Home, secure home

The largest amount of personal information is stored on your home computer, yet very little effort is given to protect it. If cyber criminals get hold of your personal information it can be used in line with social engineering to defraud you, or your place of work or even use your information in bigger fraud scams. So why do you skim on cyber security at home?

I asked several people their thoughts on this, and they came back with the same answers, it seems like too much admin or they just don’t know what they should be doing.

Most explained that when they come home from a long day’s work, the last thing you feel like doing is dealing with a slow computer doing updates or scanning, you want to wind down, relax and watch your favourite shows. You are so used to it being sorted out externally at work, or computers that are already configured with security monitoring in place, that you are lulled into a false sense of security when returning home.

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Hackers, masters of adaption

Hackers constantly adapt and change to fit into an environment where more security measures are being put into action and cyber security knowledge is being used. They are constantly finding new ways to breach systems.

 A “text book” approach is no longer an option, just when you thought you had the system on lock down, a new hack comes on the market and its back to square one. The methods that hackers have been using over the years are morphing into attacks that aren’t as obvious.

A new hack that has come into play is called PhishPoint. This is a hybrid version of a phishing scam, it uses Office 365 to lure the target into entering their credentials and gaining access.

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Just when you thought you were getting the hang of making sure you lock your computer screen at work, changing your passwords regularly and making sure not to click on any dodgy links emailed through to you, you see a headline in the news that looks something like this “SIM-swap scammer nabbed for stealing $5 million...” You feel a lump in your throat and you slowly turn your head in the direction of that one device that never leaves your side.

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Cyber Security is everyone’s fight

Cyber Security may have seemed like a very specialized area of expertise and that it wouldn’t make sense to learn about it if you weren’t planning on making it a career path. This has changed drastically now that most of your life is run digitally. Being aware and educating yourself is becoming more of a necessity than just an extra notch on your knowledge belt.

Having a basic security knowledge will assist you in making decisions towards implementing professional cyber security plans within your place of work and creating a safer cyber home life.

It is no longer something you can be oblivious to, you assume that with anything related to your computer or network, its IT’s problem, it’s all on them and that you don’t play a role, that is far from the truth.

 The IT department and cyber security partners can only do so much to keep the security at its highest level, if you are clicking on suspicious links, putting infected usb’s into machines and sending money without verifying the sender, it will be impossible for them to keep the environment safe, this is why you need to realize that you play a big part in keeping cyber crime out of the office.

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2018, the year of breaches

It has become very rare to go a week without hearing about a major data breach somewhere in the world. If you were hoping that things would change, according to a report by Positive Technologies, breaches had increased by 32% in the first quarter of 2018 when compared to the same time last year.

John Mc Loughlin, the MD of J2Software always says, “There are two kinds of businesses out there: Those who have been breached and those who do not know they have been breached.”

Businesses need to realise that if they are not taking precautions or thinking about cyber security, there is a big possibility that they are being breached and are completely unaware it’s happening.

Businesses of all sizes have a responsibility to ensure they have a multi-layer cyber security program in place to protect their staff, supplier and client’s data.

Breaches are costing businesses millions, not only due to the loss of information but also having to do damage control and address the issue to the public. 

The cost of a data breach is not only about the direct financial loss because the reputational damage can be far more expensive as customers leave and stop doing business when the trust is lost.

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