Are your details safe online?

Were you one of the 533 million Facebook users affected by their data breach recently? 

On Saturday, 3rd April 2021, an archive containing the personal data of more than 533 million Facebook users in 106 countries waspostedto an online hacking forum. 

A Facebook spokesperson stated that this is “old data”, gathered initially using a vulnerability that was fixed in August 2019. However the data now exists online for others to exploit. 

 

How will I know my details were breached? 

The National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC)publishes guidance on how to spot suspicious communications. They also advise on what to do if you’re worried you have fallen victim to a phishing attack. 

You can also check if your email address or phone number was included in this breach or any other past breaches by using the online toolHave I Been Pwned. 

As an individual, you can take some steps to stop criminals from using your information. Be careful what you put online. Social media is a fantastic tool for keeping in touch, but it can be exploited by criminals.

The easiest way to protect yourself is to use strict privacy settings. And think twice about what you post or show on your profile. 

 

Are you protecting your customers? 

The European General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) was introduced in 2018. There are now heavy fines for all organisations who hold personal information and are involved in a data breach. 

Non-compliant companies can be fined a maximum of 4% of annual global turnover or £20 million. In addition to this, parties affected by data breaches, caused by your company, are entitled to file for compensation. 

If your company holds personal information and is planning to undergo a General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) assessment, or would like to, Lithium can be there to work with you every step of the way and help minimise the risk of fines. 

 

Cyber Security 

Do you have a plan for what you would do if your customer database was stolen, your website was forced offline, or you could not access your email or business-critical data? 

The majority of cyber-attacks exploit basic weaknesses in your IT systems and software. Cyber Essentials shows you how to address those basics and prevent the most common attacks. The scheme is designed by Government to make it easy for you to protect yourself. 

Achieving Cyber Essentials certification can seem daunting to organisations that are new to the world of frameworks, standards and certifications. 

Meeting the scheme’s requirements can be challenging without the appropriate in-house expertise.  Using the services of a Cyber Essentials Practitioner such as Lithium can: 

  • help you complete the Cyber Essentials questionnaire; 
  • assist you in defining the scope of Cyber Essentials certification; 
  • deliver policies and procedures to comply with the scheme; 
  • adequately prepare you for certification. 

To find out more please visit our partner website – www.cyber-essentials-scotland.co.uk 

We can help

Our advisors can work with you to risk assess your infrastructure and ensure it maintains a high security posture from the inside out.  

We can help you scope the areas of your network that need testing, perform an assessment, and provide remediation advice where required. 

Lithium Systems has a team of highly skilled experts ready to help, providing a reliable service you can trust.  

 

Get in touch with us for further information to discuss how we can help you keep your business and your customers secure.