Spencer Livingston focused specifically on the communications aspect of cyber security, referencing the ways in which a business can be exploited by hackers through company email accounts. Spencer cited that the cost of responding to a cyber threat has risen by 60 per cent year on year over the past five years.
He detailed a case study in which a cyber-attack on a Dubai-based manufacturing company took place. Hackers who had been monitoring the emails of the accounting department sent a payment request for around $800,000 – which ended up being transferred across.
Travellers should be wary of public Wi-Fi networks and instead use phone data wherever possible
He concluded his presentation with an ABC of what travellers can do to protect their phones when travelling abroad. A good VPN is key, he said, as this helps monitor and prevent phishing. He advised that travellers should be wary of public Wi-Fi networks and instead use phone data wherever possible. Finally, turning off location settings and being aware of how search history is tracked can also help deter cyber-crime. With these measures, he insisted, 60 to 70 per cent of these forms of cyber-attacks can be thwarted at the onset.