6 Measures to Protect Your Company from Cybercrime
Every company should take these safety precautions:
The quality and scope of cyberattacks on companies have increased steadily in recent years. In 2019 alone, criminal attacks on companies in Germany cost them around 102.9 billion euros annually, according to Bitkom. This amount is almost twice as high as in 2017, which is reason enough to take a closer look at the topic. After all, not all companies are as well protected as they think.
New technologies and the Internet of Things are part of everyday life for companies in all industries. However, the use of the Internet and networked communication devices results in numerous risks such as identity theft, data espionage and virus attacks. Especially if you store personal data on your website, it is important to guarantee your customers the best possible protection against cyberattacks. Therefore, it is [...]
1. up-to-dateness: always install the latest updates
Hackers often use bugs or security holes in the software to gain access to a system. Therefore, it is important to regularly install the latest updates. Performing updates promptly sounds trivial, but is nevertheless often forgotten. However, it is inevitable to keep all systems up to date at all times. Cyber criminals often exploit gaps in the operating system to gain access to data. A problem that you can eliminate relatively easily, since many technical gaps are eliminated with a patch or update. Furthermore, programs like an antivirus solution and a firewall are important to protect the system.
2. safety understanding of the employees
IT processes are becoming increasingly complex and only a few people are familiar with the area. Employees are therefore a frequent target of cyber attacks. It is particularly important to involve employees in the topic of IT security. This does not mean converting every employee into an IT specialist, but rather imparting a basic understanding. Employees must be regularly trained and educated in the handling of sensitive data. It must be clearly defined who is allowed to access which data. They must also be made aware of various problem situations, such as e-mails that contain potential viruses and have not been detected by the virus protection program.
3. complex passwords
Use complex and thus secure passwords that consist of a mixture of numbers, special characters, and upper and lower case letters and, at best, do not form a single word. This makes it more difficult for hackers to guess the password. It also makes sense to create a username that is not easy for a cybercriminal to guess.
4. download programs and data only from trusted sources
In many activities, data and programs need to be downloaded from the Internet on a regular basis. Before downloading, make sure that the source is trustworthy. At best, download the program from the website of the respective manufacturer and not from shady third-party providers.
5. make backups regularly
If the PC becomes infected despite all protective measures, important data may be lost. Therefore, create backup copies and test them regularly with regard to their up-to-dateness, functionality and consistency. Keep the backed-up data separate and not accessible via the network. Cloud applications offer one possibility for backup copies.
6. inform yourself!
Up-to-date information is the be-all and end-all! Find out regularly about current risks and dangers of cybercrime, the GDPR, and new ways to protect yourself.