What do Arup, the University of Portsmouth, and Ireland’s Health Service Executive have in common? They’ve all been targeted by cyber criminals in 2021.
They’re also sizeable organisations. Often cyber crime only makes the headlines when the target is a large company, or perhaps a public figure. This might give you the impression that size matters when it comes to targets of cyber crime, but this is far from being the case.
Hackers are very good at monetising any data they can get access to. Maybe they’ll log in to your bank accounts and transfer money. Maybe they’ll order products from your online shopping accounts. Maybe they’ll get access to your files and try to sell that access back to you. Maybe they’ll just sell your login information on the black market for someone else to exploit. In any case, your data has value, whether you work in a multinational corporation or a corner shop.
Most businesses in Wales are classed as ‘micro’ businesses, employing less than ten people. Nearly half (43%) of micro businesses were the victims of cyber crime between 2019 and 2020, and the proportion only increases as organisations get bigger. More alarmingly, this month it was reported that people in Wales are equally as likely as people in London to have been impacted by cyber crime – the highest of any regions in the UK at 72%. London and Wales are also equal in their awareness of cyber crime, with only 36% of people showing high levels of concern about using the internet, recognising potential online dangers, and not trusting that organisations are doing enough to keep their data safe.
What can you do?
The important thing to know is that help is available to you. First, take a look at the National Cyber Security Centre’s guides for small businesses for help with basic cyber security measures
Membership to the Cyber Resilience Centre for Wales is free, and there are other cyber resilience centres located throughout the country that can all provide resources and advice.
When you’ve taken these basic steps, you might want to demonstrate you commitment to cyber security with a Cyber Essentials accreditation. This not only signals to potential customers that they can trust you with their data, it also signals to your supply chain that you take cybersecurity seriously and can be trusted with whatever data they might need to share with you.
A simple step to excellence
Cybersecurity basics are something everyone should be aware of. Things like creating strong passwords, locking your screen and using social media sensibly are individual responsibilities. But there are more sophisticated ways to keep you safe from cyber crime, and that’s where expert help can be invaluable.
At excellence IT, we ensure cybersecurity is at the core of our managed servies. We provide our clients with a comprehensive range of robust security measures designed to comply with Cyber Essentials standard, and offer the technical verification required to achieve the Cyber Essentials Plus Standard.
Our measures include proactive patch and vulnerability management, data backup and recovery, advanced threat detection, firewall management and much more. We also provide a learning platform customised to the needs and abilities of your users to keep their cybersecurity knowledge up to date. With our security solutions, you don’t need to worry about anything except the basics.
And yes, we can even help you out when you forget your password.