Cybercrime is an ever-increasing threat within the UK. The cost of cyber crime to the UK economy is estimated to be billions of pounds per year, and the costs to individuals and businesses are often staggering.
Police often break cyber crime down into two categories:
- Cyber-enabled crime – traditional crimes committed using the internet e.g. theft, harassment, fraud, identity theft, selling stolen goods, drug dealing or people smuggling.
- Cyber-dependent crime - online crimes where a digital system is the target. These include attacks on computer systems to disrupt IT infrastructures, e.g. unauthorised access (hacking), malicious software programming (malware) or denial of service.
Cyber security need not be complicated and there are a number of simple steps you can take to help protect yourself from cyber crime.
Cyber crime advice
Cyber security is important because smartphones, computers and the internet are now such a fundamental part of modern life. From online banking and shopping, to email and social media, it's more important than ever to stake steps that can prevent cyber criminals getting hold of our accounts, data, and devices.
Follow these six simple actions to improve your cyber security:
1. Create a separate email password
Your inbox contains lots of important information about you. So, if a hacker gets into your email, they could get into all your accounts that are linked to it. Create a strong email password and make sure it’s different to all your others.
2. Create strong passwords using three random words.
Hackers can easily guess weak, short passwords. Use three words that are memorable to you, but are difficult to guess e.g. BlueJamDance, to make a strong password. Hackers will try many different versions of words (Liverpool, L1verpool1, liverp00l!), so use three random words even when you need to add numbers or special characters e.g. BlueJ@mDance1.
3. Save passwords in your browser
Remembering passwords can be challenging because different websites have different rules. And it’s important to have separate passwords for your most important accounts like email. Your internet browser will often give you the option to remember your passwords for you. This is a safe way to store your passwords, helping you to create stronger and different passwords without having to remember them all.
4. Turn on two-factor authentication (2FA)
2FA is free. And it will stop hackers getting into your account even if they have your password. 2FA (also known as 2-step verification, or multi-factor authentication) simply means you’ll be prompted for a second piece of information when signing into your account – usually a code which will be sent via text or email.
5. Update your devices
Tech companies are continually working to fix vulnerabilities in their software. So, when you receive prompts to update your devices don’t ignore them. They contain important fixes which will help keep hackers out. You can make things even simpler by turning on automatic updates.
6. Turn on backup
Backups are best done at regular intervals, so you always have a recent copy of your information (e.g. photos and documents) saved if your data is lost or stolen. But the good news is if you turn on automatic backups your device will do the hard work for you.
The Cyber Protect Team was set up to help protect small to medium-size businesses and charities from the ever-growing threat of cyber crime.
If you represent a small to medium business, community group or conference, feel free to get in touch by emailing: email@example.com
Cyber Protect: how we can help your business or organisation: Free Awareness Sessions
We provide advice, presentations and planning exercises with businesses and charities to raise awareness of cyber threats and help organisations protect themselves.
All our services are continually revised to make sure they are up to date with the latest security guidance from the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC).
Our free services include:
- Staff Cyber Awareness Training: Tailored to your organisation’s needs regarding timing, content and focus on topics that may be a risk to your business/community/network. Our presentations can be delivered virtually or in person. We also have a selection of video presentations.
We can talk about a whole range of topics including current threats, how to spot phishing emails, why password security is important, staying safe at home, social engineering, device security and much more.
- Cyber Security Reviews: Whilst this review is not accredited, it is a good stepping stone to beginning the Cyber Essentials process and a good starting point for those organisations who are concerned about their current Cyber Security posture.
- Tabletop Exercise: A table-top exercise designed to raise awareness of the importance of cyber security for your organisation. Participants, usually decision makers within the organisation, learn the importance of making timely and correct decisions when it comes to cyber security, including what should be a priority.
- Event Attendance: We can provide speakers for your events and support with information and awareness stands.
Office: 01522 947395
East Midlands Cyber Secure
East Midlands Cyber Secure has been created by the East Midlands Cyber Protect Network. This network consists of police officers and staff from the five forces in the region whose goal is to help protect individuals and organisations from the adverse effects of cybercrime.
Small & medium-sized organisations
If you're a business, charity, school or club with up to 250 employees the National Cyber Security Centre have advice geared specifically for you if you do not have a dedicated internal cyber security team.
Police Cyber Alarm
Introducing Police CyberAlarm, a FREE new government-funded tool to help protect you from the increasing threat of cyber-attacks.
Acting as a “CCTV camera” Police CyberAlarm helps members to better secure their systems through active cyber intelligence. By monitoring the traffic seen by a member’s connection to the internet it will detect and provide regular reports of suspected malicious activity, enabling organisations to minimise their vulnerabilities and protect themselves.
This service is made up of two parts; monitoring and vulnerability scanning helping your business to protect personal data, trade secrets and intellectual property.
For further information go to cyberalarm.police.uk.
East Midlands Cyber Resilience Centre
The East Midlands Cyber Resilience Centre (EMCRC) is set up to support and help protect businesses across the region against cyber crime.
By working in conjunction with local universities and the five East Midlands police forces - Derbyshire, Leicestershire, Lincolnshire, Northamptonshire and Nottinghamshire - we possess the latest information on emerging cyber threats, criminal trends and best safeguarding practice.
Go to emcrc.co.uk
The Cyber Choices network was created to help people make informed choices and to use their cyber skills in a legal way.
This is a national initiative co-ordinated by the National Crime Agency and delivered by Cyber Choices teams within Regional Organised Crime Units and Local Police Force Cyber Teams.
The aims of the programme are to:
- Educate on the Computer Misuse Act 1990 and the possible consequences should they break the law.
- Encourage individuals to make informed choices about their use of technology
- Deter and/or divert individuals from cyber crime
- Promote legal and ethical cyber opportunities
More information on the programme along with some videos, leaflets and teaching resources can be found at www.cyberchoices.uk.
To speak to an Cyber Choices team member about any aspect of the initiative, please email in the first instance to firstname.lastname@example.org
Report Cybercrime and Fraud
If you have been a victim of fraud, and there isn't immediate danger, contact Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040.
Action Fraud is the UK's national fraud and cyber crime reporting centre, which takes crime reports from victims and provides a crime reference number. Action Fraud provides a single place for victims of fraud and cyber crime to report to, or get advice on protecting themselves.
For more advice, visit actionfraud.police.uk or call 0300 123 2040.
Suspicious Email Reporting Service
If you've received what you believe to be a phishing email, you can report this to the Suspicious Email Reporting Service. Simply forward the suspected email to email@example.com.
Report text message scams by forwarding the original message to 7726 (spells SPAM on the keypad).
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