How savvy are you about your on-line presence? The size of our digital footprint is far greater than we imagine and this was illustrated to us at an excellent presentation by Rob May of ramsac to Chamber members and guests last week.
Whilst you may be impressed by what you see when you search for your name in your internet browser, far more sinister things are going on if you use Facebook and other social media platforms.
Who remembers the post about your Porn Star name on Facebook last year? Selecting your pet’s first name and part of your childhood address to find your porn star name seems innocent enough – but you are giving away valuable personal information that may be replicated in your passwords. Those engaged in internet scams or identity fraud are looking for this kind of data – what have you given away?
Similarly ‘Liking’ a page on Facebook can open the door to hackers – how many other ways have you been tricked into giving away personal information?
The core threats are:
- Malware (malicious software) viruses, worms and trojan horses
- Social engineering – quizzes and surveys to elicit personal information from you
- Human security – (the best one of all) using open wi-fi networks.
Part of the GDPR requirements relate to cyber security – ensuring that all staff are aware of just such information in addition to having a clear desk policy in the office, not locking desks and filing cabinets and having passwords written on a whiteboard!
The problem with policy and procedures is that people don’t read them – so you may send round an e-mail to your staff advising them of best practice, but how do you ensure the measures are put into practice?
This was an extremely interesting, if a little scary, presentation which left us all with a lot to think about.
Rob May has written a book which is available from Amazon “We’re All Porn Stars: Cybersecurity and the Human Firewall”
Ramsac have a wide range of services to help organisations to improve their cybersecurity – for more information see the video https://www.thoughtprovoked.co.uk/videos
His notes from the talk are also available here.