Headline
Information Security Week 2019 - Tuesday, 8 October: Cyber Security
Date
Tue, 08 Oct 2019
Description

Day 2 – Cyber Security

The Problem

The council is increasingly dependent on technology to support and drive the delivery of frontline services.

The council has more of an online presence than ever before, whether browsing the internet, communicating with people using emails or storing documents online. Consequently, risks to the council’s information and ICT systems have significantly increased.

The council uses multiple technical defences to protect itself from cyber-attacks, including firewalls and scanning tools, updates and patching and two-factor authentication. But even with all of these defences a newly-crafted virus may not yet be known to the email gateway filters or the council’s anti-virus technology.

 

Spam Emails

Cyber criminals often send infected attachments or links via email, which appear to be from a genuine person or organisation.

A device could be compromised if a member of staff opens an attachment or clicks on a link within an email that contains malware. That is why there is a greater need for all council staff to be cyber aware and to understand techniques that can assist in identifying any threats.

There is a new mandatory ICT security and cyber-crime awareness e-learning course that is available for all staff to undertake who have access to a council-owned device.

If you receive an email that you are not expecting, which contains poor spelling, unusual grammar, a generic greeting or a sense of urgency, this may indicate that you have been targeted by a spam email.

Any suspicious emails should be forwarded to spam.reporting@eastrding.gov.uk and then deleted.

 

Passwords

One of the most important things you can do to protect yourself online is to use a strong and unique password for each of your online accounts.

Each person has an average of 22 online passwords, which is why users tend to cope by writing down passwords, re-using passwords or using simple and easy to predict passwords.

Did you know that…?

  • An easy-to-guess password could allow hackers to use your computer to hack into other computers connected to the corporate network.
  • If a cyber hacker guesses the password for your email account, then they could reset your passwords on other websites.
  • Cyber hackers could use your e-mail account to send malicious messages to everyone in your address book, inbox and others.

It is your responsibility, as a user, to make sure that all of your account passwords are strong and unique, so that they are as difficult to guess as possible.

A password made up of 12 or more complex characters could take a decade to be cracked.

Combining three random and obscure words together with a special character is the best way to ensure that your password is strong and unbreakable.

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