Businesses - Get Safe Online


• On average, police forces are seeing a reported £19 million lost by businesses in their area
• 22% increase in crimes reported to Action Fraud in the last year
• Get Safe Online is urging businesses to better train staff to spot the signs of fraud

From these latest figures, it’s evident that businesses need to do more to ensure staff across the board have appropriate online fraud awareness training, so that everyone understands their role in keeping the business secure.  A substantial amount of attempted fraud against businesses is successful due to lack of knowledge or sloppy habits by their employees.

Get Safe Online recommends that all businesses ensure that at least the following basic measures are in place to protect their organisation from online crime. Comprehensive expert, impartial, practical, free advice can be found here .

• Set up structured employee education and awareness training, make sure it is conducted regularly and kept up-to-date.

• Install internet security solutions on all systems – including mobile devices.

• Keep all operating software, application software, mobile apps and web browsers up to date.

• Set up and enforce a strict password policy for all employees and contractors.

• Consider restricting access to inappropriate websites to lessen the risk of being exposed to malware, and create a policy governing when and how security updates should be installed.

• Introduce rules on safe mobile working, including use of unsecured Wi-Fi hotspots, shoulder surfing and protecting devices from theft or loss.

• Increase protection of your networks, including wireless networks, against external attacks through the use of firewalls, proxies, access lists and other measures.

• Maintain an inventory of all IT equipment and software – including redundant systems – and identify a secure standard formation for all existing and future IT and comms equipment used by your business.

• Restrict staff and third-party access to IT equipment, systems and information to the minimum required. Plus, keep items physically secure to prevent unauthorised access.

• For home and mobile working, ensure that sensitive data is encrypted when stored or transmitted online so that data can only be accessed by authorised users.

• Restrict the use of removable media such as USB drives, CDs, DVDs and secure digital cards, and protect any data stored on these to help stop data being lost and to prevent malware from being installed. Have a proper BYoD (Bring Your Own Device) policy in place.

If you think you have been a victim of fraud you should report it to Action Fraud, the UK’s national fraud reporting centre by calling 0300 123 20 40 or by visiting the Action Fraud website. For further advice on how businesses can stay safe online go to Get Safe Online .



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