Online scams are intended to manipulate or trick people or businesses into giving away their personal details, financial details, or money.

Cyber fraud is a real business risk. Cyberattacks can have devastating impacts on your business: data loss, employee downtime, reputation damage, legal damages, financial loss and the cost of restoring operations.

Cybersecurity needs to be a business priority, not just for the IT department, but for the whole company. To mitigate the risk, you need to be prepared and educate yourself and your employees about ways to prevent cyberattacks.

What you can do:

  • Keep operating systems and software applications up to date
  • Use strong passwords – urge employees to keep work and personal passwords separate and use complex combinations, rather than passwords that are easy to guess
  • Ensure you have systems in place to prevent any cyberattacks such as firewalls, email filtering or antivirus software
  • Identify suspicious activity such as phishing emails, links and documents from unknown or dubious sources

Phishing and spam emails make up a large portion of today’s email traffic. In fact, the share of spam in email traffic amounts to 50.37% of all emails!

Here are some helpful tips to prevent getting caught out by phishing emails:

  • Do not open emails from unknown senders
  • Check the sender’s email address, name and signature before you read it
  • Do not click on the links before you are sure about who the sender is
  • If the link opens a login page, checks the website’s address in the address bar carefully; is it the website you are supposed to log in to?
  • Do not download or open attachments if you are not expecting any files from the sender

CERT NZ works to support businesses, organizations’ and individuals who are affected (or may be affected) by cyber security incidents. They provide trusted and authoritative information and advice, while also collating a profile of the threat landscape in New Zealand. They have published a great blog with 11 tips for your business cyber security.


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