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Cyber Security: Small Business Guide
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There Should Always Be A Plan B

THE AVERAGE, PREDICTABLE COST OF DATA LOSS TO A SMALL BUSINESS IS £3,106

We don’t like to think about it, but from time to time things can go wrong. If you buy a new house, it’s imperative to get both life insurance and home and content insurance to ensure that should the worst happen, you’re protected.

Well, the same applies with implementing a backup solution. If putting backup measures in place for your home is such a natural and common concept – then why wouldn’t you protect your customers’ business too?

TRIED AND TESTED BACKUP AND DISASTER RECOVERY SOLUTIONS FOR SMBS

A multi-layered security approach is the best way to combat an increasing threat landscape. Cyber Security solutions can only predict patterns as far as their global intelligence reaches, so it’s best practise to combine those solutions with a Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery (BCDR) implementation.

The financial costs and remediation following a breach can cause significant damage to your brand, leading to detrimental consequences. But with a solid BCDR solution, data breaches that occur can be rectified with little downtime.

Many small businesses still rely on backing up their data on tapes and storing them offsite. For years, this proved as an effective, cheap and reliable route for SMBs. But times have changed, the cloud has evolved and restoring tapes to an offsite server is now significantly slower and can involve larger periods of downtime for your business, compared to cloud-to-cloud backup.

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Acronis - Solve data challenges with instant, reliable backup. 75% of organisations experience tape failure each year!

The new generation of data protection is cyber protection – and Acronis delivers it. Using the power of the Acronis AnyData Engine, Acronis Backup Cloud is a backup offering with disk imaging technology and an instant restore feature. It’s a solution that’s designed to protect data from ransomware attacks with its certified datacentres, all while encrypting data in-transit and at-rest.

From flexible pay per GB solutions to easy backup for workstations and servers, Acronis Backup Cloud is a recommended service that’s been tried and tested.

Backup of mailboxes, OneDrive and SharePoint to the Acronis Cloud
Instantly restore emails, attachments, contacts, calendar and tasks
Provides point-in-time mailbox recovery
Backup encryption in transit and at rest
Take ownership of all your data on UK shores

Microsoft 365 Secure

With 120 million business users worldwide, Microsoft 365 is an irresistible target for cyber criminals. With this in mind, we think it’s important to highlight that the Microsoft 365 Exchange Online Protection is good, but not good enough.

Defend yourself against spear-phishing attacks and sophisticated malware with Vade Secure, while automatically backing up your mailbox data in the fully-encrypted Acronis Backup Cloud. It’s the all-in-one solution purposefully built to enhance protection, ensure compliance and maintain company reputation – without compromising user productivity.

Why Third-Party Microsoft 365 Backup is Critical.

Consumers and professionals alike are largely familiar with Microsoft 365 considering there are 135 million commercial users of Microsoft 365 today, and the number of business mailboxes worldwide is expected to grow to over 1.4 billion by year-end 2022. But is all of that data protected?

Data is Everywhere … Is Yours Secure?

For many who leverage the power of cloud solutions, having access to your data anytime, anywhere is part of the appeal. If you load a document to Microsoft SharePoint for example, your colleagues can provide feedback or edit it remotely. Of course, while ease-of-access is a benefit to teams, the security of this data is something that can keep IT pros and business managers up at night.

Although Microsoft has a strong reputation for high availability of Microsoft 365 infrastructure and applications, it rejects responsibility for protecting customer data (e.g. hard-deletion, subscription deprovisioning, and site-level recovery errors) or compliance requirements.

This means that data loss is likely — whether that is one email deleted by human error, a folder emptied by the malicious actions of a rogue employee (e.g. during a merger or acquisition), or a system-wide ransomware attack that stops your day-to-day operations.

Without a third-party backup solution in place, systems are left unprotected and are begging for trouble. It’s only a matter of time before disaster strikes and critical documents or emails are gone for good.