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Keeping Your Kids Safe Online This Christmas

[fa icon="calendar'] 21-Dec-2018 18:52:05 / by Stephen Burke posted in Child Online Safety, Security for Parents



Recently, I received a call from a close relative asking if I could offer some practical advice on how he and his wife could protect their young children whilst on the internet or devices.

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Tis the Season To Stay Safe Online!

[fa icon="calendar'] 20-Nov-2018 10:09:47 / by Stephen Burke posted in Phishing, securty awareness training, smishing

It is true that with the onset of the holiday shopping season there is a dramatic up-tick in activity in both the eCommerce world and the cybercriminal.   Black Friday and Cyber Monday have now become international shopping events and they are no longer one weekend but seem to go on for three to four weeks.  So, with consumers seeing increases in offers, promotions and coupons coming out in emails or SMS messages (SMiShing is the growing threat) as well as all those order confirmations, payment requests and shipping messages there are rich pickings for the cybercriminal who wants to swim in tide of communications hoping to de-fraud some unsuspecting consumers.

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Top 10 Most Common Cyber Security Awareness Training Programme Mistakes (and how to fix them)

[fa icon="calendar'] 06-Feb-2018 11:00:00 / by Stephen Burke posted in Phishing Simulation, security awareness training

Cyber-security education and awareness programs are an indispensable part of a balanced corporate security strategy. These programs equip staff with the tools that they need to be part of an overall security solution.

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The Benefits of Security Training in Your Organisation. Why you should build a Human Firewall.

[fa icon="calendar'] 12-Jan-2018 15:23:22 / by Stephen Burke

As the latest data shows, billions are being lost to cyber-crime each year. The story behind the data is that human error is responsible for 95% of cyber-crime events. By proactively training your staff on IT security strategies, you can take a great step forward in protecting your organisation and safeguarding your data. In this latest post, we’ll highlight the value of creating this human firewall within your organization.

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5 Best Practices for Your Security Awareness Training

[fa icon="calendar'] 04-Jan-2018 08:00:00 / by Stephen Burke

Implementing a security awareness training program may seem like a big challenge, particularly in an organisation which has never utilised such training before. There are many potential topics to cover and numerous ways to cover the topics.

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6 Factors for Evaluating Your Employee’s Knowledge of Cyber-Threats

[fa icon="calendar'] 02-Jan-2018 18:00:00 / by Stephen Burke

A security awareness training program is only as good as the level of knowledge retention it creates. You need to run cyber knowledge assessments to test your workforce's knowledge both before and after training, to gauge how successful your training efforts have been.

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Phishing Simulations – Prepare with Realistic Attacks

[fa icon="calendar'] 20-Dec-2017 18:00:00 / by Stephen Burke

Phishing Simulations – Cyber Risk Aware

Phishing attacks are quite possibly the most common form of commercial cyber-attack and one which can entirely bypass all the electronic defences you have set up. In 2016, it is estimated that nearly 100,000 phishing attacks targeting companies happened each month, and further, it's an attack type which can be launched at any company regardless of size or prominence.

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EU Businesses: Will Your Human Security Be GDPR-Ready In 2018?

[fa icon="calendar'] 18-Dec-2017 14:01:00 / by Stephen Burke

GDPR + EU BusinessesCyber Risk Aware wants to ensure every business in the EU is focusing on the most important element of cyber-security while complying with the upcoming GDPR - the human element.

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Your Boss Just Asked For Protected Data... But Is It Actually Your Boss? Beware of Business eMail Compromise & CEO Fraud!

[fa icon="calendar'] 09-Nov-2017 06:00:00 / by Stephen Burke

There's a new type of cyber-crime on the rise, one which is not getting nearly as much public exposure as methods such as ransom ware: Business eMail Compromise and CEO Fraud. According to FBI statistics, Business eMail Compromise has seen an increase of over a thousand percent since 2015, and it is quickly growing to be one of the single most costly forms of attack a company can undergo. Worse, this is a style of attack which is based mostly in classic social engineering techniques.

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Welcome To the New Cyber Risk Aware Website!

[fa icon="calendar'] 06-Nov-2017 17:00:20 / by Stephen Burke

In just a short amount of time, we at Cyber Risk Aware have established ourselves as being one of the frontrunners in a new form of network security. We don't focus on technological solutions; we focus on the human element. When 95% of successful cyber-attacks involve a degree of human error, it's clear that even the most well-engineered (and expensive) high-tech security can be subverted with a single "oops."

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