October is European Cybersecurity Month (ECSM). While you might not be rushing to put up the decorations and hang the bunting ECSM has an important message behind it.
European Cybersecurity Month is about promoting cybersecurity among citizens and businesses alike. That means providing up-to-date online security information, raising awareness and the sharing of good practices.
2020 has been a tough year and there is plenty of businesses to be worrying about but that doesn't make Cybersecurity any less important. That is the message behind ECSM this year.
"Cybersecurity threats has not diminished"
A recent study by the UK government showed that 'the extent of cybersecurity threats has not diminished' and that 'cyberattacks have evolved and become more frequent'.
The report showed that almost half of businesses (46 per cent) report having cybersecurity breaches or attacks in the last 12 months. Businesses are starting to take action, 64 per cent have taken at least one action to identify cybersecurity risks.
However, that is still one-third of UK businesses that are not taking any actions with there Cybersecurity and that is very dangerous. Especially when there are some very simple steps you can take to secure your business.
Using strong passwords and multi-factor authentication are very quick and easy wins. Cyber Essentials is a great scheme backed by the Government that will help you attain a strong level of cybersecurity.
One of the biggest wins your business can have, though, is by educating your staff. 88 per cent of UK data breaches are caused by human error. So by keeping your staff trained and educated about their role in cybersecurity you can help improve your overall cybersecurity.
To help we have put together 5 easy to follow tips that can help your staff further protect your business.
5 Tips for employees to stop your business being scammed
Stay calm when you receive an urgent request for a payment from a senior person in your company.
Fraudsters can pretend to be a senior manager, often your CEO, to try and persuade a staff member to make a payment or transfer money. Check that the email address is correct and verify the details in person or over the phone.
Do not use the phone number that appears in the suspicious email.
Always check a supplier's request to change payment details. If you receive an email or phone call from a supplier stating that they have changed the way they should be paid in the future, this could be a scam.
Contact the supplier yourself to confirm the new information is correct. It is much better to be safe than sorry.
Watch out for fake 'security alerts'. Fake alerts are often used by fraudsters to trick employees into believing there has been a security breach on the company's system or internet banking facility.
They then require financial details to 'fix' the breach. Ensure the alert is real by calling the person back with a number from your records.
Think before you click. There are endless methods that fraudsters use to convince employees to download malicious files.
If you have any doubts about an email, don't open the attachment, click on a link or download a file. Inform your IT department and they can check the content.
Think before you share. Don't share any sensitive information about your business on social media, this can increase the risk of becoming a target.
Check your business's social media policy for what's allowed and if in doubt, don't post.
This year has been a year of woes for businesses across the whole country. As priorities have shifted throughout the year it is still important to keep a focus on cybersecurity.
That is exactly what initiative like Cybersecurity Month is trying to achieve. The consequences of being a victim to a cyber attack are often enough to shut a business down, so cybersecurity remains vital.
To help you understand how well your business is protected we have created a free IT Audit that will evaluate your whole technology as well as your cybersecurity. For more information on the IT audit click here, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call us on 01634 52 52 52.