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Huncote Parish Council

Serving the people of Huncote

Clerk: Stuart Bacon
Huncote Parish Council, c/o 3
Mountfield Road, Earl Shilton
Leicestershire LE9 7LW

Cyber Advice to SMEs, Businesses/Organisation and Home Users

Posted: Tue, 16 May 2017 16:39 by Stuart Bacon

Cyber Advice to SMEs, Businesses/Organisation and Home Users

In light of recent cyber events, I would be grateful if you could please assist us in pushing out advice from the National Cyber Security Centre - https://www.ncsc.gov.uk/guidance/ransomware-latest-ncsc-guidance.

This is advice for both home users (individuals) and businesses of all sizes.

It is ABSOLUTELY CRITICAL that users upgrade to Supported Operating Systems (Windows 7 and above).

For those on XP and Vista, Microsoft have taken the unusual step of issuing a patch free of charge – please ensure you install it! - https://blogs.technet.microsoft.com/msrc/2017/05/12/customer-guidance-for-wannacrypt-attacks/

Extreme caution is advised when considering opening attachments or clicking on embedded links in emails – now, and at all times. Please bear in mind that email addresses, attachments and links can all be spoofed so many not actually to be what they appear. Always #TakeFive, never assume email is genuine. Confirm verbally with sender before opening. You can hover the mouse over the sender's email address (or press and hold on mobile devices) to see where it really originates – similarly you can hover over links too to see if they are actually redirecting elsewhere.

Great advice here re email scams to raise awareness amongst staff - https://takefive-stopfraud.org.uk/advice/#email-scams

Anyone interested in receiving PowerPoint slides for staff training is welcome to contact me. For regular advice and updates on Cyber issues, please follow @LeicsCyberAware on Twitter or contact:

Samantha HANCOCK
Cyber Protect Officer
FIB Force Headquarters
Leicestershire Police
mailto: samantha.hancock@leicestershire.pnn.police.uk
07814 226278

Tags: Press Release, Leicestershire Police