October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month, so to celebrate we thought we would share with you some hints and tips on how to keep you and your business protected.
Top tips to stay cyber secure:
- Create passwords which will be difficult to break and ensure that you do not share these with too many people, including employees. Only share passwords if 100% necessary.
- Change passwords and any security codes regularly, especially when handling sensitive information as this decreases the chances of passwords being leaked or discovered.
- If you have an online file with your stored passwords, ensure that this is revised regularly and is password protected.
- Ensure that you are updating software such as browsers and any critical software regularly.
- Install the latest, reputable antivirus software available, including a firewall and keep these up to date.
- Ensure that you are conducting regular security scans on your devices to catch any attacks early.
- Never post personal or sensitive information online and check security settings on any platforms you use or visit, to ensure that all information is kept private.
- Educate your employees on careful internet browsing and how to check for unsecure sites and emails as these could easily include some form of virus that may not even become noticeable until after the damage is done.
- Finally, remember that laptops and computers are not the only devices which can be hacked or attacked, so ensure that other devices such as phones and tablets are also secure.
High profile attack in 2016:
Many cyber-attacks have taken place this year with the majority being on huge and damaging scales. But also, some lesser-known cases also took place, with severe and damaging effects.
The US election campaign was hacked, with emails and other damaging content belonging to Hillary Clinton being leaked. According to a report by Motherboard, Russian hackers were said to have been behind the attack, as well as targeting almost 7,000 other people with over 19,000 phishing links. Their targets included around 109 Hillary Clinton campaign staffers, Russian government critics and even former National Security advisor Colin Powell.
Due to these hacks, it was found that Clinton broke government rules by running a private server from her home whilst still in her Secretary of State role. Several private conversations were also published with secret information concerning not only the election, but also regarding Hillary herself.
More attacks in 2017:
Other high profile companies have also been the victims of these attacks, including the entertainment firm HBO which saw their social media accounts hacked as well as show scrips leaked online.
Two episodes of Game of Thrones were leaked early, along with their main Twitter account and other HBO show accounts. The hackers also stated that they had 1.5 terabytes of HBO data including financial information, show scripts and episodes and other sensitive documentation. The hackers then demanded millions of dollars for the leaks to stop.
These attacks were planned thoroughly and would have been difficult to obstruct, but you can minimise the chances of this happening to your company by taking just a few, simple security measures.
SCS Technology Solutions have a dedicated technical team who are happy to help and advise you on the best ways to stay safe. If you would like any advice on cyber security, please contact our team on 0800 9520652.