By Fred Mitchell, software solutions division manager at Drive Control Corporation (DCC)

by Media Xpose

We live in an age where our lives have become almost completely interwoven with technology.  Whilst technology offers innumerable benefits it also comes at a price, and that is security vulnerability.  The good news is, as technology evolves so does cybersecurity become more sophisticated.  

To navigate the complex world of cybersecurity, it’s important to understand the basics, or ABCs if you will.  Here are the newest ABCs that will stand you in good stead: 

A is for Anti-virus 

Anti-virus or anti-malware software should form part of your armour against harmful programs like viruses, Trojans, ransomware, and worms. Ensure that you opt for anti-virus software from reputable, benchmarked cybersecurity companies to safeguard your valuable information and devices.   

B is for BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) 

In the BYOD scenario, employees use their devices for work. An important tip: ensure that you keep your personal and work data separate. Also, as an employee make sure youadhere to company to BYOD policies. 

C is for ChatGPT 

ChatGPT, developed by OpenAI, is an AI chatbot that can engage in natural conversations. However, be cautious when using AI chatbots and consult our ChatGPT security guide to manage risks effectively.

D is for Digital Footprint 

Your digital footprint consists of information online, accessible to anyone, including hackers. Protect your online presence by using a Virtual Private Network (VPN) which encrypts all data that you send and receive over the Internet. The VPN also masks your true IP address and makes it impossible for anyone to find your physical location. 

E is for Encryption 

Encryption scrambles data so it’s unreadable without the decryption key, a crucial method for safeguarding sensitive information. 

F is for Firewall 

Firewalls monitor and regulate network traffic based on predefined rules. Firewall options can be software or hardware-based. Currently, there are many compelling firewall options from reputable companies. 

I is for Incident Response 

Incident Response involves policies and procedures to identify, contain, and eliminate cyberattacks. Having an incident plan is essential for effective cybersecurity. 

M is for Malware 

Malware, short for malicious software, poses a significant threat. It can damage infrastructure, steal data, or lock users out of their systems.  By implementing a robust anti-virus software solution, you are protected against malware attacks. 

P is for Passphrases 

Use passphrases made up of random words for stronger and more memorable passwords. 

P is for Phishing 

Phishing involves tricking individuals into revealing sensitive information or clicking malicious links. Stay vigilant, as phishing attacks can arrive via e-mail, text messages (Smishing), or social media. 

R is for Ransomware 

Ransomware is a type of malware that threatens to delete or expose files unless a ransom is paid. It often exploits software vulnerabilities or uses phishing emails for distribution. 

S is for Social Engineering 

Social engineering manipulates individuals into revealing sensitive information or granting unauthorised access. Beware of tactics like phishing, spear phishing, or CEO Fraud. 

T is for Two-factor Authentication (2FA) 

2FA adds an extra layer of security to online accounts by requiring a second authentication step, like a text message code or authentication app. 

V is for Vulnerability 

A vulnerability is a weakness in an IT system that hackers can exploit. Cyber attackers often target flaws, features, or user errors to achieve their goals. 

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