Cyber Security Awareness Week takes place between 26 February to 2 March 2018 and organisations are being advised to make sure they are aware of the risks to their systems from cyber attacks and losses of data.

Key points to remember include:

  • Make sure system updates are installed on all devices as soon as they become available
  • Make sure anti-virus software is installed on all devices and keep them updated
  • Ensure you create regular backups of your important/business critical files to a device that is not left connected to your network, as any malware infections could be spread to that too
  • If you are subjected to a cyber attack, do not meet any stated demands and pay a ransom, which may be requested via a ‘crypto’ currency.

In-depth technical guidance on how to protect your organisation from ransomware can be found on the website of the National Cyber Security Centre.


Fraudsters can exploit high profile cyber attacks as part of phishing/smishing (SMS phishing) campaigns. Organisations should be cautious if they receive any unsolicited communications.

To protect against phishing:

  • an email address can be spoofed – do not open attachments or click on links within any unsolicited emails you receive, and don’t respond to emails that ask for personal or financial details
  • the sender’s name and number in a text message can be spoofed – so even if the message appears to be from an organisation you know of, continue to exercise caution, particularly if the texts are asking you to click on a link or call a number

How to report

If you think your organisation has been the victim of a cyber-attack, you should report it to Action Fraud by calling 0300 123 2040, or visiting ActionFraud.

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