All about guidelines and using cybersecurity practices to prevent backdoor attacks!
The retail industry has been particularly vulnerable to cyberattacks in recent years. Studies and data reveal that many businesses in North America have suffered security breaches, data theft, and malware attacks. In many cases, hackers have relied on backdoor exploit, to gain unauthorized access to devices, networks, and servers. A backdoor is created by bypassing existing security measures, and often, such attacks are hard to detect, because businesses are unaware of someone having unauthorized access to devices.
Is it possible to prevent backdoor attacks? The answer lies in the preventive measures that your company takes in this regard. We have a few recommendations that may come in handy.
- Focus on password protection
This is one aspect that needs the most attention. Often, default passwords are not changed after products and software, such as IP cameras and new antivirus software, have been deployed. Even new hackers can hack such passwords. A strong password must be long, with at least 12 characters. It must have special characters, uppercase and lowercase letters, and numbers. If your employees have a hard time managing passwords, ask them to use a password manager.
- Utilize other cybersecurity measures
Placing devices behind firewalls and using network segmentation are two critical steps for preventing a backdoor attack. If your company is not using a tool for managing access rights, consider one on priority. Also, ensure that you use the lockout feature, which can prevent brute force attacks. For privilege accounts and sensitive devices, multifactor authentication is a must. It is wise to use a second or third layer of security, which could be a security question, a special code, or often biometrics, to identify a user.
- Use antimalware software
Antimalware, antispyware, and antivirus software products can be particularly useful for preventing malware attacks, which are increasingly common these days. Always go for a product that you can rely on, and check if your company has a policy to update all firmware and software to the latest version. Old and unused software must be removed as soon as possible, and in case there is a breach, make sure that appropriate action is taken.
Hackers have managed to breach cybersecurity measures because businesses haven’t done enough – Period. Where required, consider engaging the security community, and get ethical hackers to find possible security flaws, bugs and vulnerabilities, so that these can be fixed before a cyberattack happens.