Technological dependence has led us to be constantly exposed to the risks in the present internet world and more and more frequent attacks on software, email accounts or online banking.
Carolina Daanje, head of Willis Towers Watson’s Cyber Risk Unit, warns that “cyber risk is not like the other risks facing organizations. In the first place, it is not possible to avoid it, because if you wanted to avoid all cyber risks you would have to eliminate your email, computer, internet access, landline, mobile, etc. “
However, it is always wise to take precautions and bet on cyber defense to minimize the chances of cyberbullying in your company. Here are five tips.
Choose safe passwords
We have to put them in all the accounts that we use online and it is not always easy to remember them, but all experts in cybersecurity warn that a strong password is essential to protect against these risks.
For US National Security Agency (NSA) ex-examiner Edward Snowden, it is best to use uppercase, lowercase letters, numbers, and characters (such as pads or asterisks).
Online security specialist Yaiza Rubio, for her part, recommends not reusing passwords in different services. But how not to forget all these keys? It’s simple: using managers like LastPass or Dashlane, which can store them in encrypted form.
Securely share information
If you are sharing confidential information with a client or provider through the cloud, it is more than advisable to use information encryption tools before uploading it, as recommended by the National Institute of Cybersecurity (INCIBE).
In addition, it is always advisable to have a backup of all the information about the company. This way it will be easier to recover the data in case of loss or theft by a hacker.
Avoid sharing personal data
It is very common for many websites to request personal data to register, but you should try to reduce the perimeter of exposure of personal information because this way pirates are more likely to launch targeted attacks.
In the words of Carolina Daantje, “any security incidents or unauthorized access to systems that lead to a leakage of sensitive personal data information will have a significant reputational, regulatory and operational impact on companies.”
The National Institute of Cybersecurity (INCIBE) recalls that data protection is a right recognized by the Constitution, European Law and the Organic Law on the protection of personal data (LOPD).
Beware of browsing suspicious sites
Pages that offer free downloads often contain malware, so it also counts sensitivity and caution when browsing pages of unsure reputation to reduce the chances of a cyber-attack.
From INCIBE they advise entering sites with HTTPS, a protocol designed to offer protection and security online.
Attention to phishing
Although phishing is a long-standing cyberattack mode, it is still widely used and involves trying to replace the identity of trusted companies and institutions to steal user data.
Usually, attacks are received by email, so INCIBE recommends being cautious with e-mails from alleged banking entities that offer promotions or request very accurate data.
There is a little precaution to increase cyber-defense and prevent attacks by hackers, which is 2017 are again emerging as one of the main emerging risks.