- Raising awareness among your employees and all staff accessing or using the company database is one of the main ways to prevent most attacks.
- Most cyber attacks happen not because hackers are smart, but because your employees are not.
- It is advisable to spend big to keep your business safe rather than going on a wild goose hunt once it has happened.
It is not uncommon to hear reports of cyber attacks targeting reputable brands and companies around the world. As a business looking to build a brand and compete with the big guns, cybersecurity is a given. You have to implement it at all levels or suffer the fate of having to start all over again, several times, due to unwarranted infiltrations.
A cyber attack is as bad as a bomb exploding in your office. They have similar devastating effects and recovery is expensive or never takes place. Imagine building your business and flattening out when you feel like everything is as it should be.
Digital evolution has brought unprecedented dangers to the very tools that are meant to spearhead evolution. Hackers are now sophisticated; they trigger sporadic and random attacks.
That means your website, emails, files, and computer system are “under the radar” of malicious people waiting to pounce the moment they detect a vulnerability.
The Kenya Communications Authority (CA) estimates that there have been at least 56 million cyberattacks against businesses and organizations. This is a significant increase from the last two years.
This figure is expected to increase by the end of the year, helped by the fact that most companies are turning to online operations without adequate cybersecurity training.
The line of defense has been stretched considerably in that if you had a team using a secure office network, you now have everyone working from home and accessing corporate resources on multiple networks using multiple networks. devices.
Microsoft says spending on firewalls and antivirus software in the year following the start of the Covid-19 pandemic increased 64%. This shows the urgency that organizations are putting into cybersecurity.
According to the AC, malware and web application attacks topped 50 million in the year following the start of the pandemic.
Companies must therefore take the necessary measures to prevent the majority of these attacks.
Raising awareness among your employees and all staff accessing or using the company database is one of the main ways to prevent most attacks. Studies have shown that most cyber attacks are the result of the negligence of software users. Hackers need this little loophole to access it.
When an employee logs into the company system on a shared device and forgets to log out or when using unprotected devices, hackers get an easy breakthrough to devastate your business. Most cyberattacks happen not because hackers are smart, but because your employees are not. So educate your employees and make sure they understand what’s at stake.
Using outdated software is another way for hackers to gain access to your business and lock you down. Always be on the lookout for available updates and make sure you have the correct versions; some updates may include virus and malware attachments.
If in doubt, ask for help. Obsolete software can have vulnerabilities that allow attackers to gain free access to your confidential file storage devices.
For your business to grow and establish the brand you want, make sure your device (s) are in good condition and protected by a firewall. Use up-to-date and effective virus protection software. It costs much less to buy this antivirus or firewall for your device than to recover from an actual hack attempt or hack.
Hackers are posted all over the world. Some have used sophisticated software in their malicious business, making it difficult to trace their whereabouts. So it is advisable to spend big to keep your business safe rather than going on a wild goose hunt after this has happened. I don’t think you have much of a chance to pursue a hacker stationed somewhere in a remote town.
Today, piracy is a criminal enterprise. They do this 24 hours a day. Indeed, some companies collectively lose more than the gross domestic product of the countries in which they operate. Your business is not secure. In fact, the moment when you will feel like everything is fine is when you will be overwhelmed. Protect your business and strengthen your brand’s reputation by preventing cyber attacks.
Ruben Wanjala Simiyu, Communication and marketing advisor.