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Employee Security Awareness Training | Cyber Risk Aware

[fa icon="calendar'] Oct 16, 2017 7:11:07 PM / by Stephen Burke

By learning more on information security, employees can help to protect an organisation and its customers. This level of training is initiated from the top-down. Business leaders must build training programs that provide each employee the level of security awareness that can protect the organisation moving forward. To help guide companies during this process, our Cyber Risk Aware team highlight the process for building an employee security awareness training program.

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Experts Highlight Six Psychological Influences on Cyber Security

[fa icon="calendar'] Sep 13, 2017 7:28:51 PM / by Stephen Burke

In managing your business’s cyber security and making effective changes to your cyber security awareness training, it’s important to know what influences employees to make decisions that impact your business’s security. “Influence: Science and Practice” by Robert Cialdini described six principles that can be used by any individuals or groups who want to influence the behavior of others. And so, within this post, our team at Cyber Risk Aware present a guide on the six psychological influences on cyber security.

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Phishing Alert: Hurricane Harvey Disaster Relief Fraud

[fa icon="calendar'] Aug 28, 2017 11:59:00 AM / by Stephen Burke posted in Phishing, Disaster Relief fraud, Social Media Scam


Hurricane Harvey has hit the U.S. State of Texas hard, the most powerful storm to make landfall in the U.S. for over a decade and create what has been described as a 500 year flood. At times like this decent human beings want to help each other. However, for others in society namely "cyber-scum" they are exploiting this disaster and human goodness. 

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A Look at the Latest Cyber Risk Management Guide

[fa icon="calendar'] Aug 24, 2017 4:00:00 AM / by Stephen Burke

Gaining an understanding on the methods employed by cyber criminals, companies and their team members can reduce the risk of cyber-crime to their organization.

The Cyber Risk Aware team has decades of experience within the cyber risk management field, and within this post, we present several tips for minimizing the potential dangers of cyber-crime to your organization.

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Prevent Email Phishing with These 4 Steps

[fa icon="calendar'] Aug 22, 2017 4:00:00 AM / by Stephen Burke

Email phishing scams are growing in number and impact as the value of online data rises. With more companies storing important information on their servers, a commitment to cyber security is now paramount.

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Learn more on Cyber Awareness Training

[fa icon="calendar'] Aug 16, 2017 4:00:00 AM / by Stephen Burke

The latest data shows that the cost of a cyber-attack is proportionate to the number of employees within the organization. This cost averages out to be approximately $395 per employee, per attack.

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Companies Experiencing Cost of Not Investing in Cyber Security

[fa icon="calendar'] Aug 14, 2017 4:00:00 AM / by Stephen Burke

With the spate of recent cyber-attacks around the globe, the focus is on the defenses that companies have put in place to stop these attacks from impacting their business or their clients’ security and privacy.

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Cyber Security Risks and the Internet of Things (IoT)

[fa icon="calendar'] Jul 9, 2017 10:32:24 AM / by Stephen Burke posted in Internet of Things Cyber Security Risks

I thought this week we could shift from the social engineering risks focus to talk about security risks that are "social". Major ransomware attacks have taken the headlines in recent weeks, however, we should not overlook the cyber security implications of the ever expanding web of internet connected devices and appliances that run almost autonomously.

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Ransomware Phishing: An Ounce of Prevention

[fa icon="calendar'] Jun 27, 2017 9:45:11 PM / by Stephen Burke posted in Phishing, Spear Phishing, Phish prone, Ransomware, security awareness training, wannacry, petrwrap

Phishing has been in the news lately, not only because it was the intrusion technique allegedly used by Russian hackers to access U.S. voter registrations, but also because it is becoming more prevalent, especially in the UK.  You only have to look at the recent NHS "Wannacry" and the latest "Petrwrap" ransomware incidents both starting with curious staff opening phishing emails to understand the risks.

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What Can we Learn from the NHS Ransomware Cyber Attack?

[fa icon="calendar'] May 31, 2017 6:16:53 PM / by Stephen Burke posted in Ransomware, computer patching, HSE ransomware, phishing email

This month the UK was faced with its biggest ever cyber-security threat when criminals targeted the NHS and other organisations worldwide using so-called ransomware.

The malware, dubbed 'Wanna Cry' blocks access to all files on the computers it targets until a ransom is paid. The malware is thought to be based on technology stolen from the USA's National Security Agency.

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