Taking the risk out of growing your business

There are more private sector businesses now than ever. 5.7 million and counting, in fact[i]. Competition is fierce – and staying ahead means supporting your colleagues and giving customers spot-on service.

No matter what sector you’re in, digital technology can have a big impact on the way you grow. It can help you do more, faster, and for less money. But technology is changing fast. And each new development comes with new risks. So how do you keep up? And more importantly, how do you do it safely?

Understand the risks

Over half of IT decision-makers say that security concerns are the biggest barrier to their digital growth.[i] And it’s not surprising. Because with every new innovation, there’s a new opportunity for hackers and cyber criminals.

You’re probably already using the cloud, for example. It’s the future. Nine out of ten employees and IT decision-makers think it can boost collaboration and productivity[ii]. But to get the best of it, you need to make sure your connections are completely secure.

Take the Internet of Things, for example. It isn’t new – we saw demonstrations of the first internet toaster almost 30 years ago[iii], but now, it’s everywhere. From smart thermostats in our homes, to fully smart cities, there are more connected devices in our lives than ever before. And each time you connect a new device to the internet, there’s a possible new entry point for a potential cyber-attack.

And how about the laptops, smartphones and tablets that you’re using? Studies show that workers carry an average of three devices[iv]. They also show that 1 in 4 people have lost one or had it stolen[v]. That’s why you should have fixed and mobile networks that can help protect your entire business, on every level, across every site and beyond.

Last but not least, are you fully up to speed with GDPR? The new regulations have made it more important than ever to lock down your customers’ and employees’ data. Put the right measures in place and you’ll not only save your reputation and give your customers confidence in you, you’ll also avoid a (potentially very hefty) fine.

Have the confidence to grow

So what’s the answer? If you’re looking to grow, we thinking better connectivity is the way forward. That could mean a faster and more reliable internet connection, so your colleagues can share large files, collaborate in cloud-based apps or make video calls to customers. Or it could mean a cloud-based phone system that makes sure you’re always on the top of your game when it comes to phone-based customer service.

Or, if you’re thinking big and growing across different sites, it could be about setting up a more modern network to connect them all. One that means colleagues can work across any site and collaborate easily. That way, everyone can pitch in and get the job done.

Whatever new connectivity means to you, the key to staying safe as you grow is making sure security’s embedded into all of it. And that’s where we come in. By working with over 20 partners and 200 security vendors we can keep your organisation secure, no matter what your needs are.

We’ve got 2,500 security experts in 180 countries around the world who constantly monitor our services and protect you from data theft, phishing scams and ransomware attacks. In fact, we’re protecting customers from around 125,000 cyber attacks every month.

And when it comes to the future of your organisation’s security, we’re already one step ahead. Our team carries out 1000 ethical hacks on our own network every year. It’s through them we learn how to look out for the next big cyber threat, so we’ll know what it looks like before it ever reaches you.

In other words, with our team keeping you secure as you make your next big move, there’s no stopping you. And you won’t be alone, either. We’re trusted by 98% of the FTSE100 to keep them safe. With company like that, isn’t it time you took the leap to get ahead?

To find out more, contact us on 0800 707 6318 (or 0800 707 6317 for existing customers).

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References

[1] Business Population Estimates 2017, from the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy: bpe_2017_statistical_release.pdf

[1] People, productivity and the digital workplace, Davies Hickman Partners, 2018

[1] People, productivity and the digital workplace, Davies Hickman Partners, 2018

[1] https://www.postscapes.com/internet-of-things-history/

[1] https://www.statista.com/statistics/365104/number-connected-devices-per-person-uk/

[1] People, productivity and the digital workplace, Davies Hickman Partners, 2018