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Cyber-attacks are increasingly common and are affecting all types of businesses large and small on a daily basis.  The ways in which criminals access company systems are becoming more creative and harder to spot.

One method is identity spoofing.  This takes place when a cyber-criminal uses a computer or network IP address to pose as someone else.  They do this by transmitting packets within the IP address of the person they are imitating.  This packet is used to commit fraud and much more.

Steps you can take to avoid becoming a victim include:-

  • Staying up to date.  The first line of defence is to ensure your own operating system and browsers are updated and patched to the latest versions
  • Change your settings.  Disable the most commonly exploited software in browser settings.  You can do this with software like Flash by only allowing Flash ads to play when they are clicked
  • Plan your response.  If there is a cyber-incident then you need to have a structured approach to what your organisation will do if you become the victim.  In particular you need to have the ability to speak with all relevant internal and external parties who might be required as a result of a particular incident.  All contact and alternative contact details should be made available to the key members of your response team
  • Once the incident has been overcome it is critical to examine how a recurrence can be prevented.  Lessons must be learned.  It may also be worth considering appointing a public relations officer if the effects of the incident have had external consequences for your business

Speak to a solicitor about cyber attacks

If your business has been exposed to a cyber-attack through another organisation’s data being hacked, or their failure to protect your information, you may be entitled to compensation.  To speak to a member of our commercial team about this, please call Toby Preston or Tim Bennett at our Leicester Head Office on 0116 254 8871.