3 tips to reduce your cyber vulnerability

While cyber attacks are increasing in prevalence, there are some simple measures SMEs can take to reduce their vulnerability, according to one digital security professional.

Following My Business’ recent story on cyber attacks increasing among SMEs, Sean Duca, CSO (Asia Pacific) at Palo Alto Networks, said SME owners shouldn’t think there is nothing they can do to protect themselves.

“As long as there is financial gain to be made from attacking companies and individuals, hackers will continue to find new ways to breach defences,” Mr Duca said.

“However, if we can increase the cost of a successful attack by forcing hackers to create new, unique methods every time they attempt to breach a system, the number of attacks is likely to decline.”

According to Mr Duca, as long as the cost of carrying out cyber attacks remains low, attackers will continue to target vulnerable businesses and individuals. He said that there are simple measures SME operators can take to help safeguard their businesses.

“A preventative stance, combined with next-generation technology and processes, can help to make successful attacks much harder for hackers to achieve.”

He advised focusing on the following areas to make cyber attacks more difficult for would-be thieves:

1. Get technology to work for you
Advanced cyber security technology can monitor your network and respond automatically to new threats. Such technology includes dynamic systems that are analytical and predictive, informed by global threat data.

2. Put processes in place
Human error and a lack of security training make it easier for hackers to be successful. The right combination of processes can make employees more efficient at managing risks. Use training and other internal education strategies to minimise human error.

3. Stay informed and involved 
Making an effort to share information as a community can help organisations educate themselves about the evolving threat landscape and respond to new attacks faster than they otherwise could. By sharing information, the industry can build up a defensive network.

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