Real World Security
Welcome to Sharp’s Real World Security hub. From real, everyday cybersecurity insights to better ways to stay protected, we’re providing useful information to make sure your business is safe.
Switched on to security
Nearly all businesses are digitally connected today. We exchange emails, operate over shared Wi-Fi networks – we even join meetings, classes, or appointments virtually. With that in mind, small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) today are susceptible to a growing threat: cyberattacks. Increasingly common, attacks can seriously hinder the running of a business. And no matter the type of your SME – whether you construct buildings or work on your laptop from them – there are real risks that can have serious implications.
Using insights from SMEs across Europe, we have created a series of content to help you understand security risks, break down the complexity around them, and find ways to stay protected.
Within our Real World Security Hub, you’ll also find our top tips and guidance on the best ways to build cyber resilience.
Human error: Tackling the biggest security threat to SMEs
Today, the smallest employee mistakes can amount to big issues in security. At the same time, a third of the SMEs we surveyed cited a lack of knowledge or training as something that has increased their IT security concerns. We explored the ways insider threat materialises, and what you can do to mitigate it.
Real risks: Cyber protection for real world working
Cyber attacks are on the rise, and IT leaders across Europe are concerned. Our research revealed that 68% of IT leaders lack confidence in their businesses’ ability to deal with IT security risks, with many worrying about the consequences of an attack. In this article, we discuss some common security vulnerabilities, and the best ways to stay protected.
Complex security terms, simplified
There are a whole lot of terms used today in cybersecurity. While building a robust digital defence is already a big enough challenge for many SMEs, understanding all the complex jargon that comes with it is another. To make things a little easier, and to help you protect your business, we’ve simplified some of the most common cybersecurity terms.
While our Jargon Buster breaks down some of the key terminology used in cybersecurity, we also want to give you the bigger picture.
Check out our full security glossary; a catalogue of terms for the various risks and solutions.
Key findings from SMEs across Europe
SME Cybersecurity: Exploring the confidence gap
Feeling risk-ready isnʼt the same as being protected. Our research uncovered a tension around SMEs feeling well-prepared for cyber threats but lacking confidence in their defence. In this article, we discuss how to ensure your business is truly prepared and protected.
Real World Risks: SME Security Rundown
With every new app or device, the security landscape can become more complex. Cyberattacks are on the rise, and SMEs are feeling the impact – but the real risks might be staring you right in the face. Explore the real-world security risks for SMEs.
Our cybersecurity tips
Explore our guidance for keeping your business secure
Prepare for the risks: Tips for building real cyber security confidence
Many IT decision makers feel unprepared to defend their business from a cyberattack. From strengthening employee passwords to implementing regular software updates, discover our dos and don’ts of cybersecurity.
The unusual suspect: How to ensure your printer isn’t a hidden threat
Despite the focus on virtual threats, there is a very real physical risk lurking in your workspace: the printer. Find out which necessary steps to take to secure your devices - and your business.
Employee risks: How to reinforce, secure IT behaviour
Businesses today should be thinking about how educated their people are with cybersecurity risks - and reinforce secure IT behaviour wherever possible. Discover our top tips on how to limit the impact of human error.