Even though businesses are trying their hardest to be paper-less nowadays, there are still some processes that require paper, and therefore a printer is a crucial piece of office equipment. For example, you print off an invoice, sign it, scan it back in and then email it to the recipient. You trust your printer to perform and it always has your back. But did you know your printer is actually holding secrets?

Every printer has a memory card, which stores all the information about the print, scan and copy jobs it has done. It has read all the information that it needs in order to do the job, which could be customer’s information, confidential files for your business, and most worryingly bank account numbers and sort codes for both of you. And this information could be accessed by anyone who knows how to hack these memory cards, and could use this data maliciously as part of a ransom attempt.

Shocked? We were too when we learnt about the risks posed at our Cyber Security workshop; as part of TALE support, we put on free workshops in specific topics which are underutilised by businesses. The first workshop for Cyber Security took place in Ipswich on 30th January 2019 and was delivered by Dr. Özgür Kafalı and Dr. Jason R.C. Nurse, both Lecturers for the School of Computing at University of Kent.

The TALE Cyber Security workshop gives an oversight of the solutions businesses should be taking in order to protect themselves from cyber-attacks. The interactive workshop was delivered with both presentations and activities which helped generate ideas for businesses to take away and implement.

Cyber Security has been mentioned for many years, especially since the launch of the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) in October 2016 with aims to make the UK one of the safest places in the world to live and do business online. The NCSC provides a single point of contact for SMEs, larger organisations, government agencies and works collaboratively with other law enforcement, defence, the UK’s intelligence and security agencies and international partners. Özgür and Jason make what seems like an ‘oversaturated’ subject matter into fresh material which is easy to understand for logistics businesses with as little as 2 employees to 250 employees.

Do you know if your business is fully protected from cyber-criminals? Do you want to strengthen your reputation with your customers as safe and reliable?  Here are 5 tips that form part of Cyber Essentials, a government benchmarking scheme for businesses who need to stay safe:

  1. Install Firewalls. Secure your internet connection
  2. Choose the most secure settings on your devices and software packages
  3. Control who has access to your data and services
  4. Protect yourself from virus and malware
  5. Keep your software up to date.

We have a range of workshops on offer to help you gain knowledge about your data and efficiency to grow your business and reach your goals. Contact us now to pre-register your interest for the workshop programme through our Business Support Facilitators or by email tale@haven-gateway.org.

Click here to view the Cyber Security digital leaflet.