Nowadays it is not only enough to know the risks to which companies are exposed, but it is also necessary to train our collaborators so that they can be careful with their computer systems.
Here are some essential tips, according to an article on the Kaspersky website:
- Update the software and operating system: this will take advantage of the latest security patches.
- Use antivirus software: security solutions will make it possible to detect threats and eliminate them.
- Use strong passwords: make sure your passwords are not easy to guess and do not use the same password on different platforms.
- Do not open e-mail attachments: especially if they are from unknown senders, as they may contain malware.
- Do not click on links in emails from unknown senders or websites: this is a common way for malware to spread.
- Avoid using unsecured Wi-Fi networks in public places: unsecured networks leave you vulnerable to «man-in-the-middle attacks».
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Important: Endpoint security
It is also known as End User Protection and is one of the most fundamental aspects of cybersecurity. In the end the person (end user) is the one who accidentally loads malware or other cyber threat on their devices.
How do cybersecurity measures protect end users and systems?
- Cybersecurity relies on cryptographic protocols to encrypt emails, files and other critical data. In the same vein, it not only protects information in transit, but also offers protection against loss or theft.
- End-user security software scans computers for malicious code, quarantines such code and removes it from the computer. Security programs can even detect and remove malicious code hidden in the master boot record (MBR) and are designed to encrypt or erase data from the computer’s hard drive.
- Electronic security protocols also focus on real-time malware detection. Many use heuristic and behavioral analysis to monitor the behavior of a program and its code to defend against viruses or Trojans that can change shape with each execution (polymorphic and metamorphic malware).
Security programs can restrict programs that may be malicious in a virtual bubble separate from the user’s network to analyze their behavior and learn how to better detect new infections.
Security programs are known to continue to develop new defenses as cybersecurity professionals identify new threats and ways to combat them. To get the most out of end-user security software, employees must learn how to use it and be aware of the risks that can affect them.
There is not a day when cybercriminals are not looking for a new target to attack, and as their skills grow, companies must prepare contingency plans such as the use of security software and the training of their employees so that they do not serve as a gateway to these types of vulnerabilities.