Austen Clark, managing director of Scottish IT specialists Clark Integrated Technologies says that ransomware demand can be commercial suicide for a business, as it has the potential to ruin its reputation, send share prices plummeting and it may struggle to recover from the damage done.

Austen’s advice is simple - prevention is better than cure.

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A major UK business survey revealing that a fifth of British businesses have been hacked by cyber criminals hammers home the need for all firms to ramp up their defences against cybercrime.

With only a quarter of firms surveyed by the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) saying their business has security measures in place to guard against hacking, Austen Clark of Clark Integrated Technologies warns that too many firms could be exposing themselves to the very real danger of being hit by cybercrime.

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Telecommunications are at the heart of modern business transactions; the evolution of telecoms has allowed all sizes of business to reach marketplaces which would have been unfeasible generations before. An independent jewellery artist can now produce bespoke pieces of jewellery on a farm in Nantwich, custom ordered and ready to deliver to a skyscraper in Tokyo within a few days. Our world is getting smaller and more accessible every day and businesses are able to reach wider audiences simultaneously. This is mostly thanks to the Internet, but in order to connect to and use the World Wide Web businesses and consumers need to have sufficient capability in their Telecoms. In Aberdeenshire and other remote areas of the UK, reliable, high-speed fixed line telecoms are more difficult to acquire. What options are available?

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Austen Clark, managing director of Clark Integrated Technologies in Aberdeenshire, Scotland, warns businesses to be on their guard against mobile device phishing attacks.

Through staff awareness and training, he says that organisations can help combat the growing menace.

Mr Clark comments: “Hackers and cyber criminals work like water and will always find the cracks and vulnerabilities. It is an organisation’s responsibility to be aware of these fissures and protect or fill them.

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