Make sure you know the basics

19 July 2016

Victoria Prewer explains why cyber security training is essential to all


Everyone should know the basics of cyber security – whether they happen to be the M.D. of a large company or most junior employee in a small business.

As the Huffington Post put in an article this week: "Sometimes the success of a cyber attack can simply come down to those who have been trained to deal with cyber threats, whether personal or business; and those who have not."

Everyone is a target for hackers. Never think it can’t happen to you.

  • Use a strong good password – – and never share your password with others

  • Always be careful when clicking on attachments or links in email. Double check the URL of the website the link takes you to

  • Sensitive browsing, such as banking or shopping, should only be done on a device that belongs to you, on a network that you trust. If it’s public computer, or a cafe’s free Wi-Fi, your data could be copied or stolen

  • Back up your data regularly and make sure your anti-virus software is always up to date. Be conscientious of what you plug in to your computer. Malware can be spread through infected flash drives (a small electronic device used for storing or transferring data), external hard drives and even smartphones

  • Watch what you’re sharing on social networks. Criminals can befriend you online by using social engineering techniques and gain access to a shocking amount of information—where you work, when you’re on holiday—that could help them gain access to more valuable data

  • Offline, be wary of social engineering, where someone attempts to gain information from you through manipulation. You can always call the company they are purporting to represent, in order verify credentials, before giving out any information

  • Get your staff trained. No matter what the size of your business – employees probably remain your first line of defence.

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