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Worktools helps you manage critical risks to your business

We are able to provide Information Security as a Managed Service for your business. If you worry about the impact of a breach, be it for legal or regulatory compliance, privacy, reputation, competitive advantage, financial or any other reason we may be able to help. Please give us a call if you recognise any of the challenges below.

Security Challenges facing SMEs



Viruses are usually malicious programs that are designed to infect one machine and then self-replicate, potentially infecting all devices connected to your company network.


Malware is a more general term than virus. It is generally designed with a specific target or set of targets in mind. 

Malware often creates a back door into a system through which the author of the Malware can eavesdrop or gain access to sensitive data. 


Ransomware is a specific type of malware that encrypts data on a system until a key is provided. The decrypt key is normally delivered after the payment of a ransom, hence the name. Some ransomwares have a time limit to pay. When this limit expires the decrypt key will not be provided - limiting the victim's ability to engineer an alternative solution.


The creation, or ‘mining’ of crypto-currencies, requires massive amounts of computational power to solve complex equations. The reward for solving an equation is the unlocking of a unit of that crypto-currency. 

Therefore, it is becoming increasingly common for cyber criminals to attempt to hijack the computational power of thousands of random machines. System compromises are achieved in a number of ways, including ‘drive-by’ malicious programs, which can be silently installed on a computer when the user innocently clicks on fake website advertisements. Once installed, the performance of the infected machine will suffer, and its operational life will be shortened. 


Generally, the name given to people who find and exploit vulnerabilities to gain unauthorised access to websites, devices, and other IT infrastructure who aim to profit, usually monetarily, from their actions. 

However, there are also 'ethical-hackers' or 'activist-hackers' who attempt to expose information, such as software vulnerabilities, for the benefit of wider society and often at the expense of criminals or corrupt officials. 

Denial of Service

These attacks harness a large number of internet enabled devices to bring down websites or servers thereby denying access to the target website. 

Malicious Websites

Malicious websites can attempt to crypto-hijack your computer, install Ransomware or other ‘drive-by’ malicious programs or force you to download malware. 

They can also send sensitive information you've inputted to malicious actors who can then use it against you or profit from it – especially when, for example, the stolen information is card or banking details. 


Password Management

In spite of numerous warnings to avoid using simplistic passwords (which are easy to hack) people continue to do so and even write them down, making passwords one of the top ranking cybercrime vulnerabilities. 

We recommend using a password manager to auto-generate and securely store complex passwords /pass-phrases that are nearly impossible to crack. 

Phishing Attacks

Phishing attacks attempt to get you to hand over login credentials or other sensitive information. They masquerade as legitimate emails, phone calls or websites and can be so convincing that you deem it safe to hand over your confidential information.

Social Engineering

Social engineers create scenarios that are believable, so the user feels that it is safe to hand over confidential information. As with phishing, social engineering scams can occur online and frequently over the phone - or even in person.

Insider Threat

A disgruntled or angry employee is the most common insider threat. A typical scenario is where they attempt to obtain sensitive commercial or personal data from their employer’s database. 

Such activity can negatively impact businesses through the loss of revenue or customers but can also create legal and regulatory issues when customer data is stolen. 

Human Error

People make mistakes, and as businesses become ever more reliant on technology, mistakes can have far reaching consequences. When employees are granted higher permissions than are necessary to fulfil their roles the potential for unintended negative system issues increases exponentially.

Theft and Loss

If a device is lost or stolen it will likely fall into the hands of a malicious actor, significantly increasing their ability to gain entry to sensitive business systems. It is therefore essential that when such an event occurs companies have an immediate and easy method of wiping devices remotely.

Media Control

The ability to connect removable media, such as USB Flash drives to company devices should be tightly controlled. When access controls are not enforced the risk of data theft and /or the injection of malicious programs into business systems is significantly increased.


Data Loss Prevention

In an age where your data is often your most valuable asset you need to prevent sensitive data being transmitted outside of your approved environment. 

Regulatory Compliance

Each industry has a range of compliance standards which, if breached, can incur significant fines and reputational damage.

Chain of Custody

Knowing where your data is and being able to trace its chain of custody is essential preventative behaviour. The ability to monitor who has accessed it, when and how often is key to maintaining a secure system architecture.


GDPR (the EU General Data Protection Regulation) is the most important change in data privacy regulation in 20 years. And is further implemented in the UK through the Data Protection Act (2018). 

These regulations impact nearly every company, and dictate how companies must handle customer data. Failure to adhere to this regulation will incur significant and deleterious consequences. 

Encryption Key Management

Data encryption is a basic security standard for any company concerned about cyber security. Secure encryption key storage and management ensures that authorised company personnel are able to maintain secure access to their company’s database.

Separation of Roles & Duties

No one user should be able to initiate significant changes on a system. A ‘least privilege’ policy should be in place ensuring that each user has the minimum access required to successfully perform their role, keeping both them and the company secure.



Step 1: Prevent breaches from happening, balancing the cost of security with the financial, reputational and operational cost of a breach.

  • Next Generation AI Endpoint Protection

  • Next Generation AI Network Firewall

  • User & Device Security Policy Enforcement

  • User Awareness Campaigns

  • Multi-factor Authentication

  • Vulnerability Scanning

  • Device Sterilisation

  • Password Management

  • Web Access Filtering

  • Business / Personal App Separation

  • Virtual Private Networking

  • Encryption Management


Step 2: In the event of an Incident, detect the breach early and respond quickly. 

  • Behavioural Analysis with Deep Learning

  • Security Operations Centre

  • 24 hour real-time alerting

  • Scam Assistance

  • Device Isolation

  • Remote Device Lock & Wipe

  • Asset Geolocation


Step 3: Learn from mistakes and continually assess if Steps 1 & 2 are adequate to mitigate the Cyber Risks you face.

  • Audit Reporting

  • Phishing Simulation

  • NCSC & Industry Threat Monitoring

  • Risk Analysis and Mitigation Planning

  • Business Continuity Planning

  • Role-based Access Control

  • Penetration Testing

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