25/06/18

Cybercrime – the rising threat

The CyberCrime threat is a
major problem in today’s high-tech world and is something that is
only going to increase in the future.

Tackling this menace is a
major problem and it’s vital businesses, individuals and other
groups and organisations take steps now to protect themselves from
attack.

The Government has
completed and published its cyber security business survey where
businesses and charities across the country were asked what they are
doing about the threat and how they can find out more about the
problems we face today.

Covering a period of 12
months, the survey was part of the Government’s National Cyber
Security Programme and found 43% of businesses and 19% of charities
taking part had experienced a cyber security attack in the last year!

It identified 74% of
businesses and 53% of charities place a high priority on cyber
security but that only 27% of businesses – against a figure of 33% in
the last survey in 2017 – and 21% of charities have a formal cyber
security policy.

The main findings of the
survey reveal most businesses and charities are, not surprisingly,
dependent on online services which puts them at greater risk of a
cyber attack. These breaches can have a major impact on organisations
with lost data or assets resulting in serious financial problems.

There is clearly still
much more businesses, charities and other groups can do to protect
themselves and it is vitally important for people to understand what
CyberCrime is and the implications it can have.

We need to realise that in
2018 crime against your business is much more likely to be digital
than physical
and the value in selling data held by a company on is
usually going to be much greater than anything else connected with a
business.

This information is so
valuable that criminals are encrypting data and then demanding huge
sums of money, holding firms to ransom, for the key to unlock it.
These ransomware developers often attack smaller companies because
they are easier to target.


Our top tips:

  • train
    staff to recognise danger signs and tell them what to do if they
    think the company is under attack.
  • It’s vital staff realise how
    important company data is and that it should be protected.
  • Doing all you can to
    ensure your systems are secure and up to date is another very
    important safeguard, including only giving access data to those who
    really need it.
  • Use strong passwords and make sure all patches are up
    to date.
  • You need layers
    of defence – filtering, anti virus (AV) software and network
    protection.
  • Make sure you have appropriate training in place and that
    you have a tested backup of your data in case all else fails.
  • AV
    software protection is the frontline of defence but remember 94% of
    ransomware victims have AV installed.

Taking steps to ensure
tighter security of your systems will make it more difficult for a
cyber breach and the problems that brings.

Safeguarding your business
is paramount and it must make sense to do all you can to protect it.