This website uses cookies primarily for visitor analytics. Certain pages will ask you to fill in contact details to receive additional information. On these pages you have the option of having the site log your details for future visits. Indicating you want the site to remember your details will place a cookie on your device. To view our full cookie policy, please click here. You can also view it at any time by going to our Contact Us page.

Advice issued following global cyber attack

16 May 2017

Tips to help businesses protect themselves from external cyber attacks have been issued by the Forum of Private Business.

These have been issued in the wake of the global ransomware attack at the end of last week, with the NHS the most high profile victim.

Instances of cyber attack are taking a much higher profile within the FM sector, particularly for those facilities with mission-critical systems and data centres potentially at risk.

IT experts have warned that there it is likely that more cases of ransomware attacks will be carried out in the near future.

The most recent example affected businesses and individuals in more than 150 countries.

The tips issued by The Forum are as follows:
1) Back up all systems.
2) Ensure all devices are regularly updated with updates and patches applied.
3) Install simple security software on devices, a lot of it is free.
4) Regularly change passwords.
5) Run updates using firewalls and anti-virus software.
6) Be wary when reading emails.

Forum of Private Business managing director Ian Cass said: "This attack is a sharp reminder that no matter the size or type of business you run, you should take some simple precautions.

"The Forum have been promoting cyber security for three years now and there are some simple steps you can take."

He further stated that his organisation offers free cyber protection for one month for members.

Print this page | E-mail this page


View more articles
Article image

Why the Law Says You Need a Nappy Bin Disposal Service

At home, parents are used to disposing of their babies’ used nappies the same way they do any other domestic waste - bagging it up and sticking it in the r...
Article image

Sustainable business policies making good business sense

PFM examines how the alignment of sustainable practices are becoming an important element in the winning or contin...
Article image

“I don’t understand the PFM Awards”

The information provided below is intended to provide the FM industry with more understanding of the industry’s oldest awards initiative, which continues t...

Benchmarking maintenance

BSRIA has just published this year's operation and maintenance benchmarking report as a guide for building operators to evaluate their performance against ...
Article image

Making smart decisions when purchasing new technology

We asked industry experts if the implementation of new technology should be expected to reduce cost, in addition to improving the operation of facilities, ...
Article image

Olympus KeyMed Choose Artic!

Artic Building Services were awarded the contract to replace the existing Carrier Chiller at Olympus KeyMed....