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'Tis the season to be aware of cybercrime

'Tis the season to be aware of cybercrime

The majority of cyber-attacks which succeed are through exploiting the most common vulnerabilities. The good news is that a huge amount can be achieved by focusing on the basics.

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Martin Tyley

Partner, Head of UK Cyber

KPMG in the UK

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We outline some of the major cybercrime risks below, however, you can download our two-pager guide on further ways to protect your business during this festive period. 

December marks the start of the busiest online retail period, however, with internet shopping at an all-time high, there’s no better time for criminals to lure a victim online. 

A cyber-attack decays the brand's image and trust long after the attack has taken place and been rectified meaning a cyber-attack while shopping on your site will have far reaching consequences. During peak periods, when retailers are dealing with increased traffic, cybercriminals see opportunities to launch malicious campaigns and target unsuspecting customers with malware and phishing attacks which could see your brand suffer the consequences. 

How can we help?

  • Undertaking security assessments and security health checks are the first step to gaining an overview on security gaps your business is exposed to. An assessment of current security controls can lead to implementing quick wins and getting back on track with confidence.
  • Vulnerability management makes it possible to discover and secure vulnerabilities and prevents attackers from exploiting common weaknesses that may exist within the adoption of new technology or channels
  • Staff should be provided with appropriate information protection training, allowing them to build an awareness of the methods attackers may use to target them and the risks of negligent behaviour. This can transform a workforce seen as a large attack or risk ‘surface’, into a low level intelligence gathering and threat response workforce.
  • Retailers should check the resilience of their systems to maintain availability of service, especially during a peak period such as Black Friday, Cyber Monday and Christmas. Outages can have a huge impact on sales and reputation. They should start with the basics – ensuring backups are in place and tested, employing controls to mitigate Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks if appropriate, and performing frequent availability checks and penetration testing of critical systems.

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