Cybercrime and cybersecurity remain the biggest fears for businesses and governments. With criminals devising new and smarter hacking/ disruption techniques by the day, banking passwords and trading secrets aren’t as safe. Unfortunately, you hardly see the attack coming, so, you have to prevent any possibility of attack. After all, prevention is better than cure.
Here are some of the techniques that will help keep your business safe:
- Use secure connections
There are millions of downloadable programs whose main purpose is to hack and access data on your system. This means that you should avoid downloading suspicious apps. Also, you should be careful about connecting to the internet using the free internet in the café; even if all you want to do is to download a time-sensitive and free job application form.
Being cautious and even paranoid is important because when you open up a folder shared unknowingly through Microsoft-supported program SHAREit or Apple’s AirDrop, you make your sensitive data a playground for hackers.
If you have to use public WiFi, you should get a VPN to encrypt traffic. That will make it harder for cybercriminals to intercept your data. You should also disable shared folders.
- Penetration testing
To prevent cyber attacks, you’ll have to undertake routine tests, and IT audits to ensure optimum levels of security. The best penetration tests are run by third parties who should audit your computerized information systems and data. Penetration tests identify the vulnerability of your system by taking a keen look at the firewalls of business. By analyzing and identifying weak points, you will know where to direct your efforts and security strategies.
The penetration tests will also shed light on your security level and recommend the best remedial activities.
- HTTPS and not HTTP
How often do you double check the URL of the site you are visiting? Are your social media, banking, and email connected on a secure site? As you punch in usernames and passwords every day, you should be thinking about the possibility of the site not being as safe as you purport it to be.
Why go to sites with the ‘S’ at the end? The HTTPS sites follow much more secure protocols hence safer than HTTP sites. HTTPS isn’t common with most sites, but mobile sites are adopting this URL faster. Twitter is also adopting the HTTPS. On the downside, it is only available for desktop browsers and not on mobile browsers.
- Secure Important data
Any device connected to the internet is unsafe even when you have the latest security installation. When not in use, you should disconnect your device from the internet. If you need to access information online, then you should get a cloud-based system. It should have a high-security setting. One of best cloud security systems will have an AES256 bit end-to-end encryption and with data centers in the EU and Switzerland.
You may also consider isolating sensitive customer information by keeping it on an internal server disconnected from the internet.
You also need to consider keeping your devices in secure places in case of theft. Including disk encryption will prevent any unauthorized access to your data.
Criminals are devising smarter ways of accessing sensitive data about individuals and corporates. Other than the measures above, you should disclose your personal information on unsecured websites, don’t enter your credit card number to a site that isn’t secure and use latest/ updated antivirus software applications. Lastly, don’t send photos online.