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EMCRC November Core Member Update

EMCRC November Core Member Update

Core Membership Update | November 2021

Welcome to our Core Membership update for November 2021! With so much happening in the world of cyber resilience, we’ve been doing our best to keep you up to date with the most important developments and guidance to help keep businesses and third sector organisations secure. Our blog is the best place to get the latest news in cyber resilience, so in case you’ve missed it, here’s a rundown of the things we’ve been talking about this month.


What should be on your Cyber Security Checklist?

We all know that the last two years have brought major challenges for everyone across the UK, and businesses have faced many challenges from a digital perspective.

So what are we all doing to prepare for the digital pandemic? Hackers have stepped up their efforts and taken advantage of the gaps in the new remote work environments in the last two years.

So we have prepped 5 easy steps that you should have on your Cyber Security Checklist. Read more

5 ways SMEs can protect their retail and online stores from Cyber Attacks

Cyber criminals take an interest in the retail sector due to the level of customer data that is collected and stored online, particularly through online and eCommerce shopping platforms.

1 in 8 retailers faced a cyber-attack in the last 12 months according to data published in a report by financial auditor Grant Thornton’s, with just 46% of retail businesses having a cyber-strategy in place - which is below the global average (52%) for all businesses. Read more

23 million people used 123456 as a password

Whether it’s your Facebook, Amazon, or Netflix account, the explosion in popularity of online apps and services means more and more of us have to remember an increasingly long list of passwords.

Unfortunately, some of us cope with this challenge by resorting to practices that leave our data, devices and money at risk - by using the same password across multiple accounts, or by creating simple passwords that could easily be guessed by hackers. Read more

Online shopping scams cost shoppers £15.4 million over the Christmas period last year

New data from Action Fraud, the national reporting centre for fraud and cyber crime, reveals that 28,049 shoppers were conned out of their money when shopping online over the Christmas period last year - an increase of almost two thirds (61%) when compared to the same period in the previous year.

Action Fraud is warning the public to take extra care when shopping online as reports of online shopping fraud have continued to surge. Read more

What cyber threats do retailers face?

After a tough 20 or so months for retailers, the extra footfall through the shop doors, whether physical or digital, is fantastic and more than welcome. However, that increase also presents an opportunity for cyber criminals to strike and launch their attack.

So, with that thought firmly in mind, The East Midlands Cyber Resilience Centre is warning retail businesses to step up their cyber security ahead of the Christmas period. Read more

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