Category Cyber security and resilience

What is CEO fraud and what can we do to avoid it?

What is CEO fraud and what can we do to avoid it?

CEO fraud reputedly cost companies a whopping $1.1bn in 2018 and has been increasing steadily ever since. Impacting any size of company from micro to enterprise it is essential to understand how the scam works to protect your company and employees from it

Firstly what is it?

CEO fraud is when scammers impersonate a company executive making urgent and sometimes confidential requests of a member of staff within the company. Their motivation is usually financial, but we have seen rare instances where confidential data has been requested. Read More

Educating your team on cyber security

Educating your team on cyber security
“Why did I get infected? I have an antivirus” is quite a common question and a good one. Whoever named the most common method of infection “Trojan Horse” certainly knew their history; and for the few who haven’t heard the story or watched the movie; a seemingly impregnable and well defended city was broken by exploiting the trust, ignorance and superstition of otherwise sophisticated people.

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Should I be concerned about cyber security and where can I start?

Should I be concerned about cyber security and where can I start?

The threat of cyber crime is a very real one. However, there is a big difference between being sufficiently concerned that you take action and being so terrified that you behave irrationally or do nothing at all.

The problem with fear is that it sometimes drives the wrong behaviour. Faced with a predator, our instinct can be flight rather than fight. Cyber crime is not a challenge from which to run away or bury our heads in the sand and hope the aggressor picks on someone else. Read More

8 common cyber crimes that affect you!

8 common cyber crimes that affect you!

We all know what bank robbers and burglars do.  Understanding their common tools and techniques helps us to design appropriate defence mechanisms.  Cyber crime is no different.  Recognising the different tricks of the trade empowers us to implement the cyber equivalent of locking the door or fitting an alarm.

How many of the following 8 common tactics employed by cyber criminals have you heard of? Read More

EasylifeIT TechTalk Tip #4 of 5: How secure is your office Wi-Fi?

EasylifeIT TechTalk Tip #4 of 5: How secure is your office Wi-Fi?

A vulnerable route straight into the system.

Earlier this year I sat in a restaurant awaiting a customer, ready to discuss the final details of a project. Habitually, I was very early; having allowed for traffic, natural disasters, et al, none of which occurred and I therefore had plenty of time to catch up on emails. I asked the restaurant manager if Wi-Fi was available and without hesitation, and a proud little flourish, I was presented a code on the back of a card designed just for the purpose. All very efficient and organised I thought.

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