Protecting your business from hackers. Tips from a cyber security specialist.

We live in an era where digital transformation is growing exponentially. But with this progress also comes a dark reality: "Everything digital can be hacked". This statement may sound like a scenario from a thriller, but for many companies worldwide it has become a frightening reality.

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Ransomware: The digital hostage taker

Ransomware attacks, in which hackers take your files hostage and demand a ransom, have increased significantly in recent years. The threat of these files being leaked online can have financial consequences running into the millions. It is no longer a question of whether your business will be attacked, but when.

 

First-hand expertise

In a recent podcast episode, Bas Leijenhorst, security specialist at Mica IT, shared his in-depth insights on this growing problem. According to Bas, it's not just about technology. It's also about understanding human behavior and recognizing potential threats before they strike.

CEO fraud and falsified invoices

In addition to ransomware, Bas also shed light on other common cyberattacks increase, such as CEO fraud, in which cybercriminals pose as top executives to request financial transfers, and hacked mailboxes through which counterfeit invoices are sent. These attacks are often sophisticated and play on human nature, such as trust and routine.

 

The Christmas package dilemma

One surprising fact Bas shared was how even something as innocuous as a Christmas gift can be a potential threat. USB sticks or other gadgets can contain malware that can expose login credentials and other sensitive information.

 

How to protect yourself

Bas stressed the importance of ongoing education, awareness and up-to-date security systems. By investing in training and tools, you can arm your company against the ever-changing world of cyber attacks.

Want to learn more and listen to Bas' in-depth insights? Then check out our recent Podcast!

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