We’ve shared a few security stories lately, and we know its hair raising stuff.
The reality is that any organisation is a target for these hackers. It’s no longer about cyber-vandalism, these attacks are outright theft. The thieves are operating from highly organised operations, often set up as businesses themselves.
- Clients are called (not emailed!) in an attempt to redirect invoice payments Code-red-hacker-alert
- Very believable phishing emails Dont-be-fooled
- Ransom Why-me?
- Pwning When-your-passwords-gets-stolen
So, how do you keep safe?
Firstly, as with any risk of theft, insurance should factor highly. We’re not experts at insurance but we have given it some thought : Three-cyber-insurance-questions-you-need-to-consider
Secondly, what about IT measures? We know that insurance work on an ‘all reasonable steps’ basis. That of course is the trick. What used to be reasonable simply isn’t any longer.
Customers on our proactive KARE plans “Core Fundamentals” and “Premium KARE” already enjoy the basics of protection – updates, anti-virus and active backups. But now we need to add new services, and they come at a cost – both financial and as an inconvenience. We’ve called that KARE for Security and it adds a layer of protection to your existing KARE.
There is a catch
We must stress, that these plans can only reduce your risk. There is always more that can be done, albeit with diminishing returns. Even so, these hackers and thieves don’t stand still. There is no 100% solution and anyone promising you complete protection is, unfortunately, making a promise they simply can’t keep.