2022 is a time to start fresh and prepare your company for whatever the new year has in store. Why not prepare yourself for cyber threats by understanding the first steps to combating cybercrime?
What Qualifies as Cybercrime
Merriam Webster defines cybercrime as a criminal activity such as fraud and theft, that is committed using a computer to illegally access, transmit, or manipulate data. We are in a time where most companies use the internet every day to get the job done. This makes businesses vulnerable to outside threats and attacks to them and their employees. By leaving yourself vulnerable, you are at risk of online fraud, identity theft, cyber stalking, phishing, email scams, and more.
As we enter a new year, we need to understand how to prepare and what to look for. Cyberattacks occur every 39 seconds which means they can happen to your company at any given time. In recent years, we have seen hackers use the global pandemic as a useful tool when it comes to phishing, and we see this as something that will continue into 2022.
Individuals are also now using their mobile devices more frequently than in previous years, especially with employees receiving company phones as a result of working from home. This increase in mobile usage makes these individuals at risk of new malware attacks that have been created from technologies like Artificial Intelligence. This creates a variety of new opportunities for hackers.
Just in the past year alone, the world has seen a massive increase in data breaches at large companies. Based on previous increases, we can only see that data breaches will continue to increase come 2022.
Tips for Combating Cybercrime
As we have mentioned, cybercriminals look for vulnerable companies and individuals to attack. Some examples of vulnerability include weak settings, weak passwords, using public Wi-Fi networks, and outdated systems and software. It is wise to update passwords regularly and keep them strong along with frequently updating computer systems and software. Most importantly, NEVER use public Wi-Fi as that is one of the easiest ways for criminals to hack you.
The team at Lehigh Valley Technology Company can help educate you and your employees on how to combat cybercrime. Contact us today to discuss the next steps on cyber safety. See other tips by following us on Facebook, Instagram, and LinkedIn.