What is Cybersecurity?
Cybersecurity is the state or process of protecting and recovering computer systems, networks, devices, and programs from any type of cyber attack. Cyber attacks are an increasingly sophisticated and evolving danger to your sensitive data, as attackers employ new methods powered by social engineering and artificial intelligence (AI) to circumvent traditional data security controls.
The fact of the matter is the world is increasingly reliant on technology and this reliance will continue as we introduce the next generation of new technology that will have access to our connected devices via Bluetooth and Wi-Fi.
To keep customer data protected while embracing new technology, intelligent cloud security solutions should be implemented alongside strong password policies like multi-factor authentication to mitigate unauthorized access.
Why is Cybersecurity so Important Today?
No matter if you are part of a big conglomerate, run a single-person business, or are just a regular citizen who uses a laptop and a smartphone (or any other device) to work remotely at a coffee shop, cybersecurity is equally as important in all cases. Cybercrime and online scams can compromise all of us. Also, it is a misconception that you are not important enough to be hacked or “scammed. According to official statistics, malicious data breaches resulted in almost 40 billion sensitive records being exposed in 2020. Meanwhile, malicious software (malware), ransomware attacks, DDoS attack, phishing scams, and more all peaked during the worst part of the pandemic, particularly exploiting a remote workforce and unattended systems. Cybercrime costs organizations worldwide about $3 million every minute, amounting to trillions of dollars in damage dealt already. The fact that we are digitally transforming our data is a great convenience for everyone but is a double-edged sword because it puts that data at great cyber risk. At a higher level, financial institutions and healthcare institutions have been the target of ransomware and phishing attacks these past two years. Not only that but critical infrastructures like the energy sector and academic institutions, even city power and water grids, have been targeted by threat actors.
What Can You Do to Protect Yourself?
Coming down to a level that affects regular people, there are internet best practices and cybersecurity tools that can immensely support everyone’s basic digital safety. Hundreds of millions of people all over the world are already learning these facets of cybersecurity, while many others are still unaware and oblivious to the concept. Because of this, here is a list of general cybersecurity best practices that everyone should apply;
• Good password security across all systems and devices
• The usage of VPNs, antimalware suites, and antivirus suites
• Properly updating and configuring all systems and devices
• Learning not to overshare data on social media
• Understanding router cybersecurity and other hardware cybersecurity
• Understanding the proper backing up of data
While large organizations have the resources to employ expensive third-party security teams and security solutions to lower their cyber risk, the above list applies to the consumer-level individual. Addressing access security such as applying password hygiene, keeping devices updated, and making use of cybersecurity tools such as Virtual Private Networks and antimalware/antivirus programs is a good starting point for all. Perhaps even more importantly, understanding that data backups can save your life will further boost your cybersecurity.