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5 tips to prevent cyber attacks

Businesses of all sizes fall victim to cyber attacks on a daily basis. It’s been recorded that malware and phishing attacks can cost companies an average of $2.4 million or more. Still, the question remains,”Who are the primary targets of these attacks?”

Here are a few key findings:

  • 67% of all highly targeted attacks are against ‘Lower-level employees’ such as customer service representatives.
  • Those in ‘Management’ and ‘Upper Management’ positions make up 27% of the most targeted employees within an organization.
  • 20% of employees in public relations, marketing, and human resource positions are attacked by malware and phishing scams.
  • Pharmaceutical drug manufacturers are the most highly targeted industry, recording 71 attacks per company on average over a 3 month period.

These stats give us a lot to think about. Dealing with cyber attacks has become a reactive process. Thanks to our sponsor, Dell, we have some proactive tips to help keep you vigilant and safe as you navigate the digital world.

Watch for shady cybercriminal tricks

Pay extra close attention to attachments, advertisements and pop-up alerts, ensuring you only open what you trust. It’s advised that you train users to spot any malicious emails and websites by knowing what to look out for. Take our phishing quiz to see if you can spot a malicious email.

Avoid unsolicited links and attachments

This is critical. You should know the sender of an email and trust the source it is coming from. If you’re unsure, be cautious and try to avoid opening emails from an unknown source/sender altogether.

If you do open an unsolicited email, never click on links or open Word Docs that are attached. They could lead you to a malicious website and/or infect your gadget with a virus. Although a majority of companies employ malware scanning features, you shouldn’t be solely reliant on this.

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Turn off email HTML

Having HTML enabled can sometimes automatically run malware scripts within an email once it has been opened. It is for this reason, you may want to consider disabling it, which will lower the risk of an attack.

Stop viruses from infecting your entire system

USB and external hard-drives can retain malware and spread across the workplace onto other computers, infecting the entire system. If you want to be extra vigilant, it is recommended that you scan any and all external devices with anti-virus software every time you connect an external portal to a computer. Better safe than sorry.

Regularly change your password

Though this may seem obvious, it is easy to forget to regularly update your passwords or be reluctant to do so in fear of forgetting them. In fact, according to Sophos, 70% of internet users use the same password for almost all the web services they use. Terrible idea!

For security purposes, it is good practice to change your passwords every 90 days. Here are some new ways to come up with secure passwords.

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