Updated: Apr 10, 2019
Cybercriminals are constantly progressing and shifting tactics trying to exploit weaknesses within a business. But did you know that outdated operating systems and user error are heavily relied upon to bypass security practises?
No-one believes a hurricane will destroy their home, until it’s too late. It’s then that they wish they had been prepared for the event they never thought would happen. Much the same can be said about businesses - not understanding how exposed they are to cybercriminals that could destroy their business in just one click, regardless of the business size.
UNDERSTANDING THE THREAT OF SOCIAL ENGINEERING
Social engineering is now a prevalent approach to target end-users, which could include imitations of emails from trusted friends or colleagues, or a phishing email or text message that looks as though it is from a reputable source, containing a malicious link or download, hoping the user will bite and provide information such as passwords and account details.
Educate end-users to use a search engine or direct web address to check the authenticity of an email or link and to avoid clicking any link within an email, which could lead to data breach.
Another concern is the over-use of passwords. Every day we are inundated with the need to create and remember new passwords. It is thought that a single person could hold up to 130 passwords for websites and digital accounts, but the chances of all 130 being different is highly improbable. Having a password manager can eliminate these concerns, offering security and the convenience of remembering just one password, then allowing the user to create unique and strong passwords for online accounts.
KEEPING OPERATING SYSTEMS UP-TO-DATE
Having an efficient anti-virus is critical to keeping businesses protected, but that alone is not enough. Operating systems need to be kept up-to-date for maximum protection, so they should be patched and updated immediately upon any new release. Outdated OS is one of the most common failings exploited in a cyberattack which can leave browsers and other software open to ransomware.
CONTROL HARDWARE ACCESS
Restricting user access to corporate data will help your business maintain higher levels of security. An IT administrator can regulate, monitor and control access and encrypt computers and devices, protecting files and information from being exploited.
CONSIDER PRIVATE CLOUD INFRASTRUCTURE
Prevent open access to sensitive data by creating a private cloud infrastructure and only providing access to confirmed users.
Avoiding malware infections isn’t the only concern of a cyberattack. These breaches can cause huge financial and legal ramifications, not to mention the loss of customer loyalty and trust – which in turn could potentially endanger the survival of the business.
Securing your business against threats, attacks, data loss and theft is paramount. It is no longer a case of what if… but when!
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