Cyber Crime Trends of 2015

As businesses move more towards doing business online, the amount of sensitive information that is being shared online increases. With this information stored and accessed via the web, there is more and more opportunities for cyber attacks to occur. With most of the year behind us, here is a look at some of the cyber crime trends.

As more and more business is done through the cloud, there has been more attacks aimed at the cloud than ever before. What professionals have found is that the trend of putting commercial and personal data onto the cloud for safekeeping has grown at a faster rate than security for the cloud has been able to be created. As a result, there has been a widening security gap in the cloud and more and more cyber attackers have taken advantage of this gap. The Internet of Things has also been a growing problem, but not for the reason you may think. Something as innocent as your refrigerator, car, or electronic picture frame can be the weak link for cyber attackers to gain access to your personal information. With more and more items being connected through the Internet of Things, there are more items that need to be secured. Since these items that are being connected are relatively new, the cybersecurity community still needs time to work on creating new security to protect against malware threats.

While targeted attacks against specific corporations have been popular, attackers may soon come to find that some of the tasks they underwent to perform targeted attacks can become automated. This means that attackers can now create wide nets and spread it through the web, waiting to see who will fall prey. As a result, while targeted attacks may still remain popular, we may find that smaller, personal attacks may begin to affect customers as well. The trend of targeting online payment systems has also grown. Researchers believe that the use of poor passwords is a large factor regarding these attacks. These are just a few of the trends that have occurred just this year. Maintaining proper security systems on your devices can help you not fall victim to cyber attacks.

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Data Security Mistakes to Avoid

If you run a business, you are probably aware of the importance of maintaining proper data security. With the amount of personal information that companies have access to, protecting your data from cyber attackers is key. Even if you have a strong security system, there are still data security mistakes that are commonly made. Be sure you do not fall victim to these common data security mistakes in your business.

One common mistake is having lax email policies. More often than not, unencrypted data is sent through emails without a second thought. This information can than be accessed through cell phones or home computers. In order to properly combat this problem, make sure emails send encrypted data and limit the ways to access the sensitive information. In addition, employees often access their personal emails through the company’s server. Their home email account is often less secure and therefore more easily hacked than the work email.

Another common mistake is failing to insure valuable data. When a data breach occurs, it can often be devastatingly expensive. For example, the Ponemon Institute reported that the average cost of a data breach has increased by 15% in 2013 reach an average of $3.5 million. A small business is even more at risk as high costs such as these often lead to the company going out of business. Therefore, it is important to insure all of the valuable and critical data.

While most are aware of the importance of strong passwords and the use of usernames, some businesses fail to properly manage these security measures. It is important that employees must create new passwords often to maintain security. Also, if employees can gain access to multiple vital systems with the same password, all it takes is for one person to get their hands on the password and suddenly they have access to a plethora of information. Finally, transparency at the first sign of a data breach is vital. It may seem a good idea to not disclose a data breach to customers but failing to do so makes it extremely difficult to rebuild the trust of customers and win them back.

Make sure that your business has the proper data security it needs to prevent any problems.

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Why Cyber Security is Important

Today, businesses rely more and more on computers and the Internet in general.Valuable information is stored and transferred through the web at a faster rate. While this technology provides ease and convenience, if not handled properly, it can lead to serious security threats. Data can be compromised and computers can receive viruses among other things. In order to prevent this from happening, and secure your network, cyber security is key.

Cyber security is also often referred to as information technology security. Cyber security will consist of many things, particularly the protection of computers, programs, data, and networks from unauthorized or unintended access, change or destruction to information. Cyber security is important because of the sensitive information that is gathered and stored by businesses. For example, identifying information of workers such as social security numbers could be exposed if a business did not have proper cyber security. Recently, there have been a number of businesses that have been hacked or have been the victim of cyber attacks. Just within the past year huge companies such as Home Depot, Anthem, Target, Ebay, and JP Morgan Chase have fallen victim to hackers. In the case of Home Depot and Target, credit card information from customers was stolen. In order to avoid these hacks, cyber security is key.

One thing to consider in making your company’s network secure is to have an independent external scan and vulnerability assessment done. This way, you will be able to see all the areas that may need to have more protection. In addition, become aware of all the best practices that you should do in order to have the safest configurations of mobile devices, laptops, workstations and any other place that work is done. While we cannot ignore that hackers and security threats are a real issue, it can be easy to protect information through proper cyber security.

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Safely Browsing the Internet

While the Internet can be used for many things, it can also harbor dangers to you as well as to your computer. More often than not, surfing the web for information will prove harmless; this may cause people to not realize the full danger that can occur while online. For example, when on the Internet, personal information is shared whenever you purchase something online or enter your information. Without the proper protection, this information can easily be stolen. In addition, your computer can be infected by malware including spyware, viruses, and adware. Though there are many risks when going on the Internet, through a little bit of effort on your part, you can safely enjoy the web while protecting your computer and your information.

Here are a few tips on safely browsing the internet. Whenever your browser prompts you to update it, always say yes. This is because the most current versions of your browser will have the most up-to-date security on it, which means they will be able to keep you safer. You can also adjust your security settings on browsers so that they can warn you about potentially dangerous sites such as popups, malicious add-ons, and spyware. In addition, you can install protective software on your computer for added protection. Spybot Search & Destroy for example protects against malware that other security tools might have missed. It can also safely be used alongside other antimalware programs. Symantec Endpoint Protection is a comprehensive security software program that provides protection against spyware. Web of Trust is another program that will warn you if a web page seems risky or has potential threats to your security. It will also verify if the page you are visiting is from a legitimate source. You should also be wary on Internet downloads. Sometimes, when you download a file onto your computer, you can be downloading hidden malware onto your computer as well. If something seems too good to be true, it probably is. So it is better not to risk it. These are just a few tips to consider for safer Internet browsing.

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