Don’t have a Cyber Scare this Halloween

Halloween is upon us yet again and if you’ve been reading the headlines closely, 2019 is on track to be the scariest year yet when it comes to cyber attacks and breaches.

However, despite all the frightening news you don’t have to have a cyber scare if you implement the cybersecurity basics.

The stats do make for some pretty grim reading, but do not fret! Implementing a plan and following advice such as the NCSCs 10-steps or those laid out in the Cyber Essentials scheme can massively reduce the risks posed by cybercriminals.


The Cyber Scares

Let’s take a brief look at some of the most common cyber scares and how to reduce the threats they pose.


Any software which has been designed to cause damage to a computer, server, computer network or client. The main types of malware are viruses, trojan horses, spyware or worms.

Thwarting malware includes ensuring that your business’s devices have antivirus software installed and that it’s kept up to date. The vast majority of malware can be blocked this way, but with new malware being developed all the time it’s a bit of an arms race between hackers and security experts. Phishing and general internet awareness training is also a good idea as most malware finds its way onto a network via an infected email,


2019 has seen a resurgence in the number of reported ransomware attacks against businesses, government departments, healthcare and many other sectors. The latest attack was reported in Johannesburg South Africa and resulted in the city shutting down its entire computer network. Such attacks can be devastating, especially for the unprepared. One of the most effective ways to reduce the damage caused by ransomware is to Back up your data. Make sure you have online and offline copies of your most valuable data. That way if ransomware does encrypt your data any disruption should be kept to a minimum.


Phishing remains the most common form of cyber attack. Always check the source of an email and avoid clicking on emails and attachments that don’t look legit.

Look out for misspellings and grammar issues in the messages as this is a common sign of a phishing attempt. Training employees to know what to look out for in a phishing email can greatly reduce the threat.

 Social Engineering

Social engineering is the psychological manipulation of people in order to get them to perform harmful actions or expose confidential information. Hackers can glean a lot of information on their targets from social media and company sites.

With the increase in Business Email Compromise (BEC) scams, this method of attack is on the rise. To reduce the risks, you should secure your social channels using the settings provided and limit what you post on them. As with phishing, cyber awareness training can be invaluable when it comes to teaching employees what to look out for and how they can protect both their own and their company's data online.

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After downloading and running the software across a network, businesses are provided with a free, top-level summary of the organisational calculated risk rating. Detailed technical reports and high-level assessments for the board can also be provided for a fee, and are designed to show any potential vulnerabilities on the network. It can also assess the likelihood of an organisation passing a Cyber Essentials Plus certification.

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