Cyber Security Month 2018 – An Introduction to Cyber Security
In honour of Cyber Security Month, we thought we’d bring you a four-part series on the importance of being secure online. Over the four articles, we’ll look at
- In part one we’ll look at what is cyber security? How much an attack could cost? And are you aware of cyber security?
- In part two we’ll turn our attention to, where attacks come from, what are the common forms of attack and who is at risk?
- Part three looks at how cyber security has an effect on your business and customers?
- And finally, in part, four we’ll look at why cyber secuirty is so important and how we can help.
Before we start we want to make it clear that this is not a fear mongering campaign and we should all barricade ourselves in a room and disconnect from the world. This is a chance for us to educate you on online security and hopefully change your perspective and outlook on online security.
What is Cyber Security and Cyber Security Month?
Cyber security is a collection of technologies and practices that aims to protect networks, computers and data from attacks and unauthorised access.
Cyber security month is an EU awareness campaign which promotes the importance of cyber security for organisations and consumers alike. The main goal is to raise awareness and educate on the importance of information whether it is personal, financial or professional.
Why is Cyber Security so Important?
Cyber security is a constant struggle and battle of day-to-day life. In a world where we’re all networked together, neglecting cyber security just isn’t an option. As more and more huge organisation fall victim to attacks. Cyber security is now an international concern.
So, what are the facts surrounding Cyber Security?
- 43% of businesses and 19% of charities have experienced a security breach in the last year. (UK Gov 2018)
- 56% of businesses hold some form of personal data about their customers and 47% of business holding customer data have experienced a breach.
- 53% of businesses affected by a breach resulted in implementing a new measure being put in place.
This data is just a drop in the ocean of mind-blowing statistics surrounding cyber security. In the modern world, where consumer data goes is of big concern. Businesses who breach GDPR rules can result in huge fines not to mention the damaged reputation.
What is the Potential Cost of a Cyber Attack
A top insurance market provider predicts that one attack could cost the global economy £92 billion. Now we’re aware this sounds dramatic and this is the worst-case scenario. However, the point still stands that one attack can cause havoc. Apply that to a business and cyber-attacks are now classified as one of the top threats to an organisation.
The right Cyber security could be the make or break your company. One attack could lose you a lot more than money. Reputation, authority and your livelihood could all disappear in a matter of minutes (more on this in part 3).
Keep on top of the Basics of Cyber Security
Cyber-attacks present themselves in many forms and through multiple channels which we’ll discuss in part 2 along with what is the public’s perception of online security.
For now, we’ll leave you with a few basic but brilliant tips for keeping on top of your security.
- Don’t give out your personal information unless your absolutely convinced whom you’re giving it too. This includes over the phone or via email.
- Keep your operating system, browser and anti-virus software up to date.
- Your password should be difficult crack but easy to remember, as well as not keeping the same password for multiple accounts.
- Never click on a link you’ve received via an email.
- Learn from the mistakes of others.
- Never stand still on your knowledge of cyber security.