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Is your business cyber secure?

Nowadays, we could probably all manage to do business without paper and pen, but we’d really struggle to do business without our laptops, PCs, tablets and smart phones.

All it takes is for our internet connection to go down to make us realise how dependent our work life can be on connectivity and computers.

Many businesses rely on cloud-based services, such as email, online accounting systems and databases, not to mention social media and Google.

When that connection goes down, office life can virtually grind to a halt. So, considering how much we rely on these systems, how prepared is your business to deal with technology problems? Are your office systems secure enough to deal with the challenges and threats of the online world?

If you are not feeling confident you know the answers to those questions, you are not alone.

That is why the Scottish Government is running Cyber Scotland Week from April 22 to 28. The week aims to be a focal point for promoting cyber resilience within businesses. The website is a great place to find out more about what you can do to make your business cyber-secure.

With this in mind, we are also pleased to welcome a new IT services provider into membership of the Chamber. The Apprentice Store is a social enterprise company that specialises in providing a full range of IT services to Highland businesses.

David Massey from the Apprentice Store will give a short introduction to how it can help businesses with their IT needs at the next Chamber members’ networking lunch at the Lime Tree on Thursday April 25. Book your place now.

If you are not yet a member of the Chamber and would like to come along to meet the team and find out how membership can help your business, please call 01397 705765 or visit