Is ISO Certification For You?

If you think the answer could be YES to any of these 2 questions – evaluate. If NO – park it in the long grass.

1. Could the route to an ISO Certification improve or make your business more Robust?

2. Could ISO Certification be a route to New Business?

evaluate if ISO 9001 or ISO 27001 will Profit Your Business – QUICK CHECK

#iso9001 Quality #Management – #iso27001 #InformationSecurity – #ukas #certification

ISO Logo a Mark of Trust…..or NOT?

Obtaining ISO Certification should be a mark that a company has achieved the requirements of an International Standard and is independently audited ongoing to ensure standards are maintained, however not all badges are equal & neither are all Certifications – Buyer Beware!

If a company is displaying the actual ISO Logo it is fraudulent as ISO do not permit anybody to use their logo.

Buyers can easily be duped or confused, the below logo is for the International Socialist Organisation.

ISO only recognise one member body from each country and that body must also be recognised by their Gov – in the UK it is UKAS. Only a UKAS Certification can guarantee independent ISO recognised certification in the UK.

Check for the UKAS logo or that the Certification Company is UKAS Approved, then ask for a copy of the company’s certificate – don’t rely solely on a logo or a claim…

#iso9001 Quality

#iso27001 Information Security

#iso14001 Environment

#iso45001 Health & Safety

#iso22301 Business Continuity

#iso20000 IT Service Mgt

…we deliver Independent #UKAS #Certification only –

“SMiShing” – Mobile Phone Scams supported by EE?

SMiShing (SMS phishing) is a type of phishing attack where mobile phone users receive text messages containing a Web site hyperlink, which, if clicked would download a Trojan horse to the mobile phone.

I have been receiving regular text messages for some time now, saying “You subscribed to Clicnscore for £4.50 per week from ClicNScores until you text STOP” – bad English I know. I had another message from “Loaded Mobi”- “You can access the games portal here” followed by a link.

Thinking both were merely “SMiShing, I clicked on neither STOP nor the link. Unfortunately our phone bills go straight to our Accountant, but I had cause lately to query a bill I thought was high. It turns out both of these companies have been regularly paid through my EE account.

EE informed me it was not there responsibility & gave me text links to cancel subscriptions & phone numbers to complain & ask for a refund. Both numbers are automated, ClicnScore gives you a message “there are no charges to your phone” – then cuts you off, Loaded Mobi puts you in a call queue then cuts you off.

I have since searched these 2 companies on the internet, they have been investigated on Watchdog, reported on BBC, The Express & Mail Newspapers. The Sun Newspaper first reported this back in the 19th of May 2016.

EE say while they are aware, had so many complaints & have investigated, they still have no responsibility as you have the option to block all payments from your account. Shouldn’t EE be at least protecting our accounts against such well publicised Common Scams? It would be so simple for EE to set up authentication, so why not take responsibility for Customer Data & Accounts – have they a vested interest?

Perhaps merits an ICO investigation? I’ll certainly report!

“SEXTORTION” – I Have Been Hacked!

Imagine my surprise when I received an email in my Inbox containing my password in the Subject line – “ Your Password is xxxxxxxxx”!

The email goes on to say that you have been watching Porn, they have filmed you, have all your contacts & will distribute if you don’t pay a Bitcoin Ransom. Luckily I don’t have a penchant for pornography & never visit dodgy sites on any of my devices, so immediately recognised the Scam & reported to Action Fraud.

I was still left with a sick feeling in my stomach at the intrusion, the nature of the email & more importantly that somebody had stolen one of my passwords. On consideration the email & password combination had only existed on a Google Account that I had since changed many times.

A few weeks ago I made a Linkedin Post on the importance of password selection – number & type of characters etc. This however has led me to focus on something that lacked from that post – the number of your Passwords, variance & the frequency you change your passwords? My password was stolen some time ago but has only just been used, so you may have to assume that all of your passwords have been stolen unless you really know otherwise?? To mitigate this I would suggest –

• Have multiple but varying Passwords

• Change your Passwords frequently

• Use 2 Step or Multi-Factor Authentication

Remember if you only have a one Password fits all policy – they will steal from the weakest account & use it to access all of your accounts!

Controversial but……If you have so many complex passwords & feel you have to write them on a piece of paper & store safely, what is the chance someone will break into your house or office looking for Passwords, or steal your purse/wallet in order to obtain passwords rather than Cash or Credit Cards – just don’t keep the 2 together ????. Besides Passwords can be changed quicker than you can cancel Credit Cards & we wouldn’t be without them. I am a systems rather than an IT Tech person, so seek out good advise….

Stay Safe People

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