Cyber Security DDoS Attacks Reducing the Risk to Your Company A Few Small Steps
In the light od the recent DDoS attach any business needs to look much more to Cyber security and take this as a critical element for any company. The recent October 2016 cyberattacks crippled the business world and affected the whole internet. This breach of cyber security of a major internet tech provider firm, repeatedly disrupted the availability of popular websites across the United States and the world. The hacking was attributed to the members of a shadowy hacker group that calls itself New World Hackers although the claim could not be verified.
This attack highlights the importance of the cyber security for any business. The dimension was so big that the US Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson confirmed Oct. 24 that a Mirai botnet was used to perpetrate the large-scale distributed DNA denial-of-service attack.
This attach a Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) is an hacker action that happens when a web service is intentionally overwhelmed by low quality or fake traffic from many different sources. It is a common and increasing nightmare for websites and companies method for digital hacking assaults. This attack was possible by leveraging a global network of Internet of Things – connected devices to send junk traffic, a malware attack using massive cyber attack ‘sophisticated, highly distributed’, involving millions of IP addresses, at one of the companies that manages internet traffic and thus affecting by domino effect the remaining reach of global top websites and business companies.
The strength of this attack should be a serious concern for businesses as the list of attacked websites are some of the biggest in the world. Gizmodo one of the leading tech platforms compiled a list from its readers that includes news sites as big as Twitter, Amazon, BBC, CNN, The New York Times, entertainment services HBO Now, Elder Scrolls online and many others such as: Yelp, Freshbooks, various Squarespace sites, Pinterest, Twilio, andNHL.com, among many others including our own websites here at ztudium such as openbusinesscouncil.org.
So what needs to be done by businesses to act on that? The bellow research and information answers to that with concrete examples.
Reducing the Risk to your company – A few small steps for man, a giant leap for online security
Staff are a significant risk to their employer’s cyber security according to research by specialist global executive search and interim management company Norrie Johnston Recruitment (NJR).
The research, which forms part of NJR’s cyber security report: how real is the threat and how can you reduce your risk, shows that 23 per cent of employees use the same password for different work applications and 17 per cent write down their passwords, 16 per cent work while connected to public wifi networks and 15 per cent access social media sites on their work PCs. Such bad habits and a lack of awareness about security mean that employees are inadvertently leaving companies’ cyber doors wide open to attack.
This research is supported by a report which incorporates the advice from fifteen experts in the field. Here, Richard Cassidy, Alert Logic, shares the simple steps employees should take to make life harder for hackers
“The online world is vast; it’s a vortex of data and a gateway for hackers. But you don’t have to transform into a Jedi to oppose the threats in the hidden fortress that is the internet. Just encourage your employees to follow these straightforward and simple tips to make life harder for hackers and keep you secure:
- Open Wireless Access Points
As you take a seat on the comfy leather sofas in Starbucks, slurping on your foamy Café Latte, the next stage in the ritual is to catch-up on emails, read the latest news, listen to a podcast or just search the web … but STOP. Most mobile devices now automatically connect to wireless networks but open wireless networks are inherently insecure.
You are giving hackers easy access to your contacts, pictures, data and possibly even your company data – making the exfiltration easy. Hotel networks are not exempt either. The saying, when in Rome, does not apply to open Wi-Fi.
- Apps – read the small print
You’re walking in the street and a stranger asks permission to use your phone. You have all your information, photos, contact details etc on there and, of course, you politely decline. So why are you agreeing to let the apps on your phone do the same? The more access points there are to your data, the harder it is to maintain security. Read the permissions list and tie it back to the app’s features: for example, why would a parking app need to access your photos, contacts, text messages and many more misunderstood and underestimated permissions? You’re right to be suspicious.
- Password Recovery
Almost everybody has a password recovery set up of some sort. Most people are conscious that simple passwords are not secure, so they are making their passwords longer and stronger. But the knock-on effect of this is that hackers try to find the weakest link in, and so are now looking at taking over the password recovery process. Most of these recovery processes ask very specific questions such as: what’s your first pet’s name, mother’s maiden name etc. Hackers can easily source this information and engineer a password reset for your account. Any password recovery question should have nothing to do with your life – or anything anybody could possibly know about you. You always have to be one step ahead.
- Common Sense
Banks rarely communicate important account information via email, so if you receive an email from your bank that does, either logon directly to your application (without clicking through from the email) or call them by phone to verify. Getting into the habit of never clicking on links within an email or opening unsolicited files will save you a lot of hassle.
Some people even store their credit card details on shopping sites. How many of us have said ‘yes save my details so I can go back and order’. You have to be savvy online – just enter your credit details manually.
Consumers definitely have a role to play in their own security. If you apply these small changes, you will make it a lot harder for hackers, and remember, if you are not sure – then it’s probably not secure!”
To read more useful and practical insights into topics including: How to assess the scale of your risk level; Managing the immediate aftermath of a security breach; How different sectors are affected, download the full report – http://www.
Maria Fonseca is the Editor and Infographic Artist for IntelligentHQ. She is also a thought leader writing about social innovation, sharing economy, social business, and the commons. Aside her work for IntelligentHQ, Maria Fonseca is a visual artist and filmmaker that has exhibited widely in international events such as Manifesta 5, Sao Paulo Biennial, Photo Espana, Moderna Museet in Stockholm, Joshibi University and many others. She concluded her PhD on essayistic filmmaking , taken at University of Westminster in London and is preparing her post doc that will explore the links between creativity and the sharing economy.