Dealing with cybersecurity threats has been a constant headache for all kinds of organizations globally. And the issue has triggered even more during COVID-19. Hackers have been using malware to steal sensitive data and more than 93% of global giants have confessed that they have dealt with phishing attacks more and more for the last one year. It calls for strengthening cybersecurity by practicing different techniques that can reduce security concerns by a large extent.
The techniques that most cybersecurity experts have declared essential and effective have been discussed below.
- Learning About Phishing
In order to learn how to prevent it, it’s first important to understand how it happens.
So, to start with, phishing is a specific way of stealing sensitive information by using the backdoors to release malware in a system. Malware is a tweaked code that gives hackers access to all the information in the system and they can lock you out and demand a ransom in exchange for handing back the stolen information.
Some more advanced and more lethal versions of phishing are spear phishing and Pharming.
That said, now comes the ways in which you can prevent your organization from phishing scams.
- Create Email Awareness – Teach your employees to not click on unsolicited emails that come from unidentified sources.
- Using Network Segmentation
Yes, the employees play a huge role in reducing phishing threats but they can’t be held responsible for the security alone. You, as an organization, have to take steps that will protect you in case a security breach happens.
The most important step that we are talking about is practicing network segmentation. For example, if you have 100 systems in your company, you usually have just 1 network and all the 100 systems are connected to this 1 network.
Now, network segmentation happens when you use, say, 10 independent networks instead of 1 network. Now, if 10 systems are connected to 1 network, then those 10 are an island of their own – they, in no way, are connected with either of the remaining 9 networks and 90 systems.
The benefit of this practice is that if one network is compromised, the others remain safe. It limits the damage.
- Password Protection Using MFA
MFA is a wonderful way to increase system security. If a hacker decodes the password, they won’t be able to access the system until they clear the security layers added by MFA.
So, do follow these practices to discourage hackers from attacking your firm.