In just the last few months, notable Geelong organisations and businesses have been victims of targeted cyber-attacks.
These rapidly increasing attacks commonly include ransomware, where hackers will access sensitive information and refuse to release it unless you pay a sum, or they will infiltrate your system to siphon financial details or redirect funds.
The consequences of cybercrime can be catastrophic for individuals, businesses and families. In the past year (to 30 June), around 4,600 compromised emails were reported to the Australian Cyber Security Centre. Around a third of businesses attacked reported financial losses of approximately $81 million.
Geelong-based IT experts Evologic recommend these crucial steps to avoid a cyber-attack:
- Multi-factor Authentication (MFA)
This adds an additional layer of protection by forcing employees to use a security measure that requires two or more login sequences to grant access.
- Employee Education
The majority of successful cyber-attacks are due to employees unknowingly clicking malicious links in emails. The need to continuously train and educate employees in cybersecurity is critical in your defence strategy.
- Data Protection
Ensure that all company data is continuously backed up, inspected and monitored both on-premises and in the cloud. This mitigates the risk of large-scale data loss in the event of a successful malware attack.
The best defence is to engage a trusted technology partner with a certified team of engineers that possess expert cybersecurity knowledge. They’ll help you implement proven defence strategies against potential threats.
Want to know more? Check out Evologic’s 21 Best Security Practices for 2021. To talk to local cybersecurity experts about how best to protect your business, contact Evologic here or call 1300 887 778.