Companies need more tech-savvy staff as cyber-attacks rise

Cyber-attacks are now inevitable, according to online security experts, and it’s therefore your duty to protect your company through building awareness amongst your team.

The Government says between 90% and 95% of all cyber security breaches occur as a result of human error, so the onus is firmly on businesses to do more to educate workers.

But many UK workers have never received any form of information security training from their employers, according to the Training Zone website, even though the majority of workers, especially in the current hybrid-working world, work from computers every day as a part of their jobs. For example, employees with local administrator rights commonly disable security solutions on their computers and let viruses spread to the entire corporate network.

The web article says: “A digital-savvy workforce is no longer a nice-to-have. In the data revolution, it’s a minimum requirement to compete. Investing in upskilling employees in data skills is the best way to simultaneously enrich your people, prioritise business growth and minimise cyber security risks.”

Here, we highlight some of the breaches, big and small, during 2022:

  • Twitter breach. A hacker  posted on the BreachForums site that he had the data of 5.4 million Twitter accounts for sale.
  • Bristol City Council apologised after a data breach relating to Clean Air Zone applications. Around 100 email addresses were disclosed.
  • Around 50,000 users of fintech start-up Revolut had personal information  accessed during a data breach which involved a third-party gaining access to Revolut’s database.
  • Architects’  Sheppard Robson was hit by a Ransomware attack. The firm shut down its systems and informed the police.
  • Shops were warned deliveries of nuts and crisps could be at risk, after KP Snacks was hit by ransomware.
  • A cyber attack led to the Ukranian Embassy in London taking down its website as the Russian invasion of Ukraine gathered pace.
  • Email phishing campaign tries to steal Citibank customer credentials with fake banking notifications

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