Hitchin, UK, February 2018 - Today, a data breach, ransomware attack or IT systems failure can seriously damage an organisation’s ability to operate. It can even cause organisations to close down. However, surprisingly few organisations take even rudimentary precautions to protect their IT infrastructure and valuable data. Instead, they use weak passwords, share user privileges, never patch vulnerable systems, allow unauthorised access to the network, and seldom run backups. It’s a disaster waiting to happen.
A leading provider of IT and telecoms managed services to the UK’s commercial property sector, Modern Networks is pleased to announce the launch of the Cyber Security Assessment (CSA). The Cyber Security Assessment consists of three simple steps. First, Modern Networks clarifies an organisation’s objectives with its management team and key stakeholders. Next, the firm runs network scans of all IT systems. Finally, one of Modern Networks highly trained systems engineers will prepare a series of detailed reports. The reports highlight all major security concerns and any serious gaps in IT infrastructure that can prove a barrier to meeting business objectives.
Good cyber security and data protection starts with people not technology. Weak IT security policies and lack of user awareness will surely undermine the best technical precautions. Social engineering attacks, such as malicious email phishing work because they are designed to exploit human, not machine, weaknesses. Network Security Audits can help raise awareness of cyber threats and data protection issues across an organisation. Modern Networks analysis and reports can inform new IT policies and procedures that promote a more “cyber security conscious” culture.
On May 25th 2018, the EU General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) replaced the UK’s Data Protection Act (1998). Many organisations will struggle to comply with the new regulations, and consequently face large penalties. The CSA can help identify what changes an organisation must make to become GDPR compliant, and, just as importantly, evidence what changes have been made.
IT networks are dynamic environments where things change constantly. The CSA provides a snapshot of an organisation’s overall IT infrastructure at a particular moment in time. Subsequent, periodic scans, analysis and reporting enable an organisation to measure IT and data security improvements against the initial, baseline assessment. Modern Networks can also provide a persistent IT infrastructure monitoring service.
Certainly, there is no such things as complete security. Organisations must continually balance operational necessities with security and compliance considerations. The Cyber Security Assessment gives greater insight of an organisation’s true IT infrastructure, enabling them to make better, more informed decisions about cyber security and data protection.
Charlie Trumpess, Marketing Manager
18 Knowl Piece
Hitchin, Hertfordshire SG4 0TY
Telephone: 01462 426500
About Modern Networks
Established in 1999, Modern Networks is an IT and telecoms managed service provider (MSP) helping clients across the UK maximise the value of their entire IT infrastructure. The company has offices in Hertfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Manchester. We have considerable expertise within commercial property management working with over thirty managing agents and a thousand sites. Our clients include CBRE, Cushman and Wakefield, Savills, JLL and Lee Baron. We are a corporate member of the Institute of Workplace and Facilities Management (IWFM). We are Cyber Essentials certified. We are also a Gold member of the Service Desk Institute and offer ITIL best practice standards of IT support.
Modern Networks provides advanced, innovative IT managed solutions for over 200 varied enterprise clients from accountancy firms, travel agents and media companies to national charities and not-for-profits. The company is a certified partner for Cisco, HP, Microsoft, VMware, NetApp, Pure and Sharp for multi-function printers and copiers.