As technology becomes more and more entrenched into our daily lives, we become more dependent on it. This dependence may lead to vulnerability - especially if the technology fails. As we move further into 2017, we are seeing even bigger cybersecurity threats than before - more deceptive and creating more vulnerability than ever.
Hackers (and their associated threats) are forever evolving and changing, we need to be constantly aware. There are of course simple rules that we need to keep note of:
Update your passwords regularly and use different characters and symbols each time.
Set up security questions with answers that hackers can’t guess based on your public information. The city you were born in or the name of your prom date aren’t exactly iron-clad secrets.
Avoid downloading suspicious links and delete your cookies every month.
A hack threat can cause more than just a crashed server or spam sent through your systems. From basic phishing through to fundamental security flaws on your website, it is important that you align yourself with a development partner that is up to date with security.
Phishing refers to the fraudulent practice of sending emails pretending to be from reputable companies in order induce individuals to reveal personal information.
Another important thing about cybersecurity and potential hack threats, is that it is not limited to bigger corporations - small businesses are under attack as well.
Cybersecurity topics can be subdivided into two complementary areas: cyber attacks, which are essentially offensive and emphasize network penetration techniques; and cyber defenses, which are essentially protective and emphasize counter-measures intended to eliminate or mitigate cyber attacks.
If you are getting a website or web application developed, don’t be shy to ask about how your application is being built and considered against the current and past security threats. Ask about how updates will work and about continued support to ensure that you web application is kept secure and up to date.
As a business, you can institute solid network security protocols to keep information secure in both the present and future. Keeping ahead of attacks and creating a secure environment are fundamental steps in protecting your assets. Another key component is training your staff, such training is particularly important for companies that rely heavily on cyber communication due to having remote employees.
Some of the security protocols that you can implement can start with these simple steps:
Protect every end point
All devices that are connected to your network, should be secured - every connected item, including wearable technology.
Build for scale and flexibility
A key consideration when developing a web application, but have you thought about it?
Prepare for new sources of data
As technology is evolving so are the sources of new data. Make sure that you are planning ahead of the curve.
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Other resources to look at include OWASP’s web application security testing cheat sheet and OWASP testing project.