Cyber Attack Prevention for Businesses in 2021
Cyber attacks are on the rise like never before, and yet it is one of the easiest things to dismiss with the mentality that, “it won’t happen to me.”
In the cyber world, you are always a target to deceitful hackers and it is incredibly important that you know how to spot common signs of a security breach, and take preventative measures to protect against it.
Listed below are five ways to take action against a cyber attack in 2021.
1. Create strong passwords
The first and easiest rule-of-thumb is to create strong passwords.We all fall victim to thinking these things won’t happen to us. We get annoyed when we are asked to create a stronger password, but the truth is, it is for our own protection. A strong password is the first step to take when preventing a potential cyber attack against your data and computer systems.
2. Install a reputable firewall for network protection
Simply put, a firewall serves as a protective shield on your network and computer systems. A firewall continuously monitors the network traffic, and allows or blocks the traffic depending on security criteria. Along with good password management, installing firewall software is a critical step to protecting sensitive data.
3. Onsite and offsite back up of your company’s data
This is quite literally your back-up plan. Regularly backing up your company’s files on a hard drive, or an offsite server, is one of the best practices you can do to prevent the loss of data if a cyber attack were to take place. This ensures that if there is a security breach or system malfunction, your company’s files will remain intact.
4. Malware spreads as quickly as Covid-19 (haha)
What is Malware? Malware is malicious software designed to destroy your computer and its internal structure. It is one of many techniques cyber criminals use today to attack in your system’s most vulnerable places. Malware includes computer viruses, Trojan viruses, spyware and adware. It can be spread through downloads, installs, infected flash drives, external hard drives and even smartphones. Many people may not even recognize that they are downloading or installing an application that will mess with their computers coding, which is why it is significant to pay attention to any red flags. You can start by being vigilant about the emails, pop-ups and links that you choose to open, and ensuring all employees are also educated on such practices.
5. Educate and train employees on preventative measures
It is essential that your staff is taught the best strategies to prevent or reduce the likelihood of a cyber attack, and protect sensitive information from being released into the wrong hands. With a procedure in place for your company, employees will be better equipped to handle potential threats that come their way.
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