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According to Accenture, security breaches have increased by 67% since 2014 with an average of 2,244 times a day around the globe. Now the question you may ask is how can we prevent such attacks against us?

We have gathered 3 tips on how you can further enhance your cybersecurity to prevent such crimes.

1. Protect and back up your data

Protecting your data can be done through several methods such as securing your internet server and installing anti-malware software. Besides those, another way is to ensure that your data is encrypted. This is specifically important for sensitive information such as customer information, employee information and key business data that will be detrimental if leaked to the public. 

Through encryption, your information will be processed into an unreadable text whereby it can only be deciphered with a special key or a brute-force attack. It is further supported by the International Journal of Advanced Computer Science and Applications, stating that data encryption is deemed as the “most efficient” fix for data breaches. 

After encryption, the next step is to always back up your data. By doing so, you will prevent yourself from ransomware hackers who are notoriously known to lock companies out of their systems and demand ransom for the hacked data. With a copy of your data stored elsewhere would give you a plan B in such scenarios. 

2. Regular Updates

Yes, this is something we all know but yet guilty for clicking the “update later” button on our mac. Now, imagine it on a larger scale – the need to update your whole company’s software system. It is troublesome but a VERY necessary process. This ensures that your company is resistant to code defects or also known as exploits. Without a properly patched system, hackers can easily gain access to your information leaving you extremely vulnerable to cyberattacks. 

The cost of such an attack outweighs the time, money and effort to keep your systems updated regularly. Let’s look at this alarming problem closer to home. Two years ago, 1.5 million Singaporeans were affected by a Singhealth cyberattack where personal data were leaked. The whole cause is due to an oversight on our integrated Health Information Systems’ (IHiS) where the system was not updated for 14 months. This further emphasises the importance of a regular patched system. 

3. Educate 

Educating your workforce is as essential as workers themselves. Oftentimes, attackers tend to target individuals for information. For an example of such a case is the use of social engineering where they manipulate individuals in providing personal details and eventually use them for fraudulent purposes. With studies showing that almost 90% of data breaches are caused by human errors, educating your employees can help to prevent a cyber attack like such. 

For an employee to be able to report a security threat, one must first be able to identify it. This comes with training programs to the know-hows in mitigating such situations. At Vertical Institute Cybersecurity boot camp, you can expect to learn about common cybersecurity threats and risks while also receiving hands-on practice with vulnerability scans. 

Just like Benjamin Franklin once said “if you don’t plan, you plan to fail” is relatable in cybersecurity. Without proper planning of your systems and preparation for an attack, your company and its data might fall into the wrong hands. If you wish to learn more about cybersecurity, click here