Summer is here and whether you’re still at the office most of the time or you’re spending your days at the pool, you’re probably taking a vacation at some point. Just like your home requires someone to bring in the mail and feed the cat, there are some precautions you should take to protect your security and your online data as well.
Cyber security attacks have been an ongoing problem in this technology driven world. Attacks are being launched against everyone from large corporations to single individuals. The result of these can have a tremendous negative economic impact on a victim. As the number of cyber threats continue to grow, the industry could use some help recruiting skilled professionals. With the lack of representation in pop culture, many might not have realized this career was an option. Seeing more of this industry in everyday media can help introduce it to a new audience.
Websites that seem to be trustworthy are not always safe. In recent years, cyberattacks have been perpetrated through what people believe to be safe websites. According to Menlo Security’s State of the Web 2017, of the top 100,000 websites, 42% were deemed “risky” due to the following reasons: the use of vulnerable software, a history of distributing malware, and experiencing a security breach within the last year. In general, news and media sites was the category with the largest risk factor with 49%. In 2017, Business and Economy sites were hit with the most security risks incidents with 23,819.
The New Year brings about many personal resolutions whether it’s to lose weight, drink more water, or just be happier. But those resolutions don’t have to stop there, why not extend it them to other areas in your life? Cyber security is a great example of one of those areas. Yes, you read that right. Why not start the New Year with some changes to the way you use and think about cyber security. Don’t know where to start? Well, here are 3 cyber security New Year’s resolutions to start you off:
In the United States, November 30th is Computer Security Day. The purpose of this day is to bring awareness to the risks of the internet and urge users to protect themselves and their technology. As the years have progressed the internet has become a greater and greater part of everyday life. It is uncommon to walk down a city street and not see a cellphone, tablet, or Bluetooth speaker in someone’s ear. What these people don’t think about is the risk that comes with having the latest technology. Today, it is encouraged that people take a step back and review some of the tips that can keep them and their technology safe from potential threats.
Ransomware attacks are increasing at a terrifying rate. Recently, the ransomware attack “WannaCry” affected an alarmingly high number of individuals. In mid-May of this year, over 230,000 computers were affected spanning more than 150 countries. Individuals along with major corporations were targeted through the Windows operating system. Unless the ransom was paid, the organization would not be able to retrieve their encrypted data.