‘Social Engineering’ – when you’re tricked into giving out secure information like passwords or account numbers. Since 2015, social engineering attacks on humans outnumber hacking attacks on software.
For companies who need their employees to be productive from anywhere – this is a serious problem. Your employees, and you, are the weakest link in your IT security strategy.
With increased mobility and collaboration with technology comes the need for greater focus on security and data protection – because hackers are hitting the end user more than ever.
We will help you detect and prevent social engineering attacks on you and your employees.
“Hi, this is Steve from Microsoft, we’ve detected a virus on your PC and need to remove it immediately”
This is a very common scam. The hacker poses as tech support and gets access to your PC by sending you a link for remove access software. Once he’s in, he can install software to steal your identity and passwords.
There are many variations of this scam but the common danger is you granting access to the hacker by clicking on the link or running the software they send you. Without that, they have no way to access your data.
You might think that your business is too small or too local to be on the radar of international hackers.
You’d be wrong.
Small local businesses are a popular target for criminals because of their low level of vigilance and large amount of cash or credit compared to individuals.
Since 2014 there has been a huge number of people hit by Crypto-locker type attacks. Most of these came via an email that looked like it was from HMRC or a courier. Once the email attachment was opened it encrypted every file on the local network and asked a ransom to get access to them. There was usually no option but to pay the ransom, unless the company used a good backup system like this.
Social engineering attacks can cripple a business.
Not only do you have to cope with a theft of cash, you have to recover your reputation and trust among your customers.
Social engineering can be disastrous and the best remedy is to not get hit by them in the first place.
- Have a good back up. If you’re not backing up your key data every hour you’re exposed to a huge risk of data loss. Check out our clever backup products here.
- Be vigilant – stay up to date with common hacks and attacks so you know what to look out for.
- Get some help – hire an expert to audit your network and systems for weak spots.
- Stay up to date – make sure your systems are bang up to date with the latest patches.
We can help keep you and your business safe from social engineering attacks.
Call us today – 0141 255 2802