Cyber crime is committed using computers, networks and the internet.
Types of cyber crime
It is increasing at an alarming rate and is one of the biggest threats to business. This is because of the take up of cloud based storage and the amount of devices that are now connected to a network - computers, mobile devices and everything from fridges to coffee machines.
Cyber crime is no longer just an issue for IT professionals, it's something everyone needs to be aware of. If your business is connected to the internet it is vulnerable and you need to take steps to reduce the risk.
A cyber attack can cause disruption to your business, cost money, stop operations, cause you to lose data and at worst go out of business. 66% of small businesses have been a victim of cyber crime, costing each business an average of £3000.
Go to the Get Safe Online website to read about the different ways you can be targeted and what your business can do to protect itself. Some of the main things are:
- Malware - anything installed on your computer or device without your knowledge to cause disruption, damage and unauthorised access to networks, this includes viruses.
- Ransomware - is a type of malware, your computer is locked from a remote location and it won't be unlocked until you pay money. You can lose access to systems and customer data.
- Email phishing - emails that appear to be from a reputable organisation, but attempt to trick the reader into submitting log in details, passwords or installing malware.