Firms team up to beat cyber criminals

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Preston-based accountants and business advisors WNJ has teamed up with security experts at Sanitas Data Security to highlight the many and growing threats – and to underline what action companies can take to protect themselves.

Cyber criminals are coming up with increasing numbers of ways to gain access to company IT and data systems – sometimes with devastating consequences.

Sanitas and WNJ warn the gangs aren’t just after sensitive financial details. In some cases they are using the computers and servers of a business they hack into for criminal purposes – with firms having no idea they have been taken over.

Paul Woodburn, partner at WNJ, said: “Cyber-crime is a growing threat to all businesses and it is not going away. We’re working with Sanitas to highlight the challenges that SMEs face and what action they can take to protect themselves.

“Companies may feel they are too small to be the target of these criminals, but that is patently not the case. They need to be aware, alert and take steps to secure their operations. And they need to start now, not after they have become victims of online crime”

Mark Pegram, director and co-founder of Sanitas, which is based at the Preston Technology Centre on Marsh Lane, says business owners need to be made more aware of the dangers and threats.

He said: “The crooks aren’t just after databases or sensitive information, valuable as that may be to them. They will also use any computer space they can get, creating networks of computers to send out spam emails or to attack other systems.”