Ensure IT security is front of mind for all in your team

Employees are inevitably using business IT equipment to order personal items with major shops and retailers still closed. It’s therefore more important than ever to ensure that your team are aware of basic cyber security steps.

What might look like a trustworthy website could be the door to criminals attempting to illegally access data. And a link to order a product might not lead to a harmless page as expected.

Once criminals gain access to your device, they could steal your most important data or even stop you from being able to use your phone or computer at all.

To keep our businesses, as well as our personal information safe, it’s important that we all remain aware and vigilant.

If you receive an email from a sender you don’t recognise or haven’t previously signed up to, do not tap on any links in email. Instead, search out the company’s website in your browser and only enter your personal information once you can trust that it is legitimate.

You may also be interested in the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC)’s guidance for Mother’s Day published this week, in line with their Cyber Aware campaign. They recommend to:

1. Use a strong and separate password for your email

2. Create strong passwords using 3 random words

3. Save your passwords in your browser

4. Turn on two-factor authentication (2FA)

5. Update your devices and apps

6. Back up your data

You can find more details on their website: https://www.ncsc.gov.uk/news/shop-securely-online-this-mothers-day

For further information on keeping your business safe and staff training options contact a member of the NEBRC team today.

The National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) and National Police Chiefs Council (NPCC) are working together to support the establishment of Regional Cyber Resilience Centres (CRCs). The CRCs represent a significant opportunity for the NCSC to expand the reach of its guidance and services to smaller organisations across the country, and provide an extra level of practical support to enhance their impact. The NCSC is currently assisting the NPCC in determining the suite of cyber security services that the CRCs will be able to offer.