C Word Security


Would you dance if I asked you to dance?
Would you run and never look back?
Would you cry if you saw me crying?
Would you save my data tonight?

Would you tremble if I touched your servers?
Would you laugh? Oh please tell me this.
Now would you die for just one mistake?
Do pay attention, tonight.
In this article I am going to avoid using the ‘C’ word.
Its everywhere.
Overkill. Nonetheless its, important.
Critically important.

Have you ever lost data – or simply mislaid it?
Have you ever let others into your shell?
Have you ever moved money without first checking the
Have you ever uploaded your daughter’s homework?

Would you tremble if your fire walls were breached?
Woud you laugh? Oh please tell me this.
Would you survive a simple attack?
Would you share your data tonight?

The following are real events. Which of these events
might have been you?

Technology Company – System Hack
Total Cost: £250,000
A client was notified of an intrusion on their systems and
the insurers IT forensic experts discovered a significant
amount of malware had been deployed.

Retail Company – Distributed Denial of Service (DDOS)
Total Cost: £144,000
Data centre hosting a website was subject to a DDOS
attack through hacked Internet of Things (IOT) devises.
Website was inaccessible for 6 hours before the back up
could restore functionality.

Charity – Care Home Sector
Total Costs: Not measurable
Staff member uploaded her daughter’s homework for
Printing – and shut down the business’s systems for six

Recruitment Firm – Funds Transfer Fraud
Total Cost: £20,000
Hackers altered an email that was sent from the MD to
accounts team with an invoice to a supplier. Accounts team
followed ‘MD’s instructions and paid monies into the hack-
ers account.

Publishers – Held to Ransom
Total Cost: £60,000
An employee opened a phishing email, which contained the
Crypt locker virus. The client;s operating system was
blocked and client files encrypted. A ransom of £400 in
Bitcoins was demanded. Only 90% of files were recovered.
The business was unable to trade at all for two days and
Was compromised for a further two weeks.

Payroll Company (small business) – Held to Ransom
Total cost: One twelfth of annual revenue + costs.
Victim opened a payroll file from a regular client. The file
was contaminated and prevented access to all current data
which had to be re-built from the last tape back-up.
This took nearly three weeks.

Basic Risk Management can remove many of these risks.
Once in place, Insurance can add a layer of security.

So, avoiding for a moment the overused keyword ‘C’ word –
Do take care.
Call BGI.uk for assistance

So, can we save your data tonight?