Cyber Monday falling on the same day as International Computer Security Day is ironic to say the least. Our world has become so digital, it is sometimes difficult to keep up. Now, more than ever, is it critical to have a basic understanding of computer security.

In the late 1980s, the first computer virus was discovered by Cornell University researchers. This particular incident has set the tone for security.

Communication, business, and expectations have changed since then. Some have become easier. Some have become more difficult. Regardless, this day and everyday should be a constant reminder to be cyber aware and practice good hygiene.

One can do almost anything from their computer or any IoT device. These devices help us stay connected, work, bank, learn, research, and participate in meetings and groups. The number of overall computer users has increased. As a result, the number of threats has increased.

Nearly every functional organization uses computers and machines to operate and those that hold personal identifiable information (PII) like banks and hospitals tend to be at a higher risk of attack because threat actors value PII so highly.

Every day, there is a data breach of some sort in the world. So, in observance of International Computer Security Day, take the time to secure your smartphones, tablets, computers, and any other IoT device. How should you do this?

Here are 5 steps you can follow to secure your data:

  1. Use strong passwords and enable two-factor authentication
  2. Activate available updates
  3. Back up data and test backups
  4. Educate employees
  5. Conduct tabletop exercises

 

Cyberattacks will not cease to exist any time soon. Our elite engineers are planning protection for organizations constantly and utilizing our Endpoint Detection and Response (EDR) Platform, ShadowSpear® to maximize security. Network defenders should apply these strategies and tools to avoid falling victim to malicious threat groups, though it usually begins with non-technical end-users. They must have an understanding of the importance of cyber awareness. After your employees are aware of the potential threats, utilizing a trusted EDR tool will put your organization on an even higher level to protect your network.

Our cybersecurity professionals are always on alert for malware and manipulative programs by building cases on the threat groups and actors that are encountered on a daily basis. Our 24/7 Security Operations Center (SOC) is complete with certified security engineers to monitor and protect your environment.

Not only are they continuously preventing cyberattacks, but they can also deploy ShadowSpear® in your environment before or after an attack.