Now it has become common to hear that some big entities beard a huge loss because of big security breaches. Specifically, these are the big threats to e-commerce’s businesses where everyday millions of financial transactions take place.
Not only a few but almost every county is facing problems of cybersecurity and taking precautionary measures to prevent the chances of threats. In the last measured period of, the number of data breaches in the United States amounted to 668 with over 22 million records exposed.
Security breaches easily integrate into organizations’ system and damage data. Take a look at below-mentioned stats:
- The year 2016 was unlucky for Yahoo because 3 billion users’ accounts were hacked in one of the biggest breaches of all time. (Reference: Oath.com)
- In 2016, Uber faced the extreme cyber-attack where hackers stole the confidential information of over 57 million riders and drivers (Reference: Uber)
- In 2017, 147.9 million users were affected by the Equifax breach. (Reference: Equifax)
After all, a data breach naturally costs millions of dollars and impacts negatively on the company’s reputation. On the other hand, consumers’ confidential data can also be misused by the terrorist organization.
Although it is not that easy to have complete protection from cybercriminals, you can prevent the chances of potential attacks by following the few tips. In this article, we recommend the following 6 ways to prevent yourself from cybercriminals
1) Limited Authorization Of Confidential Data
Organizations make a mistake though providing authorization to most of the employees. Maximum access to all the files can create problems. Limit or minimize the authorized access to the critical data including customer financial information.
When you limit the access to view a certain document, you actually narrow the pool of employees who might accidentally click on a harmful link. Plan and restructure your record management. Moreover, analyze that who.
2) Third- Party Vendor Assessment
Almost every company deals with lots of vendors that should comply with organization policy. Relook at your policies and identify the key points that can be the cause of security risk. You can get help from cybersecurity professional to secure your system.
Also, keep an eye of vendor presenter who delivers office supplies. Think the unthinkable and evaluate the supply chain process technically. Make sure your vendor comply with laws and organization policies with a good reputation.
3) Train Your Staff
Training and development is an ongoing process that takes place in every good organization. But, a survey indicates that employees don’t have sufficient training about cybersecurity. They don’t have the awareness to decide whether to click or unknown link or not.
If you’re serious about safeguarding your confidential data, schedule regular classes each quarter or even monthly.
4) Update Software Regularly
To prevent the chances of cyber-attack, keep all the software, applications and operating systems updated on regular basis. Delay in the update may cause of big threat hence don’t ignore it. Microsoft has launched a product with the name of Baseline Security Analyzer that checks and ensure all programs are up to date regularly.
5) Develop Proper Cyber Breach Response Plan
Suppose, if you arrive in the office and get the news that office has lost confidential information in a cyber-attack, what you would respond? Do you have any plan response in this situation?
Previously, there was a big gap in organizations’ thinking process and in case of any cyber-attack, they were reluctant to share the truth about how much data and what type of data was stolen.
Now big companies always make an alternative response plan to handle such crisis and share the truth.
Apart from the above six ways, there are some eLearning platforms. They are offering short and detailed courses related to cybersecurity. EH-Academy is one of the best platforms to get up-to-date information about cybersecurity.
Marcia K. Smith is the famous author of New York. Since 2008, she has been working as researcher and author and served several online magazine. Prior to her experience, she keep an eye on technological advancement including web development, SE0 and Cybersecurity.