In 2016, the UK government created the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) as part of a five year Cyber Security Strategy to help protect the UK from Cyber Crime. The NCSC not only supports government departments and organisations critical to the national infrastructure, but the wider public sector, industry, Small and Medium Enterprises as well as the general public. When incidents do occur, they provide effective incident response to minimise the harm to the UK.
How to improve cyber security within your organisation - quickly, easily and at low cost!
Take a look at the NCSC guide aimed at small businesses to help protect them from Cyber Crime.
|Cambridgeshire Police provide Fenland businesses with a Fraud and Cyber Security Advisor.|
Mr Nigel Sutton is a former police officer who investigated economic and computer crime, he is now available to help protect and advise local small and medium enterprises from the threat of internet crime.
Fraud and Cyber Crime accounts for nearly 48% of all recorded crime in England and Wales. Between April and September 2018, Cambridgeshire reported 3,848 crimes of fraud to Action Fraud resulting in losses totalling £7.5M to the local economy, 60% of these crimes were made by local businesses.
Nigel is part of a national network of Police Cyber Protect officers embedded within each Police service, whose job it is to advise businesses on current threats and most importantly how to reduce the risk. Nigel uses material and advice provided by the National Cyber Security Centre including the Small Business Guide and Checklist, personal experience from local investigations and data provided by Action Fraud, the National Reporting Centre for fraud and cyber crime.
One common and potentially devastating threat to business is the email that may on face value appear to be from a trusted person within the company or supply chain, or from a government body such as HMRC. If the email requests the recipient to open an attachment or click on a link, or to change payment details such as account number and sort code, then directors and staff should be suspicious. Ideally, no one person in a business should be solely responsible for making changes to a payment and any request should be carefully considered and verified by a second member of staff. These types of emails generally come with a sense of urgency or veiled threat. Cambridgeshire businesses have already lost tens of thousands to similar requests and Cambridgeshire Police are keen to prevent this happening to Fenland businesses.
There are many easy steps a business can take in order to help secure themselves from cyber crime including updating the operating systems on all devices, updating or removing unused software, updating web browsers and apps, using a strong password made up of at least 12 characters on each account especially email accounts. Staff awareness of current scams using social media, email, telephone and text messages into the business. A back up of all important data should be made, have you considered the resilience of your business if all your data was encrypted by malicious software? Local businesses may also be interested in Cyber Essentials, a Government-backed, industry-supported scheme to help organisations protect themselves against common online threats. There is also CiSP, the Cyber-Security Information Sharing Partnership. CiSP is a joint industry/government initiative to share cyber threat and vulnerability information in order to increase overall situational awareness of the cyber threat and therefore reduce the impact on UK business.
Nigel is available to provide more detailed advice to both directors and employees, and offers businesses a cyber security based table top exercise, in which small groups of 3-5 people take charge of cyber security for a small notional utility company based in the county. For more information on protecting your business, contact Nigel via CyberProtectCambs@cambs.pnn.police.uk
Protect your business from Fraud
Fraud can happen to any type of business in many different ways, and no business is too small to be targeted. This means that the revenue, reputation and long-term health of your business could be at risk unless you take action.
Action Fraud is the national police reporting centre for fraud and cyber-crime, in addition to reporting crime they also provide fraud advice to business, please click here for information.
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