A scam in sheep’s clothing

Phishing (54%) remains the primary point of cyber-attack. But, hacking (36%) is next – if a computer is exposed to the internet hackers can find and try to penetrate it.

Cyber-attack

Employees stealing, losing or compromising data was way down – education is working.

Public Wi-Fi is dangerous

40% now use VPN’s with public Wi-Fi. A further 35% will not use Public open Wi-Fi but look for coffee shops etc., that require a password.

But that leaves 25% without protection in a public Wi-Fi minefield.

Norton says you can reduce cyber-attacks

  • Don’t wait for a cyber-attack – go on the defensive and harden your cybersecurity by installing cybersecurity software
  • Invest in comprehensive backup – not a USB or external hard disk
  • Keep equipment patched and up-to-date. Too many cyber-attacks use old vulnerabilities.
  • Get employees involved – cybersecurity is everyone’s business if they want a business to employ them
  • Use strong passwords. Never share and never use convenient, obvious passwords.
  • Think about your risk and investigate if cyber insurance is a good idea

“As the financial and operational impact of cyber attacks become harder for SMBs to ignore, business owners and operators are beginning to knuckle down and get the basics right. From using passwords, two-step verification and back up, to the more complex tasks of regulating access to Company data. With the introduction of Australia’s new mandatory data breach disclosure laws, we expect more Australian SMBs will go from seeing cybersecurity as a ‘nice to have’ to a critical piece in securing the future success of their business,” said Gorrie.

GadgetGuy says Norton is right

While the report is encouraging showing uptake in SMBs adopting security measures it is still crazy that some do not have security at all.

Any internet connected device is at risk. When, not if that device is compromised, then cyber-attackers can gain access to the network and you are gone.

GadgetGuy publishes any cybersecurity messages as a public service – hopefully, it will get through to those that don’t wear a condom while undertaking risky behaviour.

If you would like to know more about Norton’s 2017 security, read GadgetGuy’s article here.