Cyber Smart Week 2021 | CERT

Pegasus Health supports Cyber Smart Week and aims to provide privacy and security messaging to encourage Pegasus teams, practices and staff to help keep information protected and secure, both in the workplace and at home. 

Each year CERT (Computer Emergency Response Team) NZ raise awareness for cyber security, with the aim of increasing New Zealand’s cyber resilience by empowering people to take some simple steps to protect themselves from cyber threats.

Attacks are becoming more and more sophisticated, it’s no longer a case of the classic scam email to send money overseas.

CERT have recently put out an alert to warn people about a malicious app being spread through text message on Android phones. The text message advises that a parcel delivery is pending or has been missed, and you are told to tap a link to a delivery service website. The link then invites you to install an app, that attempts to take your bank and credit card information, as well as your contacts list.

So now more than ever, it’s really important to focus on practical steps to take to avoid being the victim of an attack at work or home.

CERT recommend four key steps this week to help protect yourself:

Step 1: Upsize your password

Step 2: Upgrade to Two-factor authentication

Step 3: Uphold your privacy

Step 4: Update your apps and devices

You can find further detail on these points and more tips for keeping safe online on the CERT website or Facebook.

All actions count in protecting data and information, and there are a number of easy steps to take to be cyber smart, such as having strong passwords and making sure your devices are up to date.