Remedying the growing cyber threat to businesses

 

Cyber security is a bit like that little piece of broccoli that your grandmother always seems to get stuck on her face during Christmas dinner. No-one ever wants to talk about it, even though they know that they should. And, once it’s been addressed, everyone else breathes a big sigh of relief. 

 

The difference between cyber security and your grandmother’s face broccoli, however, is that you can’t afford to rely on your four-year-old-niece-who-hasn’t-mastered-social-etiquette to stand up on her chair and point it out. 

 

Cyber security threats are a growing concern for businesses across the UK. According to figures from the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport [1], 14% of all SMEs experienced ransomware attacks in the year ending March 2020. That figure rises to 16% for large organisations.  

 

As with most important things in business, it’s way better to adopt proactive rather than reactive behaviours in regard to cyber security. The importance of a proactive approach has been highlighted during this time of global pandemic, where we’ve seen COVID-19-related phishing email attacks increase by an eye-watering 600% [2]. 

 

This trend of using phishing and social engineering exploits to target businesses looks set to only become more prominent. With that in mind, having well-trained cyber security analysts to help prevent attacks to your organisation is definitely a more sensible policy than relying on a damage limitation scenario (such as your four-year-old niece). 

 

How Businesses Can Protect Themselves 
  
Businesses need to be prepared for the very real possibility of a cyber-attack. Here are four simple processes that can be implemented to reduce the threat and impact of a cyber-attack: 

 

  • Ensure staff are aware of how they can be part of the problem, and also part of the solution. A careless employee can often be the chink in an organisation’s cyber security armour. Invest in training a cyber security analyst who can identify your organisation’s specific areas of vulnerability and can pass on that knowledge to other employees. It’s essential that staff are able to spot the methods commonly used by attackers. 

  • Scan incoming emails from external sources for malicious attachments and suspicious links. Sometimes these can be Nigerian Prince levels of obvious, but attackers are generally becoming more wily with their strategies. 

  • Apply multi-factor authentication whenever an employee is using an online application that requires a username and password. Also make sure passwords are a slightly more sophisticated than ‘reallygoodpassword’ or ‘12345678’. This can go a long way to making life more difficult for attackers, as any information obtained through phishing emails will be rendered useless. 

  • Ensure security patches and secure VPNs are being used wherever required, particularly when handling sensitive data. 

 

Cyber Security Training at Quanta 

 

At Quanta, we offer the following CompTIA cyber security courses in our portfolio which provide professional cyber security certifications: 

 

CompTIA Security+  

This course covers network security, compliance and operational security, cryptography, application data and host security, threats and vulnerabilities, and identity management. 

 

CompTIA PenTest+ 

CompTIA PenTest+ focuses on the knowledge and skills required to plan and scope an assessment, understand legal and compliance requirements, perform vulnerability scanning and penetration testing, analyse data, and effectively report and communicate results. 

 

CompTIA Cyber Security Analyst 

This course focuses on frameworks and technologies that delegates can use to harden and protect their IT systems. 

 

In our first year of being a CompTIA partner, Quanta were presented with the Delivery Partner Newcomer Award in recognition of our high standards and hard work in delivering CompTIA courses. 

If you’d like to find out more about how our CompTIA courses might work for you, please contact us on 0800 018 5597 or Get in Touch here

 

 

Sources: 

 

[1] https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/cyber-security-breaches-surv…;

 
[2] https://www.teiss.co.uk/covid-19-related-phishing-attacks-grew-by-600-worldwide/