Phishing and fake emails biggest security headache for business

With data security being such a big concern for all types of businesses, it is no wonder that terms such as phishing are now known by many people outside the IT community. As a business owner, you are no doubt aware of the risks posed by this type of email attack and have already taken steps to protect yourself against the dangers. However, the sophisticated nature of the threat means that it is ever-evolving and the tenacity of the hackers requires an equally determined response.

Thankfully, there is always more that can be done in a proactive approach to cybersecurity, even if some of these are still relatively uncommon. The government's Cyber Security Breaches Survey 2019 (download here) is a good place to start to get to grips with the range and extent of the problem while looking into the various methods of increasing your levels of protection.

Phishing attacks

Ransomware, malware, and hacking are all terms that hit the headlines on a regular basis these days and phishing attacks are often overlooked, even though they arguably pose an even greater threat. According to the UK government, as noted in the 2019 Cyber Security Breaches Survey, phishing attacks are the most common form of cyber-attack that businesses currently face.

Fraudulent emails and fake websites often look very convincing, as the hackers disguise themselves behind what appear to be accounts from trusted sources. This is why they work so well and fool so many unsuspecting people. Phishing emails aim to trick the respondent into giving away security details, or other information, by urging them to click on a link, which leads them to fake websites where they enter their log-in details and other data.

Cyber Security Breaches Survey 2019

The Cyber Security Breaches Survey 2019 shows that a loss of data or other assets as a result of a cyber-attack costs UK businesses an average of £4,180, an increase of more than £1,000 on the previous year. The report also found that staff are more likely to discover security breaches than cybersecurity software, which highlights the need for continued education and training for all employees. According to the report, 32% of businesses in the UK uncovered an attack over the past year.

Actions

As well as making sure that staff are fully aware of the risks in all their forms, ensuring that the software and hardware used by your business are up to date is key. Most applications and suites will offer regular updates that take the most common forms of phishing attacks into account, and other options, such as using multi-factor identification for log-ins, is a simple and effective form of proactive action to take.

This approach should filter through the entire cybersecurity culture of your business and should also be something that is copied by your IT partners. At GCC, we pride ourselves on giving our customers all the information and tools they need to stay one step ahead of malicious attackers. Contact us today to find out more about our responsive hardware and software support