Google’s £44 million fine for breaching the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) should serve as a warning to businesses of all sizes that they have a mandatory responsibility to uphold the regulation, according to a Scottish technology business leader.

Austen Clark, managing director of Clark Integrated Technologies said that the massive fine imposed on Google by the French data regulator CNIL, is a sign that data privacy obligations should be taken extremely seriously.

Mr Clark said: “This is the start of the GDPR having teeth. We are now in the next phase of the process: enforcement by the authorities that have been mandated to uphold the regulation.

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The landscape for cyber-crime is changing. It used to be about causing disruption or gaining notoriety or fame for an attack but now it’s more financially motivated – and that’s not good for business.

So never lose sight of digital dangers - the Federation of Small Businesses* reports that the average cybercrime incident costs a small business nearly £3,000 and takes more than two days to recover from.

Every Small and Medium Enterprise (SME) needs strong cyber security defences but don’t be scared off, practical steps can strengthen your protection.

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Plain talking around the cloud

Instead of wondering ‘can my business afford to move to the cloud’, ask yourself this – will your business be at a disadvantage if it doesn’t grasp the benefits that come from using cloud services?

It’s a seismic shift from the way businesses traditionally viewed IT resources but cloud computing services offer transformational opportunities to organisations.

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If you are a Scottish-based Small Medium Enterprise or third sector organisation the chance of getting your hands on a £1000 voucher towards showing your business is cyber-savvy is the hottest deal around.

To help tackle cyber threats, businesses and organisations are being given a helping hand to towards achieving the National Cyber Security Centre endorsed Cyber Essentials or Cyber Essentials Plus certificates.

CIT 2018 Cyberattacks

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Got brass in pocket? Then you are old school. A colleague of mine hasn’t carried any cash for the past 18 months and is unlikely to revert to his cash-carrying ways.

Whether it’s to purchase a coffee or to buy drinks on a night out, he does it all using a payment app on his phone. The only time he was caught short for cash was to at a charity function that required cash for a game of 'heads or tails’. To save his embarrassment, he borrowed £20 from a friend, paying him instantly back by transferring funds into his account using his online banking app there and then.

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