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Harpenden company seeks to protect local businesses from hackers

PUBLISHED: 11:05 17 May 2019

Harpenden company Total Group is advising Hertfordshire businesses to beware of hackers. Picture: Supplied

Harpenden company Total Group is advising Hertfordshire businesses to beware of hackers. Picture: Supplied

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A Harpenden IT support company is advising local businesses to protect themselves against cyber attacks.

Alison Stewart, of the family-owned firm Total Group, says hackers are actively targeting Hertfordshire businesses, who are effectively "leaving their doors open to criminals".

She said: "Far too many local business owners have no idea just how big, fast and aggressive cyber crime is.

"To use a real world analogy, they are leaving their home's front doors wide open while hundreds of burglars walk past. It really does take just one click on a dodgy link to leave an entire business's IT setup open to hackers.

"Increasingly, the hackers prefer to do no immediate damage and instead wait for an opportunity to cause maximum damage, or steal thousands."

Total Group was formed in 2000 and is based in Kinsbourne Court, Luton Road.

According to Alison, barely a day goes by without her team helping a business which has been hacked.

A 'cyber readiness' report by Hiscox Insurance showed that the proportion of small companies, with 50 employees or fewer, reporting a cyber attack is up from 33 per cent to 47 per cent.

Alison said: "The only way to be prepared for a cyber attack is to Predict - Plan - Protect.

"This is a systemised way for a cyber security expert to assess a business's vulnerability, and dramatically minimise the chance of an attack succeeding."

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