Top 2 Methods to Halt Cyberattacks in IT

By Enterprise Security Magazine | Monday, October 21, 2019

Cybersecurity ProtectionSome primary measures can save IT platforms from severe consequences and protect business reputation.

FREMONT, CA: Cyberattacks hit businesses every day. While some companies realize that they have been attacked, some do not know how they have been attacked. The more the IT companies and enterprises question if a website is trusted, the more successful will be their existence in this competitive society. In that regard, employees in an organization should be trained to respond to such doubts. Now, unauthorized access and diverse threats aimed at illegal information access have escalated, calling the targets of attacks for more robust counter-measures. Although there are counter-measures like entry and exit counter-measure, counter-measure against information leaks, and status visualization, common problems occur with these measures. Delayed detection and initiation of counter-measures elevate the extent of the damage.

Positive Online Experience

It is the primary duty of organizations to remind their clients to use unique passwords for each of the online services or products. Users may use systems for professional or personal purposes, and making them aware of cybercrimes is to enable them to ensure that they work on a safe and secure network. For a positive online experience, securing consumer’s digital identity is of paramount importance.

To support this, employees should also be trained about the social engineering tactics handled by hackers to compromise accounts through the employees’ access privileges. The invaders trick the employee into accepting the attacker as the account owner.

Static authentication is no longer safer

The saddest part of today’s cyberattacks is that it is not just about hijacking a single system, but the entire company faces the consequences of an attack. Large municipalities like Atlanta and Baltimore have spent weeks and millions of dollars in recovery.

Employing unique passwords for better security can help control the ‘blast radius’ and the overall impact of the data breach. However, static authentication is not enough. 

In spite of several methods available to stop cyberattacks in IT, CIOs prefer the following two measures.

Strong Passwords

Using passwords is a simple technique to safeguard systems. Many people tend to use passwords that are close or more or less their personal information like date of birth, nicknames, addresses, and more. However, unique passwords and passphrases which are robust, uncommon, and are difficult to guess easily are safer than others. Moreover, users should avoid using the same password for different applications as anyone can easily steal it.

Strong passwords, which are lengthy and do not include straight “dictionary” words are always better as some guessing tools can crack these words. Create the best passwords by inserting characters and numbers into a longer phrase. As passwords are typically case-sensitive, those with at least one uppercase among lowercase letters are recommended to be strong. There are password generators to assist users in generating a secure password for them. Users should also consider using a password keeper like dashlane, LastPass, or similar tools to store all passwords. These tools, when auto-filling into a browser and dorms, allow users to create distinct and complex passwords for each site.

Multifactor Authentication

Multifactor authentication is the process referring to the usage of two or more methods to log into apps. Even email, eBay, and banking websites are opting for multifactor authentication for its enhanced security. In this method, in addition to the username and password, the person who wants to access requires a mobile phone to which a secret one time code will be sent. In such cases, the malicious actor needs the same user’s cellphone to access numbers for which SMS messages and phone calls will be sent. It can be set up in less than a minute, and it increases security on sites that contain personal information.

There are other methods to ensure safety like other biometrics, including iris, fingerprint, retina scans, voice recognition, and facial recognition, to accomplish multifactor authentication. Also, multifactor authentication technologies like security tokens demanding the user to carry small hardware devices to authorize access to a network service and soft tokens that generate a single-use login PIN can add more security. Banking, social security, online payments, finance/investment, and social media applications can employ multifactor authentication to offer a secure platform to users while meeting their needs.

Even though active biometrics is being used to secure IT, passive biometric solutions powered by machine learning models are preferred, and companies that embrace these advanced security measures only can compete with the others in the race.

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