If the recent global ransomware attack taught us anything, it is that everyone needs to be vigilant when it comes to cyber-security.

Among those issuing warnings was the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) who urged business people not to make the mistake of assuming only big business is at risk.

The federation is warning small businesses in the UK to take urgent steps to protect themselves.

Dave Stallon, commercial director at FSB, said: “We are raising the alarm with the UK’s 5.5 million-strong small business community. It is vital that small businesses and the self-employed prioritise this and that they do it today.”

We agree. In addition to offering a range of IT solutions that can help businesses take advantage of the digital revolution, Bowe Digital can also advise on your cyber security.

Call us on 0191 214 1750 or email info@bowe.co.uk to find out how.

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Confidence among UK small firms has risen to the highest level in more than a year, according to the latest Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) Small Business Index (SBI).

The SBI stands at 20.0 in Q1 2017, the highest figure since Q4 2015, and up considerably from the -2.9 recorded after the EU referendum.

According to the federation, the strong recovery has been spurred by increased international trade with a net balance of 15.6% of small firms reporting a rise in export activity during the past three months, with a net balance of 30.5% expecting international sales to increase over the next quarter. Both figures are at their highest level since the SBI began.

Mike Cherry, FSB National Chairman, said: “It’s hugely encouraging to see our small businesses trading more overseas, driving an exports-led recovery.”

We see that growing confidence every day among the companies with which we work and we believe that digital technology is playing its part to support continuing growth, and Bowe Digital offers a range of IT solutions that can help businesses take advantage.

Call us on 0191 214 1750 or email info@bowe.co.uk to find out how.

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British firms were each subjected to an average of almost 230,000 cyber attacks in 2016, according to recent analysis from business internet service provider Beaming. The average volume of attacks hitting individual company firewalls passed the 1,000 per day mark for the first time in November. Meanwhile, the Payment Card Industry Security Standards Council has suggested that UK firms could face up to £122 billion in fines for cyber security breaches in 2018. Of that, £52 billion will be levied on small to medium size enterprises, it said. The frustrating thing is that it does not have to be like this because a few simple precautions can keep the hackers out. We can help protect your IT system from the latest cyber threats. Call us on 0191 214 1750 or email info@bowe.co.uk

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The UK Government has launched a new Cyber Security Information Sharing Partnership (CISP), which aims to protect the nation from cyber attacks.

The partnership will bring together government experts, cyber-crime specialist and industry to share intelligence on the latest cyber security threats.

Francis Maude, the Cabinet Office Minister responsible for the Cyber Security Strategy, said when launching CISP: “We know that cyber attacks are happening on an industrial scale and businesses are by far the biggest victims of cyber crime in terms of industrial espionage and intellectual property theft with losses to the UK economy running into the billions of pounds annually.”

Bowe Digital can help protect your IT system against the latest cyber threats now.

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