Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all our Customers, Colleagues & Suppliers
20th December 2018
Businesses everywhere will hopefully be dealing with a prosperous Christmas rush or else clearing the decks ready the festive break. Whether you’re a small business, a charity or public sector organisation we know it’s been a challenging year and that you’ve had to work harder than ever.
Stay safe online over Christmas
Unfortunately Christmas time is also a season for cybercrime. More than a quarter of online scams in the UK occur over the Christmas period, according to Barclays , who also found that festive fraud victims in the UK may have lost around £1.3 billion in 2017.
When shutting down for the holiday break remember to make your ICT secure. There are reports of major retailers upping their cyber security during the festive period – some 63% of UK retailers said they increased cyber security measures during the holiday season, according to a poll. That’s because the festive season is recognised as a time of increased cyber-attacks, social media scams and DDoS (distributed denial-of-service) attacks.
SMEs also need to keep their guard up to ensure that comply with the latest GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) rules or risk facing fines.
No UK business is exempt from GDPR – not even Santa. We’ve heard that he’s making a list, he’s checking it twice, he’s gonna find out who’s naughty or nice, however some fear the big man may be in contravention of the General Data Protection Regulation.
While Santa may be free to share his data for genuine business purposes, there’s heated discussion about which data he can retain for legitimate purposes and whether the elves are classed as employees…
Make it your new year’s resolution to ensure that your business – its computers, systems and data – is fully protected and compliant. Contact 30ict Ltd for a full check to stay safe online and a wide range of other ICT services we offer to businesses.
At 360ict we’d like to wish all our valued Customers, Colleagues, Suppliers and Friends a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!