Cyber security is the practice of defending computers, servers, mobile devices, electronic systems, networks, and data from malicious attacks. It's also known as information technology security or electronic information security. The term applies in a variety of contexts, from business to mobile computing, and can be divided into a few common categories.
What is a CYBER ATTACK?
A cyberattack is where an attacker tries to gain unauthorized access to an IT system for the purpose of theft, extortion, disruption or other nefarious reasons.
There are many different kinds of cyber attacks that are important to know to ensure that you are aware and do not fall victim to. Malware, ransomware, phishing and spear-phishing, spamming, Denial of Service (Dos), Man In The Middle (MITM), password attacks, Internet of Things (IoT) Attacks and many more.
According to Symantec
48% of MALICIOUS
email attachments are OFFICE FILES
"Since COVID-19, the US FBI reported a 300% increase in reported cybercrimes"
Why CYBER SECURITY is important?
Cyber attacks on businesses can come with major security problems.
With an increase in online daily business activities, transactions, marketing and advertising, communication and company data storage, businesses are more prone to cyber attacks. Therefore, it is important to protect your company from the threat of scams, data theft, and other online vulnerabilities.
Proper cyber security assists with risk mitigation, it lessens damage or loss of data, reduces potential financial risk and ensures proper compliance.
It protects the company's computers, network and systems against viruses, worms, spyware and other unwanted programs.
Protection against damage and theft of company data
Mitigates risk if computers getting hacked
Reduces the occurrence of computers freezing or crashing
Provides a sense of privacy to users.
The Benefits of CYBER SECURITY
How to strengthen your CYBER SECURITY
1. EDUCATE EMPLOYEES ON PASSWORD BEST PRACTICES
Ensure that all passwords meet the strength requirements - upper and lowercase letters, special characters, and numbers. Do not use the same password across websites or apps and avoid using obvious numbers or dates. Make use of Two-Factor (2FA) authentication for maximum security.
2. REGULAR SCANS OF COMPUTERS AND NETWORKS
Regular scans should be done on all computers and networks to identify any vulnerabilities.
Anti-virus and defense software should be a necessity on all computers.
3. EMPLOYEES WORKING REMOTELY SHOULD USE VPN
Virtual Private Networks (VPNs) ensures employees are making use of a safe and secure network.
4. CYBER SECURITY TRAINING PROGRAMMES
Train your employees on how to identify scams, phishing, malware and ransomware attacks with cyber security awareness programmes. These programmes help in identifying the weak spots in the organisation and how best to fix them.