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GM BUSINESS connect

April/May 2018

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Exposing Cyber Cyber crime is becoming an increasing problem for businesses small and large. Titan, the name for the North West Regional Organised Crime Unit, was established in 2009 as a collaboration between the six police forces in Cumbria, Cheshire, Lancashire, Greater Manchester, Merseyside and North Wales to tackle serious organised crime that crosses county borders in the region. The mission of the unit is simple

- to tackle organised crime groups causing the greatest levels of harm to communities in the North West.

public to help them understand the threat from cyber crime and what they can do to protect themselves from this threat

The Regional Cyber Crime Unit (RCCU) tackles cyber crime and cyber-attacks.

Remote Desktop Protocol / Remote Working

The unit specialises in tracking down those engaged in largescale computer fraud and identity theft, as well as tackling the most serious computer hacking enquiries.

Operation Terminus involved a large range of businesses across the UK whose data was compromised through the Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP).

They also have dedicated officers working with education, businesses and members of the

This is a protocol that allows an individual remote access to a computer from another location. RDP is often used by businesses

as it allows employees to work on files without physically attending their place of work. Unfortunately if RDP is not configured securely, then it is vulnerable to attacks from cyber criminals. The investigation highlighted that criminals are hacking into businesses through the RDP port and potentially stealing sensitive data and information using this method. It is often enabled through employees using weak usernames and weak passwords such as “admin” and “password”. Cyber Protect Officers visited

GM Business Connect Apr.May 2018  

April/May Edition of Greater Manchester's fastest growing B2B Magazine

GM Business Connect Apr.May 2018  

April/May Edition of Greater Manchester's fastest growing B2B Magazine