Almost half of UK firms have been hit by cyber-attacks in 2017 and this is set to rise. Follow our tips on how you can prevent a breach on your business.
Due to the increase in mobile working, BYOD policies and lack of internal security; cyber-attacks are on the rise.
2017 has already seen the frequency of attacks on NHS organisations intensifying, as attackers are realising the value of sensitive patient data.
According to recent studies, 46% of UK businesses identified an attack in 2017 and it was revealed that firms holding personal data were the most targeted.
In fact, 61% of businesses now hold data electronically, meaning more and more businesses are now more likely to suffer a cyber-attack than ever before.
This is damaging to any business as the cost can be high, with new Government proposals stating that companies who leave themselves open to cyber-attacks could be hit with huge fines of up to £17 million or 4% of their global turnover.
So what are the potential risks you face and how can you prevent them?
- BYOD (Bring your own device)
By 2018, 70% of professionals will be using personal devices for work and whilst BYOD has often been eagerly adopted in the name of cost savings, productivity gains and higher employee satisfaction, it can also pose serious cyber-security threats to organisations.
50% of companies that allowed BYOD were breached via employee-owned devices, which could be down to the fact that 54% of employees who bring in their own devices have downloaded unsafe content.
It is crucial that you make sure your IT department is observing activity on BYOD and note how many are being used. Businesses should also apply a BYOD policy that outlines security protocols and run through this with any employees who want to use their own devices.
Alternatively, employers can invest in their own laptops and tablets and put in place a CYOD (choose your own device) policy, instead of a BYOD. This makes it much easier for IT to manage and support the devices compared to BYODs.
- Mobile Workers
Mobile working is on the rise and gives employees the tools and freedom to let them work anywhere, at any time. With over four million UK workers being mobile, and set to increase further in the coming years, mobile working is changing the way we do business.
Yet there are many dangers associated with the mobile worker which businesses have to consider.
Visual hacking can occur when mobile workers are using a laptop or tablet in a public space. Hackers may be able to shoulder surf and steal personal data without the user even knowing. 87% of mobile workers said they’ve caught someone looking over their shoulder, but only 50% of them were aware of privacy filters that could help alleviate this issue.
Privacy filters should be supplied and put on all devices. They block side views, while providing a clear view for the intended user.
- Internal Threats
60% of cyber-attacks last year were carried out by insiders, which is why it is essential you put the correct policies and tools in place to prevent this.
In most cases employees compromise security unintentionally, often in the name of convenience — for instance, your employees may write down passwords, codes, names and addresses that can potentially lead to serious data breaches if in the range of prying eyes.
Enforcing a clean desk policy in your office is an important way to minimise these risks. To help your employees achieve this, you should supply the tools to allow them to store important documents and organise their work area.
Storage boxes, folders and filing cases are just a few examples of tools that can allow your employees to keep their loose papers in one place and information will be a lot more organised and protected.
Protect your business today
It goes without saying that cyber-attacks are one of the biggest threats to businesses today and both employers and their employees have a role to play in protecting their data.
Every company needs to have a security policy in place and invest in the right safety tools to keep employees, equipment and goods safe and secure.
If you understand where data could potentially be breached and the methods of security in your company are increased, you can prevent sensitive information from getting into the wrong hands.
Protect sensitive information from prying eyes with the right tools
Visual hacking is a real threat to UK businesses; however, businesses can take simple steps to help protect valuable information. From desktop to laptop screens, we stock an extensive range of privacy filters that protect your business’ valuable information. To find out more about our product range, or how we can work with you to implement strategies to protect your business, please contact us today.