Posted on: May 16, 2017
Categories: Industry News
By Matthew Doak, Marketing & IT Coordinator
We have received the following advice from our own IT provider and thought it would be useful to share the advice with you in view of the recent increase in Cyber-attacks.
Further to this weekend’s cyber-attacks, we would strongly recommend increased vigilance when dealing with emails over the coming days.
Historically, the virus or malware is contained within an attachment or hyper-link in the body of an email. If you get an email from anyone that has any of the following characteristics,
• Unexpected – If you didn’t expect to hear from an old customer, your Bank/Amazon/Apple etc. on your corporate email address
• Urgency – These emails often come with a sense of urgency, it is not uncommon to put a line in the email like “Check this invoice now to avoid being billed”
• Fear – Sometimes these emails come pretending to be an authority figure, for example a speeding fine or an HMRC notice. They come with links or attachments saying you need to click on them immediately
• Greed/Curiosity – Some may use these emotions to trigger a response, offering something of value to anyone who clicks
please do NOT click on any links or attachments. Malicious emails often appear to be from someone you know; the virus ‘steals’ an email profile, however the email itself originates from a completely different email address, for example, firstname.lastname@example.org. Therefore, even though you may recognise the sender’s name, you should also pay close attention to the domain name.
Please ensure that you have downloaded all Microsoft patches to both your server and your PCs and that your anti-virus software is up to date.
If you should encounter any issues, or have any concerns, our recommended course of action is to shut down all PCs and your server immediately, following which you will need the services of a specialist IT company to remove any viruses or malware and to cleanse your network.
Whilst the above advice will help reduce the risk of a Cyber attack to you it does not guarantee you won’t suffer one, the implications of which can be costly to your business as follows:-
• Financial loss to your business
• Costly fines from the Regulator following a loss of data
• Reputational damage to your business
• Business disruption/interruption following an attack
All of these risks can be protected by a comprehensive Cyber Protection Insurance policy. If you have any concerns about your Cyber risk and wish to discuss how you can better protect your business against one please contact us to speak to one of our specialist advisors today.
Erimus Insurance Brokers is a trading name of Teesside Insurance Consultants Ltd. Registered in England No. 2043783.
Authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority No. 307660.
Directors: P.J. Davison, S.D.E. Hughes, I. Miller ACII, S.S. Pinnell. Non Executive Director: G. Lumby MBE, FCIBS.
Company Secretary: C. L. Nolan.