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Cyber Crime… Knowledge is power and it’s always good to be a step ahead rather than part of the statistics.
Now more than ever, people from all walks of life are reliant on technology to get them through the day.
Cyber is one of the top risks we face; as criminals move away from risky, violent crime to the unknown, faceless world of cyber-crime, a wider range of possible victims are exposed.
Should the unforeseen occur and you do suffer a cyber incident, having a Cyber Insurance Policy can assist in limiting the damages suffered both by you, the individual, and your company.
Coverage extends from theft of funds to business interruption, cyber extortion, public relations and forensic investigation costs, and liability cover for your company.
Cyber insurance policies provide wide-ranging coverage for a multitude of cyber-related perils.
Cyber safety while working from home:
To contain the spread of the coronavirus, companies around the world have instituted what has become the largest “work from home” movement in history.
Remote working brings many benefits; studies by the Harvard Business Review and Stanford University have shown increased productivity and reduced staff turnover among remotely working staff.
Despite all these benefits, there are however some potential downsides, notably in relation to cyber risks.
In the wake of large-scale global events, cyber criminals are among the first to attempt to sow discord, spread disinformation, and seek financial gain.
Please be on the lookout for the following:
- Phishing emails with malicious links or attachments
- COVID-19 related investment scams
- Miracle products claiming to prevent, detect, or cure COVID-19
- Online retail fraud and counterfeit goods related to the virus, and donation or fundraising scams
Here are some simple pointers to help keep you and your company safe while working remotely.
Ensure that your Wi-Fi connection is secure
If you’re making use of your own home internet connections e.g. fibre lines, consult user guides and configure a secure password for your Wi-Fi network. Below is a brief guide on how to do this:
1. You need to access your router to change the password. The quickest way to access your router is through a web browser, e.g. Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, etc.
2. Most routers come with a manual specifying the IP address of the device allowing you to connect to it. Most routers use IP address: 10.0.0.2, 192.168.0.1 or 192.168.1.1, but your user manual should help guide you
3. Browse to the correct IP address in your browser and enter the default router username and password (should you not have already changed this), these are typically:
1. Username: admin
2. Password: admin or password
3. If these login details don’t work or you have forgotten what you changed your credentials to, resetting your router should reset the credentials to the above. Again, consult your user manual on how to reset your router; it generally requires holding in a reset button
4. Once logged into your router, select ‘Change Wireless Password’ or select ‘Wireless settings’, Setup or Wireless depending on your router type. Type in your new Network Key (new wireless password), select apply or save, and then reconnect your devices using your new wireless password
5. While you are on the interface for your router, it’s perhaps not a bad idea to change the default password from admin or password as may be relevant. Try and avoid making use of public Wi-Fi, particularly if you are not totally sure that you are connecting to a legitimate Wi-Fi connection. Another useful tip is to tell your device to forget those networks that you do not connect to on a regular basis
1. Ensure that your endpoint protection (e.g. anti-virus) is installed and fully updated.
2. Ensure that security patches and updates are applied as soon as possible after release.
3. Enable encryption on your endpoint, as well as any storage devices being used.
4. Make sure that you are using a secure connection to access your work environment (e.g. VPN), ideally with multi-factor authentication.
5. Lock your screen if you are working in a shared space, and don’t leave your devices unattended.
During a recent Carte Blanche exposé, Your Money or Your Data – The Rise of Ransomware, it was reported that an attempted ransom attack cost Johannesburg’s City Power utility an estimated R50-million in downtime and associated experts’ time and fees. The encryption of City Power’s data brought the utility to a standstill.
Please take a look at the Carte Blanche video: