Being ‘scam savvy’ in the cyber world

Cyber crime is a serious threat to organisations. With many of us working online, to protect yourself and your organisation it is more important than ever that you, as the first line of defence, are aware of scams.

Cyber criminals are firmly focused on the UK market. The past couple of years have seen the threat amplified by the coronavirus pandemic as cyber criminals try to capitalise on the chaos. Our 2022 Cyber Security survey found that more than a quarter of organisations had experienced a cyber-attack in the last 12 months, up from 20 per cent in 2021.

95 per cent of cyber security breaches are due to human error, so user behaviour and education is the best way to protect your organisation against many of the most common scams.

In this series we highlight some of the scams we see across our client base. We aim to equip you and your teams with the knowledge and training required to avoid scams and online fraud.

Cyber security first line of defence

Cyber security – first line of defence 

Employees are the first line of defence against cybercrime. With the right training and guidance, your staff can help prevent cyber attacks against your organisation.

Read on for quick tips on what staff need to do when faced with suspicious activity.

Payment diversion fraud

Payment diversion fraud 

Payment diversion fraud are often highly personalised to target key individuals in tricking them into diverting payments to the criminal's bank accounts.

Find out how you can protect your organisation and individual against payment diversion fraud.

Suspicious emails

Suspicious emails

Fraudsters may pose as legitimate businesses and send phishing links to compromise your organisation's security with malware to hack into email accounts to intercept communications.

Read on to see what your organisation could do to prevent failing victim to phishing and email scams.

How we can help you to protect your organisation from cyber fraud

  • Conducting a fraud risk assessment to quantify the threat of fraud.
  • Assessing whether your cyber defences are proportionate to the threats and risks you face.
  • Reviewing your current cyber security response plan and testing the robustness of your response plan.
  • Identifying prioritised and costed recommendations (people, process and technology) that will mitigate residual risk exposure to an acceptable level (both now and in the future).
  • Providing formal awareness training for your staff.
  • Conducting penetration tests and vulnerability scanning
  • Annually reviewing your cyber security strategy.

Taking a considered approach to cyber fraud will ensure you provide your organisation and your employees with the tools to defend against scams, cyber fraud and other digital crime.

For more information or help for your organisation, please contact: 

Paul O'Leary Paul O'Leary


Andrea Deegan Andrea Deegan


Erin Sims Erin Sims

Associate Director

Richard Curtis Richard Curtis