As both an entrepreneur and an IT specialist, Lindsey offers a blend of deep technical expertise and commercial insight, delivered in language business owners can really understand and trust. She works with clients to provide a full range of services from strategic advice through to project management and infrastructure support.
Lindsey is an accredited Cyber Essentials Consultant
Honda global operations disrupted by cyber attack
You would be forgiven for having missed the news about Honda this week; it being buried under the politics and consequences of COVID 19, but on Tuesday 9th June it was revealed that Honda’s global operations had been hit by a cyber-attack, affecting the company’s ability to use email and access its servers. The company confirmed that work at their UK plant has been halted alongside a suspension of other operations in North America, Turkey, Italy and Japan. They lost at least a days production .. and according to the pinned Tweet @HondaCustSvc they are still having issues.
Although details from Honda are sparse, most believe this to be Ransomware and while not exclusively; most Ransomware comes into an organisation via email containing attachments or links to infected websites. The more virulent can pass through networks, jumping from server to server and a few even attack backup systems. What technical innovation do you need to implement to avoid this? How about educating the people who “open the gates” … your users? It requires no additional capital investment or expensive equipment .. just a little time. If you think you can’t find the time to educate your teams on good Cyber security practice .. think of the impact of not doing so!
Originating news article BBC
You can build your defences high and be seemingly impenetrable, but many a defensive wall has been brought low by deceit and a moment of inattention. As your technical defences become more impressive, so the hackers will turn to duplicity and the weak point in any system … the person in front of the screen! Yet, this is the most neglected aspect of any cyber defence, costs nothing more than a little time and effort and if one correctly makes the most difference of all.
Key issues to stress:
- The importance of good, strong passwords and the dangers of reuse.
- Most virus infections come through emails and web browsing. Be vigilant always. If an email looks dodgy it invariably is. Don’t open it and if in doubt then ask.
- If you click on a link and it asks you for a password then stop and think. This is how most hackers get access to email accounts, bank accounts and networks. This is called Phishing and is especially prevalent
- If you think you may have opened a dodgy email, website or document then alert someone as soon as possible. Don’t keep your “head down” and hope it goes away. An efficient ransomware infection can encrypt everything on a network server in less than an hour. The next thing you may know is that the entire system is unusable. Alert someone quickly .. better safe than sorry!
- As a manager, you also have a responsibility to encourage users to report issues in a no-blame culture. The prospect of “getting in trouble” or being ridiculed will not encourage people to speak up if they think they have inadvertently caused an issue
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