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European Cybersecurity Month 2020

30 September 2020 by Laura Valentine

Cybersecurity Month2In the world of cybersecurity1st October means just one thing – the start of European Cybersecurity Month (ECSM)For 2020, ‘Think Before U Click’ is the official motto of ECSM, highlighting the role of the individual in cybersecurity, and the part each of us plays in keeping the hackers at bay.  

Over the next month, the experts at ENISA (the European Union Agency for Cybersecurityare providing a hub of insights and advice on threats and how to spot them, covering a range of cyberscams and digital skills. Here at UKFast, we’ll be getting involved throughout October, starting with this handy refresher on why it’s always important to #ThinkB4UClick. 

We’re a human firewall 

According to Verizon’s Data Breach Investigations Report 2020, phishing and stolen credentials are currently the most common vectors resulting in a data breach – and it’s not hard to see why. Using social engineering to convince individuals to unwittingly divulge their passwords or download and install malware is by far the easiest route for cybercriminals intent on breaching a system.  

Whether at home or in the office, it’s more important than ever to carefully inspect any links sent via email before you click. In 2019, 94% of malware was delivered by email, with Office docs coming out on top of the list of file types commonly used by hackersWhen you’re busy, multitasking or distracted, it can be all too easy to click on an attachment before you have the chance to certify its validity.  

  • Slow downRead each email thoroughly, check the sender’s address and inspect links carefully before taking any action.  
  • Ignore urgency. Unless you’re sure you trust the sender, don’t be fooled by phishing scams that try to make you act fast.  
  • Expect the unexpected. If you weren’t expecting someone to send you a file, it probably isn’t real. Keep your guard up and stay suspicious.  

Spot the spoof 

In 2020, even the most loyal high street shoppers have found themselves scrolling sites instead of browsing shelves. Online shopping is booming, and with any new opportunity for businesses comes new opportunity for cybercriminals. Hackers are already capitalising on the shift to online shopping, using tactics such as phishing emails to lure shoppers onto spoof websites where they can steal their payment information. Keep an eye out for URLs of brands that you trust but with slight spelling errors or strange domain names.  

Stay in the know 

The best way to stay a step ahead of cybercriminals is to keep yourself, your employees and your colleagues educated about the latest threats and how to avoid them. Stay tuned for another blog from UKFast during European Cybersecurity Month to discover our top security tips from Stephen, our Head of Security and Compliance.  

If the start of European Cybersecurity Month has got you thinking about how you can improve your business’ security strategy, why not chat to one of our experts about our cybersecurity product suite, Threat Vision? 

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