Coronavirus has brought into sharp focus the importance of organisational resilience and preparedness for all organisations. Uncertainty about the scope and duration of the pandemic has underlined why it’s essential to have an effective cyber security incident response programme in place.
We all know it’s important to have a strong password. If a hacker is able to access your account, they could obtain dangerous information, install malware, steal data, or attempt a cyber-fraud like whaling.
What is whaling?
Whaling is where a cybercriminal impersonates a senior member of staff and sends a communication under their guise. It's similar to phishing but specifically targets senior people in the organisation - also called 'CEO fraud'. This is usually via a work email, but could come via text or even over the phone.
This Cyber Security Awareness Month, we're looking into some key cyber risks affecting local government in 2020.
What is phishing?
Phishing is when cybercriminals attempt to trick you into giving away information. This usually occurs via email but can also be received on a text message, by phone, letter, or through social media. The information they ask for might let them gain access to bank accounts, install malware, or steal data.
Everyone is living in an increasingly digital world. For councils, schools and other organisations, this means:
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Veritau will shortly be launching its Cyber Security Awareness Week. The campaign will highlight the risks and challenges organisations face in the digital age. With several high profile cyber incidents in the news recently we all need to be alert to the risks we face.
The fraud team have been working with our Communications Officer to prepare messages and infographics for the week. Cyber Security Awareness Week will be from 9 - 13 September.
Thanks for following Cyber Security Awareness Week! We’ve covered several important topics in a short space of time, and many can cross over with each other. On the final day we’re looking at personal data security and how to avoid a breach. Research suggests that cybercrime is a major cause of data breaches; the number one cause being phishing attempts.
Sadly, cyberbullying can and does take place both at home and at work.
What is cyberbullying?
So far we’ve looked at phishing and whaling, and ransomware. Today’s topic is password security.