Understanding cyber security is one of the most important aspects of running a modern business, yet it still remains an area where many people are uninformed. There are a multitude of myths and misconceptions surrounding the subject, most of which have been long debunked. If you’re serious about protecting your company’s data, here are three solutions you should consider.
All of the information on your computer’s hard drive is made up of a large number of ones and zeros that the system is able to read. When you encrypt data, you’re converting it into a much more complex code that is more difficult to decipher. This information can then only be accessed with the right key or password. Commercial-level encryption typically uses 128-bit key. Encryption is an extremely important part of e-commerce as it allows sensitive information, such as credit card details, to be shared safely. Web browsers, too, are also able to encrypt the details of your purchase by using an encryption method known as Secure Socket Layer (SSL).
When multifactor authentication (MFA) is in place, the user must successfully pass several separate authentication stages before they have access to the content. These are generally known as “knowledge factors,” like passwords, PINs, or secret questions. Occasionally, extra devices are also required to complete certain stages such as through a PIN sent via a text message or through an app-generated code that changes over time. While MFA is more time-consuming than a single authentication phase, it does provide you with an extra layer of security that’s highly recommended if you’re accessing sensitive information. Cloud storage providers like Dropbox as well as many other online services that also include MFA.
Penetration testing refers to self-inflicted attacks on a company or institution’s computer network that are intended to find any present security weaknesses. These are often carried out by a third party specialists like Nettitude, as doing so can ensure they have no prior knowledge of the security system in question compared to an in-house team. This kind of testing has become popular because it strives to simulate the same kind of situation a malicious hacker would find themselves in. Doing so gives you a better representation of consequences of such an attack and allows you to then take the necessary steps to improve your standing.
While it’s true that truly damaging cyber attacks are rare, low-level attacks are common. It pays to be on the safe side, so make sure that your business is prepared for the worst.