There are a range of additional cyber security risks businesses will face during and after the Covid-19 pandemic.
Many businesses have been able to implement homeworking for their staff, but this carries a wide range of cyber-risks. Specifically, having your employees work from home can increase their vulnerability to cyber-attacks, which could then result in costly consequences for your organisation.
Cybercriminals are wasting no time in taking advantage of the current climate and widespread fear caused by Coronavirus and are exploiting any vulnerability – be it targeting technology weaknesses, or human error through sophisticated social engineering manipulation.
To help protect your business, Aston Lark has prepared a range of articles and information on cyber risks and the measures needed to prevent or reduce your exposure.
8 simple steps to stay cyber safe
Aston Lark’s Catherine Aleppo (Client Director – Head of Cyber) provides eight tips to stay cyber safe to help ensure your workforce is prepared and cyber smart.
It’s often said that humans are the weakest link when it comes to cyber risk. However, as phishing emails continue to make it into our inboxes, it’s clear that technology is failing to identify and prevent them. Therefore, the task of catching what technology is letting through falls to us, by being prepared, identifying and reporting all suspicious emails we receive.
How to report suspicious emails
The National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) has launched the Suspicious Email Reporting Service. This allows people to send any suspicious emails they receive to the NCSC and, if it discovers any activity that it believes is malicious, it may:
- Seek to block the address the email came from, so it can no longer send emails
- Work with hosting companies to remove links to malicious websites
- Raise awareness of commonly reported suspicious emails and methods used (via partners)
Cyber Security Checklist
Our cyber partner Berea has developed a Cyber Security Checklist outlining a number of security considerations for your business.
CFC Underwriting – resources and FREE incident response
CFC Underwriting are cyber insurance specialists and they’ve made a range of guides, articles, webinars and news available on their website.
In addition, CFC is offering SME businesses access to their award-winning cyber incident response hotline free of charge for three months. Their team of cyber security experts are available to help:
- Determine whether you’ve suffered a cyber-attack or data breach
- Identify the appropriate steps to remediate the incident
- Provide access to CFC’s partner network at our pre-agreed discounted rates
- Offer guidance and support throughout the incident
- Provide advice on cyber security best practices
This free service will be limited to up to 10,000 non-CFC cyber customers and is only available to businesses that:
- Are located in the United Kingdom
- Have less than £25 million in revenue
- Have fewer than 250 employees
- DO NOT currently purchase cyber insurance
The offer is only available until 31 May 2020. To register, click here and provide the unique referral code: CFC02216R
Free employee cyber e-Learning
The National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) has launched a free e-learning package: ‘Stay Safe Online - Top Tips for Staff’ which can be completed online in approximately 30 minutes. The training covers four main areas:
- Defending yourself against phishing
- Using strong passwords
- Securing your devices
- Reporting incidents
‘Cyber Aware’ is the UK Government's advice on how to stay secure online during Coronavirus.
Criminals know this is a time when organisations are sending critical communications, and people are going to be more susceptible to phishing scams.
There are no absolutes in risk management. With core business functions and objectives being affected, a ‘belt and braces’ approach is required that reduces the risk with timely security protocols.
Cyber insurance is a vital protection for organisations against the fingers and thumbs dynamic, especially at a time when we’re all pre-occupied with keeping ourselves and our loved ones safe.
Speak to your usual Aston Lark contact for further information about Cyber Risk Protection.
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