KUALA LUMPUR: As cyber attacks continue to surge globally, Malaysian businesses must ensure that they are accessing the right applications from their devices to keep software and devices free from threats.
There has been a 30% rise in cyber attacks globally last year amid the Covid-19 pandemic, according to a study by Forrester which was commissioned by Cisco.
The UK National fraud and cyber security centre also reported a 400% increase in cyber crime since March last year.
In Malaysia, a report from Cisco’s Future of secure remote work revealed that 62% of organisations had experienced a 25% or more jump in cyber threats or alerts since the start of the pandemic.
To strengthen the cyber security of organisations, Cisco Systems Malaysia Meraki product sales specialist Derrick Low said businesses must ensure there is secure access to applications and file servers in the office to ensure a resilient business.
He added that businesses must also ensure that their information technology systems verify the identities of employees. Productivity should be sustained as working from home becomes a norm.
“More importantly, having the right tools and network foundation to adapt quickly to changing macro-environmental demands is important, ” Low explained during the Simple ways to build a secure digital workplace webinar held on May 27.
The webinar was organised by Star Media Group in partnership with Cisco.
For employees working remotely during the latest movement control order (MCO), Low advised workers to frequently change their passwords, update their devices as well as ensure that they do not access a blocked website to avoid cyber attacks.
Since the pandemic, he said the common threat for Malaysian Internet users is phishing, which leads to identity loss.
“Other types of threats, mostly harming Malaysian businesses, include malware or ransomware attacks, data extraction, lost passwords, identity theft and unknown users in networks, ” Low noted.
Earlier this year, the National Security Council, through the National Cyber Security Agency, had issued a warning to all government agencies to take the necessary measures to prevent and minimise the impact of cyber attacks.
This move came after the hacker group “Anonymous Malaysia”, had threatened to launch cyber attacks on government websites.Most data leaks stem from users that are exposed to public Internet.
“You can prevent this by continuously updating your mobile phones or other devices that you are using. At the same time, update your passwords and make sure you are accessing the right websites, ” he suggested.
To strengthen the security of the organisation’s network, Low said having the right tools within the network are crucial for businesses.
Although the minimal protection is a firewall, Low said a key solution that the group is offering to secure the businesses network is Cisco Meraki, which enables businesses to have an agile and secure network foundation.
The solution encompasses a whole networking stack of security appliances, switches, access points to be managed from a cloud platform.
As a foundation, Cisco has simplified the enterprise-class networking innovations into a solution that is adaptable, simple to manage and designed for growth.
“Investing in the right malware protection coupled with the suitable detection method of cyber attacks is important for businesses to secure their systems and processes, ” noted Low.
Besides that, Low said businesses can also opt for Cisco Umbrella which ensures that the users are protected from accessing bad actors on the Internet.
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