It seems that no matter how secure a network or Internet connection is; these systems can still be hacked. It has been proven already that any network can be hacked, including governmental systems. Cybersecurity will undergo a few upgrades in the coming year or two, in an attempt to stump hackers.
Consumers Constantly Connected
One of the biggest issues with cybersecurity is mobile access and consumers being connected constantly in some way. Multiple open connections, such as Wi-Fi, are rarely as secure as they claim to be. This allows cyber-attackers to easily gain access to cell phones, tablets and other wireless devices to begin the breaching process.
Tip: Sign out of all mobile networks when you are done using an application or search engine on cell phones, tablets, smartwatches and Wi-Fi enabled devices.
National Spending Plans
The federal government has a cybersecurity spending fund in place for $19-million, called the Cybersecurity National Action Plan. This spending program was introduced in February 2016 and is a government priority. The idea of the program is to create longer-term solutions to previously temporary fixes. The goal is to create enhanced cybersecurity programs that will protect privacy and maintain public safety.
Awareness regarding the necessity of having cybersecurity systems in-place for residential, business and governmental entities is also expected to increase. The federal government has a team of 10 cybersecurity professionals to help improve cybersecurity measures.
Issues Surrounding Big Data
A big mistake that businesses and organizations make is allowing their data collection to be completely automated. The human-research engine and analytical process is becoming forgotten. An over-valuing of data output can have a negative effect on a business or organization. The information collected by automated programs may not be as specific or accurate as those analyzed by humans directly.
Automatically collected data can be perceived and used in incorrect ways. This can be quite dangerous in terms of using the Internet safely. Providing inaccurate data misinforms society and leaves doors open for cyber attackers. Some even speculate that private entity networks (corporate, government and organization networks) should have an in-house coding expert on-staff. Outsourced coders may become discontent and tear down the framework they created, thus breaching security in major networks.
Make a Cybersecurity Plan
Additionally, data needs to be kept separated and secure. Every section of data such as payroll records, personal contact information, marketing plans and general business plans should be kept in a separate location and should be moved if a more appropriate file location is available.
Secure Cloud Networks
It is a little harder for hackers to breach secure cloud networks. These networks are typically monitored around the clock. Techs are usually able to notice a potential breach and redirect the hacker before damage can be done. There are instances where cloud networks have been breached, but are corrected much quicker without the release of sensitive company-specific information.
As technology gains intelligence, so do the hackers. New generations of technology geniuses arise frequently. They are able to learn the framework of how security programs work. Once the hackers learn how security programs are put together, they have the ability to take each code apart and deconstruct it, taking just small steps at a time to complete the breach. Deconstruction leads to writing codes that can reverse security and allow open networks to be compromised.
Know the 6 Steps for Protection
There are six main steps to follow to ensure that your cybersecurity program provides the most protection possible.
By following these six steps, the security protocol your home or business network has in place can be stronger. It is important to first assess the needs of your network and what information requires the most protection. Every network needs its own security blueprint that is unique. Unique security networks are harder to breach.
Breaches are always going to be an issue. No matter how tight cybersecurity programs are, there is always going to be a way to compromise the codes and framework to gain access. When selecting a cybersecurity program for your home or business, it is important to make sure that it has 24-hour monitoring with it. Your IT specialists should be able to stop a potential breach the minute that a notification is sent when breaches are detected.