Protecting Your Business from Cyber Threats
Understanding the Attack
Password spraying is effective because it exploits the weakest link in security: human behavior. Despite widespread knowledge about the importance of strong passwords, many users still choose convenience over complexity.
Practical steps for better security
- Train employees: Make sure your employees are aware of the risks and know how to recognize suspicious activity. Regular, easy-to-understand training can help prevent many attacks.
- Use stronger authentication: Encourage the use of strong passwords and implement multi-factor authentication (MFA) – a system that requires more than just a password to log in, such as a code sent to a phone.
- Perform periodic checks: Older, less active accounts can be an easy target for attackers. Check these accounts regularly and update them with the latest security measures.
- Restrict access: Not everyone in your company needs to have access to all information. Give employees access only to the data they need for their jobs, so they are less at risk if their accounts are compromised.
- Have a plan: If an attack occurs, you need to know in advance who will do what. An incident response plan can help contain and mitigate the damage quickly.
- Monitor constantly: Use tools that monitor your network for unusual activity. The sooner you see something strange, the sooner you can do something to stop it.
- Share knowledge: When companies share their experiences with cyber threats, everyone benefits. By working together, we can all be better prepared.
Adapting to a new reality
The Midnight Blizzard incident is a call to action. Cybersecurity is not just an IT issue; it is a fundamental aspect of modern business leadership. By taking proactive steps to educate your team, strengthen your defenses and plan for potential incidents, you can protect your company’s future in the digital age. Remember that in cybersecurity, prevention is better than cure. Embark on your journey towards enhanced security with the assistance of Universal’s Security as a Service.
By Jelte Wolf
Helping SMBs to become more resilient to cyber threats