Education is evolving fast. Everyday, we hear about some new technology that will change the world and the way we learn in it.
At INEST, we are dedicated to improving the way you learn with our own innovative methods. In our modern society where technology is evolving, the people who are exposed to computers each day are also increasing. Using computers have become part of our daily lives to the extent that the world would not function as it would now without the use of computers. With that, criminals are moving on to using computers for their criminal activities and thus computer crimes are born
A vulnerability is a weakness in cybersecurity dialect, that can be exploited and compromised by cybercriminals to gain unauthorized access to a computer environment. After exploiting a vulnerability malicious code deployed to steal sensitive data and critical information.
Common cause of Computer system Vulnerabilities
Complex systems increase the probability of a fault, misconfigurations or unintended access.
Common code, software, operating systems and hardware increase the probability that an attacker can find or has information about known vulnerabilities.
Poor Password Management
Weak passwords can be broken with brute force and reusing passwords can result in one data breach becoming many.
Operating System Glitch
Like any software, OS can have glitches. OS that are insecure by default and allow any user to gain access and potentially inject viruses and malware.
The Internet is full of spyware and adware that can be installed automatically on computers with the knowledge of the end user.
Programmers can accidentally or deliberately leave an exploitable bug in software. Sometimes end users fail to update their software leaving them unpatched and
The biggest vulnerability in any organization is the human at the end of the system. One of the biggest threat to the majority of organizations is Social Engineering.
Ways to Protect yourself from Cyber Attacks
Secured Access Control
Access control is an important part of security. Weak access control leaves your data and systems to unauthorized access.
Boost access control measures by using a strong password system. You should have a mix of uppercase and lower-case letters, numbers, and special characters. Also, always reset all default passwords. Finally, create a strong access control policy.
Keep All Software Updated
From anti-virus software to computer operating systems, ensure your software is up to date. When a new version of software is released, the version usually includes fixes for security vulnerabilities.
Manual software updates can be time-consuming. Use automatic software updates for as many programs as possible.
Keep your systems protecting by standardizing software. Ensure that users cannot install software onto the system without approval.
Not knowing what software is on your network is a huge security vulnerability. Make sure that all computers use the same:
- Operating system
Standardization also makes system updates less of a hassle.
Use Network Protection Measures
Protecting your network is crucial. To keep your network and its traffic secured:
- Install a firewall
- Ensure proper access controls
- Use IDS/IPS to track potential packet floods
- Use network segmentation
- Use a virtual private network (VPN)
- Conduct proper maintenance
- Have a good antivirus software
5 Self Training
Sometimes external threats are successful because of an insider threat. The weakest link in data protection can be your own employees.
Ensure that you understand network security. You should be able to identify threats. You should also know who to contact to avoid a security breach.
There are new security risk every day so keep yourself up to date and risk free from cybercrimes.