By Olga Papadimitriou – Sales Administrator
The rush to enable a remote and hybrid workforce in 2022 may have provided some reprieve, but the rise in the usage of personal devices has also given security professionals more endpoints to monitor and secure. Despite all that technology is capable of, people remain the greatest asset. Security experts must train their staff members to safeguard their identities, keep their equipment and software up to date, and avoid falling victim to phishing scams.
Malware (22%) and phishing (20%) will continue to be the two main causes of cyberattacks in 2022. Humans continue to be the most dependable and low-cost attack vector for hackers globally, despite the rise of ransomware as a service (RaaS) and other advanced tools. We must all remain aware on how to defend ourselves against breaches at both work and at home.
4 TIPS TO BECOME CYBERSMART
Phishing: Phishing attacks, including false emails, websites, and texts, accounted for 30% of attacks in 2021. In the previous year's Terranova Gone Phishing Tournament, 19.8% of players clicked on the phishing email link and 14.4% downloaded the fraudulent file. Following are some tips to avoid phishing attacks:
Software and Devices: Cybercriminals frequently exploit outdated, unpatched devices and software. Because of this, maintaining good online habits is crucial to avoiding malicious software that can steal users' personal information. To help keep your devices secure:
Scams: Criminals may frequently contact you to "correct" a non-existed issue. A sense of urgency will be present in the email or text, such as "Act now to prevent having your account closed!" Do not click the link if you encounter this kind of warning. And always keep in mind to report any suspected fraud so the company may take the appropriate action. Following are some reminders:
Passwords: To prevent unwanted access to accounts, devices, and information, passwords are our first line of defence. Password fatigue is a constant risk since the average individual today has more than 150 online accounts. Here are some pointers on password security:
MICROSOFT SECURITY SOLUTIONS FOR SMALL OR MEDIUM-SIZED BUSINESS
For a corporation, security is essential. Cyberattacks against businesses are becoming more frequent and sophisticated. Small firms are frequently at risk from ransomware, and they account for 50% to 75% of the victims. Ransomware attacks have increased by 300% over the past year. More than 60% of small enterprises that suffered a cyberattack were unable to operate. The danger is high for small and medium-sized clients that must deal with budgetary restraints and shortages in expert security skills due to the rapid adoption of technology and greater hybrid work.
Microsoft provides thorough, cost-effective, and simple to use security solutions that enable you to work safely from any location and are particularly created for companies with up to 300 employees:
Microsoft Defender for Business
Single app included: Microsoft Defender
Microsoft 365 Business Premium
Everything listed in Microsoft Defender for Business, plus:
Apps and services included: Microsoft Outlook, Microsoft OneDrive, Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft PowerPoint, Microsoft SharePoint, Microsoft Teams, Microsoft Exchange, Microsoft Publisher (PC only), Microsoft Access (PC only), Microsoft Intune, Microsoft Defender, Microsoft Azure Information Protection, Microsoft Azure AD Premium P1, Microsoft Azure Virtual Desktop.