Recently I recovered from a bad cold. Such a virus that starts with a sore throat and 2 days later you only have to blow, steam and take paracetamol. It is the human equivalent of an infection such as PCs and networks that can contract.
Malignant infections occur on the conveyor belt, just as we can catch a cold all year round. But those who eat and live healthily are better protected against a virus. Your IT systems must therefore also be kept healthy and vital to prevent contamination. In this article, you will find a couple of tips that can help you to keep your network protected.
Awareness Among Users
Cybercrime is no longer a game, it is a serious work with serious risks. We can avoid many of these risks by behaving differently. After all, good security is not just about shrinking hardware and software, but awareness among users is also important. Most infections with malware within companies happen because an employee opens a certain attachment in his mail and thus opens the door for a hacker.
Especially with large organizations, the chance that somebody clicks on an incorrect attachment or link is relatively large. It is therefore not the question whether you are hacked, but especially when. So the biggest risk lies with the users. Of course, there are also attacks that can be much focused and that you have no influence on yourself. Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks, for example.
Uptime And Latency
Those who work a lot with applications are very dependent on availability and latency. So where can you hit a company harder than by disrupting these processes? Make sure you choose a good hosting company, which can cope with or divert a lot of blows.
Cybercrime is not a problem for one company, but for the entire sector. That is why there are all kinds of initiatives in the market that are concerned with the strong security of networks and companies against cybercriminals.
A good hoster is actually always connected to the various initiatives in the market that try to cope with phenomena such as DDoS. That is not a luxury because many hosters are daily bombarded with DDoS attacks.
What Initiatives Are There?
The Internet Service Providers Association of India (ISPAI) is busy in working on spreading cyber security awareness. This is a cooperative and non-profit method to withstand such hacks and attacks.
But also, the Hosting Providers in India are working hard to find solutions for DDoS attacks for the sector. Because although it is a problem of the entire sector, it costs the individual provider a lot of money to protect themselves against such attacks.
Protection Of Data
The above initiatives are good and help all companies in India to do business safely online. A portion of common sense is certainly needed to prevent outside attacks. Especially with the new ‘Data Leaks’ notification duty, you as a company need not only worry about the security of IT systems but also about the security of the data you own. The leakage of personal data can now become a very expensive and painful incident.
To prevent this, it is advisable to try to think like a hacker. How can you, as a malicious person, circumvent your security or encryption in order to get company details?
The easiest way is through an inattentive employee but also check if there are other backdoors or possibilities in your IT environment. Which data is crucial for your business operations and how is it protected? If necessary, let yourself be assisted by an external security expert or by your hosting partner.
And finally: Provide a step-by-step plan or protocol in case a hacker has indeed broken into it. Because people who live in good health, become ill less often and recover faster.