In the year 2020, we have seen many changes taking place all over the world with the pandemic. For instance, schools have shifted online, businesses are switching to remote work, events happening online, and so much more.
But, along with this, we have seen a rise in cyberattacks and breaches. Here are some stats which will give you a clearer understanding of the threat we face today:
- Damage related to cybercrime is projected to hit $6 trillion annually by 2021. (Cybersecurity Ventures)
- Worldwide spending on cybersecurity is going to reach $133.7 billion in 2022. (Gartner)
- 68% of business leaders feel their cybersecurity risks are increasing. (Accenture)
- Data breaches exposed 4.1 billion records in the first half of 2019. (RiskBased)
- The average cost of a data breach is $3.92 million as of 2019. (Security Intelligence)
- 71% of breaches were financially motivated and 25% were motivated by espionage. (Verizon)
- Security breaches have increased by 11% since 2018 and 67% since 2014. (Ponemon Institute)
- Hackers attack every 39 seconds, on average 2,244 times a day. (University of Maryland)
- 43% of breach victims were small and medium businesses. (Verizon)
- 15% of breaches involved Healthcare organizations, 10% in the financial industry, and 16% in the Public Sector. (Verizon)
With the rising risk, companies should be wary of the threats they face. To prepare themselves for such mishaps they should follow life-saving cyber hygiene practices.
This is especially important for organizations that are involved in remote work because they need to secure remote work access.
So, in this blog post, we going to introduce you step by step to the world of cybersecurity hygiene. Then we will give you an overview of the precautions you should take to avoid an attack.
What is Cybersecurity Hygiene?
Cyber hygiene refers to the practices of computer users to maintain a health system by improving its online security.
Cyber hygiene is crucial and should be regularly conducted to ward off common threats.
The organization often adopts these practices as a part of the routine to ensure the safety of the information that could be stolen or corrupted.
The European Union’s Agency for Network and Information Security (ENISA) says “cyber hygiene should be viewed in the same manner as personal hygiene and, once properly integrated into an organization will be simple daily routines, good behaviors, and occasional checkups to make sure the organization’s online health is in optimum condition.”