As we continue to make remarkable strides in the digital age, the importance of data security has never been more critical. With technology deeply embedded in our day-to-day lives, we handle and transmit abundant sensitive data that, if mishandled or misappropriated, could result in catastrophic implications. By now, we all know that organisations need to implement robust measures like data encryption, multi-factor authentication, and certified security software to ensure information security, cybersecurity, and privacy protection.

However, it’s vital to remember that the most considerable risk to data security isn’t necessarily advanced hacking or malware attacks; it’s human error and vulnerability. Contrary to popular belief, a large portion of cyber threats are rooted in exploiting human traits, capitalising on our trust, and leveraging our errors. With this in mind, let’s look at the key cyber scams to be wary of this year in order to both maintain employee vigilance and protect your organisation.


1. Phishing Emails

Phishing emails remain a prevalent threat, tricking unsuspecting users into revealing sensitive information. Cybercriminals disguise these as legitimate emails from reputable organisations, urging you to act quickly. Be wary of unsolicited emails asking for personal information.

2. Tech Support Scams

These scams involve fraudsters posing as tech support representatives, claiming your computer is infected with a virus. They may ask for remote access to your computer or demand payment for unnecessary services. Never grant remote access to unknown individuals or organisations.

3. Ransomware Attacks

Ransomware attacks are becoming increasingly sophisticated, locking users out of their systems until a ransom is paid. Regularly update your software and maintain up-to-date backups of your important files as a safeguard against these attacks.

4. Cryptocurrency Scams

With the growing popularity of cryptocurrencies, scams involving fake ICOs (Initial Coin Offerings) or fraudulent cryptocurrency exchanges are on the rise. Always do your research before investing in cryptocurrencies.

5. Social Engineering Scams

Social engineering scams manipulate people into performing actions or divulging confidential information. This could involve someone posing as a trustworthy entity via phone, email or social media. Always verify the identity of the person or organisation contacting you.


Stay informed, be vigilant, and invest in robust cybersecurity measures to protect yourself against these scams. And when in doubt, ask your IT department or someone you trust!