Cyber Security and Data Protection

June 2020

With staff continuing to work from home, and with the ever-increasing number of scams and attacks, cyber security has never been more important.

In just the last few weeks alone, we have seen firms receiving emails purporting to be from the FCA, a fake FCA Firms Register and reports of insurance brokers being the target of other email scams which on the face of it look legitimate.

Vigilance and appropriate controls are paramount. The move to home working as a result of Covid-19 highlights the need for firms to address information and cyber security where they might otherwise have not; in the workplace, staff are constantly reminded about IT and data security but these are easily relaxed when working from home. Firms need to ensure employees working from home are able to identify unusual emails, so they don’t automatically reply or click on a link. All email requests that are out of the norm eg transfer of money, need to be double checked with colleagues. Firms should ensure that this issue is a standing item in regular team meetings so staff are reminded to be vigilant and guidance and controls should regularly be reviewed.

There is a wealth of information available to assist firms and we provide some useful links below:

In turn the ICO also has guidance in relation to people returning to work and the broader data protection considerations particularly around health and track and trace initiatives:

If you would like to discuss any of these issues, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

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