Three Cyber Trends for the Last Three Months of 2019

Rapid technology growth continues in 2019 — yet digital dangers keep up. Methods of phishing, denial of service, identity compromise and ransomware remain prevalent and many new attacks will continue.

Cybersecurity specialists and associations all around the world see security dangers and it is necessary that you make your business and employees aware of the latest security risks and how to best protect information and remain safe from threats.

Here are the trends that we’ve seen in 2019 that both businesses and consumers are exposed to:

  1. Internet of Things (IoT) Devices

It is anticipated before the end of 2020, more than 260 million devices will be associated with IoT devices, and of that, 48 percent will be smart TVs. We as shoppers need to think about the danger of the Internet of Things (IoT) and how to protect ourselves from hackers, cyber attacks and implement some of these best practices:

  • Implement password management: When it comes to your network equipment (i.e routers, smart TV, etc), be sure to change the default factory-set passwords. Use strong, long and complex letters and special characters.
  • Enable two different Wi-Fi networks: If your router can handle multiple networks, create one for computers, and another smartphones and the other for smart devices.
  • Disable guest network access: Restrict who has access to your network.
  • Secure your wireless network: Use Wi-Fi Protected Access II (WPA2) protocol on your home wireless network.
  • Use an obscure Wi-Fi network name: Avoid network names that are personal in nature such as “smith home” or one that cyber thieves can use social engineering to gain access to.
  • Install a unified threat management (UTM) appliance:  A UTM will include an intrusion prevention system (IPS), anti-malware, web filtering, advanced threat protection (ATP) and data loss prevention (DLP).

2. Chips & PINs

EVM confirmation chips (otherwise known as Europay, Mastercard and Visa — EMV— chips) have at long last arrived in the United States, which for many years have been used globally (i.e. Europe). These chips extraordinarily improve charge card security. Their structure blunts attractive stripe skimming and conventional point-of-sale (POS) malware. Hackers sadly won't surrender in light of the fact that better safeguards exist. In 2019, hackers may adjust to EMV's appropriation with a few new strategies. How do we reduce some of these threats?

  • Be sure that logical and physical access to POS machines is limited to just the clients and records that requires access, also disable access like USB when possible.
  • Check the record framework level on EMV-empowered POS machines to seen when files are access externally.

3. Adware  Viruses

Malware. The term adware is much of the time used to depict a type of malware that presents undesirable ads to the client of a PC. The notices created by adware are some of the time as a spring up or now and again in an "unclosable window." What can we do to prevent these threats?

  • Teach defenders to treat adware alarms as potential dangers and not low-level issues.
  • Create a force multiplier impact to your security by integrating effective managed   services defenses, security awareness, processes and innovation.
  • Implement heuristic-based endpoint discovery abilities (vs. traditional antivirus) to recognize and counteract progressively genuine assaults that start from adware systems.
  • Restrict standard clients' capacity to install software and internet browser plugins.

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