Cyber attacks are now becoming more common than ever, with global giants suffering data and security breaches across the globe. In the last 12 months, new government statistics reveal that ‘nearly 7 in 10 large businesses identified a breach or attack, with the average cost to large businesses of all breaches over the period being £20,000 and in some cases reaching millions.’ The Cyber Security Breaches Survey 2017 also revealed ‘the most common breaches or attacks were via fraudulent emails, followed by viruses and malware’ such as people impersonating the organisation online.
As businesses, we can all take simple steps to strengthen our position in relation to cyber attacks.
Understand the risks
If your company holds data, business or personal, you could be a target for cyber-attacks. Types of fraud that can happen in business are malware, phishing, password attacks, drive by downloads, plus more. Do your research and see how your business could be attacked, then devise a plan on how to prevent it.
Develop a security policy
Cyber attacks can occur from emails, websites or even pop ups, so ensure your internal server blocks anything untrusted. Limit what your staff are allowed to view on a work server and get all your staff on board. Set expectations of what emails are ok to open and which ones are not and make all your staff aware of it. By setting out clear guidelines from the start, it will become part of your culture.
Train your staff
The most common way to fraud a company is by getting staff to reveal password details or personal information, allowing hackers to gain access to your system. Training your staff to be vigilant and aware of the ways that attacks take place will help protect your company.
Ensure full training is carried out with every staff member, including refresher training on a regular basis. The cyber world is constantly evolving and adapting, meaning new schemes are coming to the surface frequently. It is vital to keep your staff as up to date as possible to anything new on the horizon.
Keep your software up to date
Keeping software up to date is vital- we all have to update our IPhone, so businesses should also keep their software as up to date as possible. Key software such as personal firewalls and anti-malware should be up to date and always set to ‘on’.
Cyber attacks are a very real threat to businesses all over the world right now; but, the risks are constantly changing and evolving so ensure your company is up to date with the latest guidance from trusted sources such as https://www.ncsc.gov.uk/guidance.