Secure What?

Security is always critical not just in the corporate world, but just as important for the everyday consumers. As technology continues to expand we need to be concerned about our security at home, daily transportation, work environment, and gadgets we carry everyday etc.

The way of the future is a smart future, and when I say this I’m talking about things such as smart homes, smart cars. More and more supply of free wifi on public transportation as well as in public areas i.e. The new payphone booths.

The devices in the homes such as:

• Amazon echo

• Google Home

• Samsung SmartThings etc.

can very much be hacked and compromise. The task of what the device are designed to do will not work because of cyber criminals invading the purpose.

It’s very easy for cyber criminals to violate and hack your smart home devices.

Not just your smart devices at home or even gadgets we wear everyday such as smart watches , Fitbit… your computer and smart phones are probably the easiest to hack.

More over, these devices are more than likely to be monitored by the government or purhaps the NSA. Many companies in the corporate space rely on a strategic and well designed softwares to secure their system. When the software or tools fails it’s duty, and there are loopholes that give hackers a way in and the confidentiality of the company, its employees and clients are now at risk, what is there to do? Is it too late?

From the government to the top companies; hackers are always a step forward and they are not resting until it catches its prey. The lasted treat the world wide ransom has targeted hospitals, banks, etc.

The amount of personal data that has been leaked from all industries of target makes you shiver when you see how it compromised and damaged people and companies confidentiality.

It’s hard to protect yourself from hackers, doing your research is critical.

“According to a recent survey from AVG six out of seven small businesses in the US and UK have absolutely no Internet security measures in place, and could be at risk of a major security breach”. If you fall into that group, here are ten things you can do to get back on the security track:

1) Adopt company-wide policies regarding employee computer use. If you don’t want them taking work computers out of the office, or even sending personal emails from work, make that clear. You don’t need to go overboard, but have your policy in writing.

2) Create a secure password policy, and ensure that every staff member follows it. (Here are some tips for building a strong password.) Forcing users to change passwords frequently is not recommended.

3) Install and regularly update anti-virus software, such as Norton or McAfee, on all company computers.

4) Set up a company firewall. This may sound harder than it is, as all network routers have a firewall built in.

5) Only allow routine attachment types to be downloaded by employees. (Executables, or EXE files, are a strict no-no.) Educate staff on the dangers of downloading suspicious attachments. An anti-spam system will help keep them out of inboxes.

6) Immediately perform all hardware and software updates. The biggest risks of attack come from brand-new exploits.

7) Purchase a business-class router to protect your company’s Internet connection. Again, a firewall will be an essential part of this package.

8) Create regular backup files of all important company data, and store them securely in a safe or offsite.

9) Make it clear to all staff members that if they accidentally download a computer virus or see anything suspicious going on on their PC, they must report the security breach immediately.

10) If you don’t have a qualified IT professional on staff who has the skills to set up a secure network environment, invest in a network security firm or consultancy to help you with anything else you need.

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