In part three of our series on protecting hospitality businesses from cyber crime while they are closed, we’ve collated a list of free resources to help
In our third and final part, we will be looking at resources out there which could help you keep your business safe from cyber crime.
‘With many companies relying on an increased amount of their workforce being remote, now is a good time to re-evaluate security awareness policies. Providing training to remote workers can help mitigate some of these risks,’ said Charles Ragland, security engineer at Digital Shadows.
Fellow security expert Raef Meeuwisse of Cyber Simplicity, agrees. ‘We are lucky in the UK to have plenty of information available for free. Government websites provide a lot of help and there’s plenty of free resources available via the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) as well, those would be good places to start.’
It’s not just about informing yourself and your staff about technological developments though, plenty of cyber crime is based on psychological tricks to dupe you into parting with information or cash, as Javvad Malik, security awareness advocate at security awareness firm, KnowBe4, told us in part one. You can take a look at what he had to say before checking out our list of resources below:
- The Small Business Guide to Cyber Security, which promises to help you improve cyber security within your organisation, ‘quickly, easily and at low cost.’
- A handy video outlining some top tips for staff.
- And this 10 Steps to Cyber Security guide.
- Plus, this guide to phishing attacks: How to spot the most obvious signs of scam emails, and what to do if you've already clicked.
- It also has a new covid-19 dedicated section that includes this guide to making sure your organisation is prepared for an increase in home working, and advice on spotting coronavirus scam emails.
Get Safe Online
- This organisation is a public / private sector partnership supported by the government. Its website has a whole section full of information for businesses.
- Includes a number of downloadable posters and leaflets aimed at making employees aware of the vital part they play in maintaining online safety and information security in your business. All can be downloaded as pdfs for viewing, or as high-resolution files for litho or digital printing.
Global Cyber Alliance (GCA)
- The GCA has recently joined forces with Mastercard to release a new free Cybersecurity Toolkit specifically designed for small and medium sized businesses https://gcatoolkit.org/smallbusiness/
- How to Keep Your Stuff Safe Online: Getting employees to improve personal cybersecurity has been shown to help improve security at work, this book is a quick primer on the basics of personal cybersecurity and scam avoidance – designed to be read in about 20 minutes. Available free on Apple Books, as well as Kobo and Barnes & Noble.
- How to Hack a Human: A Brief Introduction: A quick primer on how covert control and influence, useful for understanding and dark marketing. Download here via Apple Books, also available from Kobo and Barnes & Noble.
And if you do fall victim to cyber crime, here’s some guidance on what to do:
Action Fraud is the UK’s national fraud and internet crime reporting centre. Use the online tool to report online fraud or cyber crime to the police.
If you do get phished here’s what to do.