Cybercriminals as always on the lookout for the next innovation that will allow them to continue their attacks with a great ease. The Internet of Things has provided that opportunity and 2017 saw an increase of 600% over the same period in 2016. But that is not the only thing why that hackers are coming after business data.
Here are some of the ways that cybercriminals have upped their game in 2018.
How can businesses protect themselves?
Understand what your critical data is, where it is located, and who has access to it. Companies must also have a solid cyber risk management strategy in place that uses a layered approach. Complete an infrastructure assessment to determine what your organization has in terms of technology and devices. In order to create a layered security design, knowing what your company has is as important as knowing the risks. A business continuity plan is also needed. This proactive plan to avoid and mitigate risks due to a disruption will allow business to resume after any disaster. Educating employees on what to look for in malicious emails, along with using strong passwords will help.
Do not be lax with cybersecurity practices.
The best defense is to believe it is not a matter of IF a company will be breached, but WHEN. Most vulnerabilities are caused by people rather than machines. Taking the time to investigate your cybersecurity practices and educate employees is part of a establishing a proactive plan.
Prevention is no longer enough. In today’s cyber environment a well thought out continuity plan is necessary. The cyber thugs aren’t taking a break and neither should you.
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