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When did you last complete your LifeUpdates?

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When did you last complete your LifeUpdates?

06-Mar-2019

Despite the perception the big cyber media stories might paint - it’s not just large global companies that are at risk of a cyber security breach. The common misconception by small business owners is that their business is ‘not worth attacking’. In actual fact, the government’s Cyber Security Breaches survey revealed that 42% of micro/small businesses identified one breach or attack in the last 12 months.  

The irony is while the risks of a cyber attack are relatively high for SMEs, the steps they could take to protect themselves are actually really simple, such as installing the latest software and app updates as soon as they become available which can protect a business’s devices from the majority of cyber attacks.

Cyber Aware’s #LifeUpdates campaign aims to encourage people to take action on the simple tasks we all put off doing – this is as true in our businesses as it is in our personal lives. There are always things we put off, even though doing them would be to our benefit. If we tick off simple tasks (from installing the latest app updates, dealing with tax returns or updating our contacts) we can potentially save ourselves a lot of stress, time – and potentially money.

Updating your business plan and financial statements are important #LifeUpdates that should never be put off – but so are software and app updates. They don’t have to be difficult or time-consuming. You can even install new updates during your lunchbreak when your device is plugged into a power socket or set them to automatically install as soon as they become available. For more advice on simple ways to be more secure online, visit the Cyber Aware website.

For more cyber security guidance and tips visit NCSC and Cyber Essentials to help guard you against the most common cyber threats for SMEs.

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  • "Broadway Events joined the AEO on the Enterprise Membership. We’ve already taken advantage of the many benefits including the excellent FaceTime Masterclasses and training guides for exhibitors."
    Emma Barrett
    Broadway Events
  • "We are a member of the AEO because it is a proactive association for the events industry. As an organiser it provides us with high value ideas, networking, guidance and information."
    David Harrison
    PPMA Group
  • "This year, the association has led working groups to address industry issues and put on some amazing events full of insightful content for both organisers and, through the AEOs FaceTime initiative, exhibitors. In addition, the AEO has represented the industry at a Governmental level to raise awareness of the importance of events to the UK economy."
    Paul Byrom
    Upper Street Events
  • "I genuinely believe that if you’re involved in organising events you should become a member of the AEO."
    Simon Kimble
    Clarion Events
  • "Our membership of the AEO represents real and tangible value for UBM - it provides fantastic networking opportunities, practical training for our team as well as valuable insight into the state of our industry."
    Simon Parker
    Informa Markets
  • "As an Association business, we appreciate the excellent work the secretariat of the AEO do for our community. From the events side of our business, the AEO provides an excellent return on investment, providing thought leadership, fantastic networking, brilliant awards, excellent research and FaceTime, a valuable tool to tell our markets why exhibitions and events should be an essential part of the marketing mix."
    Neil Felton
    FESPA
  • "AEO’s networking and member meetings are valuable for individuals at all levels within our organisation. The promotion of our sector to the outside world, to government, authorities and business at large is another vital aspect of the AEO’s purpose for members, many of whom, like my company, work on events throughout the world."
    Stephen Brooks
    Mack Brooks Exhibitions
  • “Knowledge is power and the AEO dinners are certainly powerful, there is always a wealth of knowledge at the table. Insightful presentations make for a constructive and extremely social way to learn from the experts who’ve done it before. I attended the Japanese evening and gained really valuable insight about the culture and how best to communicate with a local audience.”
    John Whitaker
    Vice President Marketing, Data & Digital , dmg events
  • "We have the opportunity to contribute positively to the industry as well as gaining valuable insight and advice. There’s no need to spend valuable time and money reinventing the wheel when you have so many experienced professionals in AEO membership to learn from”
    Emma Cartmell
    CHS Group
  • "JOINING THE AEO HAS BEEN FANTASTIC! Being able to gift our customers with free places at the FaceTime masterclasses, learn alongside industry peers and seek advice to common challenges is invaluable”
    Sharon Azam
    GovNet Communications

 

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