Cyber crime is the number one threat to businesses everywhere. Everyone knows about the risks, but every day thousands of people click on infected links, give out their bank account details to fraudsters and leave their mobile phones on trains.
Big name companies that we’d all assume should know better, end up leaking confidential records or paying out ransoms to hackers. Even the state of Florida has fallen prey to three huge ransomware attacks so far this year, and let’s not forget the Wannacry virus that spread through the NHS’s computer systems in 2017.
The media bombards us with stories about cyber crime and terrorist attacks. We’re living in constant fear of crazy politicians with access to big red buttons. Our brains are wired to technology and anxiety levels are at an all-time high.
So why, in a world that’s so obsessed with threats, do we continue to make these silly mistakes?
Part of the problem is that we’re all working too hard. All this constant connectivity is great, but it’s harder to find the “off ” button when you can work around the clock from anywhere in the world. Tired people make mistakes, which is why air traffic controllers are only allowed to work for chunks of an hour and a half at a time.
Even if you’ve never given cyber crime more than a passing thought, the fact that you’re reading this right now means you’re on the way to creating a culture of security.
Even small changes, like ensuring your team do some basic training on how to recognise a phishing email, can go a really long way towards making your business more secure. It’s going to take time for it all to filter through and become second nature, but with the right procedures and attitudes in place, you’ll get there.
An appraisal of your current IT set up and staff awareness will help you focus on what needs to be done.