The DDoS attacks of 2016 and the WannaCry ransomware that recently affected thousands of computer systems have compelled businesses to look into their security mechanisms and identify pitfalls that might make them prone to cyber threats. Verizon had already highlighted the intensity of upcoming challenges in their annual 2016 Data Breach Investigations Report as: “No locale, no industry or organization is bulletproof when it comes to the compromise of data.”
Although cyber security agencies, IT security teams, and security engineers are striving to overcome the menace of threats with all their might, the increasing number of incidents clearly indicates that cyber criminals have taken the lead and by a great margin. Statistics reveal no good signs for the future estimating that by 2021, the cost of the damage caused by cyber attacks will exceed more than $6 trillion. Here are five some signs that may indicate your IT security strategy needs a revamp:
1. System Performance has Changed: Computer systems connected in the circuitry of your overall organizational network are experiencing extreme fluctuations in terms of speed and performance. This could be a sign that your system is running a lot of programs, perhaps malicious payloads, in the background.
2. Malicious Login Activities: Unauthorized login is still the primary method of breaking into an organization’s system. Network administrators need to keep a check on the logins and their relevant IPs to identify any malicious activity in real time. Similarly, one needs to keep an eye on any malicious insider activities.
3. Data Mines Have Been Compromised: If the backups you made recently have become unresponsive, some files went missing, or the arrangement of your data logs looks different, it is an indication that your IT security strategy needs a revamp.
4. Abrupt Increase in Spams: Unrecognized requests, spammy emails , pop-ups, and messages saying “Program Unresponsiveness, Click Ok to make it faster” or “New Version found: Click Ok to update” could all be signs that your system has been infected by malicious software.
5. Routine Shutdowns and Downtimes: When a system is infected with a Trojan or virus, downtown and automatic shutdowns become routine. Merely notifying your IT department won’t resolve the issue. You need to address it through more stringent security measures.
With the number and sophistication of attacks on the rise, companies need to invest in sound security strategies in order to protect their valuable data. By revamping your security strategy, you’ll be in a better position to provide sufficient protection, allowing your business to continue to thrive without fear of becoming a victim.