Welcome to the
Scottish Business Resilience Centre
We are a unique organisation comprising contributions and secondments from Police Scotland, Scottish Government, Scottish Fire and Rescue Service, major banks, industries, investors and private membership. We aim to provide our members with a wide ranging one stop shop for business security services and advice and to date have established ourselves as a hub of innovation and business improvement in support of our partners and the business community.
Meet Our New Ethical Hackers!
We are delighted to be continuing to work with Abertay Ethical Hacking students to improve business cyber security. This will be the fourth year running that we will be having ethical hacking students work with us directly here at the centre. Due to increasing demand we have been offering cyber services all year round but now that the students will be based with us here in the office over the Summer there is no better time to get in touch with your cyber security concerns. Pensioners Conned Out Of Life Savings
Eight conmen who operated a scheme in which they pretended to be police officers in order to con pensioners into handing over large sums of money have now been jailed according to news circulating today.
In order to avoid falling prey to similar scams please consider the following advice provided by SBRC's Financial Resilience Manager Graham Vance:
Banks and other financial institutions will NEVER phone or contact customers advising them to move money from their accounts for any reason. If you receive a call from anyone saying they represent your bank, politely refuse to comply with any instructions, hang up, wait for a few minutes and then contact your bank on a number that you know relates to the bank. Before you dial your bank’s number make sure you hear a dialling tone. Criminals who are trying to scam you will try and hang on the line to keep it open for as long as the telephony system will allow before automatically closing the connection down.
We were delighted to be featured in a recent Bright Red Triangle Bites e-mail as you can see below:
If you would like to check out the password checker tool for yourself to find out how long it would take a hacker to crack your password just click here. Business Extortion Alert from National Fraud Intelligence Bureau
A number of businesses in the UK have recently been targets of online extortion attempts. To read the urgent alert released by the National Fraud Intelligence Bureau on this issue, which includes advice, please click on the image below.
Bitcoin Creator Revealed
To read the full article from BBC News please click on the image below
Fake Scottish Salmon Story Highlights Need to Protect Scottish Brands
As news breaks today of Chilean salmon being fraudulently sold in America as Scottish salmon there is no better time to focus on protecting Scotland’s brands from illicit trade.
Chief Inspector Ronald Megaughin, who is serving as Deputy Director of the Scottish Business Resilience Centre (SBRC), said:
"Scottish food and drink is world renowned for its quality and remains an integral part of our economy. This makes it a target for unscrupulous criminals.
"Illicit trade of this nature is a crime with many victims, from the source of the fake produce, where workers can be subject to appalling work conditions and even modern day slavery, through to the loss of earnings to honest firms and the wider economy. Furthermore illicit trade is often used to fund further criminal activity, including human, drug and weapon trafficking."
The SBRC is hosting an internationally significant event to highlight the consequences and impact of illicit trade, 'The Real McCoy' on 27th May at the Glasgow City Chambers, featuring expert contributors from Homeland Security, Interpol and Europol.
Coinciding with the event will be a fully interactive live ‘street market’ stocked with fake produce, located on George Square and intended to highlight the often hidden dangers of fake goods to the wider public.
To find out more about The Real McCoy events please click here To read the fake Scottish Salmon story from the BBC please click here.
The SBRC 2016 Issue 2 Newsletter is out now!
Just click on the cover image below to learn about our latest events, find out the great milestone we are celebrating this year and get a first-look at the exciting awards ceremony we will soon be launching.
Passwords, phones and privacy settings: how to protect yourself online
Stay safer on the internet with tips from the Guardian on shoring up your digital security. To learn how to secure your passwords and make sure your personal details are not widely available online click here to read the full article.
Scottish Police Federation: Scotland needs a cyber security agency
Rank-and-file police officers are calling for the creation of a dedicated cyber security agency in Scotland.
The Scottish Police Federation, which represents over 17,000 police officers north of the border, said Scotland has the “potential to be a global leader”.
The call for a standalone agency came as the body published its manifesto ahead of the Scottish Parliament election on May 5.
To read the full story from Holyrood.com please click here Scotland Announces First National Cyber Awards Ceremony
Key public bodies, along with leading private firms will endorse a new awards ceremony to recognise Scotland’s commitment towards cyber security excellence.
Set to take place in November this year, the awards will feature categories that celebrate innovative new technologies, the good practice of both small and established companies and progress within the education sector.
Recent research has revealed that large numbers of people receiving pension money do not take appropriate, qualified and professional advice on how to manage their money. Receipt of pension money is an event to be savoured and celebrated – it can also be the source of heartbreak, broken relationships and deterioration in health if not managed properly.
The situation in the UK is quite clear. Anyone offering financial advice must be registered with the Financial Conduct Authority. The reason for this is to make sure that people receive appropriate advice and guidance which is approved by the financial regulators. Taking advice from unqualified “financial consultants” or “investment managers” is a very risky business and exposes people to the risk of fraud resulting in significant financial losses. Moreover, should people find themselves out of pocket because of advice taken from unregistered consultants they are unlikely to have recourse to the financial compensation scheme.
Fraudsters have no conscience. They constantly seek innovative ways of relieving people of their hard earned cash. The methods they use are many and varied from cold calling investment opportunities to mail and telephone scams. Probably the most common method used is internet schemes where fraudsters pose (through e-mails and websites) as genuine businesses, enticing people into providing personal details or worse, bank details.
The message from the Scottish Business Resilience Centre is simple:
If you are in receipt of a lump sum, whether it be the proceeds of a pension or matured insurance policy, take advice from a trusted and qualified financial advisor. The names of all registered advisors are posted on the website of the Financial Conduct Authority and if your advisor’s name is not there you should be asking some serious questions.
Treat all cold callers (on the phone or at the door) with the utmost suspicion and do not provide or confirm any personal details until you are absolutely sure who you are dealing with. Do not be pressured into making a quick decision – this is a common method used by fraudsters who will tell you that the offer is off the table as soon as they leave you or hang up.
Never trust e-mails that you are not expecting. If you are in any way suspicious come out of the e-mail and search the sender of the e mail on a recognised search engine.
Remember that receipt of lump sums can often have the effect of making normal, rational, logical people vulnerable to scams and frauds. Be sensible, take a deep breath and consult with a qualified professional – a short pause at the start will give you the comfort of knowing that your decisions were sound and may save you a lot of heartache and regret later on.
A handy article from Cnet explains how to encrypt iOS and Android devices as well as detailing the pros and cons of encrypting certain devices. If you are considering encrypting your smartphone you may want to read the guide here.
Worried about Ransomware?
Thomas Stanford have produced a free guide on how to stay protected against this evolving threat. Find out more here. SWITCH IT OFF!
Why it's dangerous to leave your Wi Fi on as demonstrated by one of our superb speakers from the Trading Securely conference, Glenn Wilkinson.
Meet our new Ethical Hacking Student!
Lisa Fiander is one of our team of newly recruited ethical hacking students who will be working with us over summer 2016 to help business combat cybercrime.
Have you read the Little Book of Resilience?
It's author, Liggy Webb of The Learning Architect, has kindly made it available here for free. Click here or on the image above to start reading!
Cyber Security Advice videos from our Ethical Hacking Team
Our ethical hackers have recorded several videos which provide advice on different cyber security issues. The latest video is below and you can you can view the full range of videos by clicking here.