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How to Win the Cyberwar: Cyber Awareness Is The Only Weapon

by Gloria Warden
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With constant access to the internet, there is a hacker attack every 39 seconds in the US. The amount of people being affected by Cyber threats and malware has increased exponentially. Online threats are leading to a cyberwar which has become a struggle for users and businesses to survive.

In 2018, the clothing giant ‘Under Armor’ reported that its “My Fitness Pal” was hacked, which affected 150 million users. The cost of prevention is getting bigger than the threat itself. Worldwide online security is being breached at an alarming rate where 100% relying on technology would be suicide.

This is an online security war that will be lost without an adequate skilled workforce.

No Price for Knowledge – Train, Specialized and Secure

It is out of the interest for many business owners to understand the hazards of Cyber Attacks. They think, will the company lose money if a data breach takes place. Well, yes, the company will surely do. Not only money but the trust of the user is also at stake.

The landscape of war is now online and security teams could be overwhelmed by the amount of data that is being monitored by security tools.

Question is, will the tool be enough to protect the system without the analyst? With the digital transformation, we have still not come up with a technology that will evolve on its own. The brainchild has always been the analyst who draws out abnormalities based on the reports and then takes the required action to reduce the risk.

It’s not to say that investing in online security isn’t essential, in 2017 organizations nearly spent an average of $11.7 million. But the primary threat has created a big need for skilled individuals with exposure to handling online security loopholes. It is estimated that there will be a worldwide shortfall of 3.5 million cybersecurity jobs by 2021. It takes an average of 196 days to identify a data breach and with a shortage of skilled individuals, organizations need to start brainstorming strategies to overcome the huge gap by developing necessary skills.

1. Provide Essential Training for a Secure Tomorrow

It’s obvious the uneducated of today will lead to a shortage of skilled security analysts in the future. It’s vital that with training, we can support the creation of the next generation of cyberattack defenders. The plan is to launch a campaign to spread awareness about the importance of cybersecurity and offering schools free learning through curriculum and qualified faculty to plan lessons. This way the organizations can provide a proper hierarchy to attract more skilled analysts in the security industry.

Besides this, a lot of opportunities lies in the ‘Cyber Security Challenge UK’ where a series of national competitions, network initiatives, learning programs are designed to inspire new people joining the cybersecurity industry to become learned security professionals.

2. Retaining skilled Professionals for Countermeasures

The majority of the organizations are worried about having the right people with the appropriate security skills as multiple companies are facing backlash retaining security staff. Once brought on board skilled security professionals, what is the next stage to keep them retained? The individuals having the right skills demand a big wad of cash. These security analysts want engaging opportunities instead of boring desk jobs to work in creative yet challenging assignments.

With time, they will get bored or zoned out quickly and will require new adrenaline projects to keep them on board, which is why money isn’t the only factor to retain them. To bring out the best of the security experts, the organization needs to strategize development plans which will guide them in succeeding in their career paths.

Also, this may sound weird to many, but you can make sure that your ethical security experts have the time to be creative and find out new ways to crack your system to find out its vulnerabilities. By following this activity, you can rule out possible risks.

3. Cyber Security Awareness Is Crucial

Organizations have started to understand the importance of their employees to strengthen organizations cybersecurity structure. Users have always been the weakest link to provide access to hackers in their operating systems by clicking on the most engaging and eye-catching ads, pop-ups and hyperlinks.

Having knowledge of what cybersecurity is and what it could wreck in your life should be described in as much detail as possible. Cyber Crime is not just an online gimmick to penetrate your device or system; it is the ultimate way to ruin your life one step at a time by using your private information against you.

The Most Common Cybersecurity Threats that Attack your Devices

Before jumping on the battlefield to fight against the online security war, it’s important to know who your enemy is. Understanding how cyberattacks hit and in what form is critical. We have listed the most common cyberattack threats to aware of possible ways they will penetrate your online security.

Phishing: this is the practice of sending scam emails that projects like an email from an authentic source. The objective is to steal sensitive credentials like credit card pins. It is the most common cyber attack faced over the web.

Malware: Malware is a type of software specifically designed to obtain unauthorized access to a device or operating system or to cause damage.

Social engineering: this is a hack used to trick users into revealing their credentials and information. This could include a small monetary payment to get access to your private data. Social engineering combined with the cyber-attacks mentioned above could be lethal and would compromise your device.

Ransomware: is malicious software designed to block access to the device or the files until the hacker is paid randomly. It is like extortion, fulfilling the demand may or may not guarantee the safety of your data.

So, will you rely on technology or the Evolving Human Brains?

Even with high-end equipment, cyber threats pave the way on millions of devices while advanced tech plays no role in prevention. It is the human involvement that creates the technology, not the other way round. This isn’t a win or lose situation the debate of Man vs. Machines will always be present.

However, it is the people who are superior to machines.

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