Even the world’s top security experts can’t invent something that thwarts every kind of cyberattack. Because security advancement never stops. And I’m not talking about security tool advancement—I’m talking about the progress in anti-security tactics that black hats use to steal and sell our most sensitive information.
These days, cyberattacks can be happen via click, open or even by pressing “play.” How can you stay safe?
“If you’re an everyday computer user, a vulnerability can pose serious security risks because exploit malware can infect a computer through otherwise harmless web browsing activities, such as viewing a website, opening a compromised message or playing infected media.” – Course Hero
Thankfully, it’s not all bad news. In this post, I’m going to share several statistics about cybersecurity, malware and cyberattacks—then I’m going to share how your firm can thwart the attacks using technology and a little common sense.
Who are cyberattackers after? Everyone. The black hats know that the more people targeted, the higher the chances the attack will be a success.
Hackers have adopted the same mentality of an old-school smile-and-dial-phone salesman: The harder they hit the phones, the more likely it is someone will pick up.
But just because you’re the one they’re calling doesn’t mean you need to buy what they’re selling. In fact, the onus is partly on you not to fall victim to an attack. Keeping yourself informed about security is the best line of defense against cyberthreats.
“The conversation about data leakage has flipped from ‘if’ to ‘when’ a company will be breached by malicious actors…The fight against cyber breaches continues to depend on an organization’s ability to train and adapt its members’ behaviors to protect against actions such as credential theft, social engineering and user error.” – Masha Arbisman, Behavioral Engineering Manager, Verizon Media
Did you know that 56% of Americans don’t know what to do in the event of a data breach? Don’t contribute to that statistic. Even better, figure out ways to mitigate a cyberthreat and avoid a breach altogether by educating yourself.
Here are a few ways you can protect yourself from cybersecurity threats, but be sure to check out comprehensive programs like Right Networks Security Awareness Training:
Getting secure isn’t a one-and-done task.
It’s up to you, me and all employees to stay informed about cyberthreats. It’s up to a business—no matter the size of that business—to mitigate the attack risk by deploying antivirus, anti-malware and multifactor authentication, among other safeguards. Setting up security programs and policies will lessen the chances of employees even seeing a malicious email.
The alternative to prioritizing security is becoming a data breach victim. A small investment today could save a business millions tomorrow.
What’s worse? The financial industry is more likely to be a target because hackers know that CPA firms hold more personal information than a lot of other businesses.
“[PII is] information that can be used to distinguish or trace an individual’s identity, either alone or when combined with other information that is linked or linkable to a specific individual…such as name, social security number, date and place of birth, mother’s maiden name, or biometric records…” NIST.gov
Malicious hackers also know that many of these businesses can’t regularly train staff on the latest attack trends; they also know it’s extremely unlikely that a 15-person firm would have a member dedicated to monitoring cyber threats.
The IRS understands the major risk those handling taxpayer data face (and the costlier outcomes) and has created multiple tools as part of their Security Summit for firms to use to protect client data.
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The most effective way to secure your sensitive, business-critical data is by adopting a holistic approach to your security:
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