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Why Cyberattacks Happen and how to Stop it?

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Cybercrime which was a rivulet some time back has quickly turned into a big river comprising myriad cyber crimes being reported. The reason being-- the rise of the internet at breakneck speed and organizations and companies using it for all their operations. However, with all things good, the internet also provides people with malicious intentions a weapon of mass destruction. When this lethal weapon is unleashed on organizations and businesses, it creates a sense of chaos. Although, organizations attacked sometimes are equally responsible for not expecting an onslaught from the other side.

We’ll now look at things that may lead to a cyberattack.

I am can’t be targeted

The optimism of enterprises today in spite of witnessing massive cyberattacks is appalling. To justify their illogical optimism organizations have excuses prepared for themselves that include, “Our business is too small”, “Our data isn’t valuable”, etc. The security culture that’s been inculcated is not very impressive. As a result, assumptions like “I won’t be targeted…” are driving the cybersecurity policies of several organizations.

I have secured it with a password

Using password as a security measure is nearing obsolescence. According to a security research report, two-thirds of all the passwords hacked can be encrypted. Without a strong password policy, users tend to have easily crackable passwords like “12345”, “abcd” and so on. When convenience is given a priority over security, the results are devastating.

I don’t need software updates

System users have a tendency to put software and OS updates on a back burner. Primarily, because updates affect the efficiency of the operations as it keeps resources idle until they finish--which impacts productivity. Secondly, software updates also consume disk space and keep less space for the users’ data. In addition, add to it the ignorance of not updating the software until there’s a significant feature inclusion.

I’m careful when on social media

Social media sites like Facebook and Twitter are a relaxing point at your work. You often like to take off your eyes from your business app for a few minutes and quickly check your social media updates. However, in a hurry to ease your mind it is possible that you may let crucial information slip out causing a severe impact to your organization.

These reasons and more will lead to cyberattacks. The best way to prevent cyberattacks is to be prepared for an attack and stay vigilant round the clock. Following a good cyber hygiene and keeping your antimalware or antivirus software updated will go a long way in curbing the cybersecurity menace.

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