STATE OF CYBER SECURITY:
RECRUITMENT INDUSTRY

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Sample: Recruitment agencies from APSCo UK memberships
Sample Size: 584
Conducted: May 2022
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STOLEN PASSWORDS

Did you know?   Stolen and/or weak passwords account for 81% of hacking-related breaches*.

/ PROPORTION OF COMPANIES WITH BREACHED PASSWORDS

Breached passwords can be used by criminals to gain access to corporate IT systems.

/ VOLUME OF BREACHED PASSWORDS PER COMPANY

The more passwords available, the greater the likelihood of criminal success.

“The quickest solution is ensuring regular password changes, although not just a new number in the same sequence.

“However, our minimum recommendation now is enabling multi-factor authentication, through one-time codes or biometrics.”

Pete Watson - CEO, Atlas Cloud

Pete Watson

CEO, Atlas Cloud

WEBSERVER VULNERABILITIES

/ PROPORTION OF firms WITH WEBSERVER VULNERABILITIES

Webservers govern websites and often process/store candidate CVs, containing valuable personal information.

“These are often simple fixes, like keeping your website’s content management system up-to-date.”

“Given the ease of solution, it’s a risk no agency leader should accept.”

Pete Watson - CEO, Atlas Cloud

Pete Watson

CEO, Atlas Cloud

DOMAIN VULNERABILITIES

/ DOMAIN VULNERABILITIES BY SEVERITY

Domains are used in corporate web and email addresses; vulnerabilities can creep in based on configurations. 

/ DMARC APPLICATION
 

Enabling DMARC to your domain stops criminals from being able to impersonate your organisation.

“If you’re at all concerned about outsider damage to your brand, there’s no excuse for not having DMARC in place.”

Pete Watson - CEO, Atlas Cloud

Pete Watson

CEO, Atlas Cloud

BACKED BY THE TRADE

VIEWS FROM APSCO CEO, ANN SWAIN

“We thank Atlas Cloud for highlighting this information about our members. It’s not easy reading but thankfully the answers are there in black-and-white; a small focus on these essential cyber vulnerabilities will bolster your business for years to come.

“The sad truth with this is you’d only know about it when it’s too late so, with cyber, it really does pay to be proactive. We even took our business through the process directly with Atlas Cloud so we could have full confidence we’re handling membership information in the correct way.”

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4 in 5

…of boards or senior management within UK businesses rate cyber security as a ‘very high’ or ‘fairly high’ priority.

39%

…of UK businesses have identified a cyber-attack within the last 12 months.

Official UK Gov. statistics from the NCSC

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