These are extraordinary times, but we're working hard to keep things running as normal.
The ongoing coronavirus is quickly proving to be something of an acid test for the abilities of IT support companies. In recent days, TMB has been contacted by several business owners who are finding their current IT suppliers simply cannot meet the current demand for remote working. Thankfully, TMB is fully equipped and ready to help in this situation.Read More »
Working from home is great, but doing it securely is even better.
Being receptive to the idea of remote working is one thing; having the resources and technology to do it is quite another. And then there’s security. How do you open up your IT solutions to your workforce when they’re not in the office, without opening them up to the whole world? In other words, how do you successfully pull off both remote working and cyber security at the same time.Read More »
Good causes means nothing to hackers
They may raise money for good causes, such as homeless people, the environment and endangered animals, but to criminals, charities are just another source of money to steal from. And with so much of their operations being carried out digitally, cybersecurity for charities is every bit as important as it is for businesses.Read More »
Do the crime but never do the time.
The idea of good conquering evil is a staple of Western fiction, from novels and plays to movies and TV shows. In the vast majority of cases, you know the hero of the story is going to win in the end, because that's how it's meant to be. It's a nice thought, but in reality, that’s not the case at all: criminals nearly always get away with it – and nowhere is that more evident than with cybercrime. Although the authorities have succeeded in capturing hackers in the past, the vast majority of cybercriminals never face any consequences for their actions. What makes it so difficult to catch them?Read More »
Humans are simply too unreliable.
There are two golden rules when it comes to passwords. Keep them strong, and don’t reuse them. It’s simple, straightforward advice, and it can make a real difference to the security of user accounts. Yet far too often people fail to follow this guidance, leaving themselves and their employers vulnerable to serious security breaches. Bearing this in mind, it’s becoming increasingly clear that businesses can no longer rely on passwords alone to keep their data safe.Read More »
Successful cyber security means keeping up with – or, better yet, staying ahead of – the people who want to do you harm. Knowledge has always been power, but in today's digital economy, knowing exactly what you're up against and being able to talk about it accurately gives you a real advantage. You don't need to know everything, since a good managed IT service provider will take care of the down-and-dirty work, but a basic understanding of some of the common terms is an advantage.Read More »
Taking the threat seriously is a major part of protecting your business.
It’s become something of running joke that workplace health and safety in this country has ‘gone mad’. Yes, there have been some decidedly odd decisions made in the name of injury prevention, but for the most part it’s just a myth. There are hundreds of thousands of workplace injuries every year, and health and safety rules help to keep that number down. We have these rules for the same reasons we nominate workers to be first aiders and fire marshals. What’s odd is that we don’t do the same for cyber security.Read More »
Criminals won't go easy on them.
Only 9% of charities in the UK have a fraud awareness training programme, despite 69% of them regarding fraud as a major risk to their sector. So says a new report from the government, which shows the extent to which charities are vulnerable to fraud.Read More »
When you’ve finally earned your escape to the beach, the last thing that should be on your mind is the threat that everything will fall apart in your absence. Taking a few simple precautions can make the difference between an uninterrupted break and an urgent flight home. Here’s a quick guide to keeping your business secure during the summer shutdownRead More »
Government responds to consultation results.
Five years on from its initial inception, the government-run security scheme Cyber Essentials is changing. By April 2020, a new model is expected to be in place, with more changes set to follow.
The biggest difference with the new version of the scheme is that there will only be one Accreditation Body. Currently, there are five Accreditation Bodies, each of which operates in a slightly different way, using its own network of Certification Bodies (such as TMB Group). Based on consultation with organisations and individuals in a wide range of industries, it became apparent that having multiple Accreditation Bodies was too complicated.Read More »