Reporting a cyber attack - Do you know how?

We talk a lot about being vigilant to cyber attacks on your business, what to look out for and how to best protect yourself from being targeted. But would you know what to do if someone did manage to attack your organisation?

As we say, it's not a case of 'IF' but 'WHEN' regarding cyber attacks. As no one is 100% resilient to attacks. So when it happens, it's important you and your employees know exactly how to report it.

Did you know that most businesses take nearly 6 months to detect a data breach. Even the big organisations! For many, that's customers and stakeholder data now vulnerable to cyber criminals.

Whether you are a sole trader, small/medium business or even a large organisation, it's worth ensuring you and your team know what to do before your half a year down the line after an attack.

Picture this... You have just arrived at work, be it an office, your home desk or your retail store, to find your computer system hijacked and a message demanding cash payment for the safe return of your customers’ data. What would you do next?

Do you report it? Yes! You should always contact Action Fraud in the first instance, as they are the National Fraud and Cyber Reporting Centre. They have a 24/7 reporting service to help businesses deal with live cyber attacks, which are attacks that are still ongoing and affecting the company’s computer system, like the example.

In these instances, after contacting Action Fraud, there is a chance to work with law enforcement to stop the attack and secure evidence that might prove helpful in a following investigation.