Halloween – Perfect reminder to dress up your IT security

Halloween is the time when people dress up and revel in the spook, scary way. Halloween is perhaps the one night of the year, when ghosts, ghouls, goblins roam in the streets, Kids enjoy trick or treat going to houses to get candies. In the business world, Halloween is not a single night it is almost daily, as cyber attackers are on the constant prowl to launch an attack. Halloween is the perfect time to re-look at your applications that they are fully secure and get well prepared for any future tricks.

Cyber-attacks happen in various sizes, various ways, various forms and the stakes are high – data breaches, ransom ware, phishing, all pose serious threats. According to Verizon 2019, the report indicates that 21 of percent data breaches were caused by human mistakes. Protecting sensitive data personal data, corporate data is highly critical to organizations.

Preventive steps that can be taken to mitigate against possible attacks:

  • Make cyber security part of your business plan
  • Do not take security lightly, and resolve the issues before they make any come back to haunt
  • Implementation of powerful cyber security tools can help to tackle unexpected threats
  • Enable developers with proper training on security tools
  • Incorporate AI to boost cyber security
  • Use of AI in threat detection and incident management is well advised
  • Multi factor authentication (MFA) is an effective tool to prevent un-authorised access on social media accounts
  • Comply to regulatory laws like GDPR, CCPA to maintain consumer privacy and security.

Halloween is celebrated each year on October 31.  Its origins go back to the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain, wherein people light bonfires and wear costumes to ward off ghosts. Halloween is a day of activities like trick-or-treating, carving jack-o-lanterns, festive gatherings, donning costumes and eating treats. Halloween is the perfect reminder to stay safe and ward off those cyber attackers from your systems.

Happy Halloween!