The 12 days of cybersecurity

The 12 days of cybersecurity (Christmas)

Tasha Horton Cybersecurity

Christmas is almost here, and we don’t want to drag the mood down with a depressing blog about cybersecurity so we thought we’d dress it up in a Christmas song to make it a bit more fun. Now we’re not poets or musicians so bear with our badly worded, non-rhyming take on the 12 days of Christmas.

12 “gifts” hackers might be giving away this Christmas

On the first day of Christmas, a hacker gave to me a bad case of worry

On the second day of Christmas, a hacker stole from me two vital emails

On the third day of Christmas, a hacker stole from me three important passwords

On the fourth day of Christmas, a hacker sent to me four trojan horses

On the fifth day of Christmas, a hacker gave to me five viruses

On the sixth day of Christmas, a hacker sent to me six phishing emails

On the seventh day of Christmas, a hacker stole from me seven important folders

On the eighth day of Christmas a hacker gave to me eight infected files

On the ninth day of Christmas, a hacker sent to me nine dodgy websites

On the tenth day of Christmas, a hacker stole from me ten lots of ransomware

On the eleventh days of Christmas, a hacker gave to me eleven malicious messages

On the twelfth days of Christmas, a hacker stole from me twelve thousand pounds

Terrible songs aside there is a more serious message. Hackers will not rest over Christmas and come the New Year there certainly won’t be any break – in fact, cyber-attacks are rising year on year. If you’ve not been convinced to take action before now perhaps our satirical song might persuade you, because there are a lot more than 12 “gifts” a cybercriminal could give to you.

12 cybersecurity tips

There’s a theme of twelves emerging here, but here are 12 cybersecurity tips to keep your business safe and secure this Christmas:

  1. Education, education, education – staff are the biggest risk to your business.
  2. BYOD – have a policy to deal with work data on personal devices
  3. Encryption – encrypt those emails and hard drives, don’t make it easy for hackers
  4. Patch and update – keep your equipment and software up to date
  5. Antivirus – use professional antivirus protection, free isn’t going to cut it
  6. Firewall – firewalls are your friend, invest in a hardware firewall
  7. Password manager – save yourself the hassle of remembering complex passwords
  8. Multifactor authentication – use more than one form of authentication!
  9. Backup – please backup all your data, it could literally save your business
  10. Cyber insurance – protect your business assets and bank account
  11. Monitor your systems and credentials – constant vigilance for looming cyber-attacks
  12. Take to the Cloud – move your business to the Cloud to protect it

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Have a Happy Christmas 😊