Everyone would agree that it is important to keep data and information safe and secure. However, how many have taken concrete steps to really protect their data? Without the appropriate protection, do you know the cyber risks you are exposed to?
Let’s take a quick look below at some of the common cyber threats.
|Type of Cyber Threat||What Is It||Potential Source|
|Trojan||A type of malware that disguises itself as legitimate software but performs malicious activity when executed||File sharing sites, email attachments, spoofed or infected websites, hacked Wi-Fi networks|
|Spyware||A form of malware used to illicitly monitor a user’s computer activity and harvest personal information||Links from emails, text messages, pop-up windows and ads that lead users to malicious websites|
|Ransomware||A type of malware from crypto virology that threatens to publish the victim’s data or perpetually block access to it unless a ransom is paid||Disguised files arriving as email attachments that trick users into downloading or opening|
|Viruses and Worms||Malicious programmes that can self-replicate on computers or via computer networks without the users being aware|
Most of us are generally on a reactive mode – trying to frantically rectify the situation and salvage our data only when met with cyber threats. This could be too late in some instances where confidential information has already been compromised. The monetary losses faced by companies could be rocket high too!
As the old saying goes, prevention is better than cure. Shouldn’t we then proactively protect our data first before losing them?
There are several ways to prevent cyber attacks:
- Install and update antivirus and antispyware software on every computer device
- Use a firewall for your internet connection
- Regularly install software updates
- Backup important business data and information
- Ensure Wi-Fi networks are secured
- Control access to your devices and networks
If you do not have in-house expertise to work on the prevention methods above, there are always professional IT services that you can explore to help you with it. Check out K-Shield, a managed remote IT support service that prevents cyber threats to company networks and secures data protection.
Remember, prevention is better than cure! Act now to stop cyber risks!