The North East Business Resilience Centre – Cyber Protect Advice Coronid-19

The North East Business Resilience Centre

COVID-19 Protect Advice

At this challenging time, we are here to support and help you as much as possible. We are already starting to see a significant increase in cyber attacks, with the main type being Ransomware attacks.  These are often hidden in attachments to emails.

We have pulled together guidance on how to try and avoid the impact of Ransomware, as well as more general guidance on working from home.

All the below documentation is the most up to date and relevant guidance from the National Cyber Security Centre.  We will continue to post advice and guidance on our site, but if you want to join our FREE mailing list then please email us at [email protected]

I won’t take up much of your if your valuable time, no doubt you will all be heavily supporting local business and be managing your own demands at this unprecedented time. If you get time can you please advocate and share the below across your networks. Unfortunately we are seeing that criminal elements are increasingly looking to target businesses at a time when they are most vulnerable. However simple, good practice can mitigate a lot of their tactics, please have a look, and feel free to direct businesses to our website for latest advice.
Some Top tips which can be shared on social media etc
  1. When creating new accounts, use strong and unique passwords. Don’t reuse passwords from other places. Think about adopting a password manager, have a look at the NCSC webpage for some great password guidance. https://www.ncsc.gov.uk/blog-post/three-random-words-or-thinkrandom-0
  2. Update your laptops and phones – this makes life more difficult for cyber attackers!
  3. Create an emergency group chat for you and your colleagues/staff. Keep this chat only for work related announcements on closures, details etc. Do not use this group for chit-chat, have another one. Use a platform everyone has access to in your organisation if you can.
  4. Stick to services you know and trust where you can. If you already use Google Hangouts, Microsoft Teams, Apple FaceTime use these large services if they’re already established in your organisation.
  5. Be careful with sensitive commercial information, if you’re on conference call be careful of who is around, this is important for remote workers who aren’t working entirely from the house. If you’re sending data, keep this in your corporate domain – for example OneDrive for Microsoft users or Google Drive for GSuite.
  6. Lastly, share this advice as wide as you can, with family, friends, colleagues, staff and other SME owners!