Cybercrime and your online information

Virtually every single organisation, small or large is vulnerable to cyber attacks. In order to carry out attacks cybercriminals use the collection of critical data to target organisations.

How accessible is your professional information online? Bios on LinkedIn, work information on Facebook, Twitter retweets of company activity, bios company websites – the list goes on. This is positive in many ways for your business however if colleagues, clients and other professionals can access your information – so can cyber criminals.

Take a second to think about the information you have about yourself and your company online. There’s a lot of it isn’t there? Now here’s the scary thing – Cyber criminals scrape all this data by mining social media and taking information from company websites and executive bios.


Sometimes there’s information out there about you even if you haven’t put it out there yourself. Corporate materials available online such as annual reports, press releases, news stories and trade show programs are sifted through by cyber criminals to glean details about their targets. How many people in your organisation do you think have entered their details into a jobsite or a CV engine site? Lots.. Cybercriminals also grab data from these. This data gives them what they need to successfully plan attacks and target organisations.

The reality is that there is very little you can do to prevent cyber criminals accessing the data that’s online about you and your business. However, you can take steps to be mindful of what and how you share on social media. Cyberattackers have even been known to use flight information to check that a target is online or offline at a given time. This is why it’s best to refrain from sharing personal details, correct geographical information, real names and accurate titles that could make it easier for attackers.

This isn’t always possible as businesses continue rely more and more on information being available freely across many online platforms for marketing and communication purposes. This makes it more and more important to ensure that even if cybercriminals have your information they don’t succeed when they use it to attack.

You should explore opportunities for software and technology that can help to reinforce your human defense strategy and help keep your organisation safe from cybercrime.


Leaf is a Mimecast Managed Service Provider Partner.