COMBAT CYBERCRIME THREAT IN 2015
What should information security professional do to combat the threat in 2015 and avoid cyber threats and data breaches, affecting retailers, banks, gaming networks, governments and more.
The world today as we know it revolves around data and information. Whether we refer to the domain of personal life or businesses, we are surrounded by information of all sorts, in all formats. Every kind of information that we keep saved in our computers or smartphones we do for a reason, and loss of that information usually hits us hard.
If you have some personal information stored in your computer and you end up losing it somehow, or that information gets shared with some other person or people somehow, you would feel disturbed, sure, since that is private and personal information that you’d kept for sentimental reasons. However, imagine if you’re running a business in a highly competitive market, and somehow your systems get hacked and your data gets wiped or worse, stolen, you could lose your competitive edge, and the consequences of that are a lot more dire.
Cybercrime and data breaches are one of the most pressing issues of the digital age, especially when it comes to competing businesses and organizations. Keeping your data safe and secure is a question of making or breaking your company, and it is absolutely crucial to maintain its protection.
And this principle holds everywhere. So whether you’re a retailer or a banker, or whether you’re managing gaming networks or are working in the government, safeguarding your data is extremely important. With that in mind, here are some ways you can protect yourself from cybercrime and data breaches:
- Monitor data access. The most important step in securing yourself from cybercrime is to ensure that not everyone in your company has data access. Information should not be accessible by everyone, and even the people who can access information should only be able to do so with the information that concerns them, not all of it.
- Review user accounts. Once you have established which employees can access what data, ensure that you also have a revoking process for when an employee leaves, is promoted or switches departments,
- Encrypt your devices. No matter how much you may trust your employees, it never hurts to encrypt all your devices, as well as the data itself, in case someone gets any bright ideas.
- Backup your data. In case something happens and you suffer from data loss, make sure that it doesn’t have disastrous consequences. Have a backup of your data which you can restore.
- Secure networks. Ensure that you and all employees connect to the internet only via secure networks, which are password protected.
- Be careful with passwords. It may seem annoying to punch in a particularly long or arduous password, but a few extra seconds are worth it for security purposes. Make sure you have proper passwords rather than the typical “1234” and that you change them frequently.
- Respond only to verified people. Email is an easy way of inviting all sorts of cybercrime if you’re fooled, so make sure that you only respond to emails from people whom you know or can trust.
- Be careful about external storage devices. Tell your employees to either use only verified USBs or to not use them at all.