Curotec reported an average of 150% increase in cybercrime over the festive period … Forget about the grinch; it could be hackers stealing your Christmas this year.
Many cybercriminals take advantage of the festive period, knowing that there will be a reduced number of people working and, therefore, malicious activity will be less likely noticed and stopped. This, coupled with the fact more people are shopping online, results in an increase of emails from delivery services, online payment services, and extensive online retailers such as Amazon, who are all regularly victims of regular spoofing attacks. Furthermore, this influx of emails from “trusted” senders creates the perfect camouflage for phishing attacks.
So how can businesses overcome this increase in cybercriminal activity? Scrooge would suggest cancelling Christmas. However, luckily for you, we have compiled our top 5 tips for keeping your cyber secure at Christmas.
Train your users
Your employees are your first line of defence, so ensuring they have proper training on what to look out for and appropriately report suspicious content/behaviour or activity if they were to come across it is imperative to keeping your business secure.
Update your passwords
Password hygiene is often forgotten about, however, it’s crucial to keep your data protected against cybercriminals. Ensure all passwords are updated, using robust and not easy to guess passwords.
Using a password manager will securely store your passwords and other login details to enable you to have multiple passwords without having to remember them off the top of your head.
Conduct a vulnerability audit
Are you not sure whether your cybersecurity is up to scratch? We recommend conducting IT security audits that will highlight any weaknesses and vulnerabilities in your IT infrastructure.
We have created two tools to help you identify any areas of your IT security that are vulnerable to being exploited. Download them by clicking on the links below.
Have an Incident response plan
Another critical tip to ensuring your business is prepared for the festive period is ensuring you have an incident response plan. This will include a strategy to ensure your data is recently and regularly backed up, as well as how to deal with a cyberattack appropriately, and a strategy of how to minimise downtime and get your business back up and running quickly.
Two-factor authentication (2FA)
If you’re only going to take away one thing from this blog, two-factor authentication should be it. Many people don’t use 2FA as it makes signing in a longer process. However, 2FA makes it impossible for a malicious actor to access password-protected data, applications etc., even if they have the login details.
If you have any questions, comments, or concerns about your cybersecurity or any of the tools or blogs suggested in this article, you can book a free cybersecurity assessment conducted by one of our cybersecurity experts.