Cyber Crime and Online Fraud
Online Fraud and Cyber crime happen daily, it is under reported and it is a huge threat to businesses. Of 11.5 million offences reported in 2015, 5.1 million were for online fraud, and 2.5 million for cyber crime. The figures are rising, and with such reliance on the internet, and online communication it’s become a feeding ground for criminals to take advantage of the platform available for them to commit offences.
Cyber crime is used to facilitate fraud in a number of ways; to infiltrate businesses IT systems via phishing emails, use of contact forms on public facing websites and intranets, hacking of websites to take over control and cause deliberate harm, or hold you to ransom. These examples are just the tip of the iceberg in terms of the methods used by such criminals, their techniques are constantly evolving in the increasing digital world we work and live.
With cyber crime on the increase, it is more important for businesses to protect against threats to their IT systems and outward facing websites. Such protection is vital to mitigate against any potential threat which could cause lasting damage to businesses reputation and finances.
If you believe your business has been the victim of cyber crime, you should report the matter to Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040 or online www.actionfraud.police.uk/report_fraud
The following links and guidance aim to provide your business with the tools to help inform you about the current threats and what you can do to protect your businesses:
- The Metropolitan Police Little book of cyber scams designed to offer advice to SME’ in staying safe in the cyber world
- Cyber essentials is a great way to protect your organisation against common cyber threats.
- Cyber Aware
- Cyber security: advice for small businesses
- Cyber security training for businesses – FREE online training
The Government has a Cyber security website which has links to the above guidance as well a host of other resources to help support your business; and prevent you from becoming a victim.