to get a free listing of their business, marketing pack and more.

Customers can also visit the website where they can search the small business finder, upload photos and messages on to social media of them using local businesses, and pledge to support their local businesses.

West Sussex County Council Leader Louise Goldsmith said: “Small Business Saturday offers our local businesses a great way to get their name out there, encourage growth, and build their network of customers.

Please make Small Business Saturday a really big day for our Small Businesses across West Sussex by supporting them at shops and businesses near you!”

For more information visit the www.smallbusinesssaturdayuk.com

 

Source: West Sussex County Council

Cyber Attacks On Small Businesses On The Increase

The number of small businesses falling victim to cyber-attacks is on the rise throughout the world, the Telegraph reports.

Law authorities and top cybersecurity experts are now warning that it’s not just blue chip companies, governments and celebrities that are under threat from cyber-crime. As more and more start-ups and entrepreneurs enter the business world, a growing number of cyber criminals are setting their sights on them.

According to cybersecurity firm Symantec, over the last four years an increasing number of cyber thieves have been targeting small businesses, viewing them as ‘easy targets’. That’s partly because larger companies have ramped up their security and firewalls following big-name cyber security breaches; but many smaller companies are failing to do the same.

Symantec’s research shows that nearly half (43%) of global cyber-attacks during the course of 2015 were on small businesses – those with less than 250 employees. Criminals exploited the digital weakness of smaller firms to steal data, crash websites and send spam to customers. (more…)

Cyber Attacks On Small Businesses On The Increase

The number of small businesses falling victim to cyber-attacks is on the rise throughout the world, the Telegraph reports.

Law authorities and top cybersecurity experts are now warning that it’s not just blue chip companies, governments and celebrities that are under threat from cyber-crime. As more and more start-ups and entrepreneurs enter the business world, a growing number of cyber criminals are setting their sights on them.

According to cybersecurity firm Symantec, over the last four years an increasing number of cyber thieves have been targeting small businesses, viewing them as ‘easy targets’. That’s partly because larger companies have ramped up their security and firewalls following big-name cyber security breaches; but many smaller companies are failing to do the same.

Symantec’s research shows that nearly half (43%) of global cyber-attacks during the course of 2015 were on small businesses – those with less than 250 employees. Criminals exploited the digital weakness of smaller firms to steal data, crash websites and send spam to customers. (more…)