The best protection: 12 cyber security reasons to use Solo Expenses

Everyone’s computer network is under constant attack from cyber criminals searching for scraps of data to sell on. It’s a feature of Solo Expenses that we’ve done everything in our power to make our security, which protects your data when entrusted to us, the very best it can be. Here’s how…

A steely glare, a brave heart and a wooden sword are useless in the face of the invisible enemy of cyber crime. Simple determination, as seen on the face of the valiant small boy in our picture, is not enough. To be effective, cyber security must be based on knowledge of the darker places, where the cyber criminals lurk.

These places, and the work done in them, are not widely understood, which is why the work of cyber criminals costs honest people around the world a billion pounds a day, every day. But Solo Expenses understands their cunning. We know that cyber attacks on an industrial scale are happening at this very moment, and which is why our cyber drawbridge is drawn tight shut against the potential invaders.

Of course, the mechanisms that make cyber security strong involve lots of specialist knowledge, and all of ours is outlined in our security policy that you can read here. But you don’t need to understand it all. We’ve done that for you. The purpose of this post is to share with you some of the highlights that show the lengths to which we’ve gone to protect your data held in our cloud based expense management software (or which you might entrust to us, if you’re not already a customer).

12 things you should know about Solo Expenses security

  1. Our security is governed by the UK data protection legislation; arguably the toughest in the world. Certification is renewed annually
  2. We undertake regular vulnerability tests on our software and the networks it operates on, to prove that our security is as strong as it can be
  3. Your data is stored in a database unique to you, isolating it from all the other clients
  4. Data is always encrypted on multiple levels, not only on our servers, but also in transmission – when you’re accessing it.
  5. Data is encrypted the moment you upload it
  6. When you want to examine the data, only the parts you’re looking at are decrypted
  7. Data is password protected (which means there’s a strong possibility that our security is better than your in-house system; many in-house setups don’t require passwords)
  8. You always own your data. If you want to take it away, it’s easily exportable, and no record of it will remain with us
  9. Data is backed up daily and stored at more than one location
  10. Our servers are held in high-security, purpose-built locations
  11. All security patches, or updates, are installed
  12. The infrastructure supporting our expense tracking software is third party certified to ISO 270001, and has SAS 70 Type II certification, now known as SSAE 16.

The bigger picture lies behind the detail
At Solo Expenses we’ve done a great deal of work to keep our online expense management system easy and safe to use – and that gives you the power to put more money into your pocket, as an individual or a business. We also hope that we might have gone at least a little way to making you think about cyber security on a larger scale, and how now might be the perfect time to enhance the security around the rest of your network.

The UK Government is doing its bit; Chancellor Philip Hammond has pledged £1.9bn in support of the fight against cyber crime. However, like charity, cyber security begins at home, illustrated by the thoughts of Adrian Thirkill, CEO at telecoms company GCI. He said: “Legacy IT systems used by many businesses across the UK are becoming increasingly susceptible to cyber criminals, who find them easier to crack than newer networks which have the latest security technologies built in.

“Securing network connectivity and protecting customer and corporate applications is increasingly mission-critical, and it’s vital that all businesses take responsibility for shoring up their defense’s against potential attacks. This doesn’t mean buying more ‘magic amulets’ from the multitude of security companies who are incentivized to make things sound as scary as possible. Security means ensuring you have the experience, expertise and tools to be proactive in defending against becoming a victim of cyber-crime, and more importantly making sure it’s embedded within your own business culture and processes.

“Whilst the UK Government and the fledgling National Cyber Security Centre are working towards a cure, the number of symptoms to be addressed seems to be multiplying. The extent of malicious attacks is growing fast, and threatens reputation, sales and profitability.”

 

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