One of the biggest sporting events took place in Russia in July 2018 –the 2018 FIFA World Cup. With 32 countries competing, and billions of viewers from around the globe online, it’s not only the most popular event for soccer fans but also with hackers looking to “score some points” of their own.
And the 2018 World Cup wasn’t the only target this year. The Winter Olympics in South Korea was plagued by hacking attacks that crippled their WIFI, websites and giant television screens. It’s no wonder that FIFA was concerned about their IT security.
If hackers can attack these huge events, what makes you think they can’t attack your business too?
Cybercrime and Trojan viruses are growing at an alarming rate victimizing businesses like yours throughout the world. While the Internet improves the way you and your employees communicate and can enhance your operational efficiencies, it also makes your business increasingly vulnerable to cyber attacks.
Simple anti-virus software is no longer enough to protect your business. To do this, you need the advice of an IT service company that stays up to date on the most effective security solutions.
Here are 5 easy things you can do to protect your business from today’s hackers:
1. Use Strong Passwords
Strong password use remains the most effective way to prevent hacking. Ask your IT company to help you devise and implement a strong password policy for your organization.
Make sure that your passwords are 8 or more characters and include a combination of both letters and numbers. Also, use both upper and lower-case letters and symbols in your passwords.
And be sure to change your passwords a few times a year. Keep a copy of them in a safe place with limited access like in your safe or safety deposit box.
2. Secure Your Computer Network
Hackers take advantage of vulnerabilities in your business network. You may not know they are there. Only a qualified IT professional who is trained to find security gaps can identify them.
Ensure you establish information security management at all times. Remote management and monitoring on a 24/7 basis are essential to keep your data safe.
Rather than tackle a problem after it’s occurred, the best method is to use proactive measures to detect and eliminate IT security threats before they have a chance to take hold.
3. Educate Your Employees On IT Security
The best defense is a good offense and the same goes when it comes to hacking. To stay one step ahead of the hackers, you and your employees must be educated about the different kinds of cyber threats, how to recognize them, and what to do to block them.
You can have all the right cybersecurity solutions in place, but if just one employee clicks a malicious link or unknowingly sends confidential financial data to a hacker, all your efforts are defeated. All of your employees should be educated on current IT threats like phishing so they can recognize them and avoid becoming victims.
Security Awareness Training ensures your employees have a thorough understanding of your company’s security policies, procedures and best practices. This is formalized training conducted by IT professionals who are up to date on the latest threats, and how to mitigate them.
Make sure your Security Awareness Training includes:
When conducted properly, Security Awareness Training for your employees will reduce the risk to your organization’s data and IT systems and limit the chance of a data breach.
4. Hire A “White Hat” Hacker To Test The Strength Of Your IT Security
A White Hat Hacker is a computer security specialist who will try crack your protected IT network to test its strength. They are also known as ethical hackers. They hack into your system with your permission to identify weak points.
This improves security by exposing vulnerabilities before malicious hackers can detect and exploit them. The methods used are much like those a malicious hacker will use. They attempt to perform high-level attacks to identify weak points in your IT system so that they can be sealed.
5. IT System Hardening
This is where your IT professional conducts security tightening with activities such as software configuration for optimum security, deactivating software that’s not needed and can be open to attacks, and upgrading operating system software for maximum security.
These may also include configuring your firewall to deter intrusions, implementing a VPN (virtual private network) or SSH (secure shell) keys for additional authentication procedures; employing the use of smart cards and other technologies; and patching of all software and systems.
IT system hardening is typically handled in a phased approach to increase the number of protective layers and reduce potential attack surfaces.
If the Olympics and World Cup organizations are worried about hacking, shouldn’t you be too?
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