New Trends in Cyber Security to Know for 2020

By Team Writer - Last Updated on July 7, 2020
Cyber Security Trends

Cyber security is probably the hottest topic of the last years. Businesses and individuals are both starting to take serious actions to prevent data leaks and other possible threats. It’s not surprising as 3,800(1) publicly disclosed breaches have happened in 2019 alone.

Still, the number of cyber attacks continues to grow year over year making it a must for every company and tech specialist to be aware of the latest cyber security trends.

Quick Tips for Staying Protected

So, how do you mitigate risks of cyber attacks? There are several actions anyone could take to protect their personal and business information from cyber threats.

  1. Back-Ups

    Back up your essential data. It can be a website data, personal or business documentation. Such an easy step can help you recover any type of information you lost due to a cyber attack or hardware-related issue. Data backups don’t cost much and are easy to do.

    You can set a system to automatically back data up once a certain period:

    • Everyday backups to the cloud storage or portable devices (e.g. USB flash drive or external HDD)
    • Weekly server back-ups
    • Monthly server back-ups
    • Annual server back-ups
  1. Protect Devices and Network

    There are several pieces of advice regarding this point:

    • Update software. Keep up with software updates to make sure you’re running the latest version. Developers often add security improvements and critical bug fixes in the new version of the software. The best option would be setting your operating system and all the software to update automatically.
    • Get anti-virus software. It’s an important point to secure your work or personal computer from viruses, malware, spyware, and spam.
    • Configure a firewall. Firewall represents a piece of software or hardware acting as a filter between your computer and the internet. It filters all traffic to secure networks at home or office.
  1. Encrypt data

    Encrypt important data you’re intended to send to someone or store online. Also, make sure your network encryption is on.

  1. Two-factor authentification

    Two-factor authentication implies you’re entering a password to your account and get a code to your device that you have to enter for identity verification and logging in.

    Set it up for services that may contain sensitive data. They can be CRM systems, banking, social media, cloud storage, and so on.

  1. Passwords

    Use strong passwords only. Sports, first names/surnames, and food are the worst options for passwords according to the report(8) by NordPass.

    There also belong passwords like:

    • 12345
    • 123456
    • 123456789
    • Test1
    • test1
    
    

    So keep your passwords complex. Use upper and lower case, numbers, special symbols.

  1. Train Your Employees

    As mentioned, employees are one of the major sources of data breaches. That’s why you have to set rules regarding online security and explain the following points:

    • Sharing sensitive data
    • Working with emails (suspicious letters, links)
    • Browsing suspicious websites
    • Downloading software and media files from unverified sources
    • Creating strong passwords

Final Thoughts

More cyber security trends are yet to come given the pace of technological development. All we have to do is keep up with them and use both general and advanced security methods to secure data.

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Vitaly Kuprenko is a writer for Cleveroad, a web and mobile app development company with headquarters in Ukraine. He enjoys writing about technology and digital marketing.

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