10 Ways to Prevent Cyber Attacks.
In today’s world, cyber security is more important than ever. With the ever-increasing number of threats to businesses, it is essential to have a robust security solution in place.
We have all heard stories of businesses that have been fined millions of dollars or even gone out of business due to a simple hack. The threats are real, and they can cost you your livelihood. Prevention is key, and in this article, we will show you how to protect your business.
What is a Cyber Attack
A cyber attack is a deliberate attempt to exploit your systems and/or networks. Cyber attacks use malicious code to compromise your computer, data, or information, and steal, leak, or hold your information hostage. Cyber attack prevention is essential for every business and organization.
Here are some examples of common cyber attacks and types of information breaches
Cybersecurity threats include:
- Identity theft, fraud, and extortion.
- Malware, such as phishing, spamming, spoofing, spyware, trojans, and viruses.
- Stolen hardware, such as laptops and cell phones.
- Denial-of-service and distributed denial-of-service attacks.
- Password sniffing.
- System infiltration.
- Website defacement.
- Private and public Web browser exploits.
- Instant messaging abuse.
1. Train your employees.
One of the most common ways that cybercriminals gain access to your information is through your employees. They send emails impersonating someone in your organization and either ask for personal information or access to certain files. Links in these emails often look legitimate to an untrained eye, making it easy to fall for the trap. This is why it is important to train your employees on how to spot and avoid phishing emails.
Here are some tips for employees to stay safe from phishing emails:
- Do not click on links in emails from unknown senders. Hover your mouse over the link to see the actual URL before clicking on it. If the URL does not match the sender’s domain name, do not click on it.
- Do not open attachments from emails from unknown senders. If you are unsure whether or not an attachment is safe, contact the sender directly to verify.
- Be suspicious of emails that ask for personal information. Legitimate businesses will never ask for your personal information in an email. If you receive an email asking for this information, do not respond.
- Use common sense. If an email seems too good to be true, it probably is. If you are unsure about an email, it is always best to err on the side of caution and not click on any links or open any attachments
2. Keep your software and systems totally up to date.
Cyber attacks often happen because your systems or software are not up to date, leaving weaknesses that cybercriminals can exploit to gain access to your network. Once they are in, it is often too late to take preventive action.
3. Ensure Endpoint Protection.
Endpoint safeguard protects networks that are connected to corporate networks through remote bridging. These connections can provide access paths for security threats, which is why they need to be protected with specific endpoint protection software.
4. Install a Firewall.
One of the most helpful ways to protect yourself from cyber attacks is to put your community behind a firewall. This is a specific thing that we can help you with.
5. Backup your information
In the occasion of a catastrophe (often a cyber attack)knowledge and critical financial loss.
6. Control entry to your systems.
Believe it or not, someone can simply walk into your workplace or business and plug in a USB key containing infected files into one of your desktops, giving them access to your entire network or infecting it. It is important to manage who has access to your desktops. Having a perimeter security system in place is a good start, but it is not enough. You also need to implement strong password policies and train your employees on security best practices.
7. Wifi Security.
In 2020, it is almost impossible to find a device that does not have Wi-Fi. This is also a major security concern, as any device can be infected by connecting to a network. If this infected device then connects to your business network, your entire system is at serious risk.
Securing your Wi-Fi networks and hiding them is one of the most secure things you can do for your systems. With wireless technology developing more and more every day, there are thousands of devices that can connect to your network and compromise you.
Here are some tips for securing your Wi-Fi networks:
- Use a strong password.
- Enable encryption.
- Hide your network name (SSID).
- Keep your software up to date.
- Use a firewall.
- Monitor your network traffic.
By following these tips, you can help to protect your Wi-Fi networks from hackers and other threats.
8. Employee private accounts.
Employees want their own login for every software and program. However, having multiple users connect under the same login can increase the attack surface. By having separate logins for each employee, you can reduce the number of attack vectors. Users only need to log in once a day and will only use their own logins. Improved security is not the only benefit, you will also get improved usability.
9. Access Management
As a business owner, one of the disadvantages of having employees is that they can install software on company-owned devices that could compromise your systems. This is because employees may not be aware of the security risks of installing unauthorized software, or they may simply not care. It is important to have policies in place that restrict what employees can install on company-owned devices, and to educate employees about the security risks of installing unauthorized software. By taking these steps, you can help to protect your business from security threats.
Using the same password for everything can be dangerous. If a hacker gets your password, they can access all of your accounts. It is important to use different passwords for each account and to change them regularly. This will help to protect your accounts from unauthorized access.
It can be difficult to know where to start when it comes to protecting your company from cybercrime and cyberattacks. There is a lot of information available, and it can be overwhelming, especially when the information is conflicting.
You need a solution that is tailored to your specific company and employees. Contact us today for a free cybersecurity assessment. We can help you get started on your journey to becoming cyber secure.