It is necessary that everyone – software manufacturers, resellers, and end-users – understand their responsibility in making the internet a safer place. A lapse on the part of anyone can lead to a security breach that can negatively affect one and all. Thus, users, at all stages, must follow cybersecurity techniques as suggested by cyber experts in order to minimize the risk of a cybersecurity breach.
Responsibility Of The Software Manufacturers
Software manufacturers are responsible for the global security of every single device using their software. A serious bug in the software can lead to mass hacking of all the systems using the flawed software. Thus,
- Software manufacturers should perform internal testing before launching any software for public installation.
- Software manufacturers should hire ethical hackers to scan their software and determine that there’s no hidden flaw that can lead to the risk of data theft.
- Software manufacturers should constantly monitor their products to find out bugs, fix them, and release updates for the users to install.
Responsibility Of Companies Using The Software
Companies must understand that most malware and phishing threats begin at offices. Thus, the software that they use must be further protected in order to protect sensitive information of the end-users.
- Educate the staff members about the ways in which they can become instrumental in, unknowingly, allowing a cyber security breach.
- Implementing multiple cybersecurity techniques like network segmentation and multi-factor authentication to reduce the chances of malware spread.
- Constantly running bug bounty programs on a personal level to monitor the software applications they use.
- Communicating with the software manufacturers and reporting any bug, if found.
- Alerting the staff members quickly if the company is exposed to malware breach
- Providing every employee with a unique username and unique password that’s confidential.
- Ensuring that the database remains encrypted at all times.
- Alerting users about any serious bug as soon as possible to protect the risk of spear-phishing attacks.
Responsibility Of End-Users
End-users are the last pillars when it comes to cybersecurity. There are multiple ways in which users can protect themselves from online security breaches and data theft.
- Install firewall and antivirus software. Also, remember to install the new updates as soon as they are released by the software manufacturers.
- Maintain clean browsing habits – not connecting IoT devices to unsecured wifi networks, not clicking on suspicious-looking emails that ask for personal details, and ensuring that all the applications are password protected.
- Do not click on unrealistic discount deals when booking travel destinations for a vacation.