Maria Thomas, Negosentro | The emergence of technology has exposed every enterprise and online consumer to the threats of network intrusion. Hackers use advanced tools and methodologies to gain access to internal resources, such as sending phishing emails with malicious content, which when opened, automatically corrupt the system and network. In recent years, it is observed that most organizations lack the expertise to thwart cyber-attacks.
What measures should your business adopt to prevent cyber attacks?
It is indispensable for organizations to remain vigilant and adopt cybersecurity measures to defend their enterprise from cyber intrusion. Let us capture some of the precautionary measures that every business organization must take to boost its security.
- Anti-malware/Antivirus Installation
Malware (e.g., Trojans, viruses, ransomware, etc.) is a malicious software program that corrupts the immunity level of a system and makes it susceptible to cyber-invasion. It is, therefore, recommended for every enterprise to install a reliable anti-malware software on the system and server to scan the folders and files on a regular basis. The software should be updated regularly to the latest version to protect against the latest threats and keep the hackers at bay.
- Establish a strong firewall
A firewall is a network security device that closely inspects the inflow and outflow of web traffic and decides whether to allow or obstruct traffic based on certain security guidelines. It is like a partition designed to restrict your computer from damages and hinders the external unreliable sources from impacting the secured internal networks. Once installed into the system, these powerful firewalls protect your computer and give a tough competition to cybercriminals while hacking the network.
- Set up a Strong Password
Usage of weak passwords by employees could prove risky to the organization. It becomes easier for hackers to intrude into the network. Therefore, it is vital for firms to train their employees to set up strong, unique passwords which may include the use of some special characters, upper and lower case letters or numbers which would be more difficult for hackers to crack. Ensure that the password is changed once every 90 days to strengthen your system security.
- Appointment of Security Experts
After discussing the potential dangers of cyber-attacks in business, it is essential for an organization to appoint cybersecurity experts. These professionals are tasked with the responsibility to keep a close check on the network and servers to prevent the hackers from capitalizing on the vulnerabilities of the business. They are responsible for checking the system regularly to detect the loopholes and bridge the security gaps before any further damage is reported in the system.
- Data Backup Plan
Creating a sound backup plan works as an effective practice to store your business information and can be helpful in case your data is lost due to cyber intrusion. An organization should create backups for all the files, data and other critical information on a regular basis as these are critical for the day-to-day running of the business. Updating and saving backups in an external hard drive, or in the cloud, could serve as a good practice in keeping a stockpile of valuable information. This would ensure proper protection against unknown network invasion.
With the advent of digitization, technology clubbed with the internet has opened up an array of benefits as well as risks for business enterprises. An enterprise should, therefore, try to maintain due diligence and keep a close eye on security procedures to avoid any insidious cyber attack. Simply put, it is always great for a business to stay safe and updated about the latest industry happenings.
Author Bio: I am Maria Thomas, Content Marketing Manager and Product Specialist at GreyCampus with eight years rich experience on professional certification courses like PMI- Project Management Professional, PMI-ACP, Prince2, ITIL (Information Technology Infrastructure Library), Big Data, Cloud, Digital Marketing and Six Sigma.