If you’re thinking that protecting your company from Cyber Crime is something the IT gurus will take care of with their virus protection and firewalls, you need to think again.
An expert in cyber security claims has revealed 61% of all cyber insurance claims handled by her firm, resulted from human error – or a staff member’s lack of awareness about dealing with potential threats.
Are your staff a full bottle on scrutinising their emails for problems?
Here’s a list of suggestions to share with your staff, family and friends on things they should be on the lookout for:
Watch out for suspicious or unlikely subject lines.
Emailing spoofing: Criminals can change the FROM name in an email to absolutely anything. They’re very clever at crafting a FROM field that will entice you to engage with their email. Always click reply or hover over the sending email name/address to confirm that the email is actually coming from the person who is noted.
If you get an odd email from someone you know or someone within your workplace asking you to transfer large amounts of money, pick up the phone and confirm with them. Change of bank details request should always be followed up with a phone call.
Look at email return paths. If it doesn’t look real it most likely isn’t. Hover over the FROM name to reveal the email address, delete if in doubt. If you delete a legitimate email, it can always be re-sent.
Passwords: Don’t use the same passwords for all your accounts. Use a unique password for each account, change your passwords regularly, rather than using surnames and date of births, use a phrase or song instead, always use alpha and numeric passwords.
Spotting a bad attachment: Be wary of file extensions .zip .rar or .7z attachments. They can contain malware. Outlook documents can contain macros so watch out for the file name including a M at the end E.G. .docm, .xlsm, pptm.
Don’t trust an attachment from people you don’t know. Always verify the sender before opening. Your friends’ account may also have been spoofed. Remember to always think before you click.
Keeping devices safe: Don’t use free Wifi. Always use company secure network connections. Make sure you have passwords and passcodes on all devices, remember tablets and laptops can always be read over your shoulder while out in public so make sure you’re in a safe place. Don’t use the data carriers of others and never lend anyone your devices.
Social Media: Never put your date of birth, maiden name or address on any social media platforms as your identity could be stolen.
Most importantly, update all software and cyber security regularly.