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How to Prevent Cyber Threats: 10 Ways One Should Know

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At present, one of the most talked issues is of cyber threats. Many people become a victim of this serious problem and many of those don’t know how to tackle this problem.

Tips for Prevent Cyber Threats

There are many ways of preventing cyber threats. Some of them are:

1. Training the Staff

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One common ways of cyber criminals getting access to data is through employees. They send fraudulent emails impersonating someone in organization and either ask for personal details or for access to certain files. If employees don’t know about these attacks, they cannot defend against these attacks. This is why employee awareness is vital. If we want to protection against these cyber-attacks, it is important to train employees on cyber-attack prevention and inform them about current cyber-attacks.

 2. Keeping Software and Systems Fully Up to Date

Often cyber-attacks happen because our systems or software aren’t fully up to date, leaving weaknesses. So, cybercriminals take advantages of these weaknesses to access the network. Most of the time it’s too late to take preventative action. To prevent this, it’s smart to invest in a patch management system that will manage all software and system updates, keeping the system safer and up to date.

3.Installing a Firewall

There are different types of data breaches and new ones surface every day and even make comeback. Putting a network behind a firewall is one of the most effective ways to defend from any cyber-attack. A firewall system will block any brute force attacks made on your network or systems before it can do any damage.

4. Paying Close Attention to Physical Security

One can receive physical attack on his systems. So having control over who can access the network has become a necessity. Somebody can simply walk into the office or enterprise and by plugging in a USB key containing infected files into one of the computers allowing them access to the entire network or infect it. It’s mandatory to control who has access to those computers. Having a perimeter security system installed is one of the good ways to stop cybercrime.

5. Ensuring WI-FI Security

Is there anybody in 2024 without a wi-fi connected device? And that’s the matter of concern. Any device can get infected by only connecting to a network. And if this infected device somehow gets connected to the business network, then the entire system is at serious risk. One of the safest things one can do for their systems is to secure the Wi-Fi networks and hide them.

6. Password

It can be dangerous if we have the same password setup for everything. A hacker can access to everything in system and any application in use if he somehow manages to get the password. Having different passwords setup for every application one use can be beneficial to the security, and changing them often will maintain a high level of protection against external and internal threats.

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7. Backing up Data Regularly

The data may be damaged, deleted or held to ransom by ransomware preventing from accessing it if a virus, malware or a cyber-criminal has access of a device. In that case we should backup our data which refers that user have another copy of data, which he can always access.  The best defense against malware is to restore data from clean backups. Even after paying a ransom, there is no guarantee that the attackers will hand over the decryption key. Restoring data from the backups is more reliable, cheaper, and does not involve the need of handing money to criminals.

8.Using Multi-Factor Authentication

Multi-factor authentication or MFA systems needs two or more factors to verify a user’s identity and grant them access to an account. MFA provides reliable assurance that an authorized user’s authentication by reducing unauthorized access proximity. For these reasons, MFA is comparatively more effective at protecting systems compared to passwords.

9: Ensuring Endpoint Protection 

We can save more by investing in high-quality cyber security software by protecting data than losing it. Antivirus software will create a firewall to protect the network from viruses and will restrict the forced attempt for accessing the system. They will also access the devices and disks to prevent malicious attacks from breaching in business.

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10.Monitoring Network Activity

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Organizations can do detection and response to security incidents quickly by observing network activity which includes monitorization for suspicious activity and use of intrusion detection systems for alerting the security team about potential threats. By following these, we can minimize the risks of being in range of the cyber threats.

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