How to Protect Your Organization From Cybercrime in 4 Easy Steps

How to Protect Your Organization From Cybercrime in 4 Easy Steps
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    Each passing day, businesses that incorporate ICT face hackers and malware developers.

    Their aim is to destroy the organization's data integrity.


Cyber crime perpetrators can be business competitors trying to get a market edge by destabilizing your company, or hackers looking for financial gain.

In the recent past, organizations globally have fallen victim to cryproware, a kind of ransomware virus which encrypts the organization’s critical data, and demands for a ransom in exchange for the decryption key.

Below are a number of steps organizations should take to minimize the risk and impact of cyber crime.

1. Adequate backup

There are two forms of backup systems: the cloud or local backup.

An efficient backup system should be easily accessible, minimal or no down time and sufficient enough to hold large amounts of data.

In the case of data loss as a result of a virus attack or encryption, the organization’s ICT department is able to restore the data from the backup system, to ensure minimal stoppage of operations for end users.

The backup system should give priority to crucial files, such as databases for ERP systems and document files.

2. A good anti-virus system

There are many anti-virus and anti-malware applications in the market. An organization should acquire the one which gives internet as well as local protection.

Anti-virus software is the first defense against cyber crime, since it either blocks or notifies the IT personnel of any suspicious external intrusion requests.

You should install this software on all organization computers. And, it should always be updated to the latest definitions. Visit this site for a review of the best anti virus software.

3. Install a firewall system

Although most operating systems and anti-virus software have inbuilt firewall systems, there is need to purchase an organizational firewall system. This type of system is installed between the ISP router and internal switch.

The firewall monitors any incoming traffic into the intranet and blocks any suspicious requests.

Firewalls can be a software or hardware, and in most cases they come as a combination of both. The advantage of a firewall is that you only need one instance of it to protect any device that connects to the internal network.

4. Educate employees on Trojan Horses

Trojan Horses are malicious software which tempt a user to click on blinking offers and links. The moment the link is clicked, the malware is injected into the system, which then spreads to the rest of the network, putting the organization’s data integrity at risk.

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Encourage employees to only click links whose authenticity they know. A high percentage of successful intrusions are a result of Trojan Horses from the internet or email attachments.

Most cyber security breaches are a result of carelessness and human error. Which is why organizations should have occasional boot-camps and workshops on how to ensure their safety online.

Data is an expensive asset for any organization. Protect it at all possible costs. Share this information with your social media contacts to educate them on ways of ensuring a safe online experience.

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