Our work lives, personal lives, and finances have all started to gravitate towards the world of the internet, mobile computing, and electronic media. Unfortunately, there are fraudsters and criminals who want to take advantage and steal from us. These criminals have always been around, but now they exist in the technology world as well as in the real world. They use the following methods to do this:
They hack into your system, using malware or weak passwords waiting on average 260 days and then take ownership of your data. They are not actually interested in your data itself, it is of no value to them – but they know your data is important to you so they ask you to pay to get it back!
They compromise your email system, pretending to be someone else and asking you to pay that invoice into a “new bank account”. You do!
They call you or a staff member with small queries, simple questions, numerous times, looking to gather information to build up a profile which in turn helps them steal your identity.
Over 50% of all Cyber Attackers target SMEs, mostly because they do not invest much in their own defences – and therefore an attack is much more likely to succeed.
In this modern world Cybercrime is now the biggest form of crime with an annual rate of $6 trillion, making cyber-attacks more profitable than the world trade of illegal drugs and prostitution combined.
Cyber Security keeps us safe from hackers, cyber criminals, and other agents of fraud.