Friday, 2 June 2017

Protecting your Recruitment Agency from Cyber Threats.... Free Staff Training Resources

As those of you who have read my previous blog, "Cyber Security for Recruitment Agencies… 8 Top Tips to keep your Agency Safe", will know, effective protection against cybercrime involves much more than just technology.

Indeed, we only have to look at the devastation caused to the NHS and many other organisations by the recent WannaCry ransomware attack, to see that simply having a firewall and some antivirus software is nowhere near enough to protect against today's complex cyber security threats.

The reality is that, to be effectively mitigating cyber threats, recruitment agencies need to implement a complex jigsaw of pieces consisting of multiple technologies and a raft of policies and procedures around issues such as mobile working, Bring Your Own Device (BYOD), applying system updates in a timely manner, managing starters and leavers, controlling data access by third parties, effective password and authentication procedures and much, much more.

On top of all this, implementing staff training around cyber security is a critical part of the jigsaw in successfully reducing the threats that cybercrime poses to any business.

It is important to remember that your security is only ever as good as your weakest link on any given day. That could be the temporary administrative worker who opens a seemingly legitimate attachment or website link which turns out to be something much more sinister.

For this reason we thought it would be useful to produce a white paper "Best Security Practices for Staying Safe Online", which outlines some of the key user education issues around protecting your business from cybercrime. We are making this free resource available to all our contacts to help them reduce their risk from cybercrime, and as such the white paper may be distributed to your staff and/or used as a training resource.

To request your free copy of the white paper, please email

If you would like to discuss further ways in which Xara Computers can help you secure your recruitment agency’s data, as well as prepare for GDPR compliance, please do not hesitate to contact myself, or my colleague Andrew Banning, on 0208 732 5656 or email us on or when we will be happy to help.

Xara Computers flagship product, the XC360 for Recruitment private cloud platform, provides recruitment agencies with a fully managed, highly secure, UK based remote desktop running all their own agency’s software. This allows fee earners to work and collaborate in real-time, from any location, using any computer, laptop or tablet, safe in the knowledge that their confidential client data is centralized and secure. For more information please visit our website

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