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By Annie Johnson, APAC CIOoutlook | Thursday, January 01, 1970
Cybercriminals stay one step ahead of the organizations. Hence, businesses need to remain cheek by jowl to the latest types of threats and to put preventive measures into place.
Fremont, CA: Cyber threats are becoming a serious concern for organizations everywhere. Their potential targets are businesses, small or big, as well as government entities. The U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) authorizes private DoD contractors to adopt some defined cybersecurity standards and even has a Cyber-security Maturity Model Certification in place to make sure the right level of compliance.
If this is with the government that has high cybersecurity controls, smaller entities should not ignore this. It should not be treated as a one-time deal as cybercriminals will always try to find ways for hacking when a new security measure is put to use.
Types of Cyber Threats
Wearable and IoT devices
Most of the wearable and IoT connected devices have minimal security software, hence they are more prone to be attacked by hackers. The more the device is collecting and moving data over the web, the higher the threat of the security attacks.
Employee personal use of company devices
Most of the companies allow their employees to access relevant information in their personal devices or employees use the company-owned devices for their personal activities. This opens a gateway for the hacker to have access to the organization's data.
Too Much Connection to Mobile
Mobile phones are the most predictable devices for cyber attacks. When an unsuspecting user downloads the mobile malware, they jeopardize the user's information as well as the organization's data that user patronizes on their mobile device.
Preventive Measures Against Threats
One may not like the lengthy and complicated passwords, but still, they are the best means to avoid unauthorized network access. Changing passwords more often and block access to any company information for any departing employee are the best ways to protect the device from threats. Having a two-factor authorization process adds extra security to the data.
Employee Education and Training
Though wearable and IoT serve the pathway for the breaches, the human factor is still an essential cause of breaches. Efficient education must be provided to the employees dealing with software and data so that they can spot any suspicious activity early and mitigate the risk.
Limit Practice of BYOD
Restrict the employees, dealing with sensitive data, to use their own devices while performing any personal activity on the company's device. Most of the time, this can become a critical target for hackers to access the company's information through personal emails.
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