I recently binge watched the widely talked about Netflix original series “You”, a psychological thriller following a New York bookstore manager called Joe who becomes obsessed with a customer (Guinevere Beck, referred to as Beck) and begins stalking her.
Cyber-threats are one of the great risks to businesses of all sizes, across all locations. And this risk is going to increase ever more so as we head into the heart of 2017. Indeed, along with the uncertainty over Brexit, cyber-crime is seen as one of THE biggest threats facing UK business this year.
And yet, despite both recognition that the risk is real, the recent high profile attacks at Tesco Bank, Yahoo and others suggest that too many business leaders are not giving the threat the serious levels of consideration that it warrants. As perhaps highlighted by the fact that almost three-quarters of SME leaders admitted that they had no adequate cover in place to protect against a breach of their system.
Passwords are often referred to as the first line of defence in protecting a wide range of business systems from security breaches. Companies need to have a strong, easily understood password policy in place, so employees understand their personal responsibilities.
In isolation, password barriers are insufficient as a means of keeping your network secure. It may be worth reviewing your infrastructure to consider whether password protection should be bolstered - or replaced - with more suitable measures.
There was a time when email was pretty much the sole means of electronic communication used by business. These days, even with the growth of social and a host of specialist messaging and collaboration tools available, email remains as important as ever. There are an estimated 2.5 billion business email users worldwide - and that number is on the increase.
If you’re not already aware, then CryptoLocker is a particularly nasty piece of malware with the potential to cause major disruption and heavy costs to your business.
Email is a point of vulnerability for an IT network. A primary method for attacking. Phishing and spear-phishing messages designed to catch the user off-guard and deliver routes into the system for hackers, malicious files, and ransomware. All designed to create havoc, harm and untold cost to your organisation.
It might be one of the older forms of cyber-threat, but Phishing is on the increase. The first quarter of the year saw a rise in excess of 200% from the tail-end of the previous year. With cyber-security specialists Mimecast reporting that phishing accounts for 90% of all hacking attacks. It's an alarming rise and cause for concern.