Hot off the press!
Has there been a rise in cybersecurity-related issues worldwide? This month's blog post will touch on recent topics and advice from top cyber security advisors.
A lot of cybersecurity headlines are reaching our desks lately, but does that mean we have to be on high alert? Luckily, we can continue to apply the same cybersecurity standards to protect ourselves. Here are some of the hot topics we’ve been seeing and tips to keep up our security habits.
Silicon Valley Bank and other bank failures
The US’s biggest bank failure in decades occurred in March, putting many worldwide into a panic. Customers of Silicon Valley Bank were frantically pulling their money out, which trickled over to other banks as well. This led to a classic run on the banks.
But what does this situation have to do with cybersecurity? As the story unfolds, we would advise that everyone stay cyber-smart and remember to think before responding to or acting on any email, text message or phone call you may receive relating to the banking crisis.
These situations also make executives more vulnerable to Business Email Compromise (BEC) attacks. A BEC attack is a phishing attack where an attacker strikes up a typical business conversation with someone who has high-level access to financial information. They do this in hopes of obtaining money.
Always speak with someone in authority before processing any large transactions and verifying the source of the request. Today, many people shift thousands of pounds per month through Paypal, Cash App and other digital financial transaction mechanisms with little thought.
ChatGPT and other AI tools
ChatGPT and other AI writing tools (such as Jasper.ai and Copy.ai) use artificial intelligence algorithms to assist humans in writing and creating. These tools can be used in various ways; however, cybersecurity insiders worry that hackers will be the ones getting the most use out of AI.
Hackers are always trying to get ahead of the game, and cybersecurity experts are trying to keep up. Hackers use AI tools to help build more realistic phishing attacks, write dangerous code and find ways to access organisations’ secured systems.
But even with access to AI tools, hackers still have their work cut out for them.
You should always follow a multi-faceted cybersecurity approach. The basics are still essential and effective in stopping attacks. Creating a strong, unique password is the first step in securing data, followed by using multi-factor authentication tools and staying alert to the emails in your inbox.
Tax season doesn’t have to be scam season
Many of us will be preparing to submit our tax returns.
Remember the Inland Revenue will never:
Call to demand immediate payment using a specific payment method such as a prepaid debit card, gift card or BACs transfer. Generally, the IR will send a notification via the secure message portal on your government gateway account.
Threaten to immediately bring in local police or other law enforcement groups to have the taxpayer arrested for not paying.
Demand that taxes be paid without giving you the opportunity to question or appeal the amount owed.
Call unexpectedly about a tax refund.