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Protect Your Business from BEC Attacks with NCSC’s New Guidance

Business Email Compromise (BEC) is a growing threat where criminals gain access to a work email account to deceive individuals into transferring money or stealing sensitive data. These attacks often target senior staff or those who can authorise financial transactions, making them particularly dangerous.

Unfortunately, BEC attacks are on the rise. A recent government report on cyber attacks revealed that in 2023, 84% of businesses and 83% of charities experienced a phishing attack within the past year.

However, there’s good news. The National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) has published new guidance specifically aimed at helping smaller organisations, which may lack the resources or expertise to fully implement the existing guidance on phishing attacks. This new guidance offers practical steps to reduce the likelihood of falling victim to a BEC attack.

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Key Strategies to Protect Against BEC Attacks:

Reduce Your Digital Footprint

Minimising the amount of personal and company information available online can make it harder for criminals to find and use this information in their attacks. Regularly review what information about your organisation is publicly accessible and remove anything unnecessary

Educate Your Staff on BEC

Help your staff to detect phishing emails by providing regular training sessions and resources. Make sure they know the common signs of phishing attempts and understand the importance of verifying the authenticity of emails before taking any action.

Apply the Principle of ‘Least Privilege’

Ensure that employees only have access to the information and systems they need to perform their jobs. This minimises the potential damage if an account is compromised.

Implement 2-Step Verification

Adding an extra layer of security through two-step verification can significantly reduce the risk of unauthorised access to your email accounts. This means even if a password is compromised, an additional verification step is required to gain access.


Steps to Take If Your Email Is Compromised

If you suspect your email account has been compromised or if you’ve been tricked into making a fraudulent payment, it’s crucial to act quickly.

Preparing for the Inevitable

While implementing these steps will reduce the likelihood of BEC attacks, no organisation is completely impervious to all cyber threats. It’s important to plan for potential compromises and practice responding to attacks.

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