With handheld devices
becoming more and more ubiquitous each day and networking having its roots so
deeply embedded in our lives, the world around us is becoming more and more
cyber and technologically advanced with each passing day and it’s hard to avoid
the threats it entails.
Cyber attackers range from sophisticated
hackers to naive teenagers using cyber vulnerabilities to their advantage. One
such threat reported as of May 2017, when the world witnessed one of the worst
cyber outcries, Wanna Cry Ransomware, a malicious malware that affected
thousands of companies in over 150 countries. Britain’s Nation Health Service
was worst hit by the attack and it also brought many of Spain’s top companies
to a halt. This malicious malware first targeted computers functioning on
obsolete versions of Microsoft Operating System and then infected other systems
on the network. The attack lasted 4 days bringing about an extensive damage of
hundred billion dollars.
Numerous businesses and
institutions now function solely on technology and share sensitive data and
effectuate transactions over networking. This advancement makes cyber security
indispensable and calls for a robust and standardized solution to remedy technological
vulnerabilities that can compromise one’s identity and privacy and at times
cost livelihood. Enlisted are some of the most effective measures to protect
your computer and keep your data intact:
· Strong Passwords:
Implementing complex and various alpha-numeric combinations for a password can
prevent an attack or an unwanted encroachment of your devices to an extent.
· Data back-up:
Performing regular back-up for your data is a key feature of data security. In
case our security systems get compromised causing loss of data, we still have
access to our data.
· Implementing control access and updating
systems and installing Intrusion Detectors: Restricting
data and service access to limited authorized personal and controlling physical
approach to the premise can help keep threats at bay. Also keeping critical data offline and its
limited sharing is crucial. Timely updating our security systems can help us
stay one step ahead of the attackers. Intrusion Detectors helps monitor network
traffic and alerts and issues warning on detecting any suspicious activity.
· Installing Firewalls, Antivirus
filters the incoming and outgoing data on a network and block malicious content
from infecting your systems. Also prevents navigating unsecure websites and
potentially threatening content from being downloaded to your computers.
Antivirus programs, on the other hand monitors your systems for any unusual
behavior, traces and destructs any dangerous software or viruses.
· Data Encryption: Encryption
adds an extra wall of security to sensitive information stored on a system or a
network. It employs a systematic algorithm to encrypt data to a code formally
called ciphertext which can only be
read if one has the permitted key or password to access that data , restricting
data interpretation and manipulation.
· Cybercrime Insurance: Small
or large scale business projects shall issue a cybercrime insurance that can
cover for their losses in case of a cyber attack.
(One Time Password): Various business institutions can
enforce OTP’s to ensure secure financial transactions with customers. OTP’s are
generated by employing various algorithms and they have a limited validity
of one transaction/session. OTP’s are more secure than static
passwords as they are not vulnerable to encroachment or accidental
· CAPTCHA (Completely Automated Public
Turing Test to tell Computers and Humans Apart): Hackers can employ various web
applications or design specific algorithms to make spurious entries or hoax
registrations and create a passage to upload malicious content on your systems
or network. CAPTHA is a real-time test that calls for an immediate response to
a random distorted piece of information that can only be interpreted by humans,
thus differentiating bots and humans.
Cloud Computing Security:
computing and cloud storage are the latest trends in this world of constantly
evolving web applications and cyber security. The idea is to make data more
mobile and accessible and also creating an effective scheme to securely store
data online than on local storage devices.
computing is internet based computing that helps us retrieve various IT based services
and several other web resources and data by the means of internet. Cloud
Storage enables seamless data storage on the web on remote databases which can
be accessed anywhere, anytime on any devices with appropriate permission. Cloud
Computing saves the effort of large data movement and facilitates recovery on
device destruction, loss or if the device becomes obsolete.
term ‘cloud’ basically stresses on fact the information is available on the ‘cloud’
i.e. on the web and that one can easily gain access to data and myriad other
softwares via internet without being physically restricted to a specific
location to gain access to it.
Computing and Storage benefits a lot of businesses and institutions on monetary
grounds as it saves them from the need for a storage infrastructure and devices
that could cost them in millions otherwise.
internet being so prone to data breaches and hacking, there’s raising concern
regarding the safety of data stored on clouds and calls for the need of robust
security arrangements i.e. Cloud Computing Security. Data not only needs
security from breaches and hacking but also the notorious employees of the
Cloud service providers. Therefore it is usually advised to chose your cloud
service providers wisely.
demanding question of as to why one should choose Cloud Computing and Cloud
Storage over our conventional means of data management is because cloud service
providers have superior security provisions like firewalls, encryption and VP’s
and skilled data experts to deal with any technical casualty.