Signs & indicators of a cyber attack

How do you prepare for a cyber security threat? One good way is to make sure you know what the signs are so when one happens you don’t ignore it. Anyone who uses the Internet for business or personal purposes is most likely to be attacked.

Loading Speed

Do you notice that your computer is having trouble connecting online because everything seems to be loading slowly? If you happen to know that your computer is usually faster and nobody in the network is doing anything like gaming or movie streaming, it could be an attack of some kind. A lot of attacks can be easily traced if you keep an eye on the network traffic as you will see that tons of different IPs keep trying to connect or are online when in fact you know there are less people working through that network connection. A good way to prevent attacks like this is to have strong passwords in your network and to make sure that you keep an eye on traffic to see if anything misleads.

Suspicious Questions

Threats to cyber security can exist among people who work for you or live in your home. Either way, if you ever see emails that ask for your password or if you receive phone calls that seek that kind of information, never answer them. You should get in touch with the company’s help desk, if someone calls you from there, to see if the call was really valid. Also, if you are online and someone asks you a question like what the first street you live on was, that’s probably a trap.

Limit your Info

cyber attack indicatorsSocial media is where people give out a lot of info. You can learn a lot about people and if you have too much information online you could be in trouble. For example, if your bank account’s security question is “what was the first school you went to?”, someone could find it if you list all the schools you attended at before. There are also people who collect information in creative ways, such as initiating a game where you get a name based on your first pet’s name and street name you grew up on. Don’t take part in such games – they are actually collecting security questions.

Know when to get HELP

Are you noticing different problems with your computers lately that never used to happen before? Programs that abruptly close, not having regular updates requests and not-working antivirus programs can mean that something is fishy. Antivirus program should run on a regular schedule since someone could just easily be tracking what you do in your computers. There are also things like ransomware where the virus asks you to pay for it to go away, and if you do they will only probably steal more from your accounts. Go get a professional help right away if this happens to you.

Cyber security threat awareness matters if you use or plan to use the Internet. You can use this information to help you know the signs and indicators of an attack that is about to happen, you can take preventive steps to resolve it before it crashes a significant part of your life.

countermeasures during a cyber attack

Any computer that is exposed on the internet is prone to hackers, especially if the owner is neither careful nor familiar with cyber attacks. Whether you carry some sensitive information of the company you work for, or you just use computer from home, you need to be secure. I’ll be discussing some of the most effective countermeasures you should do in order to win over a cyber attack.

Hire IT Professionals

Try to hire an IT staff or IT security team to have them working at your company since most of the attacks can be prevented by keeping a watchful eye on your network. When someone tries to get into the network, they probably will buy time especially if they don’t have the password. That attempt is easy to trace and stop, especially if they use a range of IPs which a professional can just block in seconds until the attempt crashes. Of course, there’s more to it than that usual activity, which is why a professional who is familiar with networks should be preferred.

Restrict Data and Internet Access

An attack can come from a lot of sources, so be prepared to deal with all of them with proper hardware protections in place. Don’t let new employees access whatever they want, your IT person can set up accounts that can give restrictions. Make sure you have filters for the Internet if you have to deal with people downloading what they shouldn’t. You also need to make sure that you keep everything that’s important, let’s say a hard drive or a server that’s private and keep it locked up and/or at least covered by CCTV cameras.

The Right Antivirus

How can you ensure that you’re using the right antivirus or anti-spyware to keep your computers safe? It is a top priority to have your software updated on a regular basis. Sometimes there are actual scenarios you can expect when your computers seem to have problems. For instance, there may be a program that is constantly running and slowing down everything, if you can avoid that it would be better that way. Also see to it that your antivirus does its scanning on websites and files you work with from time to time.

The Right Peopleware

countermeasures during a cyber attack- the right peoplewareWill you have people that know all the information about you and your company or staff? You need to train everyone especially with the kind of questions that needs no answer if they are called or asked by anyone (an outsider in particular). New employees need to be screened carefully so that you don’t hire a spy who can steal information and just leave. There are really good hackers out there who can socially engineer a situation to end up having your data. Humans are considered the biggest part of IT security because it’s easier to trick someone than to hack a system with proper security in place.

You can set preparations to make sure it’s less likely to have a cyber attack. However, since hackers just keep getting better, no matter what you do, with your computer online, there’s always a chance you could be attacked. This is why it’s always good to know what to do or who to contact when cyber attacks take place. We all have to be extra careful with our activities online and extra wiser than hackers. Know the security protocols and coordinate suspicious scenarios accordingly.