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NCSC releases targeted cyber advice for companies

The UK’s National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) has released cyber guidance to help online companies and entertainment services to secure themselves and their users from cyberattacks.

The guidance is for businesses with an online presence, particularly those that use online user accounts and those that run the risk of having their business spoofed by cybercriminals. For the first time, businesses in the UK will have access to specialised guidance on how to protect their users’ personal information.

Selecting a suitable authentication type enables businesses to choose a strategy that goes “beyond passwords” to help users in protecting their accounts. OAuth, two-step verification, and one-time passwords are a few authentication methods that force decision-makers to think about each one’s usability and security.

An organisation can remove phishing websites that have impersonated their brand to appear authentic by following the step-by-step instructions in the article removing malicious content to protect your brand. This may involve faking goods and services, making up testimonials, or having cybercriminals use your brand in phishing scams.

It highlights the necessity of paying attention to each authentication method’s usability and security during implementation, as well as how those elements connect with the user base.

According to Sarah Lyons, the NCSC’s deputy director for the economy and society:

Online shopping is bigger than ever and that’s something to be welcomed – but unfortunately it comes with the risk of shoppers’ accounts being exploited. Businesses have a significant role to play in protecting online shoppers which is why we’ve produced new guidance to help them do so.

Sarah Lyons further added:

By simply following this guidance, businesses will be able to secure the online safety of their clients while also protecting against potentially cyberattacks.

The NCSC has recently increased its list of recommendations with the buyer authentication techniques and takedown guidelines. All sizes of businesses may now effectively protect both themselves and their clients.

NCSC Recommendations

The strategies that businesses may take to protect their brand and client are highlighted in this new guidance. The average citizen is advised of the vital element they may play in protecting both their own and others’ online safety.

It firstly recommended that individuals understand the six key lessons outlined in its current Cyber Aware campaign.

  • Make sure your email password is strong and unique.
  • Enable multi-factor authentication, when available.
  • Manage your browser’s saved passwords.
  • Make secure passwords by NCSC’s using three random words technique.
  • Keep a backup of your data.
  • Update software and devices regularly.

According to the Office for National Statistics (ONS), there were 1.6 million computer crimes incidents in the UK in the 12 months leading up to March 31, 2022, an 89% increase from 2020. This shows that there is still a rising cybercrime problem in the UK.

The government is dedicated to stop these cyberattacks, which include stalking and physical offences as well as unauthorised access to computer systems, or hacking. Recently there was issued a request for information to generate fresh ideas to prevent this rise. On ways to reduce the compromising of online accounts and personal data, this public consultation will gather opinions from both individuals and corporations.

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