Most homes and businesses have physical security controls including strong locks on doors and windows, a security alarm and CCTV that will deter a thief from attempting to break-in, make a robbery attempt fail or subsequent arrest inevitable. In the UK if a criminal is caught committing a robbery the sentence is from 12 months to life depending on the circumstances.
Theft of customer information, personal details and trade secrets are just three of the key areas in which cyber-crime is increasing, and in many cases, the crime will go unnoticed until the information is used to commit a real-world crime.
Unlike a physical thieving, a cyber-criminal doesn’t require a balaclava, crow bar or firearm but simply a computer connected to the internet, a bit of technical savvy and some spare time. Despite this many companies have little on-line security in place which is akin to having their windows and doors wide open with no intrusion alarms or monitoring. This is clearly asking for trouble.
Don’t be an easy target
It may be thought that the cyber-criminal will have so many targets to choose from out there on the world wide internet that he is unlikely to pick on your company. This is a dangerous perception and there needs to be increased awareness that cyber-criminals are indiscriminate towards their target. As companies across the world improve their on-line security, cyber-criminals will automatically gravitate to those organisations who have weaker on-line security, mirroring crime victimisation patterns in the real world.
The government-backed Cyber Essentials scheme provides simple measures that a business can take to safely use the internet for day-to-day business. Through obtaining Cyber Essentials certification your customers, suppliers and business partners can also be assured that your on-line windows and doors are suitably secured against indiscriminate cyber-criminals.
Don’t be an easy target. Review and improve your on-line security now with Cyber Essentials.