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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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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One of the biggest shake ups of European privacy legislation which is expected to have a significant impact on the way business is done comes into force in 12 months’ time.

It’s going to have a huge impact on how businesses store and process data and carries tough penalties and hefty fines for breaches.

The Government will implement the General Data Protection Regulation and it is expected that the UK will continue to comply with GDPR after Brexit – so all businesses should be assessing how they use personal data and how this legislation will affect the sector in which they operate.

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