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Cybersecurity after Russia-Ukraine and how to prevent cyber-attacks

In the aftermath of recent cyber-attacks on Ukraine following the conflict between Russia and Ukraine, organizations have been urged to strengthen their cyber security.

As written by the Singapore Computer Emergency Response Team (SingCERT), "While there have not been reports of any threats to Singapore organisations in relation to the events in and around Ukraine, organisations are advised to take active steps,"

We have been advised to strengthen the cybersecurity of our posture, heighten vigilance, and bolster our online defences to protect our organisation against possible cyber-attacks, such as web defacement, distributed denial of service (DDoS), and ransomware.

Cyber-attacks are still happening around us, even before the war. A robust security solution is essential for businesses with ever-growing threats.

From ransomware to phishing emails, there are far too many threats to ignore the risks. As a result, in this article we will show you a few ways to prevent cyber-attacks and how to safeguard your business effectively.
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1. Train your employees
Educating your employees on the prevention of cyber-attacks and keeping them up-to-date on current cyber-attacks is one of the best ways to protect against cyber-attacks and all types of data breaches.

The most common way cyber criminals access your data is through your employees. They will send fraudulent emails, impersonating someone in your organization, asking either for personal information or access to files.

They need to learn the following;

  • Check the links before clicking on them
  • Check the email addresses from the received email
  • Use common sense before sending sensitive information (sometimes it is better to contact the person via phone call to verify if they really request for the information) Here are some articles which we have previously shared for better understanding.
  • How to identify spoofing email? - View article
  • Getting know spams, difference of email spoofing & phishing scams - https://achievement.com.sg/view_blog.php?bgid=43

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2. Keeping your software and system updated
Updates can fix security holes, fix bugs, or add new features to your devices. They can also remove outdated ones.

Cyber-attacks often occur because your systems or software aren't fully updated, leaving weaknesses that hackers exploit to gain access to your network.

Here is an article which we have previously shared for better understanding.

Why software update is important? - View article

3. Backup your data
Backing up your data is important to avoid serious downtime, data loss, and serious financial loss in case of disaster (often a cyber-attack).

Plainly put, a data backup is a copy or archive of the important information stored on your devices such as a computer, phone, or tablet, and it's used to restore that original information in the event of a data loss.

Here are some articles which we have previously shared for better understanding.
  • Top 10 reasons of why should we have data backup- View article
  • Data backups VS Replication: What does your business need? - View article
  • Why You Need to Back up Your Website? - View article
4. Passwords
A password is just like our keys; we do not use the same key to open the door of the house, the car or the safety box.

Passwords are your computer's and personal information's first line of defences against unwanted access. Your computer will be safer from hackers and bad malware if you use a strong password. For all accounts on your computer, you should use strong passwords.

Here is an article which we have previously shared for better understanding.
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5. Ensure endpoint protection
You may ask, what is endpoint protection. Endpoint security, or endpoint protection, is the cybersecurity approach to defending endpoints - such as desktops, laptops, and mobile devices - from malicious activity.

An endpoint security strategy is essential because every remote endpoint can be the entry point for an attack, and the number of endpoints is only increasing with the rapid pandemic-related shift to remote work.

Here is an article which we have previously shared for better understanding.
  • What is Endpoint Security and why should you care? - View article
You can find out more about endpoint security and security solutions offerings by ACM by contact us at 6295 5962 or email us at info@achievement.com.sg Today.

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