In this day and age, most of us rely heavily on their digital devices. So, naturally, the subject of cybersecurity, or computer security, has come to be a major concern for many people. For some, it is the fear of having their personal information stolen, while others are mainly worried about their files and data being destroyed. Nevertheless, pretty much all people are afraid of what they do not know as it is hard to realize when a person is snooping around your data since the entirety of the matter is usually done covertly. The good news is that while there are challenges to cybersecurity, there are also solutions. Today, in the year 2020, there are some effective ways to overcome some of the most common and terrifying challenges of cybersecurity. Here is what you need to know.
Unbeknown to many, the security threat posed by malware can come through various creative channels, and at the center stands perhaps the least creative of all, email spam. It is regarded as the main vector of all malware infections. However, there are other methods used to introduce this malicious software that cyber attackers are fond of. They can include software downloads, vulnerabilities found in an operating system, and many more. Malware exists in various strains, which include Trojans, worms, and viruses.
Typically, the way to overcome this challenge is by installing antivirus software. However, simply downloading the software and then forgetting about it is not enough, as you will need to ensure that it is regularly updated. In addition to that, you will need to consistently perform regular scans. To fully utilize the capabilities of your antivirus software, you will need to make sure your operating system is up to date, otherwise, you may experience issues with the software and your device will be vulnerable to malware infections. Apart from securing your device, you will also need to act prudently and remain mindful of what you are clicking on.
Distributed denial of service, or DDoS, attacks are quickly becoming a very prominent form of cybercrime that experienced an exponential rise in previous years. Incidents involving DDoS include things like taking a website down. The process by which a DDoS attack is executed is as straightforward as overloading a server with a series of access requests, which ultimately causes it to crash. Most commonly, the perpetrator of such an attack employs “botnets”, which help cyber criminals achieve their goals faster. Today, with the digital world continuously evolving, DDoS is evolving as well; with attacks involving a new technique called “Memcaching”. This process uses unprotected, open-source, object-caching systems which allow for the traffic to increase dramatically, bringing the site’s traffic up to more than a terabyte.
Cybersecurity companies around the world have displayed their many redeeming qualities, all of which revolve around the security they provide us by delivering quality security software and other methods that can keep our devices safe. The cybersecurity investors at Option3Ventures explain that their work focuses on bringing a new perspective to companies, consequently strengthening the fight against cybercrime. They achieve this by integrating the experience of the management belonging to the United States National Security Community with their investment expertise and extensive operations, thus ensuring the best possible outcome. Because of the hard work presented by similar companies, overcoming a DDoS attack is feasible, even for those who aren’t tech-savvy.
Start by purchasing additional bandwidth, which helps handle the spikes in traffic caused by this unique type of malicious activity. You will also need to strengthen your infrastructure by building better redundancy. Next, you should look to configure your network hardware so that it is pitted against DDoS attacks, and then deploy an anti-DDoS software and hardware. Finally, remember to protect the DNS server and you should be fine.
It is true that if a person misuses their access privileges, then even the best security measures can prove ineffective; however, it is not impossible to overcome. When employees abuse their privileges, they sometimes take ‘vital information’ without permission. This is where SLA Assurances come in. SLA, or service legal agreements, stipulate that all parties involved in a task— or anything as such— must adhere to certain security obligations. While this method does not prevent attackers from attacking, it might discourage them as it makes your employees legally required to fulfill the agreement, otherwise, they will suffer serious financial repercussions.
All in all, there are several different ways to protect yourself from a hacker’s intrusive infiltrations. However, seeing as these solutions are unique to the type of challenge presented and they will need reinforcing, you should consider taking additional measures. This can include informing and educating your staff on the security policies, offering training to those involved in cybersecurity, and obtaining all of the required tools to strengthen your security.