Being a victim of cyber-crime is never a nice feeling. Once it happens to you, you’re often left thinking how it could have been prevented in the first place. At Blackhawk Intelligence, we can give you the knowledge and the tools you need to protect yourself from potential cyber-crime attacks in the future. If you’ve already experienced it, our thorough cyber-crime investigations employ digital forensic techniques to find evidence that can be used in a prosecution case. With technology moving so quickly, you need an expert to help you stay safe in this rapidly changing technological world.
The EU has never been stricter on data security than now. New GDPR laws have been introduced, and fines have skyrocketed to up to 4% of global turnover or €20,000,000, whichever is higher. Also, the existing laws have been tightened and many rights regarding data have been clearly defined, so losing data to cyber-crime is far more likely to result in prosecution and fines.
Can you prevent cyber-crime?
Cyber-crime affects everyone including individuals and businesses. The techniques that cyber-criminals use constantly evolve and at present, the methods they choose to attack can include:
- Email scams
- Identity theft
- Hacking or unauthorised access to computers
- Extortion/ blackmail through ‘ransomware’
The most common objective of these cyber-criminals is to gain access to vital customer data such as bank details, which can then be sold on the black market. Cyber-criminals also look to steal sensitive information such as intellectual property and financial data.
While most people agree that there is no fool-proof security system to prevent your business from cyber-crime, taking a few sensible steps can help to limit the damage:
- Dedicate an employee within your company to be responsible for reviewing the risks of cyber-crime on a regular basis.
- Develop an action plan so that everyone in your organisation knows what to do if a cyber-attack has taken place.
- Create data access policies to ensure that only specific people within your company have full access to the data and are trained in managing it.
- You should know where your company data is stored and how it can be accessed.
- Create password policies and enforce the use of strong passwords company-wide.
- Ensure that your IT and internal data networks are well protected. Install firewalls, encryption and virus detection software, and be aware of any suspicious email and browsing activity.
- Make sure any public websites or databases are kept up-to-date: most common hacking techniques exploit vulnerabilities in outdated software.
- Train your staff regularly on cyber-security
What can you do after a cyber-crime has taken place?
If your business has already been a victim of cyber-crime, and there has been a data breach, you need to report it to the relevant authority under GDPR. Cyber-criminals tend to target personal data such as bank details, and failing to report a personal data breach can incur serious fines. You can also contact the specialist digital forensic team at Blackhawk to help identify what has occurred and to find any evidence the criminals may have left behind. This information can be invaluable to a prosecution case.
When dealing with a cyber-crime case, these are the steps that we follow to get the best outcome for you:
- Initial assessment – we will assess all aspects of the case and establish any known facts.
- Scene of the incident – we will analyse where the crime took place and advise you to restrict access to this area during the investigation.
- Procedures – we will follow forensic procedures to ensure that the integrity of the evidence is maintained.
- Evidence preservation – we will obtain data evidence of the crime and ensure that it is suitable to be used during the litigation process.
- The investigation – we will use the data evidence in an attempt to identify the culprit.
- Follow up – after the investigation, we will help you with understanding the data evidence we have collected. We can also advise you on the following action to take and support you with preventing the same thing from happening again.
Call the people who can help
At Blackhawk, we can help prevent cyber-crime from affecting you and your business. As well as offering advice and support, we can also conduct digital investigations, giving you the data you need to take your case to court.
For more information on what we can do for you, call us today on +44 (0)20 8108 9317.
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