What is Phishing?
In the recent Cyber Security Breaches Survey, 32% of UK businesses reported having a cyber security breach or attack in the last 12 months?
Of these 80% of these businesses cited Phishing as the method of attack*.
So what is Phishing? A criminal will cast his ‘line’ out, using bait to attract a victim e.g. spoof email or website, before reeling them in with the intention of getting them to reveal confidential information like log-in information, bank details, security questions etc.
How can you protect yourself?
Cyber criminals are becoming smarter and constantly looking for new ways to target businesses big and small. So what can you do to protect yourself from becoming a victim ?
- First of all keep your computer systems safe and secure. Keep them up to date with the recent patches, use malware protection (anti-virus) and protect internet access.
- Always change your passwords if you suspect a scammer may have access to them.
- Visit the free government website cyberaware for top tips and advice.
Be wary of email – scammers are sophisticated:
- Look out for minor things as these can be big indicators of scam attempts, such as unfamiliar use of language, unusual greetings, urgent demands, unexpected requests for login information, payment details and offers that are ‘too good to be true.’
- Always check and verify email addresses are exactly the same as those on file (look out for additional letters, numbers, space or a different spelling of the same name?)
- Check spelling, grammar, flow and format of the email content.
- If in doubt, call the sender to validate the message.
If you suspect someone has hacked your computers don’t ignore it! Encourage your staff to report it you and ensure you report it to Action Fraud.
For advice of Cyber Insurance and Risk Management please do not hesitate to contact us.
*Data from Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport’s Cyber Security Breaches Survey 2019 report.