Here at Acu IT Solutions, we have seen some gut-wrenching cases of security breaches, file corruption and data theft in businesses. As a business owner, is data protection something you prioritise? Have you ever considered what would happen if the cyber-crime happened to your business?
You may think that it would be difficult for your business to be targeted, but the truth is, it only takes one click from a well-meaning team member on one bad link. This could turn your business world upside down.
We’re feeling generous today, so we want to share the secret to keeping your business data safe.
Is that really the secret? I hear you asking. Yes.
Cyber security training should be company-wide. It should include trainees right through to the Managing Director. All members of the company should take part in formal data security training regularly.
Cyber security training for your company helps to build a cybercrime aware culture, which is one of the best lines of defence against cyber-crime and threats out there.
Did you know that hackers use automated tools to look for vulnerabilities in businesses? This includes yours. One click is all it takes to let these hackers into your system and potentially ruining your businesses’ whole reputation.
You can have the best, most professional and tech savvy employees, but cyber-crime is still a huge threat. Cyber-crime is evolving. Scammers and hackers are just waiting for the right moment and situation to pounce, so it’s really important for your business to be prepared.
Let’s take a look at some of the types of cyber-crimes.
This common tool is used to take information, such as log in credentials, or credit card details by email, telephone or text message. These emails can be highly sophisticated and convincing. They disguise themselves as someone credible, such as a bank or software you may use.
These phishing emails will ask you to click on a link and update your details, but you will be sent to a scarily convincing website which is a duplicate. Or the emails could come with an attachment, which when clicks on, installs malware on your device or network.
Crypto locking then occurs, where they deny you access to your own information and they can then steal your data.
Spear fishing is aimed at individuals, rather than everyone like phishing. In this circumstance, the attacker spends time sifting through information about you, such as your name, role, company and so on. This is then used to their advantage.
If an attacker targets someone at the top (CEO fraud), this has been well thought out, usually over a long period of time. They do this as they want to target someone with the most sensitive data and can result in a vast financial gain for the cyber-criminal
This is when you are asked to take an action on what presents itself on a familiar website. However, when you look carefully, the web address will be ever so different to normal. Therefore, any information entered will be sent to the criminals.
Unfortunately, as cyber-crime has evolved, there are now some instances of pharming where the criminals divert traffic from the real website to the fake one. This is extremely hard to detect, but once you know what to look for, you will still be able to look at little clues and recognise it.
Have you ever received an email pretending to be someone you know? Like Karen from the accounts department? There is usually a link involved, asking you to reconfirm your details. Usually spoofing involves you downloading malware, or ransomware rather than credential stealing.
This is phishing with a text message.
This is phishing on the phone, or voice phishing and it’s really common. Usually the number which calls is unusual or blocked. They will pretend to be someone familiar, or from a familiar company and will ask you to make a payment. If you ever experience one, it’s best to hang up then use a number you have for that company, rather than the one they called on or gave you.
As you can see, there are so many clever methods of attack, and yet there are many other ways in which cyber criminals can attack your business.
Where does your business stand with training in cyber security?
Although you may already feel confident that your team are clued up with cyber security, and hopefully you will have the latest security software installed across your whole network, there is always room for improvement.
We want to see your business protected, as unfortunately, the cyber criminals would love to target yours and they don’t care who will click on that dodgy link.
Now is a great time to go that extra mile and create some new cyber habits. A great business tool to invest in is employee education, where you can end up saving the reputation and data of your business. The training will also help to motivate your employees and make sure they are engaged in the cyber culture.
If you would like to talk to us here at Acu IT Solutions about data security training, get in touch today.
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