Cyber attacks, how well protected are you?
"I discovered how vulnerable we were and in the future we will have a double safeguard"
General Director of CPE du CHUL
To know more about the story of Mr. Bigaouette:
Mr. Bigaouette's statement is, unfortunately, the statement of many business owners in Quebec. Cyberattack is a frequent crime and all may be victims, even a CPE. It is very common that we are, as an individual, exposed to this type of attack. Your business is unfortunately a prime target for these fraudsters.
There is many way to protect yourself
The Government of Canada offers articles on their website to protect you from this type of fraud:
What is Cybersecurity Protection?
A breach of privacy includes the loss or theft of personal information and the unauthorized use or access to them. If ever you have been the target of cyber breach or hacking, cyber security protection would be the best tool to protect and reduce the impact on your business. It covers remediation costs, operating losses and certain legal fees.
Consult a broker for options available to help you protect your business.
It only happens to others!
Unfortunately, you or your company may have already been targeted by a cyber attack. Cell phones, IP telephony, social networks, your computer, your mailbox ... these are all possible gateways for fraudsters.
"I do not do online transactions, I'm not concerned": FALSE!
Pay attention on the people who calls and who pretend to be employees of companies or organizations to whom you trust.
How works the swindle
By posing as an employee of the technical support center of a well-known company such as a bank or Internet service provider, the fraudster calls individuals and makes false statements about their computers, their browsing habits Or informing them that certain data must be verified. The fraudster then offers to fix the problem for a fee, sometimes by installing software or obtaining remote access to the computer.
If remote access is granted, the swindler may install malware, create backdoor access, or obtain financial or other sensitive information stored on the device.
What if you receive a suspect call ?
If you receive a suspect call, hang up. Never give remote access to your computer following a not requested call. If you are not sure, contact the customer service center of the company or organization in question.
We strongly encourage Canadians to report such fraud at the Canadian Anti-Fraud Center at http://www.antifraudcentre-centreantifraude.ca or by calling 1-888-495-8501.
In addition, we strongly recommend that you discuss cyber security with your broker. This one will be able to guide you in order to make an informed choice.