In 2021, ransomware-related attacks have exploded. They have indeed increased by 150%. This concerns individuals but also companies. So how do you protect yourself from cyber threats?

Protect yourself from risks

Cyberattacks are evolving. It is therefore important to adapt your methods of protection against them.

For example, companies can equip themselves with hardware or software to reduce the risk of attacks. They can also perform various tests and audits to analyze their exposure to risks in the event of cyberattacks and their ability to manage these types of problems.

What is Pentesting?

Pentesting is a method of evaluating the security of a computer system or computer network. This enables to do an audit on your cybersecurity to see what the flaws and the possible avenues for improvement are.

One of the most common methods is to use what is called a « pentester » to perform these penetration tests. A pentester is an IT security professional whose role is to control through testing the security of your software, applications and computer networks.

A pentester must test all possible ways to illegally penetrate your site or your corporate computer system/network (or a sensitive area), your databases, email listings, bank details, etc.

The challenge of the test is to find all your computer system’s vulnerabilities: any flaws that allow to steal or break into your data or even block access/certain features.

A pentester’s goal is to test absolutely everything to identify all weaknesses. He/she sees where the vulnerable places are, their degrees of dangerousness and the possible solutions to be implemented at the practical level to improve the cybersecurity of your company.

However, this requires a great ethical and moral sense because the pentester is required to carry out actions that are usually illegal, to access sensitive or even confidential data.

How to reduce the risks, what are the best practices to put in place?

One of the most important practices is to make teams and employees aware of the risks to the company or the different types of cyberattacks. If your employees know how to detect suspicious email attachments, they can better protect themselves.

This includes training. Security issues awareness training can help your employees avoid attacks by undertaking good practices.

In addition, more and more cybersecurity audits and security software have been implemented in recent years. However, in 2021, nearly 1 in 2 incidents is attributable to the human factor.

Aware of these challenges, Mandarine Academy has created training content to allow each employee  to better understand the challenges of cybersecurity.

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