Protecting Communities from Serious Organised Crime
9. Cyber Security at Work
If you are an employee whose employer uses any form of technology, you must understand that cyber criminals WILL target your company no matter how big or small. YOU have an essential part to play in defeating this. It is NOT just an IT department problem.
50% of Small to Medium size businesses (those with 1 to 249 employees) go bust within six months of a cyber attack, if it takes a week or more to recover 1
43% of businesses reported a cyber security breach in the last 12 months 2
YOUR data will probably be in your company systems too – HR, payroll, pensions – and as such is at risk from a successful attack
As such you must take this seriously
Understand that phishing attacks against YOU are the greatest threat
Understand how to report phishing – help protect colleagues who may miss the signs by reporting. DO NOT simply forward to IT unless you are sure that is your company policy
The National Cyber Security Centre have created an online platform for staff to train – ‘Top Tips for Staff‘. It runs in the web browser, is totally free, easy-to-use and takes less than 30 minutes to complete. The training introduces why cyber security is important and how attacks happen, and then covers four key areas:
defending yourself against phishing
using strong passwords
securing your devices
reporting incidents (‘if in doubt, call it out’)
The training is primarily aimed at SMEs, charities and the voluntary sector, but can be applied to any organisation, regardless of size or sector. It’s been deliberately designed for a non-technical audience with tips that complement any existing policies and procedures.