The news is already spreading: a vast ongoing cyber attack is targeting large organizations and healthcare centres. While these and other phishing attacks are multiplying, how can you prevent and respond to them?
These cyberattacks have become a common occurrence, but this one strikes us as particularly dangerous because it is affecting health care centres and hospitals in the US and Canada during a COVID-19 pandemic.
Not only do they paralyze certain systems and force administrators to restrict or shut down the access to their networks, but such phishing attacks also risk compromising data security and may have major consequences on a critical sector already affected by the current health crisis.
It is urgent to act upstream.
Prevent Cyber Attacks in 3 Steps
So what should you do when your organization’s systems are compromised by a malware? Most importantly, how can you prevent such cyberattacks?
1 – Prevention Through Education
Many, if not most, cyberattacks are initiated through phishing attempts. You receive an email from a trusted source that, in fact, has been forged. Someone in sales clicked on an attachment that turns out to be malware. A customer service agent unknowingly shares information over the phone that compromises your IT security. A graphic designer remotely connects to your network using a personal device that’s been infected.
There are countless ways to exploit the most vulnerable link in your IT security. Humans often are directly—though unwillingly—responsible for the success of these attacks.
Your organization should make it a top priority to inform and educate employees about the cyberthreats they could face. They need tips and advice to detect infected attachments or phishing attempts, and to make sure they have an appropriate level of computer literacy before they use and access your IT assets.
It may seem obvious, but if so many attacks end up being successful, it might be because this simple step is often neglected…
2 – The Right Protection with the Right Tools
Despite all your efforts to prevent cyberattacks, viruses and hackers may still gain unauthorized access to your servers and networks. Whether or not they access your data, they can wreck havoc, affect your operations, overload your servers, and slow your networks down.
This is where your second line of defence comes in. Your organization must deploy the right monitoring tools to keep an eye open and detect any attack or intrusion attempt before it succeeds. You also have to reinforce your security policies, make sure no one has access to data they don’t need, update and protect all your devices, maintain your firewalls operational, and have effective spam filters in place.
3 – Support from Cybersecurity Experts
Where should you start? What solution is best for you?
If it seems complicated, you’re right—it is. You should trust cybersecurity experts to guide you through the process of selecting and deploying a solution that fits your particular needs.
These professionals can help you set up ;a more efficient protection against cyberthreats. Their expertise and accountability will provide peace of mind, knowing that your team can work seamlessly and safely, without compromising your IT security. Experts will analyze your infrastructure, seal any breech, suggest a strategy and procedures to increase your protection, and even help you prepare a disaster recovery plan.
Peace of Mind
We understand the current situation is particularly challenging. We noticed remote work is making IT infrastructures more vulnerable than ever. And we know you need to optimize your operational costs.
This is why we strongly recommend you get rid of this burden so you can focus on the real mission of your organization instead. Fear and restrictive measure are other unwanted consequences of cyberthreats.