MAM urges customers to be 'Cyber Streetwise'

Posted: 03-04-2014

MAM Software encourages businesses to follow government's IT security advice

In support of the government’s ‘Cyber Streetwise’ campaign, MAM Software is urging businesses to monitor and increase the security of their IT systems. The company is offering essential pointers and tips to enhance software security and help defend against cyber criminals.

The nationwide ‘Cyber Streetwise’ campaign sets out to change the way people view online safety. It also aims to provide the public and businesses with the skills and knowledge they need to take control of their cyber security.

“As a market-leading developer of B2B software solutions - and as a company that prides itself on its support services - we feel a responsibility to inform our customers about the importance of security. We’d also like to take this opportunity to let people know what they can do for themselves in order to be safer online,” said James Chadbourne, Head of Support Operations at MAM Software.

He elaborated by giving these essential tips:

  • Always install anti-virus software on internet-enabled devices
    This will help defend against dangerous files, viruses, spyware and hackers. Anti-virus software can often detect a threat before any harm is caused and they can also help to eliminate any existing dangers.
  • Always download software and operating system patches when prompted
    Software and patch updates are usually delivered by the software providers themselves and they often include essential security updates. They also improve the performance of software applications.
  • Regularly backup business critical data
    In the event of hardware or software failure, theft or intrusive hacking, financial details and other crucial information is at risk of being lost which could lead to a huge loss of profits. Plus, businesses have a responsibility to protect any sensitive customer details.
  • Store servers out of harm’s way
    A server failure can result in downtime which in many cases leads to a loss in revenue with the added risk of losing essential business data.

James continued: “These are just some of the simple ways businesses can increase the security of their IT systems, along with using complex but memorable passwords and limiting user access. Of course, these tasks can be time consuming and many people are simply not in the habit of maintaining software security to optimum levels.

“Our cloud-hosted, Software as a Service (SaaS) solutions are fully-managed, reducing the complexity and expense of maintaining servers stored on-premises. We provide automatic operating system and patch updates with no need to manually install anything from CD’s or the internet. We also regularly perform complete data backups which can be restored within minutes to protect vital data.

“Furthermore, some of our cloud-hosted SaaS solutions come complete with Sophos Antivirus software, so that businesses don’t have to shop around and buy their own. This software is automatically updated from our central servers, eliminating the need to carry out manual updates.

“We’d also like to take this opportunity to remind our customers that Windows XP is reaching end-of-life status, which means Microsoft will no longer supply patch or security updates for this operating system. We therefore urge businesses to consider upgrading to Windows 7 or above.”

Read more about the ‘Cyber Streetwise’ campaign at www.cyberstreetwise.com for information, advice and tips about IT security.

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