5 Strategies to Shield your Business from Cyber Attack

By Enterprise Security Magazine | Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Today, cybercrime has become so common that almost every day a company website gets hacked. The cybersecurity personnel are warning the organizations and familiarizing them with the methods in which they can avoid a cyber-attack and save their company.

FREMONT, CA: In this digital-based society, everyone must take measures to secure their data. Every week, some of the other large corporations are hit by cyber-attacks. Companies are coming up with new ideas to dodge such attacks. Here's a look at some of the measures that any organization, irrespective of their size and budget, can take.

Back up the data

The companies have to make sure that they keep a regular backup of their data, and also conduct a test to check if they can be restored. Taking such measures will at least give peace of mind from any damages such as fire, physical data damage, theft, and ransomware because the data will be safe. The steps for data backup are as follows.

The organization has to identify the information that needs to be backed up and how often it needs to be done. Generally, the resources may include photos, calendars, emails, and contacts. Companies must make data backup a part of their anti-cyber attack routine.

Security officials must make sure the backup and the original copy are not stored in the same device.

Cloud must be backed up, and then the data will be stored in a different location physically away from the office and devices. From the cloud, it will also become easier to access data from anywhere.

Keep Smartphones and Tablets Safe

Mobile phones and tablets often have access to various networks that are not related to the business environment, so they need more protection. When the phone is not in a secure system, it gets vulnerable to cyber attacks, and it is essential to switch on password protection and fingerprint recognition of the device.

The smart device should be configured so when lost or stolen, and it will not only get tracked, but also the user can remotely lock it. The users must keep every application on their phones updated, and while sending any sensitive data, they should not use public Wi-Fi. The devices that manufacturers or software do not support anymore must be replaced, and it is always better to use phones that have recent updates.

Prevent Malware Damage

The most infamous cyberattacks are the malware strands. There are some simple, low-cost techniques that companies can adopt to protect the organization from getting damaged by deceptive malware.

Antivirus software must be installed in every laptop and computer, and this software must be approved and should prevent the users from downloading any third party application from unknown sources.

The access to removable media such as SD cards and USB sticks needs to be removed and encourage staffs to transfer files through cloud storage or email.

Educating the team regarding cybersecurity is also essential to ensure that they are aware of the threats of malware and how to avoid them.

Avoid Phishing Attacks

In phishing, a scammer will send fake emails and ask for sensitive details such as bank information or the links to other vital data. To avoid phishing, the company must ensure that the staff does not browse the web or check emails that have administrator privileges. If the security team suspects any attack, they should scan for malware and change the passwords.

The cybersecurity personnel must keep a check on the common signs of phishing regularly, and also educate the other employees on recognizing such attacks and other type spam.

Use Passwords to Protect Data

The free and easy way to prevent unauthorized access to the device and data is passwords, but it has to be implemented correctly.

The company has to ensure that the laptops use encrypted products that need passwords to boot up. Tablets and cellular phones must have fingerprint recognition or password to protect it. It is better to avoid any predictable passwords such as family name, birthdays, etc. Updating the passwords regularly, using numbers and special characters can help make the company website safe.

These tips will help a company to protect themselves from cyber-attacks, and these steps are not only easy to do but also needs little investment. Among all these, educating the employees regarding the cybercrime is vital as they are the key to safety, and they must understand the severity of cybercrime and the tools to fight the attacks.

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