Cybersecurity Awareness Month 2023: Malaysians Are Vulnerable to Cyber-Attacks, And Here’s What You Can Do to Prevent It

Cybersecurity Awareness Month 2023: Malaysians Are Vulnerable to Cyber-Attacks, And Here’s What You Can Do to Prevent It

Have you ever received suspicious messages from unknown authorities, even from foreign countries? Or perhaps you’ve innocently clicked on a link only to find yourself on a suspicious website that could potentially be a phishing attempt? In today’s digital world, these scenarios might sound all too common, yet they represent just the tip of the iceberg in terms of cyberthreats.

The world has witnessed an alarming surge in cyber-attacks since the onset of the pandemic in 2020. The need for remote work and online connectivity has made us more digitally dependent than ever before. As a top globally ranked managed services provider awarded by Channel Futures MSP 501, we, at FatNinjas, want to shed light on the pressing issue of cybersecurity and how it impacts Malaysians in conjunction with Cybersecurity Awareness Month 2023.

To exemplify the severity of this matter, let’s examine some alarming statistics. According to Palo Alto Networks, Malaysia recorded an increase of 37% ransomware in 2022, placing us the highest-ranking country in Southeast Asia for such threats. David Rajoo, Palo Alto Networks’ Head of Systems, added that businesses especially SMEs are prone to becoming the target.

These attackers typically target industries such as manufacturing, construction, wholesale and retail, energy, transportation, utilities and fast-moving consumer goods. But it doesn’t stop there – even healthcare and education sectors are being preyed upon by these malicious operators, who are resorting to extortion as a means to gain ransom money by threatening these vulnerable sectors. In the U.S., Forbes reported that MGM Resorts, one of the largest casino-hotel chains in the world, experienced a ransomware attack just recently that had caused their business to stop operating.

What’s even more shocking is that our strategic partner, Fortinet, also reported that Malaysia experienced a whopping 84 million cyberattacks daily in the final quarter of 2022. In response to the rising wave of cyber-attacks, companies have realized the urgency of adopting better cybersecurity systems, leading to a 79% increase in their security budget, as reported by The Star.

So, this leads us to the bigger question: How do we take preventive measures to ensure our online presence and digital experience are more secure and uninterrupted? Here are some practical tips:

1. Update Software Regularly: Keep your devices and software up-to-date.

Outdated software, including Microsoft 365, can leave you vulnerable to cyber threats. Regularly updating your software strengthens security patches, ensuring your data and privacy remain secure.

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2. Create Strong & Unique Passwords for Different Accounts.

Avoid using simple and similar passwords for multiple accounts, as this can make you an easy target. Consider using a password generator application for different accounts and maintain a secure list of your passwords in a place known only to you.

3. Enable Two-Factor Authentication (2FA): Add an Extra Layer of Security.

Many major social platforms are now implementing 2FA or multiple-factor authentication to protect their users. This extra layer of security can include personal questions only you can answer, the use of an authenticator app, or redirects to your mobile phone for verification.

4. Be Cautious of Phishing Attempts: Don’t click on suspicious links or download attachments from unofficial sources.

Did you know that a seemingly harmless email could be the gateway to a full-blown cybersecurity breach? Cybercriminals often pose as official authorities, creating a sense of urgency to click on malicious links. Recognizing these threats and avoiding them is crucial to your digital safety.

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5. Have a team of IT Experts.

In many cases, relying on just one or two people within the IT department can be tedious, especially when you’re trying to reinforce the cybersecurity of your organization. Enlisting the support of a dedicated team of certified IT professionals is essential in providing your business with an extended arm to operate securely and efficiently.

This brings us back to our areas of expertise! As your Friendly, Attentive Techies who are the award-winning certified Managed Services Security Provider (MSSP) in the world, FatNinjas can assist you with all your IT-related needs, allowing you to focus on your core competencies.

6. Provide Cybersecurity Training for Your Employees.

Not everyone is well-versed in cybersecurity. It’s a well-known fact that employees can be the weakest link. Hence, it’s crucial to provide your employees with the opportunity to learn and adopt best practices through comprehensive cybersecurity awareness training.

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7. Adopt a Reliable Data Recovery System.

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For any questions, don’t hesitate to contact us. We’re here to ensure your digital experiences are safe and secure.

In the age of increasing cyber threats, awareness and preparedness are your best allies. As a managed services provider, we’re committed to empowering you with the tools, knowledge, and support your need to safeguard your business. Cybersecurity Awareness Month 2023 serves as a reminder that we play a critical role against cyber threats. We strongly believe that with the right strategies and practices in place, together, we can continue to lead the way to a more secure digital future.

Stay safe, stay secure, and make the most of this Cybersecurity Awareness Month!