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    10 Ways to Prevent Cyber Attacks, and cybercrime

    Cybersecurity will be just as important in 2020 as it is now. Ransomware, phishing, and phishing are just some of the threats facing businesses. Having a reliable security solution is critical to protecting

    What is a Cyber Attack?

    A cyber attack is deliberate exploitation of your systems and/or network. Cyberattacks use malicious code to compromise your computer, logic, or data and steal, leak or hold your data hostage. Cyberattack prevention is essential for every business and organization.

    Here are some examples of common cyber attacks and types of data breaches:

    • Malware, phishing, spamming, spoofing, spyware, trojans, and viruses are among common attacks. Attacks include identity theft, fraud, extortion,

    1. Train your staff

    One of the most common ways cybercriminals get access to your data is through your employees. They’ll send fraudulent
    emails impersonating someone in your organization and will either ask for personal details or for access to certain
    files. Links often seem legitimate to an untrained eye and it’s easy to fall into the trap. This is why employee
    awareness is vital.

    One of the most efficient ways to protect against cyber-attacks and all types of data breaches is to train your employees
    on cyber attack prevention and inform them of current cyber attacks.

    They need to:

    • Check links before clicking them
    • Check email addresses from the received email
    • Use common sense before sending sensitive information. If a request seems odd, it probably is. It’s better to
      check via a phone call with the person in question before actioning the “request”

    Leaf can provide bespoke cyber awareness training for organizations of all sizes. Contact us to find out more.

    2. Keep your software and systems fully up to date

    When system or software is not up to date, cyber attacks occur. Hackers exploit these weaknesses to gain access to your network. It’s smart to invest in a patch management system that will

    3. Ensure Endpoint Protection

    Endpoint protection protects networks that are remotely bridged to devices. Mobile devices, tablets and laptops that are
    connected to corporate networks give access paths to security threats. These paths need protected with specific endpoint
    protection software.

    4. Install a Firewall

    There are so many different types of sophisticated data breaches and new ones surface every day and even make comebacks.

    Putting your network behind a firewall is one of the most effective ways to defend yourself from any cyber attack. A
    firewall system will block any brute force attacks made on your network and/or systems before it can do any damage,
    something we can help you with.

    5. Backup your data

    In the event of a disaster (often a cyber attack) you must have your data backed up to avoid serious downtime, loss of
    data and serious financial loss.

    6. Control access to your systems

    Believe it or not, one of the attacks that you can receive on your systems can be physical, having control over who can
    access your network is really really important. Somebody can simply walk into your office or enterprise and plug in a
    USB key containing infected files into one of your computers allowing them access to your entire network or infect it.

    It’s essential to control who has access to your computers. Having a perimeter security system installed is a very good
    way to stop cybercrime as much as break-ins!

    7. Wifi Security

    Who doesn’t have a wifi enabled device in 2020? And that’s exactly the danger, any device can get infected by connecting
    to a network, if this infected device then connects to your business network your entire system is at serious risk.

    Securing your wifi networks and hiding them is one of the safest things you can do for you systems. With developing more
    and more every day there are thousands of devices that can connect to your network and compromise you.

    8. Employee personal accounts

    Every employee needs their own login for every application and program. Several users connecting under the same
    credentials can put your business at risk.

    Having separate logins for each staff member will help you reduce the number of attack fronts. Users only log in once
    each day and will only use their own set of logins. Greater security isn’t the only benefit, you’ll also get improved
    usability.

    9. Access Management

    One of the risks as a business owner and having employees is them installing software on business owned devices that
    could compromise your systems.

    Having managed admin rights and blocking your staff from installing or even accessing certain data on your network is
    beneficial to your security. It’s your business, protect it!

    10. Passwords

    Having the same password setup for everything can be dangerous. Once a hacker figures out your password, they now have
    access to everything in your system and any application you use.

    Having different passwords setup for every application you use is a real benefit to your security, and changing them often will maintain a high level of protection against external and internal threats.

    Find out more about good password practice here.

    Conclusion: 10 Ways to Prevent Cyber Attacks

    It can be difficult to know where to begin when it comes to protecting your business.

    You need a solution that’s right for your business and your employees. Get in touch with us today for a no obligation
    cyber security assessment. We can help kickstart your journey to becoming secure.

    Talk to Leaf today to find out how we can help you secure your network and prevent cyber attacks.

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