With more and more of our business and personal affairs being conducted online, cyber security is becoming increasingly complex. The global pandemic has escalated the issue, with home-working significantly increasing the risk of breach or attack. Knowing who today’s cyber enemies are, and how and why they attack helps us improve our line of defence.
Today’s cyber enemies, often referred to as Bad Actors, are becoming increasingly clever at playing a deceitful role in order to gain access to your systems. To combat this threat, you need to have robust and relevant security practices in place. Let’s look at the types of bad actors you might encounter today.
Cyber Essentials, Microsoft 365 data protection and Multi Factor Authentication (MFA) can all prevent incidents caused by unhappy employees, while email protection, user training, mobile device management, antimalware software and MFA can be implemented to help prevent human error.
Lock the front door! Every employee is a keyholder and should be trained and made aware of potential vulnerabilities. Other technical solutions such as a well-configured firewall, regular patching schedules, MFA, mobile device management and keeping line of business applications up to date are vital steps in protecting internal resources from external threats.
The good news is that 90% of today’s threats can be mitigated with a well-thought-through approach to cyber security including the process of gaining Cyber Essentials certification for your business.