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Why your cyber security is more important than ever


SMEs shouldn't fool themselves into thinking they are immune from cyber attacks, says Alan Calder, CEO of IT Governance. What's more, the penalties for poor data protection are about to get much tougher.

You don't have to be a big company — such as Yahoo, MySpace, TalkTalk or LinkedIn — to experience a big data breach. Small and medium-sized companies are also at risk.

“Attackers know that SMEs have less money and fewer resources to spend on IT, says Alan Calder, CEO of IT Governance, a global provider of IT governance, risk management and compliance solutions. “By targeting them they can get relatively easy access to the SMEs’ own assets and those of their customers.”

All organisations should tighten up three areas where they are most vulnerable: their people,their processes and their technology. “You can switch on a firewall and protect yourself with anti-malware, but that's only one part of the security story,” says Calder. “Attackers will also target individual employees because they can be fooled into giving up passwords and clicking on links; and they will exploit a company's poor processes, such as being allowed into the CEO's office on the pretext of delivering a parcel. Once they're inside, they can put a USB stick into a workstation and upload or download whatever they want.”

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