October, known for ghouls, ghosts and cyber security... okay maybe not the last one but this October is European Cyber Security Month. Since the advent of the month-long event in 2003, European Cyber Security month has been the European Union's annual campaign dedicated to promoting cybersecurity best practices and cyber hygiene across the continent and the UK.
Despite its affiliation with Europe, many organisations all over the world observe Cyber Security Month and take it as the perfect opportunity to give some thought to business cyber security. The importance of good cyber hygiene has been paramount since the uprooting of the workplace to a fully remote or hybrid working style as these new means of working raise a plethora of security threats in the post-COVID world. In unprecedented efforts to protect the health of employees, business's could have left the health of their cyber security by the wayside. Now that businesses are settling into the new normal, knowing that some kind of remote-working offering will be around longer than a fortnight at the end of March 2020, it is time to give meaningful thought to your business cyber security and strengthen the roaming workplace.
Cyber security isn't the sole responsibility of the IT department or an IT partner, it is a shared responsibility across the entire business. From the cleaner to the CEO there will be opportunities for cyber-criminals to exploit staff for their malicious gain. With the focus of Cyber Security Month being to raise awareness of cyber threats and encourage a proactive, preventative mindset amongst users here are some blogs written by ourselves and our trusted partners that any user should read this Cyber Security Month to wise up to the ever-changing tactics of cybercriminals.
Businesses are growing more aware of the threat of cybercrime but do they know how to prevent them from being the next victim? Our Technical Solutions Consultant, Mark Howard, has compiled 12 ways to protect any business from a cyber attack. Mark called on his 10 plus years of providing services, especially cyber security services to our clients to put together a list of things he knows every business should have implemented.
This list takes you through practices and systems you should implement into your business, most that you can have in place before Cyber Security Month is up. These practices and systems help to prevent a cyber-attack from occurring, strengthening the knowledge of your employees and system policies that can be implemented by any business.
There is also a super handy infographic format of the blog available at the bottom of the linked blog, brilliant for visualising ways that your business could be attacked and how you can sure-up your business.
Following the "prevention is better than cure" mentality Cyber Security Month promotes, this blog aims to show you how devastating a cyber attack can be for any SME and how you can protect your business from the big bad world of cybercrime.
Did you know there are around 65,000 attempts to hack SMBs in the UK every day? It's more than likely your business has been a target of one of these before, hopefully, one that was avoided or prevented but the next one could be the one to cause damage to your business finances, reputation and data. Can you afford a breach? The answer will be no, the fine to the ICO for data loss stands at a higher maximum amount of £17.5 million or 4% of the total annual worldwide turnover in the preceding financial year, whichever is higher. If you store any personal data you need a cyber security partner or provisions.
With government-mandated COVID restrictions easing to a point of near non-existence now, it begs the question of what will the future of the workplace looks like. Regardless of the option your business chooses, cyber security basics should be at the forefront of any decision making process.
Written by Jared at the Cyber Resilience Centre For The North West (CRC), a body for which we are a trusted partner, the blog discusses the impact of new working models on the cyber resilience of any business. The CRC is a trusted, not-for-profit venture between Greater Manchester Police and Manchester Digital, supported by Constabulary from Cheshire to Cumbria, we're proud to be a partner of the much-respected organisation.
Anyone can be a victim of a phishing attack, 94% of all malicious cyber-attacks are sent via email and chances are you have received an attempt at a phishing attack. You've probably ignored them, we're all conditioned to the free iPhone ones, the winning lottery ticket that you've not purchased etc but phishing attacks are always changing and you could mistake the next one for a legitimate email. Read our How To Detect Phishing Blog today for tips on staying sharp against malicious emails.
Writing by the IASME Consortium, the group responsible for authorising Cyber Essentials certification bodies for the National Cyber Security Centre, on behalf of the UK government. IASME authorise companies to be assessors of companies wishing to achieve a Cyber Essentials certification, a certification that demonstrates a commitment of a business to guarding against cyber threats to their organisation.
Cyber Essentials is all about demonstrating to the assessment body that your company is capable of implementing and maintaining standardised cyber hygiene principles outlined by NCSC. This blog outlines some simple principles that any company can implement quickly. From password good-practice to software policies IASME provides a short and sweet list of principles to implement, why they're needed and how they can be put in place.
We're proud to be an IASME Certified Body, capable of providing Cyber Essentials and Cyber Essentials Plus to companies to secure their business and customers from cybercriminals. Interested in getting a Cyber Essentials certificate for your business? Speak to one of our expert advisers today about how we can secure your business on 01606 336 265
SME cyber attacks — can you stay one step ahead? Download: 12 Ways to Protect Your Business from Cyber