According to the UK’s National Crime Agency, Cybercrime is consistently rising in the workplace and the “most common cyber threats include;
What are the top ten best practices employees can get into the habit of doing to prevent a cyberattack?
Zero Trust is a security model built on the idea that any user, device or system, inside or outside your organisation, could be a cyber security threat. Network admins should apply strict identity verification for every person and every device trying to access the network. They should set rigorous rules that permit employees access to the minimum data they need to do their jobs.
Employees should assume an attack every time and apply their own Zero Trust approach to their inbox, SMS and instant messages. The same applies at home using personal accounts and social media. Trust no one, no matter how irresistible the deal appears to be or how urgently you are being encouraged to respond.
Impersonation attacks are rife and can be extremely convincing. If you want to prevent a cyberattack on a monumental scale, leave the company funds where they are. It’s always best to check!
These are often given out as corporate gifts or as trade show swag. They could contain malware or spyware. It’s not worth the risk. Steer clear!
In fact, don’t install any software onto your company devices at all. Software should always be installed by your IT team in line with security protocols.
Writing down your password means it can be physically stolen. It also makes it impossible to trace how a breach or attack has happened after the event. It leaves no audit trail. Instead, you can use it to generate and store highly secure and unique passwords. There are several market leaders including the popular LastPass.
If a hacker gains access to one of your accounts, why give them access to more? A password management tool is the most secure option.
If you’re using your mobile network in public places like cafés shopping malls or airports, it’s fine to check the weather or read the news, but never use public WiFi hotspots to access sensitive information. If they are hacked, your data and information will be intercepted by bad actors.
You might think you are cyber-savvy but bad actors are using new and more advanced tactics all the time. Regular cyber security training will help you keep right up to date with the latest threats and how to avoid them. You can also find out more in our article that dives into the detail of how employees can become your company’s first line of defence. For more advice on employee training and how to prevent a cyberattack, get in touch. We’ll be happy to help. You can also find lots of useful resources for training staff on the UK Government’s National Cyber Security website.