Cyber Insec urity
Hackers don’t discriminate between mega-corporations and small businesses: Every organization with an Internet connection is at risk
>>> Cyberattacks today are more common, sophisticated and destructive than ever before and, with each new smart device, there is a greater chance of cyber intrusion.
Take the October cyberattack on Dyn, a U.S.based Domain Name System (DNS) provider. Hackers blasted Dyn with distributed-denialof-service (DDoS) attacks, causing massive outages of major websites like Twitter, Amazon, Netflix and PayPal. To pull off such a largescale attack, hackers used a botnet containing malware and infected the Internet of Things, which is comprised of web-connected devices like printers, webcams, even baby monitors. The DDoS attack was the largest of its kind and according to Jae Steen, chief technology officer at Edmonton IT security company Ekota Central, extremely significant. “We have all this security at airports, legislation for money laundering and so on, but we are failing to see how easy it is for any group to take down our way of life,” Steen says.
These attacks are not exclusive to Fortune 500 companies. Small and medium-sized businesses are vulnerable too. But, fear not, there are ways organizations can be proactive. The first step is education: understand your Internet footprint and recognize key entry points that should be secured. Educating yourself can be as simple as hiring a security professional to host a lunch and learn at the office. “[It starts with] understanding the difference between a good password and a bad password, understanding why ‘scrappy01’ is a bad password,” Steen says. “Understanding how you access things and how they can be dangerous, like unsecured Wi-Fi points.”