There has been a surge in the amount of profit-generating cyberattacks in the last year, particularly within the healthcare sector in the USA.

In tandem with this the amount of money demanded to release encrypted data, by hackers, has gone through the roof. Even in cases where this ransom is handed over the recovery process can be very tricky and in a lot of cases the data is never handed by the cybercriminals at all. 

This is a situation that no group wants to find themselves in so it is important to be sure you have addressed all possible weaknesses in relation to your cybersecurity measures. Here we have listed the areas which, if unaddressed, are likely to allow hackers to disrupt your organization’s ability to operate. 

Security Mistakes That Must Be Addressed

  1. Multi Factor Authentication: When log in details are stolen there is huge potential for hackers to access your databases. However, if you have multi-factor authentication configured then this risk is mitigated as there is a second stage of verification that must be completed in order for access to be granted.
  2. Email Security: Phishing presents a huge danger to all networks. Hackers send email trying to get staff to either reply or click on a link that will lead to the installation of malware or adware on your servers. Ideally cybercriminals are seeking the log in credentials of a high level executive who has permission to access all parts of the network. Configuring  an advanced AI-based spam filter that uses sandboxing and greylisting will prevent this from happening 99% of the time.
  3. Security Awareness Training: As a lot of attacks, liek email attacks mentioned above, focus on interaction with employees, it is vital that you train these people to spot potential attacks. Regular refresher training courses are also important to keep everything fresh in the mind and educate in relation to new threats that have appeared since the last training session.
  4. Web Security: It is important to add security to police Internet activity on your networks. It would be very easy for an employee to unknowingly browse onto a site that is loaded with adware and malware. Using web filtering software will cut off access to malicious websites.
  5. Applying Patches & Software Updates: Hackers are swift to try and take advantage of software, firmware, and operating system flaws. Due to this it is vital that your organization applies patches and runs updates as soon as they become available. If this task is not not then it is bound to be just a matter of time before someone gains access to your network and servers.
  6. Password Management Software: Creating weak passwords leaks you vulnerable to brute force attacks Staff should be given the tools to set up and save strong secure passwords.
  7. Creating an Incident Response Plan & Back-ups: ‘Fail to prepare, prepare to fail’ as the saying goes. Companies that have not planned for what to do in the event that they are infiltrated by a cyberattack could have irreparable damage inflicted upon them. Regular backups must be created and tested. It is also wise to store one copy of the backup off site.