Cyber security advice

The global cyber attack of recent days has brought the burning issue of cyber security into the media spotlight once again. Of course, not a day goes by without thousands of cyber attacks being launched but such a massive assault on large organisations, especially critical public services such as the NHS, was bound to capture public attention.

In recent months we’ve worked with a number of clients who, having been targeted by similar ransomware/cryptolocker virus attacks, required assistance when their IT support restored their business management systems from backups. While these clients had backed up their system data (the absolute minimum any business should be doing when it comes to back ups) and therefore minimised the impact of the attacks, some had not backed up the related business documentation, templates and report designs which had been set up and saved prior to attacks on their networks.

The result of this was that thankfully their critical financial data was safe and able to be fully restored but of course with documentation and template files also encrypted by the virus they did not avoid disruption (and unfortunately financial costs) entirely.

The critical nature of a business’s backup procedure is nothing new, most will have had an appreciation of it’s importance since the first days their internal computer network was set up. However, we’re finding more and more that file storage can be neglected when it comes to to these backup procedures and considering the value of these digital assets it’s something we’d encourage all of our clients to evaluate and consider as soon as possible.

If you have any uncertainty around the back ups related to your Sage 200 or SAP Business One systems then get in touch with our support desk today. We’ll be happy to assist your IT support organisation with any guidance required.

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