That’s right: everyone’s favourite Geordie chanteuse and X-Factor judge, Cheryl Cole, is the most dangerous of all celebrities. I should clarify: Mrs Fernandez-Versini – as she now is – isn’t dangerous in the sense of martial arts and warfare (although certain Guildford lavatory attendants may think otherwise); in fact, Cheryl is dangerous to your business.
Security firm McAfee has been researching how often celebrities’ names are used to lure star-gazing victims into malicious traps. Cheryl Cole tops the list of most dangerous UK celebrities.
The firm says hackers use celebrity names to hook online users, adding words like ‘video’ or ‘picture’ to the end. Those who fall for the fake results risk downloading malware.
McAfee says searches such as ‘Cheryl Cole downloads’ and ‘Cheryl Cole mp4s’ were some of the riskiest when tested.
So what can you do?
If you’re worried about how interested your employees are in celebrity tittle-tattle, then I suggest the following:
- Install anti-virus and anti-malware software and keep it up to date.
- Create a usage policy banning the download of non-work-related files.
- Provide basic information security awareness training.
I hope that all organisations are at least doing the first on the list already and are also going to look at information security awareness training.
Don’t let Cheryl Cole be the reason your organisation makes our monthly list of data breaches and cyber attacks.