6 April 2017
As cybercrime is ever on the increase, a worrying fact that came out of a recent Institute of Directors survey was that almost half of UK businesses have no cyber security plans. Most recently there is a major issue with phishing scams, which many of our members have fell victim to. Attacks are commonplace and attackers are often one step ahead, therefore the best offence is a good defence. The latest advice is ‘expect’ to get hacked, so concentrate on recovery and backing up your data. With different methods of attacks on the increase it’s about time companies protected their data and have contingency plans in place should an attack occur.
So how do you protect yourself if you are a an SME?
Top Five Cybercrime Prevention Tips
1 – UNDERSTAND THE RISKS
This returns to education and of being prepared for an attack and having a complete understanding of the internal and external issues that can occur from an attack. Try to learn everything, how hackers gain entry including methods and motives from phishing to spoofing scams, social engineering, malware, system hacking and everything in between.
2 – DEVELOP A SECURITY POLICY THAT IS INGRAINED IN COMPANY CULTURE
Where there is a risk there is a way. The security policy should be ingrained into every employee when they have a decision to make or process to follow. Your employees are usually the first targets as they are usually the gatekeepers of the information that hackers want to get their hands on, which also makes them your first line of defence, educate everyone about in understanding what to do to prevent an attack plus what to do if an attack or breach occurs and other preventative measures
3 – PICK UP THE PHONE
Verify financial requests and confirm details by phone, instead of the ever too easy method of email. This will ensure that you have added extra security verification in your process of payments. This will ensure funds go to their correct parties. This will hopefully protect you from loss though always be wary about information is already publically available for the hackers to assume identities.
4 – KEEP YOUR SOFTWARE UP TO DATE
As many of us dislike a software update and waiting for your computers to reboot, it is actually one of the simplest ways of protecting your data. So don’t delay in updating antivirus software or other security applications. This will help you guard against the latest threats and keep your business secure.
5 – HAVE A CONTINGENCY PLAN
Having a plan in place once an attack has happened is crucial, and makes sure your whole company knows if there has been a breach. By having data backed up and having a strong recovery element to this plan is crucial, but don’t just rely that it is there; it requires regular checks to see that data is being recorded and as there have been cases where back up tapes ae been found to be blank.
We will be having more updates on cyber security which we will pass out to our members, if you have been a victim of a cyber-attack and would like to share your story with other members then please get in touch at firstname.lastname@example.org
An article researched and written by The Giftware Association
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