All busi­nesses ‘a po­ten­tial tar­get’

The Press and Journal (Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire) - - NEWS -

All busi­nesses are “a po­ten­tial tar­get” for lethal cy­ber-at­tacks, a data chief has warned.

Small, large and medium-sized busi­ness ad­min­is­tra­tion net­works are all at risk of e-crime if they do not take the ap­pro­pri­ate ac­tion, ac­cord­ing to Gra­ham Bye of the Scot­tish Busi­ness Re­silience Cen­tre (SBRC).

Cy­ber essen­tials co­or­di­na­tor at SBRC, Mr Bye claims that tak­ing pre­ven­ta­tive mea­sures with cy­ber se­cu­rity can help pre­vent the “most com­mon at­tacks” fac­ing net­works.

He said: “All busi­nesses and or­gan­i­sa­tions are a po­ten­tial tar­get, par­tic­u­larly if they do not take sim­ple pre­cau­tion­ary mea­sures them­selves.

“Any com­pany with an IT net­work could be at risk of an at­tack and com­put­erised sys­tems – pay­roll, mar­ket­ing, book­ing sys­tems and data­bases, for ex­am­ple, could all be com­pro­mised.

“Cy­ber-at­tacks are also a real risk to the third sec­tor, from a small and lo­cally run play­group to pro­tect which holds a database of per­sonal de­tails, to larger char­i­ties de­liv­er­ing ser­vices to vul­ner­a­ble adults.”

Mr Bye was en­dors­ing Cy­ber Essen­tials as the “base­line stan­dard” in cy­ber se­cu­rity yes­ter­day, help­ing to pre­vent the most com­mon at­tacks by im­ple­ment­ing five ba­sic net­work con­trols and prac­tis­ing good cy­ber hy­giene.

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