The difficult task of securing our cyber future is defined not only by the need for human, process and technical perfection but also by our ability to manage the imperfections. Protecting Internet information has become a costly enterprise, Cyber crime has become one of the most profitable kinds of illegal activity in the world, approaching the global value of the drug trade. Recent news coverage of cyber crime reads like a modern spy novel, centered on anti establishment hackers, sophisticated foreign espionage and threats of retaliation.
As more business owners utilize technology such as cloud computing and mobile devices and apps, the risk of hackers accessing money and sensitive business data becomes more real. High-end protection companies have launched in recent years to provide a line of defense. For start-ups, cyber crime is not an expensive annoyance, or part of Geo political gamesmanship, but a potentially devastating blow to their brand and their competitive position. The growth in the market for mobile devices has sparked a surge in malicious software targeting smart phones and tablets.
How to protect your Business from Cyber criminals & hackers
- Generate your company security policy for your employees.
- Use stronger passwords for all online activities.
- Try to encrypt your data always.
As the world becomes increasingly interconnected, Business Continuity professionals must pay more attention to the security of their organization’s connections. Cyber crime is a new dimension of risk that private equity and venture investors are only beginning to grasp. Business owners and their IT departments need to stay up-to-date on issues relating to cyber security threats. Now, companies should start creating solutions that can be rapidly applied to actual situations. Viruses, Trojans, worms and ransom ware do not differentiate between a large or small business. They represent the same risk, no matter if you have a lot or only very little budget to invest in network security.
Simplest Steps you can follow:
- You should use passwords with capital and lowercase letters, numerals, and special characters, as opposed to simple passwords.
- You should use anti-virus software and apply security patches to your PC’s operating systems.
- You should take great care to avoid clicking on infected links in emails.
We know that people feel much more threatened, vulnerable and exposed when their personal data connected to their social networks is compromised as opposed to when their personal finances are breached, so try to secure your digital life. IT organization should closely collaborate with the company leadership to identify vulnerabilities. Generally hackers look for easy targets. So, if your organization has easy to exploit security issues, hackers will dive right in. If your organization implements the resulting recommendations, hackers will become frustrated and move on to the next easy mark.
As social media continues to be adopted universally for personal and business purposes alike, malware will increase dramatically across Facebook, Twitter and Skype in 2013. McAfee’s Gary Davis predicts that the next hacker target will be mobile devices. “Smart phones and tablets are at even greater risk than PCs,” Davis says, since they have fewer security features and often allow access to an individual’s entire network. Just in the last quarter, there was a 76 percent increase in malware on Android devices alone.