HMRC urges agents to be more cyber aware

Released 8 August 2017

Following high-profile ransomware attacks, HMRC is urging agents to get basic cyber security advice embedded in their organisation, stressing that the impact of an attack can be considerable in terms of time lost and damage to the agents reputation.

HMRC is supporting the Government’s Cyber Aware campaign, which encourages the public and small businesses to adopt simple and protective online behaviours to protect against cyber threats, including:

Always install the latest software and app updates - these contain vital security updates which help protect devices from viruses and hackers;

Always back-up the most important data to an external hard drive or a cloudbased storage system. If the business’ devices are infected by a virus or accessed by a hacker, data may be damaged or deleted

Provide staff with cyber awareness training, incentivise staff to report phishing emails and educate them on ‘always downloading software updates’. Direct people to www.cyberaware.gov.uk for the latest advice

Report all incidents of fraud and cyber crime to Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040 or online at www.actionfraud.police.uk

More information is available at www.cyberaware.gov.uk and/or follow the conversation at www.twitter.com/cyberawaregov.

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