A company’s staff is the greatest untapped resource in the fight against cybercrime. Although research has shown that in 90% of successful cyber-attacks or more, there is an element of human fallibility involved, what those studies fail to mention is that a trained and vigilant staff could become the greatest barrier of defence against attack types: such as trojans, viruses, ransomware, and other electronic security threats.
The content of this article was originally published by Mark O'Regan - Sunday Independent
The HSE could be a 'sitting duck' for a cyberattack unless it radically beefs up security to protect highly sensitive data which may be sold by criminals on the Dark Web.
Most of us would like to think we are cyber aware and know better than to respond to a phishing email from our bank, asking us for account details, passwords and other personal details. But what happens in your organisation if the email and links appear to come from a trusted sender, or a known person in authority?
A sophisticated phishing attack is trying to obtain confidential corporate information by sending spoofed emails claiming to be from the Security and Exchange Commission.
These attacks are targeting lawyers, compliance managers and company officials who file documents with the SEC. Given its coming up to quarter end, raising awareness now is very important.
Last year saw a large spike in reported cases of ransomware, and industry experts predict a further increase throughout 2017.
Commercial insurers "Beazley" produced a report last month (click here) in which it stated that it had seen the number of attacks quadruple over 2016, with many of these attacks taking place in large institutions such as in the financial, education and healthcare industry.