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Common IT Security Threats & Basic Prevention Steps

IT security is crucial to avoid being hacked

It is one thing to embrace and use tech and gadgets, and another to know how to protect yourself from cyberattacks. IT security should be a concern for individuals and organisations when using electronic devices. In fact, businesses are likely to be targeted by hackers because they have more digital assets. 

Types of IT Security Threats

1. Phishing Scams

phishing scams “Phishing” is a spin on the word fishing. Cybercriminals are dangling a fake “lure” in the email or website that appears legitimate, hoping users will “bite” by providing the information the criminals have requested (bank account numbers, credit card details, handphone numbers). If you encounter such tactics, do not click on the link provided and type in the company’s name in the search engine. It will direct you to the legitimate website. 

2. Cloud Jacking 

cloud jacking In 2020, cloud jacking is likely to become a more prominent cybersecurity threat due to the increased use of cloud computing. With more businesses migrating their data to the cloud, cybercriminals will focus on hacking the servers used by cloud computing providers. Hackers are able to infiltrate cloud computing infrastructure and steal the stored data. That being said, it is important to select reputable cloud providers that can offer the best security measures.

3. Mobile Malware

mobile malware
Mobile malware targets mobile devices to gain access to your private data. As many companies allow employees to access corporate networks using their personal devices, it potentially brings unknown threats to the companies’ stored data. Mobile malware commonly comes in the form of ransomware, advertising clicks, and others. 

Basic Prevention Steps

1. Keep Your Software Up-To-Date

Updating patches and security updates are key to ensure online security. They mend previous security flaws and bugs to create a safe computer environment. They may also be built-in as regular schedule updates. Keeping all of your software and handheld devices up-to-date will give hackers a harder time to work on their end.

2. Backup Your Systems and SaaS App Data

Software-as-a-service (SaaS) is a convenient cloud service in which a service provider hosts applications for customers and makes them available to these customers via the Internet. Examples of SaaS applications are Google GSuite (apps), Dropbox, MailChimp, and Hubspot. Cloud services are popular tools used by many companies, which is why hackers aim to exploit all forms of cloud computing to steal stored private data. Backup your systems and SaaS app data from time to time to ensure efficient and quick recovery from cyberattacks.

3. Have a Full Suite of IT Security Services for Company Laptops

For high-risk businesses, invest in robust antivirus software and security applications for every company-owned electronic device to prevent possible security breaches. Lower-risk businesses may opt for more affordable security software that provides the amount of protection needed.

4. Prepare an Emergency Management Plan 

Sometimes, the efforts you put into IT security monitoring may not be enough to prevent company information theft. When hackers are good at what they do, you will have to think a few steps ahead of them. Organise your IT team, communication department and the rest of your company to draw out a contingency plan in the event of a security breach. Although the company suffers a loss of data and profit, the quick rate of recovery will make up the losses in good time.

Computer Analysts and Recovery Experts Pte Ltd (CARE) is an established firm in Singapore that partners with global brands to push out innovative IT security solutions and IT infrastructure to clients. Interested in securing your company from unwanted IT security threats?