How to bolster cyber security resilience in response to the malicious cyber incidents in Ukraine

Accountants and auditors at risk 

Tax return software targeted

Today the BBC reports that state cyber threats are at an elevated level following guidance from the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC). In a June 2017 incident with global repercussions hackers got inside software used to file tax returns. Companies were then hit with ransomware – a demand they pay money to unlock their computers.

Cyber threats are increasing 

Over 64% of the UK’s medium and large businesses have already had cyber attacks.  However of cyber offences only 1.7% of 2020’s were reported as crimes. Businesses are being urged to update their cyber defences.

Focus on people as much as software

Phishing is the most common risk to those identifying cyber attack. Human vulnerability lets criminals into your networks. Passwords unchanged and revealed unknowingly on the dark web also allow criminals to enter.

‘Phishing is the most common risk to those identifying cyber attack.’

What can your business do?

Simple steps can help your team to secure your business, finances, reputations:

  1. Update all your passwords and use two factor authentication – do you change them regularly?
  2. Ensure all your hardware and software is up to date with the latest patches – does your IT provider know?
  3. Check all email, especially with attachments carefully – is the sender who they say they are?
  4. Use to continuously check your business 24/7/365 for people, software, processes, and dark web vulnerabilities