Safety in Focus

  • The rise of cryptocurrencies, which enable anonymous and untraceable transactions for the attackers.
  • The lack of effective deterrence and prosecution, which reduces the risks for the attackers.
  • The availability of hacking tools and services, which lower the barriers to entry for the attackers.
  • The rapidly increasing access to AI tools even for hackers.
  • Business and society’s dependence on digital data and systems, which creates more opportunities and vulnerabilities for attackers.
  • Plan for the worst and ensure you have a disaster recovery plan that also addresses IT security incidents and how to act in the event you are affected by similar events.
  • Update your software and systems regularly and apply security updates as soon as possible. This also includes your mobile phone, Ipads and other devices.
  • Use strong passwords, at least 12 but preferably up to 16-20 characters, as well as encryption for your devices and accounts, and avoid using the same password for multiple services. Offer your employees a password manager for password management.
  • Use antivirus and firewall software and scan your devices and network for malware and vulnerabilities.
  • Be wary of suspicious emails, links, attachments and conversations, and don’t open or click on anything you don’t trust or recognize.
  • Do not share your personal or financial information with anyone online or over the phone, and do not pay ransoms.
  • Report all ransomware attacks to relevant authorities and seek professional help if necessary.

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