Data breaches and cyber attacks – comment from Cyber and Fraud Centre Scotland CEO Jude McCorry

09/08/2023
Jude McCorry

FOLLOWING the news of data breaches affecting the Electoral Commission and Police Service of Northern Ireland, Jude McCorry, CEO of Cyber and Fraud Centre Scotland, has commented, to provide guidance for organisations and individuals who think they may have been affected by a data breach or cyber attack.

Jude McCorry, CEO of Cyber and Fraud Centre Scotland, said:  

“Data breaches can be caused by many factors, and one of the most common causes is cyber attack. This impacts organisations large and small, as well as affecting individuals. If any organisations in Scotland need support to mitigate the impacts of an attack, our free Incident Response helpline is available on 0800 167 0623. 

If you are concerned your organisation has been the victim of a cyber attack or data breach, please ensure that you report the incident to Police Scotland on 101. You can also call our free helpline, and our team will provide expert guidance to help you resume operations. If you are an individual and think your data may have been stolen in a data breach, you can take some simple steps to mitigate the impact such as being alert to phishing attacks, safeguarding other online accounts and monitoring your bank account for suspicious activity. Further guidance for individuals affected by a data breach can be found here https://www.flipsnack.com/57FD8577C6F/data-breaches-guidance-for-individuals-compressed/full-view.html.

“Organisations concerned about their security, in general, can also get in touch to confirm they have the right processes in place. There is also a wide range of resources available on our website and via CyberScotland, as well as free training that can help your organisation protect itself against future cyber attacks. 

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