Cyber attacks and how you can help to prevent them


According to the Cyber Security Breaches Survey 2022, 39% of UK businesses have experienced a cyber attack, regardless of location, size or sector, with 21% of these organisations reporting a sophisticated attack – to include DDoS attempts, malware, and ransomware.

Earlier this month the popular online card retailer – Funky Pigeon – fell victim to a cyber attack that affected part of its systems. As a result, the retailer took its systems offline to prevent any further damage and has since stopped accepting new orders.

Funky Pigeon is still investigating the incident and has emailed customers to inform them that their personal data may have been accessed, but that sensitive information including bank details and passwords are not at risk. However, with external cyber security investigators still assessing the attack, it is unclear what exactly took place, and the exact threat customers may face.

A major cyber attack indicates weak cybersecurity, which could be due to having a poor system in place, failing to train employees on protecting the company online (via emails), or even an internal breach.

Simple steps can be taken to protect online networks, including installing anti-virus software, spotting spam, and identifying scam calls that target your personal information. The best way to manage the threats is to understand how they operate and how you can avoid them when they arise.

If you want to understand how you can help prevent your business from falling victim to cyber criminals, then please contact us for further guidance. The NEBRC is part of a national network that seeks to protect businesses from cyber attacks and fraud.

From in-depth vulnerability assessments to security awareness training, we work with an innovative team of ethical hackers and cyber agencies to provide affordable services for all.

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