Why Jordanian Businesses should protect themselves from Cyber Attacks

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Throughout the recent era, the world has witnessed numerous mind-blowing technological advancements that have reshaped the way companies conduct business and interact with customers. These innovative technologies are IT supported and accompanied with sets of data in which some are confidential. That being said, cybersecurity threats have unfolded and spread. Data is being hacked, leaked and compromised. IT infrastructures are being weakened. Jordan is one of the many countries that was exposed to and affected by several cyber-attacks, the most famous include WannaCry, NotPetya, and Ethereum.

Cyber Security issues should not be taken lightly as they have major potentiality of destroying major businesses, especially small businesses. Each and every enterprise should take precautionary measures from potential cyber-attacks.

Data Governance:

It is crucial to always check the sources of the information and emails you receive. Businesses need to know who is responsible for collecting the data and who initiated them. By definition, Data Governance deals with meeting the specifications placed in regards to identifying, collecting, storing, securing and using the data appropriately and correctly. It allows managers to assess where the data is coming from, who is responsible for it, who has authorization to it, and if it is beneficial. The company can then ensure that the data being circulated is of high quality. This prevents any wrongful data modification and grants specific authorization of data, whilst increasing its security.

Know the risks that come with Cybersecurity:

Employees are the biggest targets at organizations. Some employees stand oblivious on Cybersecurity and the threats that accompany it. Phishing emails, clickjacking, waterhole attacks are few of many hacking techniques. These emails tend to be masqueraded as if they were sent from a reputable company or a well-known person with the aim of inducing personal or private information, like passwords or credit card numbers. Other cyberthreats are hidden or disguised hyperlinks that redirect employees to unwanted websites and perform action they are unaware of. In the case of Waterhole, the hacker observes a website an employee regularly visits and infects it with malware. This software is designed to collect user information, disrupt, and gain authorization to a specific computer system. Regularly informing employees about these methods and how to avoid them will limit the threats and exposure of these cyber-attacks.

Consequently, protection can’t always be solely relied on when threats keep changing every day. Businesses will constantly have to upgrade their operating systems and update antivirus software to protect systems from agility and prevent any gaps that might allow hackers to take advantage of.

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Encrypt data and apply the Least Privilege rule:
Always encrypt the data at your firm especially the sensitive and confidential ones. Data encryption is coding the data you have where no one, even internally, has access to it unless given authorization. When data is encrypted, hackers will have tougher access to steal or compromise it, even if your network was breached.  This increases data security. Additionally, not all employees should have equal access to data. Limiting employee internal access to only their field of work will diminish data hacking as it is not constantly circulated amongst employees who do not need it. In this case, a marketing employee will not need and should not have access to a company’s overall networks or financial records as this data is not valuable or relevant to their daily tasks. The only data authorization provided to each employee should be within their related responsibilities.   Be safe! Explore the managed security services

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