Cybercrime is any criminal activity that involves a computer, networked device or a network. While most cybercrimes are carried out in order to generate profit for the cybercriminals, some cybercrimes are carried out against computers or devices directly to damage or disable them, while others use computers or networks to spread malware, illegal information, images or other materials. Some cybercrimes do both — i.e., target computers to infect them with viruses, which are then spread to other machines and, sometimes, entire networks.
Cybercrime is an ongoing threat in 2019. It is not possible to prevent cybercrimes. However, you can take precautions to help protect against it. Recent High-profile cyber attacks on companies such as Target and Sears have raised awareness of the growing threat of cybercrime. Many small business owners are victims of cybercrime, largely because of poor security measures
Here are 10 steps through which you can increase the cybersecurity.
1. Avoid Phishing emails
As the Google quiz points out, always double-check links (by hovering over them), as well as the email address of the sender.Keep all your software up to date. Turn on two-factor authentication wherever possible.
2. Protect your computers
Use a full-service Internet security suite like Norton Security, Kaspersky Total Security, McAfee LiveSafe.
3. Firewalls Security
A firewall to an Internet is like border security officer because of its role in disallowing the wrong things from entering your computer from a network or the Internet.
4. Anti-spyware removal tools
Norton Power Eraser (https://us.norton.com/support/tools/npe.html), which eliminates deeply embedded and difficult-to-detect crimeware that traditional virus scanning doesn’t always detect.Comodo Forensic Analysis, Emsisoft Emergency Kit.
5. Network intrusion detection system (NIDS)
An intrusion detection system (IDS) is a device or software application that monitors a network or systems for malicious activity or policy violations. These systems can collect a large number of alerts in a day, overloading your work, thus analyzing and filtering has to be done manually. Deploy OSSEC, Suricata, Bro Network Security Monitor.
6. Restrict Access To Sensitive Information
Limit employee access to data and information and limit authority to install the software. Data which is vulnerable and can be targeted by hackers should be restricted to access to authorized staff only.
7. Cybersecurity Audit
This audit provides management with an assessment of an organization’s cybersecurity policies and procedures and their effectiveness. The process of the cybersecurity audit should be repeated regularly.
8. Backup data
Protecting data against loss, corruption, disasters (manmade or natural) and other problems is one of the top priorities for IT organization. Make backup copies of important business data and information into an External Drive.
9. Don't Click
Do not click on any suspicious link, a website with http//, any attachment with an email from an unknown source, unknown download.It’s better to exercise caution.
It is always good to have knowledge about the risks involved in cyberspace. If you understand the risks, you will implement better security measures. You must conduct research regarding all possible threats that might harm your business. After compiling the results of the audits, develop and implement security strategies accordingly in order to reduce the risks that you have identified.