Following the famous WannaCry attack, every business owner’s first thought was: How can I make sure something like this doesn’t happen to me?
If your data is important to you, keep it safe. You’d think this is common sense, wouldn’t you? Apparently not. The first thing to keep in mind when protecting your data, is your password. As a business owner, your top priority should be to invest it password managers, two-step authentications and a password policy. Keeper Security published a report revealing the most common 2016 passwords and surprisingly, 1.7 million of them were 123456. Easy to hack passwords like these, and the fact that people don’t upgrade their software, are what cause massive attacks like WannaCry to occur.
So why is it that still today attacks like this happen?
One of the main reasons for this would be that your employees are not cyber educated. When lacking cybersecurity awareness, you’re opening the door to cybercriminals which will result in data breaches and ransomware attacks.
Ensure your employees are well aware of the fact that they are all potential targets and teach them how to recognize a malicious email, link and attachment.
How do I stay on top of my game?
It is highly likely that services, databases and social networks you’ve been using over the years have been hacked at some point and that someone may have leaked its data onto the Dark-web – verify that your account information or any details have been released. You can check this by using services such as Have I been pwned.
In the event that you have in fact been hacked, or your information has been leaked – simply make sure you’ve logged out of all your online accounts, change all your passwords and any other personal credentials as soon as possible.
In order to keep your data and your assets safe, practice a common sense approach to cybersecurity. Although it may be impossible to make yourself 100% hack-proof, you can make yourself a lot less vulnerable by taking on a common sense approach.
Cybercrime costs the global economy $450 billion, and although people are slowly starting to understand that cybersecurity is a matter of common sense, we are still a long way from it. CNET News mentions that the main reason for this is that technology continues to evolve, welcoming new devices into our lives – and new devices means new vulnerabilities which means more and more precautions to take.
As these new technologies emerge daily, it is also important to have an understanding of one of the fastest growing endpoint security markets. That being said, companies are starting to move beyond traditional Anti Virus technologies and it is interesting to see how these next-generation endpoint security solutions evolve and leverage more and more security needs of organizations and business owners.