When it comes to cybersecurity, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. That is to say, most malware, including ransomware, is easier to prevent than fix. While many organizations have policies about cybersecurity, a lot of these policies have not been updated in a while. Some other organizations simply rely on people to use common sense, which can prove detrimental if the wrong employee encounters a threat they are unfamiliar with.
While safe guards and policies can be implemented, at the end of the day, preventing attacks will fall to the end user. Here are some basic tips to arm your organization with the knowledge it needs to help protect the IT environment.
Know the basics: Don’t open attachments until they’ve been scanned. Don’t download anything from websites you don’t trust implicitly, and even then, scan the download prior to allowing it onto your computer. Run a periodic scan of your hard drive to check for malware.
Have a full security suite. A comprehensive security suite should contain firewalls, block certain web traffic, screen incoming links, filter out junk mail and spam and scan PCs for malware on a consistent basis. The more protection you have in place, the less chance you have of falling victim.
Be wary of links. Malicious links come from emails, text messages and other websites. If it looks funny, don’t click it – even if it came from someone you trust. If you suspect that you’ve received a link that leads to trouble, contact your IT team for assistance.
Pick up the phone. Receiving an unexpected email from a colleague with a link to a document you were not expecting should warrant enough concern to pick up the phone – before clicking on the link. Contact the colleague by phone or in person and ask them if they sent the email. If they did not, you have let them know they have an infection and you’ve thwarted an attack.
Do not BYOD. Bring your own device policies can set up an entire network for disaster because of one employee’s bad judgment. Protect your network and ensure only authorized computers and devices are connected to the network.
Keep up the training. It is not generally safe to assume that employees are well versed in good internet safety. Provide periodic training and send out safety bulletins with updates on cybersecurity threats and best practices. For example, many employees may not be aware that if an infected mobile device has Bluetooth enabled, it can potentially access your contacts list from your computer’s hard drive.
These are some simple things that everyone can remember to do that will enhance your cybersecurity. Will a full suite of security tools and measures, you can prevent most malware attacks from happening. If you're convinced that you're not at risk of an attack, take a look at our cybersecurity inforgraphic.
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