Recent research from Get Safe Online, a handy Government website which does what it says on the tin, reveals that as many as one in ten 18–24 year olds are falling for internet phishing scams compared to one in twenty who are aged 55+. Does that surprise you?
I’m ashamed to say it surprised me. There is a perception that our digital-savvy youngsters are more likely to avoid Internet fraud and other cyber crimes but the statistics prove me wrong.
The researchers suggest it might be down to a number of factors including the fact that they are more active on social media. ‘Family and friends’-type scams have a high degree of success in this demographic. For example, the scammer will adopt the fake persona of a family member who urgently needs the victim to transfer money.
When it comes to keeping your business safe, remember, the most likely reason your business will fall prey to a cyber attack or breach will be down to human error – someone clicking on something they shouldn’t.
We recommend our clients do two things, which instantly decrease the risk of cyber crime. Firstly, put system security protocols in place to avoid being targeted and secondly, educate your staff (and not just the older ones). The Government’s 10 Steps to Cyber Security document is a great reference. Also, the Cyber Essentials accreditation scheme will ensure you have covered all of the basics.
If you’d like some advice on keeping your business safe, please get in touch. Just give me, Jim Simpson, CEO of Ziptech Services, a call on 0845 123 3942.