3 Tips for More Security
The threat situation is still severe. Here are three tips on how to protect yourself from hacker attacks.
Companies are often targeted by cybercriminals, their goal being to get their hands on customer data and intellectual property. But with the right defense strategy, you have peace of mind as CEO or IT manager. Here are our three tips.
1. Encourage your employees to be more security aware
Employees are often quite careless and think security measures are unnecessary, but the biggest gateway for attackers is unsecured laptops or other mobile devices that spread viruses across the entire network.
Encourage vigilance through regular training. Keep stressing that employees will also be affected if IT systems are paralyzed.
Employees should not be scared to voice their concerns. They must be urged to immediately notify the IT department if they notice an infection. Monetary incentives for responsible behavior can greatly increase employee motivation.
— MizeBYTE (@MizeByte) August 10, 2018
2. Use in-depth defenses
Nowadays, antivirus software alone can no longer guarantee security. Ransomware infections are often found, even when antivirus software is in place.
A vulnerability analysis can help you find vulnerabilities of your IT infrastructure which you can then selectively address.
If you use virtual machines, sandboxing can create bottlenecks through which attackers must pass. Each file of unknown origin is first run in a virtual machine to see if it does any harm.
Whitelisting has proved its worth – a list of trusted e-mail addresses or domains that are granted access while everything else is blocked or redirected.
Firewalls can prevent unauthorized access. There are also other more sophisticated technologies such as Advanced Attacker Deception, which deceives attackers and lures them into traps they cannot escape.
— The IBM MSP Team (@TheIBMMSPTeam) August 13, 2018
3. Don’t forget to make backups
If you’re hit by ransomware and the attackers demand money, you need to respond quickly. If files have been infected, you should quickly be able to recover your data from the most recent backup from before your systems were infected.
With contemporary backup software, backups can be made at intervals of a few minutes. You should say goodbye to the long-standing practice backing up at night or at the weekend – the downtime will be much too long.
You should also continue to use tape drives: Attacks spread across networks, but have no chance of compromising tapes that are not connected to the network at all, but securely stored in a filing cabinet.
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