Data backup is essential within an businesses. It covers:
Management and accounting data.
Configuration of the communication system (mails, phone..etc).
Data related to your industry or field of operation.
To prevent data loss, you should:
Create a backup plan with development of a backup cycle (weekly, monthly ...)
The presence of malware is a veritable scourge for any business.
These programs can be introduced in various ways: consulting websites, email, personal data ... Malicious code can not currently be blocked at 100%.
The risks are substantial:
information system rendered unusable;
financial impact, loss of revenue;
remediation costs and relocation of all systems;
negative impact on the image of the company: with suppliers, customers, bank ...
To avoid the occurence of malware infection, you should:
A performant and up-to-date firewall and anti-virus.
Take alerts in considerations
Change passwords on a regular basis.
Botnets are malicious programs that can cripple a server but also steal banking data. This type of attack can for example disable any e-commerce platform or block access to your inbox.
activate the automatic update of the entire IT infrastructure.
use an anti-virus and firewall.
inform the employees about the risks.
make sure that the all software are up-to-date.
Precautions to be taken when receiving emails
The X Force report from IBM indicated the increase (345%) of malicious links. And the favorite way for the dissemination of these infected links is the email.
Upon the reception of your email, here's a list of simple actions to be taken:
Pay attention to the name of the sender
A sender's name can be easily falsified. However, here are some clues to identity of your correspondent:
the message has an unusual attachment (example : a business partner sending you a video or music file).
the message contains links (free gifts , promos..etc)
the format of the mail is not usual.
==Requests for confidential information===
If your partner asks you to provide personal information such as passwords, bank details, PIN codes, it may be a phishing attempt. Phishing is to assume the identity of a trusted third party (bank, e-tailer) to retrieve and use confidential information.
Any type of attachments may contain a virus or spyware. A solution to fight against these attacks is to check frequently update your antivirus and control your workstations (check for suspicious processes):*as slow browsing or a blank screen.
Do not click on systematically on links.
If you receive an email containing a link, a trick is to move the mouse over the link to check if it redirects to the right address.
Securing your messaging software
First thing to do: enable the automatic update feature.
Disable the automatic preview emails.
Block automatic execution of ActiveX contents, plugins and downloads.
Use a text editor to open your attachments.
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