It was recently reported that hackers posed as Microsoft staff to obtain passwords from MPs. Blamed on human error, and the result of “weak passwords”, the Parliament attack showed humans can often be the weakest link in cyber security.
The internet is ablaze with news about a cyber attack on Parliament, placing heavy emphasis on the need for secure emails and better passwords.
Organisations are only as strong as their weakest link. The National Cyber Security Centre must ensure companies develop a strategy to equip their IT teams.
The government’s Cyber Security Breaches Survey 2017 has found fraudulent emails are the most common form of cyber crime in the UK, and warned businesses make protection a “top priority”.
Complex passwords are more of a hindrance than a help, according to the NCSC, but the onus should already be on IT departments to build an all-encompassing and secure IT infrastructure
Entrepreneur Guy Mucklow provides a five point contingency plan so fellow business builders don’t end up like him – the victim of a cyber hack attack.
It is an undeniable fact that in today's digital world, we are all pretty much reliant on information technology and the Internet to run our businesses. It is also a fact that it is not "if" but "when" will our IT Infrastructure and business applications be under attack.
There’s been plenty of press about the decision by CESG (Communications-Electronics Security Group, a group within the UK Government Communications Headquarters) advise against the use of long-established security guideline suggesting that users change their passwords on a regular basis.
As hackers become increasingly sophisticated with their methods, businesses and staff within them remain pretty static with regard to protecting their materials – especially when it comes to the password, which is often the same across all accounts for most people.
Research by Clearswift amongst 4,000 employees in Britain, Germany, US and Australia, found that for £5,000 – the price of a family Caribbean holiday or less than three months of the average UK monthly wage – 25 per cent would sell company patents, financial records and customer credit card details.
We may be getting used to the idea of using fingerprints to access our smartphones, but these are not failsafe. Instead, PayPal's global head of developer advocacy, Jonathan LeBlanc, has claimed that the future of passwords lies in creating "connected" human beings.
Observing the very real hacking threat businesses face and the methods that cyber criminals use begs the question – is the password a past word?