Posted on September 16, 2020
|The internet has become a space full with malicious links, trojans and viruses. Data breaches are becoming more frequent, and unsuspecting users are more vulnerable than ever before. When one click can cost thousands, or even millions, all users need to be aware of the most important cybersecurity issues that are currently happening around the world. This will help users stay alert and safe online for personal and business use. In the last 7 months, we have seen a tremendous increase in people working from home around the world. This has also increased the risk for cybersecurity threats due to digital connectivity beyond the traditional workplace. |
Here are the top 5 important cybersecurity threats that everyone should be aware of:
1. Secure Passwords – Passwords are needed for pretty much everything nowadays. We all have them, and most of us struggle to remember them. Passwords are often the first line of defence between your information and individuals who want it. That is why it is extremely important to have secure passwords for all your programs, apps and devices. It is strongly recommended to change your password every 90 days and to use a 2-factor authentication when it’s available.
Check out our previous blog post on how to choose a secure password: https://www.segmentech.com/how-to-choose-a-secure-password/
2. Malware – Malware is the collective name for a number of malicious software variants, including viruses, ransomware and spyware. Malware typically consists of code developed by cyberattacker, designed to cause extensive damage to data and systems or to gain unauthorized access to a network. Malware is typically delivered in the form of a link or file over email and requires the user to click on the link or open the file to execute the malware.
Check out our previous blog post on how to recognize a phishing email – https://www.segmentech.com/8-ways-to-recognize-a-phishing-email/
3. Data Breaches – Data breaches are why we should care about our privacy. Hackers and scammers target companies and individuals in order to obtain as much data as possible about an individual or company, which in turn helps them commit identity theft or collect funds on the black market for the data. It is very important to learn about how data breaches happen and what to do if you happen to get involved in a data breach. When it comes to data breaches, we also have to think about social engineering which is the art of manipulating people so they give up confidential information. The types of information these criminals are seeking can vary, but when companies or individuals are targeted the criminals are usually trying to trick them into giving them passwords or bank information.
4. Mobile Protection – It’s no secret that the technology we use can make us a target for viruses and cyber attacks if not secured properly, especially when it comes to our mobile device. As time goes on, threats are evolving and adjusting based on user habits. Mobile devices (iOS or Android) used to be near-invulnerable to hackers, but times have changed. Nowadays, without proper security, your mobile device represents an “in” to many hackers.
Check out our previous blog post that indicates tips to keep your mobile device safe – https://www.segmentech.com/6-mobile-security-tips-to-keep-your-device-safe/
5. Safe Computing – There are many threats today that we can fix ourselves with a bit of knowledge and reliable security software. Identity Access Management is super important to have in place as IT managers can control user access to critical information and systems. Systems used for IAM include single sign-on systems, two-factor authentication, multi-factor authentication and privileged access management. IAM is a framework of business processes, policies and technologies that facilitates the management of electronic or digital identities. Also, by having an internet security software will help shield your organization from various online threats and cyberattacks. Small businesses and startups are the most vulnerable to online attacks such as phishing, online fraud, email viruses, spam and malware.