Today, cyber-attacks are becoming more and more frequent. In France, nearly 50,000 SMEs have already been victims, as have 40% of industrial companies. In 2017, the estimated loot of cybercrime in France was 6.1 billion euros and between 400 and 600 billion dollars worldwide. It is therefore imperative to place cybersecurity at the centre of attention, both professionally and personally.
Top 3 misconceptions
#1 Free protection is enough
This is a first step in securing your computer and data. However, there are many threats and the role of an antivirus is no longer just to detect software. Protection must cover all your uses (Internet browsing, e-mails, file downloads, online payment, etc.). More and more functions are now offered by paid software: control of web browsing and webcam access, protection of the home network, monitoring of external devices, etc.
#2 Just be careful on the Internet
Keep in mind that threats are multiple and ubiquitous on the web. The sites you visit daily are not immune to attack and may contain malicious scripts. Hackers can also target certain browsers: Chrome, Safari, Firefox, Edge all have vulnerabilities that can be exploited. The same applies to software that you use on the Internet or that is permanently connected to the Net, such as Office suites, PDF readers, image editing software, etc.
#3 Hackers are only interested in sensitive data.
All data, whether on servers, professional databases or personal computers, are valuable and can be exchanged for cash. Health data is particularly coveted as well as e-mail addresses, telephone numbers and of course credit card codes. From the keylogger that records all the data entered on your computer keyboard to the phishing (these fake emails – more or less well done – that encourage you to use your identifiers on counterfeit sites that look secure), any means are fine to extract this data from you without you seeing or being able to react. This information will then be resold in batches to companies who will use it to analyse behaviours and better target profiles. Of course, hackers can also take advantage of this opportunity to make fraudulent purchases on the Internet and, in the most serious cases, usurp your identity.
How to protect your data?
It is important to keep one thing in mind: Not everything protects itself in the same way. Determine and prioritize what is important and what you want to protect at all costs. In companies, data are subject to the same risks as in personal life. Here is a non-exhaustive list of good practices to avoid any damage to your digital data:
- Examine: Take a step back and scan your systems regularly to detect any vulnerabilities. Don’t forget unused services that can also be security breaches by spreading malware in your networks.
- Prioritize: Focus on the features that are essential because you will unfortunately not be able to keep an eye on everything.
- Educate: Train users of your company’s software to be always vigilant, especially about opening suspicious attachments or malicious links from unknown senders.
- Save: Keeping copies of important files ensures the durability of your data.
- Delimit: Try to restrict access to sensitive data as much as possible because more access means a higher probability of risk.
- Update: Remember to regularly update your software, anti-virus and IT security tools since the latest versions avoid threats.
Reduce risks with Audros
By choosing to centralize your data (regardless of its nature) in a single repository such as Audros, you secure it in a safe that allows you to assign access and rights according to the functions of employees and to have control over all changes made to your documents. To secure your data and prevent risks within your company, contact us!