Cyberattacks have increased significantly in recent years. A cyberthreat report carried out by Cyber Edge Group identified that a record 86% of organisations suffered from a successful cyberattack in 2020/2021. The largest noted increase within the last six years.

With an increasing number of cyberattacks on the rise, it is essential for businesses to have security measures in place and review these frequently. Moremicro work with a range of businesses and industries to provide security solutions that meets business objectives and needs.

WHAT IS CYBER SECURITY?

Cyber security is the process of protecting electronic devices such as computers, mobile phones, tablets, and networks from cyber attacks. Individuals and organisations are advised to have cyber security measures in place to protect against unauthorised access to valuable data and systems.

TYPES OF CYBER SECURITY THREATS

There are many types of cyber security threats. Here are the most common types of threats:

Virus

A computer virus is a malicious code of program designed to spread and infect a system. It has the ability to replicate itself, infecting and corrupting systems within a computer.

Ransomware

Ransomware is a form of malware which prevents a user from accessing their system/ personal files by encrypting their files and asking for a ransom.

Malware

Malware is a software which performs a malicious task on a device or network such as taking over a system or corrupting data.

Malware attacks are designed to infect computers and other devices. Examples include Spyware, Trojan horses, Viruses, and Ransomware.

Phishing/ Spam  

Phishing is a common type of cyber attack where an individual receives fraudulent communication from what appear to be a legitimate, trustworthy source. This is typically done through email, adverts or sites that you may frequently use. For example, you might receive an email from what appears to be a colleague asking you to change your account credentials.

Other popular communication includes trying to steal and extract personal data such as bank/ card details for financial gain or password reset requests so that hackers can access your personal data.

Trojans

A Trojan is a virus that looks genuine (for example an internal email), but pretends to be something else and can take control of your system or electronic device once clicked on.

Spyware

Spyware is a software that installs itself on a computer or device and transfers data without the user’s knowledge or permission.

For example, Keylogging or keystroke software which keeps a log of everything you type, websites visited, passwords entered…etc.

While cyber security measures can offer some protection, knowledge and training on cyber safety is key to mitigate attacks.

CYBER ESSENTIALS

Backed by the Government, Cyber Essentials is a programme that helps you guard your organisation against common cyber threats.

Completed as a self-assessment, the Cyber essentials certification ensures that you are protected from a wide range of serious cyber threats. This is critical because being vulnerable to basic threats will make you a target for attacks from cyber criminals.

The majority of cyberattacks are looking for targets that do not have the Cyber Essentials technical controls in place. A Cyber Essentials certification gives you peace of mind that your defences will protect you against the vast majority of common cyberattacks.

CYBER ESSENTIALS PLUS

Cyber Essentials Plus still has the same approach as seen with Cyber Essentials. For both certifications the level of security measures you need to put in place are the same, however for Cyber Essentials Plus a hands-on technical verification is carried out.

Your Cyber Essentials Plus assessor will check and assess what antivirus, malware protection, software and network measures you have in place. Often this involves a visit to your office(s), however an assessment can be performed remotely if required.

Cyber Essentials Plus needs to be completed within three months of your Cyber Essentials basic certification.

 

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PHISHING

With more staff working remotely, cyber criminals know that working from home makes businesses vulnerable as users spend more time online with fewer security systems in place and in some cases, using unprotected personal devices to access business resources.

Phishing is the most common and easiest form of cyberattack for criminals. It typically involves a user receiving fraudulent communication from what appears to be a trustworthy source. For example, a hacker might spoof your business email address, send an email internally requesting employees to change their details. The user is then duped into opening the email and clicking on the web link(s) or attachment, unbeknown to them they’ve been contacted and attacked by a cyber professional.

 

MORE THAN 80% OF ALL CYBER-INCIDENTS ARE CAUSED BY HUMAN ERROR

 

Your employees are your greatest defence against phishing. Knowledge and training on cyber safety is key to mitigate attacks.

Education on phishing awareness along with simulation training from Moremicro can significantly reduce the risk of an attack – because employees who can learn to recognise a phishing attempt can help stop the attack at source.

Our email phishing simulations are more than just your normal phishing awareness training. A simulated phishing campaign tailored to your company allows you to not only test employees in the same setting as actual phishing emails, but it also allows you to provide training at the very moment an employee clicks on a suspicious connection, teaching them, there and then.

As part of user security awareness, regular phishing simulations enable employees to understand the dangers of social engineering, detect potential attacks, and take the appropriate reporting actions to protect the organisation.

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Be cyber smart. Contact us for a free cyber risk assessment on 0121 3888 999.