Email, while being an efficient method of communication, is not inherently secure. It is the simplicity of email that makes it so widely used but this also means that an email is only as secure as the password on your email account and the sophistication of your email provider.
For instance, while most business solutions attempt to add a level of encryption around an email, many consumer (free) email systems do not accept such encryption. This makes them prime targets for “man-in-the-middle” attacks, where an email can get intercepted and changed.
Consequently we strongly encourage that clients remain vigilant and cautious when opening any emails, attachments or links and especially when responding to any requests for your bank account details.
We recommend that you telephone our office to verify our account details before transferring funds to our account or to HMRC.
We will not accept responsibility if you transfer money into an incorrect bank account.
Can I trust links in emails?
The link shown within an email may not always take you to the location it says it will. Most email applications will allow you to hover over a link and inspect the true destination, although this does not work on Smartphones. You should be able to identify the domain name (e.g. bbc.co.uk) as being relevant; if not then it may be an indicator that the link is malicious.
If in doubt verify the link separately via Google or by ringing the organisation directly, using a known number and not one given on the email!
Email Cyber Attacks are symptomatic of a wider trend
In today’s increasingly complex technological environment, new security challenges are constantly arising, making it harder for businesses to protect valuable intellectual property and business information against theft, damage and misuse. Cyber-crime is an ongoing critical business risk and though technology evolves to protect businesses, cyber criminals develop new ways to steal assets and identities and interrupt business activities.
What can I do to protect my business?
If your business was targeted today, would your cyber security protocols be sufficient to protect your valuable and sensitive company information? If you’re not sure, then the chances are that your business is not doing everything it can to avoid being a victim of the latest cyber scams.
However, there are practical ways that businesses can reduce the risk of cyber-attacks and PKF Francis Clark can work with you to implement and maintain robust cyber security policies and procedures.
Contact our team of experts at firstname.lastname@example.org for further information and guidance.