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Cyber security awareness month- Ransomware and protection for businesses

October 08, 2020

October isn’t just known for Halloween and the end of British Summertime, in the UK, it also marks a National Cyber Security Awareness Month. We have written articles previously which have highlighted the importance of cyber security and have listed jobs available within the field. This year has been a significant one for those in cyber security, particularly with the push towards working from home and e-commerce sales soaring through the roof. As we continue working remotely and opt for online services, it is important to note some cyber threats which are common and how to combat them.

Recent figures released from the Office of National Statistics have shown “48% of the UK’s 32.9 million workers” have been working remotely this year (ONS, 2020). Although this is the case, many businesses do not hold secure cyber security protection for company devices such as smartphones, laptops and tablets.

Lack of cyber security software

A study conducted by Kaspersky released statistics which highlighted that “23% of company desktops are not secure and exposed to cyber security threats.” (Kaspersky, 2020) In addition to desktops and laptops, “23% of company smartphones” also lack adequate cyber security protection. As uncertainty continues with the global pandemic and not knowing when employees can return to workspaces, cyber security needs to be factored in to ensure there are no disruptions to work projects. This is also key in ensuring protection with data and confidential information for businesses.

Ransomware

Ransomware is one of the most common cyber threats found, hackers will use this to get victims to pay a ransom in order to restore data. Many of you may have seen this through emails and attachments sent from unidentified users, when downloaded, this will allow hackers to gain access to the victim’s device, personal data as well as any software on the device. Remote workers being visibly active online will mean they are susceptible to receiving potential cyber threats like Ransomware.

The next few months will also see a growth in online sales with the lead up to Christmas and Black Friday with people in virtual queues browsing the net for presents and discounted goods. This will be a key moment for hackers to prey on individuals.

How to prevent cyber security attacks

Businesses must ensure data is backed up and protected. Ensuring your back up system is regularly updated and reviewed will prevent files and information which may be vital to business operations from being hacked. Whether it is backing up data on the cloud or encrypting it within a specific folder, businesses must regularly check settings and updates to prevent unauthorised access.

Investing in good anti-virus software will provide protection from any outside threats trying to gain unauthorised access. Suspicious emails and sites will be filtered to ensure that you can only see verified and legitimate content.

Training staff and raising awareness of potential cyber threats within the workplace is a great way of limiting damage. There are some free training sites and videos available on Gov.uk which is accessible to all. Raising cyber security awareness in the workplace not only provides protection for businesses, but the training can also help individuals be vigilant and protect their own personal devices at home.

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