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24 Nov 2015

Cyber theft on the rise – be ‘naturally suspicious’

undefinedOrganisations need to be vigilant as thieves become increasingly sophisticated in cyber theft, according to Phil Johnson, founder and ceo of independent technology consultants Commarc.

Tools and attacks are evolving rapidly and anti-virus companies are struggling to keep up. More than half the attacks are aimed at SMEs and risks include theft of information and money, disruption to services and reputational damage.

Johnson says best practice security means the whole business needs to understand this is not just a technology issue and everyone needs to be educated about the risks and what to look for. As well as seeking to be inherently secure, businesses need to have a recovery plan and ensure they use smart backup “so that you can roll your business back to a moment in time.”

“At work – and at home – you always need to be vigilant and naturally suspicious. You must never assume you are protected or secure.”

Johnson has several pointers on how to protect yourself at work:

  • Use unique strong passwords – don’t use the same password for multiple applications (phrases are good)

  • Don’t use the same password at work and at home

  • If you are suspicious of an email or web site, don’t open it - delete or close, and verify by calling the client/company

  • You can check the real address that the email was sent from by right clicking the “From” address and looking at the properties – if they are different then it may be a scam

  • Be careful about what you share on social media, including Linkedin

  • If a request (financial or otherwise) doesn’t look right, check with the person concerned by phone, not email

  • Tablets and smartphones should have a pin code set, and use mobile device management where possible (e.g. Find my Iphone) and two step verification

  • If you have an android phone/tablet, install anti-virus. 17% of Android apps are malware

  • Don’t just plug in USB drives etc - scan them first. Or don’t use them at all

  • Don’t use public WiFi – you never know who is listening, Use a mobile hotspot instead.

For more information visit Commarc's website.