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4 Cyber Vulnerabilities You Need to Be Aware Of

4 Cyber Vulnerabilities You Need to Be Aware Of

 

A reliable lock on your door. Windows that firmly close and lock. Because it is important that we make sure our homes are (and stay) secure, we take precautions. This same kind of thinking applies to our “online homes” too, where we need to spot and stay on top of vulnerabilities. In this article, cyber threat protection Detroit company presents to you four common cyber vulnerabilities companies need to be aware of. Read on to find out what they are!

 

4 Cyber Vulnerabilities You Need to Be Aware Of

 

1. Lack of Employee Training

Social engineering is a common tactic hackers use to lure users into giving up their passwords and other personal and company information. Unfortunately, employees who aren’t knowledgeable in cyber security can fall into hackers’ traps.

While creating a social media policy that outlines what social platforms employees can and cannot access on company time is useful, employees need training so that they can easily identify and report suspicious cyber behavior.

How to Patch This Vulnerability?

Schedule routine (and mandatory) cyber training for employees. That way, employees can spot (and not click on) suspicious website and email links. And should social engineers attempt to apply their tactics (i.e. asking too personal questions, over-complementing, etc.), employees won’t friend and engage.

2. Not Updating Software Consistently

Let’s face it, anti-virus and anti-malware software won’t catch every virus. Still, it is (a lot) better than nothing. In fact, according to Computerworld, anti-virus software typically detects roughly one-quarter of malware via email. That’s not to say you should bypass installing anti-malware software. Actually, far from it. What we are saying is that you need be aware of this as well as update your software routinely so your business is not left more susceptible to cyber threats.

How to Patch This Vulnerability?

Since the effectiveness of anti-virus and anti-malware software varies, we recommend that you conduct thorough research and talk with cyber professionals about what software they advise you use. Know that every business is different and, that being said, there is no one-size-fits-all software.

 

4 Cyber Vulnerabilities You Need to Be Aware Of

 

3. Failing to Conduct Routine Pen Testing

Not consistently pen testing leaves companies’ vulnerabilities exposed to outsider threats. While conducting pen tests every day (or week) may not be necessary, companies may believe that all they need is to do pen testing once and then they are fine.

The truth is, companies should routinely pen test to ensure the vulnerabilities that they have patched do not become vulnerable again, and that new vulnerabilities can be easily identified and protected.

How to Patch This Vulnerability?

Pen testing identifies a company’s vulnerabilities through the eyes of hackers. Basically, white hat hackers— “good hackers”—act as black hat hackers (malicious hackers), trying to infiltrate a company’s network.

By successfully getting past the company’s cyber defenses, the white hat hackers can then easily identify what areas the company needs to patch up in order to create a more secure and layered cyber defense system.

4. Not Using 2-Factor Authentication for Passwords

Not only is updating passwords a necessity but not enabling 2-factor authentication is one less step hackers need to go through to access company systems.

How to Patch This Vulnerability?

Make sure you require employees to create a 2-factor authentication password. In other words, two separate passwords for all work-related accounts. (Employees should also do this for their personal account as well.)

Bonus: Consider Using Parts of the NIST Framework to Help You Identify Vulnerabilities

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Framework gives users a set of best-practice standards to use. This guide, created by several industry leaders, can be used in part or in full, depending on your company’s goals and business needs.

NIST does give guidelines in how to identify and group your vulnerabilities. In this sense, it may be wise to pull from this framework. If you don’t know that much about it, consider contacting a cyber professional who can give you more information about NIST and walk you through it.

Final Thoughts

Every company has their own set of vulnerabilities; no matter what, it is important that you identify and patch them to bolster your cyber defenses.

Cyber Threat Protection Detroit Can Help

CBI, cyber threat protection Detroit, can advise and help you identify and patch your vulnerabilities. Contact CBI for more information.