Cyber Security is not an Option anymore, now it’s a matter of Survival

Sunday - 13/11/2016 16:03
Cybersecurity is a global phenomenon representing a complex socio-technical challenge for governments, but requiring the involvement of individuals.
Cyber Security is not an Option anymore, now it’s a matter of Survival
Although cybersecurity is one of the most important challenges faced by governments today, the visibility and public awareness remains limited. Almost everybody has heard of cybersecurity, however, the urgency and behaviour of persons do not reflect high level of awareness.

Today we are going to discuss about cyber security & its survival. It will help improve your overall personal cyber security. The hostile cyber security environment we find ourselves in today would startle even the most cynical predictions of a decade ago. This guide will improve the security posture of anyone who has an online presence, which today means everyone.

Cyber Security Risk

The scale of cyberattacks is steadily growing, and many anticipate the likelihood of catastrophic cyberattacks in the future.  We already see attacks on a national scale, so it is not farfetched to imagine a digital pandemic with attacks crippling entire economies.

The current pace of digital transformation, coupled with increased digital interconnectedness around the globe, can further exacerbate the risks of cyber intrusions.

Cyberattacks and cybercrime will shape the Internet and our relationship to it. Inadequate management of cyber threats will put users increasingly at risk, undermine trust in the Internet and jeopardise its ability to act as a driver for economic and social innovation.

Your data has a chance of already having been stolen and it will be stolen again and again. It doesn’t matter if you use secure passwords and have two factor authentication enabled on your accounts.

It doesn’t matter if you are old or young, male or female, which country you are based in or which services you use and which companies you do business with.

Even if you use a strong password, two factor authentication and security best practices, your data will still be stolen because the companies whose services you use in some cases will fail to protect their own networks.

The supply chain is fundamental to manufacturers, and today’s intelligent, connected platforms and devices can be used to create a digital supply network (DSN) capable of capturing data from points across the value chain and using it to inform the others.

The result can be improved management and flow of materials and goods, more efficient use of resources, and supplies that better meet customer needs. For all its benefits, however, the increasing interconnectedness of the DSN also brings with it new cyber weaknesses, particularly in two trust-dependent areas.

Cyberterrorism unlike conventional terrorism does not currently threaten life and limb. As a result, very little attention is paid to the effects of cyberterrorism on civilians. More often, attacks are harder to recognise.

Most hacks follow warnings that were overlooked: emailed tip-offs, both internal and external, about a potential security risk that were never read, phone calls that were ignored. Cyber threats today have come a long way from simple data breaches or password hacks.

The potential for breaches to occur is extremely high and threats can originate from a variety of sources – lone-wolf criminals, terrorist groups, business competitors or even other countries. In fact, cyber threats can also arise from internal channels either due to deliberate sabotage or negligent conduct and non-compliance.

The stakes for organizations are higher than ever as the volume and nature of information that can be compromised is present on an unprecedented scale. Thus, traditional and reactive IT security processes such as updating an antivirus software on all machines is simply not enough anymore.

While this method’s effectiveness depended on how quickly global virus signature files were updated, today’s cybersecurity threat lead times are lower than 12 hours. Organizations thus need to adopt complex risk mitigation solutions to combat the complex cybersecurity threats they are exposed to.

Survival Guide

Once the hack is confirmed, things begin to move very quickly. The company’s first call should be to its incident response unit — a dedicated team trained to deal with attacks. This can be an in-house group or an external company on retainer.

Check your Router

The first tip for survive from cyber attack is to improve your router. To launch a large-scale cyberattack, attackers need a loose network of connected devices. This could be your laptop, your mobile, your Smart TV, even your smart toaster. Infected to act as one in carrying out attacks against companies, power grids, or ultimately the world.

And the reality is that the first line of defense all of these internet-enabled devices have is your router. it can also be your weakest link unless you take steps now to make sure it’s working for you, and not them. You’d be surprised how unsecure routers are out of the box. The good news is that hackers usually go for the low-hanging fruit.

Just a few improvements to your router security can make you an unappealing target. You must Change the default admin username and password for your router, turn on WPA2 encryption, disable any remote access services, update your router’s firmware, Check your router for vulnerabilities. Make sure you trust all the devices that you connect to your network.

Make more stronger your security

Make sure your antivirus is up-to-date. Use spam detection apps, addon, tools & browsers to protect your device from spam. Use Secure DNS. It will protect you from DNS hacking. Scan the files before downloading.

An antivirus program can protect you from spyware and malicious software accidentally downloaded from torrent sites. Ensure your computer is guarded from the advanced threats such as ransomware and potentially unwanted programs like adware. With the right know-how, you can help protect yourself on open networks and continue sharing important idea safely.

Update all things

Whether you’re using Windows, macOS, Android, iOS, Linux, or just a Pebble, you’ll make sure that you’re running the very latest version of the operating system. individual apps get security patches as part of their regular updates. Before install or update any app you’ll have to check in the app menu, usually under the “about” section or you can check their websites. On Android and iOS, if you’ve stuck to apps from the Play Store and App Store, you should be able to just get all of your apps updated at once. You should update all yours devices.

Keep Backup

Make sure that you’ve logged out from all websites that contains your personal information & devices. Keep a backup of all your data. Store your files in a place you can access from any location, whether you’re in a dorm room or home on break.

And for those wanting to secure their data even further, backing up files in two locations ensures double the protection. Backing up files to the cloud or other unconnected devices safeguards against ransomware attacks.

Conclusion

Computer security is a vast topic that is becoming more important because the world is becoming highly interconnected, with networks being used to carry out critical transactions. The environment in which machines must survive has changed radically since the popularization of the Internet.

Professional cybercrime is a growing industry, and organisations may be at risk. The environment in which machines must survive has changed radically since the popularization of the Internet. The root of most security problems is software that fails in unexpected ways. Although software security as a field has much maturing to do, it has much to offer to those practitioners interested in striking at the heart of security problems.

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