Security in an Age of Cyberattacks

There isn't a lot of good news on cybercrime. More companies are wrestling with how to protect themselves, and the cost of a data breach continues to grow. It can feel like it is just a matter of time before your organization becomes a victim. There is another approach.

The phrase "the best defense is good offense" doesn't just apply to football. With proper security planning, you can be proactive rather than reactive and significantly reduce the potential for damage. This blog offers some high-level tips to prepare your team and go on the attack against cybercrime. BlackPoint also provides a free cybersecurity assessment for a personalized report.

Ransomware—a type of malware— is on the rise. Cybercriminals have developed a model that often works. These hackers typically use email to lure in their victims, enticing them to click on something malicious. Once clicked, the malware is activated and starts working through your systems, encrypting your data. The attacker requires you to pay money (usually bitcoin) in exchange for a decryption key that enables you to regain access to your files. These attacks can be devastating to a business.

How hackers lure unsuspecting users varies. It can be an email advising you to upgrade your software and providing a link. It could be an email from a seemingly trusted source with a link to activate specific applications your organization uses. These attacks are very profitable for attackers, which means they are continuously changing their approach and often using social engineering to trick their way inside your network.

How can you protect your organization? Users must understand what they are up against. Most people know that they shouldn't open a file or click a link from unknown contacts. Attackers also realize that this isn't likely to work and morph their approach to appear valid. The best cybersecurity training today is personalized, uses real-world lures, and focuses on your vulnerabilities. It is also possible to implement a browser extension that will alert employees about malicious websites.

You should also utilize administrative rights on company computers. This can help keep unauthorized employees from mistakenly introducing something corrupt into your system.

Additionally, be sure to update your security software often. Security companies are on the hunt for cybercriminals and developing new ways to block their attacks. Keeping your software updated ensures you have the latest protections implemented. Additionally, you need to have a robust firewall in place.

These proactive steps will help minimize your risk. Unfortunately, there is still a chance that a hacker could slip malware into your system. Backing up your data will help you recover quickly should a disaster strike. Data backup should occur on a daily basis. Finding a third party to assist you in backing up at least 90 days' worth of data and saving several versions of it at an off-site facility is highly recommended.

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