Cybersecurity runs on almost similar parameters as that the physical security of a property. Just like robbers are less likely to attack a house that’s heavily armed with guards, surveillance cameras, and alarms, unethical hackers are less likely to attack companies that have a strong cybersecurity network. Stronger and deeper the security, lesser is the infiltration chance. Despite this simple logic, companies and users fail to understand the concept of in-depth cybersecurity practices. It is no surprise under such a scenario that the US government cybersecurity has put a ban on the use of default backdoor passwords for IoT devices.
Every single device on the internet can be hacked. Which is why you need to be proactive in terms of adopting techniques to reduce the risk of a security breach as well as techniques that will help you in reducing the damage if hackers are able to spread malware. Some such effective techniques include the following.
- Place IoT Devices Behind Security Filters
Placing IoT devices behind security filters is a wonderful cybersecurity habit. The first three layers of cybersecurity include the following.
- A Strong Backdoor Password – Lock the authentication access to your systems with the help of a long and complicated password. It should ideally be 12-20 characters long and the characters must reflect a strong combination of letters, numbers, and symbols that are unpredictable.
- A Firewall – Firewall protection provides the IoT devices with the shield of a locked virtual wall that keeps hackers out of the system.
- Antivirus – Antivirus software with advanced sensing tools can identify and flag emails that contain viruses. It keeps your system safe from the risk of secret data leak and much more.
- Patch The Bugs Timely
Bugs are the primary sources that unethical hackers use to plant malware in software. Which is why it’s necessary that you patch those bugs from time to time. Some effective ways to reduce the risk of a security breach due to bugs infestation are listed below.
- Network testing tools identify bugs hidden in a system and cloud. Use those tools from time to time to remove bugs.
- Install software updates, delete unkempt old files, and do not use pirated software.
- Hire ethical hackers who can locate serious bugs that aren’t easy to locate with the help of mere scanning tools.
- Establish A Response Team
A cybersecurity response team is crucial if the company ever comes under malware attack. When the response team is competent and alert, it is able to;
- Inform employees quickly to disengage from using the internet.
- Limit malware spread in other networks and possibly copy the data of the hacked network before being locked out.