The coronavirus pandemic has driven workers home from work, which has raised concerns about digital security.
This fear is justified, after all, according to Fortinet Threat Intelligence Insider Latin America, in the first half of 2020 alone there were more than 2.6 billion cyberattacks in Brazil, and in the same period of 2021, 3.2 billion, a 23% increase.
In addition, cybercriminals are becoming more and more specialized, with sophisticated techniques of intrusion, theft, and even data hijacking. This scenario is highly harmful to companies.
In this way, we have created exclusive content about cybersecurity, so you know how to avoid threats to business data, without having your business productivity harmed.
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Look for Balance
It is important to talk about the coronavirus pandemic to understand the increase in recorded attacks. Because it is a period of social tension and generalized anxiety, human beings tend to seek more information.
It is no wonder that, according to Interpol, most phishing cases are related to appealing links about the disease caused by the coronavirus.
With the population concerned, this theme started to be used to attract attention, and when clicking, steal personal data. When this happens in a company’s infrastructure, business data is also at stake.
However, care must be taken to strike a balance between security and productivity. There is highly confidential information that must be protected more rigorously, but some, such as personal customer data, need to be available for your team to be able to work.
However, it is useless to implement highly bureaucratic protocols if this prevents people from carrying out their activities. At the same time, it is critical to ensure information security, as data leaks can be equally harmful. Thus, it is necessary to find a balance through good usage practices.
Beware of Passwords
The market has been in contact with computers for more than 50 years, and the pandemic has forced the acceleration of the digital transformation process in companies. Therefore, it is essential to stop practicing actions that are already widely known, and that can be harmful.
For example, using the same password for different services. Remember that if different users can use the same credentials, it is difficult to control access even by employees.
On the other hand, several different combinations can be confusing, and many people make the mistake of writing down passwords. With auto-save services, users give browsers and devices full access to their credentials. If this equipment is invaded, everything is in the invader’s hands.
Some important tips are:
- Create passwords with more than 8 characters, mixing letters, numbers, and symbols;
- Never use words, obvious or otherwise. Create something of your own.
- Establish a routine to update credentials periodically.
- To save credentials virtually, count on highly specialized and certified companies.
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Take LGPD into account
The General Data Protection Law (No. 13.709/2018) has already come into force and is fining and condemning companies not paying due attention to information security regarding customer personal data.
However, it serves as a good educational guideline for companies to develop compliance actions or action policies to prevent threats to business data.
LGPD suggests that periodic data inventories be carried out, so that the company understands what type of information is being stored on its servers, for how long, and what is the real need of this data for the business.
A suggestion to avoid threats to business data is to hire a specialized consultancy, so, with an external look and without vices, you will understand how the flow of data processing takes place, finding possible bottlenecks and vulnerabilities that, by routine, go unnoticed.
Bear in mind that with the legislation being taken seriously, it is not just the brand’s integrity that is at stake with the possible leaks of corporate data, but also legal liability even of the individuals who make up the company’s social organization.
Understand Security Challenges
The best way to avoid threats to business data is to stay informed about the topic. As we mentioned, with the evolution of security technology, cybercriminals are also becoming more and more sophisticated, causing more damage, and leaving fewer tracks.
Cybersecurity is an ongoing movement, not a one-time set of actions. There is no use in training your team if real changes in the organizational culture are demanded.
Know that your employees are not experts in information security, in most cases, so it is essential to get in touch with a professional with this profile.
The first step to be taken is to make it clear what are the attitudes and behaviors that harm the company’s performance in this area. Only by knowing what to avoid can concrete measures be taken.
Create Protocols and Processes
With everyone aware of their role and duties in the fight against cybercrime, the company must adopt a proactive stance, creating mechanisms and a code of conduct regarding virtual behavior.
Keep in mind that most attacks are still due to users clicking on links without checking the source. In this way, most of the changes are not necessarily in technology, but in behavior.
Count on Technology
But, of course, security technology is a key aspect. Outdated equipment, old systems, and non-functional pages are the main sources of attacks.
Stay aligned with market security trends, so that your company becomes a reference in information security, and can make this a competitive advantage.
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About Version 2 Limited
Version 2 Limited is one of the most dynamic IT companies in Asia. The company develops and distributes IT products for Internet and IP-based networks, including communication systems, Internet software, security, network, and media products. Through an extensive network of channels, point of sales, resellers, and partnership companies, Version 2 Limited offers quality products and services which are highly acclaimed in the market. Its customers cover a wide spectrum which include Global 1000 enterprises, regional listed companies, public utilities, Government, a vast number of successful SMEs, and consumers in various Asian cities.
Senhasegura strive to ensure the sovereignty of companies over actions and privileged information. To this end, we work against data theft through traceability of administrator actions on networks, servers, databases and a multitude of devices. In addition, we pursue compliance with auditing requirements and the most demanding standards, including PCI DSS, Sarbanes-Oxley, ISO 27001 and HIPAA.