Joseph Busari
Joseph Busari IT Engineer

Cybercrime has become one of modern society’s greatest threats, especially in Africa where resources to safeguard against, and prevent, devastating hacks are scarce. In Nigeria, 60% of businesses suffer cyberattacks each year – this is higher than the 54% global average.

Cybercrime has become one of modern society’s greatest threats, especially in Africa where resources to safeguard against, and prevent, devastating hacks are scarce. In Nigeria, 60% of businesses suffer cyberattacks each year – this is higher than the 54% global average.

While the Nigerian government has made significant progress in increasing cybercrime legislation, especially after its own website was hacked in 2013 and 2016, concerns still remain about putting control measures in place to prevent cyberattacks.

Creating awareness and forcing people to take action remain the biggest challenges in today’s society. Organisations tend to enforce stringent measures only when they have already been exposed to security problems. This presents the perfect opportunity for individuals and businesses to learn about the tools and resources needed to stay safe online.

Risk identification and response plan

  • Figure out what needs to get measured and connect the data points.
  • Find attack patterns or any other traffic trends that might suggest imminent risks.
  • Identify the greatest threats facing the organisation and integrate these insights into your incident response strategy.
  • Focus on the most critical areas by looking closely at the people, processes and technology domains when performing a risk assessment.
  • Talk to people in your organisation who handle sensitive data, they know the areas of vulnerability. But don’t stop there, consider hiring a third party to perform an assessment of your environment.

No matter how well-protected an organisation is, you should anticipate a cyberattack at some point because technology is always changing and cybercriminals constantly evolve their attacks. Draw up worst-case scenarios along with an updated incident response plan. This is essentially a strategy for assessing, managing and containing data breaches, including the steps and actions your staff, especially your response team, should take if there’s a breach.

This requires strategies on how to contain and remedy data breaches or to ensure you have the capability to implement these strategies as a matter of priority. The best way to defend your IT infrastructure is to implement specific cybersecurity solutions and have a dedicated team in place.

None of these will be a priority if members of top management aren’t on board – their buy-in is essential. Top management needs to understand the potential range of risks that might threaten the company’s reputation, finances and operational performance. The management of cyber risks should be a central component of any organisation’s governance processes.

Protect everything on your network

Place a firewall and an antivirus solution to protect all your company’s devices. Device protection should also include remote management features that eliminate the need for user input or behavioural modifications. Even the most protected environment can be breached when an employee uses a device outside the protection of the company’s security. Partner with cybersecurity providers to help manage your network and advice on best practices in a bid to stay secure.

Hackers constantly evolve to exploit weaknesses in a system to gain entry. As a result, it’s up to us to continuously improve our security infrastructure to protect your network.

Don’t wait until something goes wrong to focus on safeguarding your IT environment – ensure that it’s an ongoing commitment and investment. Gain advanced cybersecurity insights on how to protect your business by downloading our IT Security Trend Report: 2019.

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