Learning how to build a strong defense against cybercrime is a crucial step all types of companies need to consider. The best way is to first identify what the weak spots of your company are and why hackers would choose your business to break into. When you recognize your own vulnerabilty, you’ll be ready to experiment and find the best way to protect your work. Cyber criminals most often combine several techniques when they plan to attack. In that case, you should also combine different methods to build stronger defense against them.
Here are five most common ways hackers use in order to break into your system and the best defense you can build against it.
Weak passwords take part of more than 80% of all cybercrime. An amazing data, right? This problem is actually most often caused by one-password-all-logins rule many people tend to use. What’s more, almost 50% of people use only one password for most of their logins, without considering danger they put themselves in by doing it.
What to do: Educate all your employees about the importance of a strong password. The password should be unique for each account they use, and it should be changed every 90 days. Also, a good password contains a combination of numbers, letters, as well as symbols, including at least 20 characters.
Malware attacks can cause real harm. Your whole system can be infected and you can end up losing all your data. This kind of attack usually happens when you accidentally click on an infected link or when you insert an infected USB. Recently, there has been a significant rise in malware attacks, so building a good defense against is of utmost importance.
What to do: If you want to protect your business against this kind of harm, the best method is to restrict internet access within the company. Although your employess might not like it, it’s considered to be the best defense against malware attacks. Apart from this, you can also run a malware-detection software, e.g. Norton Toolbar, while keeping the existing software updated at all times.
Ransomware is another kind of a very popular attack. Hackers first get hold of your website, post explicit content and then request you pay them a ransom. The consequences can be quite harsh. Not only you can lose all the data, but you may also never get it back, because paying the ransom doesn’t always include restoring all your stolen data.
What to do: Keep your software updated and change your passwords regularly. Pay attention not to automatically click on external links until you check how secure they are.
Unfortunately, it is very difficult to spot a phishing email. They are designed so well that you can’t say if it’s a ‘normal’, legitimate email or not. If you decide to trust it, the click can immediately lead you to an infected website and infect your entire system. Believe it or not, for the last five years, there’s been a 125% increase in social media phishing attacks.
What to do: Better be prepared and keep your system, browsers and software updated at all times. Don’t open emails from unknown people and don’t click on external links. Also, you should make sure that your IT team is familiar with the security management. Have designated cloud based spam filtering folders in your email that will help you filter for specific content and block viruses and spam.
Social engineering has quite recently become an issue everybody talks about. Hackers are able to find all the information about you on social media and use that info to hack your passwords and steal your data. They do it by pretending to be you so that they can reset your passwords. This has actually happened to a Coca-Cola’s CEO when a social engineer persuaded an exec to open an email with malicious software.
What to do: First of all, your entire social media activities should be set to private. Always think twice before publishing any new info. Also, it would be great if you could have a security audit checked every quarter.
After learning and applying all of the methods mentioned above, you should be able to build a strong defense system against all kinds of cybercrime. Our suggestion – use best security systems you can find. It’s better to be well-prepared and deal with potential hackers as quick as possible, without having to waste extra time and money into restoring stolen data.